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Dentistry/RCT and going to go on a flighy


Dear doc
I'm due too have a root canal next Tuesday and fly out at Christmas a long flight
my dentist said he would do the first part and second part when I get back to the UK
however of he is just cleaning out ant putting a cleaning solution in the tooth will be air tight
so when on the flight won't it cause pressure in the tooth as its hollow and no where for the air to go surly that would cause pain in the tooth

1 . Is it best waiting until I come back too have it done

2. Shall I tell him complete both stages one and two before flying

i don't want pain I looked on the world health site WHO and that recommended not too fly until all RCT treatment completed very confused

Hello Kevin,

I had never heard of such a thing about flying and root canals.  So of course I googled your question, and most dentists suggest waiting 5 to 7 days after having such a procedure performed.

In my opinion there is no way to guarantee there will be no pain in your tooth.  In fact some of the dentists said that there could be pain in other parts of your jaw, or even your ear.  I think there is just no way to know for sure.

If you can wait, then you should do the first part and second part after you get back to the UK.

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My area of expertise from the patients point of view would be Dentistry/TMJ plus the speech challenges that these jaw and bite problems sometimes represent. Over the years I have seen a multitude of dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, speech therapists, neurologists and other health professionals who all had an opinion about my TMJ/bite problem. I AM NOT A DOCTOR...but would purely be a patients point of view type person. I "get it" when people say they tried to explain to their dentist what their TMJ/bite problem is and that they are misunderstood. I can listen to people's trials and tribulations and there is a good chance I have been down that road before. I can make suggestions as to what people can do at home, or what questions to ask their doctor or dentist when they visit. I will try and recall information or experiences that may be helpful to you.


About 25 years ago, I had my wisdom teeth out and since then my bite has never felt "normal." For whatever reason, the first sensation I remember was not that my bite was off.....but rather that my normal tongue and speech patterns had been impeded. I spent years going to different dentists, who lumped me into their generic version of what they knew about TMJ. The majority of dentists believe they can treat TMJ, but only those whose primary focus is TMJ treatment, are really any good at it. Any dentist, can take an impression of your teeth, send that impression off to the lab and have them make a night guard. That is the easy part. The tricky part is what the dentist does with the night guard, once receiving it from the lab. The dentist has to do a "fitting" where they tailor the night guard to be evenly balanced and comfortable in your mouth. Sometimes it can take a few visits, because further adjustments need to be made to the night guard appliance, to get it just right. I have found that dentists, who have had the most practice, do a better job at fitting your appliance. It's almost like an art form.

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