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Flying After Tooth Extraction: Is It safe?

Posted on 5/23/2022 by Evan
Flying After Tooth Extraction: Is It safe?If you are scheduled to have a tooth extraction, you may be wondering if it is safe to fly afterward. The answer to this question is yes, it is generally safe to fly after tooth extraction. However, there are some things that you should keep in mind before boarding your flight.

Can You Fly After Tooth Extraction?

Getting a tooth extracted can be a daunting experience, and you may have many questions afterward. One common concern is whether or not you will be able to fly. The good news is that, in most cases, you can fly after having a tooth extracted. However, it is essential to wait until the extraction site has healed entirely before taking to the skies. It usually takes around 1 to 2 weeks. In certain cases, the dentist will recommend waiting even longer, depending on the type of extraction and your overall health. Once the site has healed, flying should pose no problem. If you worry about feeling discomfort while flying, take over-the-counter pain medicines before takeoff.

Are There Any Risks Associated With Flying After Tooth Extraction?

While flying after a tooth extraction is generally safe, few risks are. One risk is that the change in air pressure can cause bleeding at the extraction site. To help prevent this, your dentist may place a gauze pad over the site before you fly. Keeping the gauze in place for at least three hours after takeoff is essential. You may also want to avoid drinking beverages during the flight, which can also cause bleeding. If you do experience bleeding, it should stop within a few days. Another potential risk of flying after a tooth extraction is a dry socket. This condition can occur when the blood clot that forms at the extraction site is dislodged. You may experience pain, swelling, and bad breath if this happens. A dry socket will occur if you smoke or drink from a straw after extraction.

If you are scheduled to have a tooth extracted and plan on flying afterward, talk to our dentist first. They can let you know when it is safe to fly and offer any additional tips or advice.
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