A recent report, in a well known dental journal, has detailed the connection between toothache and other dental problems during or after scuba diving.
If you have current issues with dental caries, broken crowns, a dental implant, fillings or other dental problems, you may not have realized there is a connection.
There is a dental condition known as Barodontalgia. It may also be better known as aerodontalgia, or ‘tooth squeeze’.
This condition is connected to changes in atmospheric pressure, such as with high altitude flying and scuba diving.
It was discovered long ago, that the change in air pressure could cause tiny air pockets, that might be present in damaged teeth, to expand. This expansion of air could lead to either moderate or severe toothache.
If you are suffering from tooth decay, an impacted tooth, damaged fillings, a damaged crown, or a dental infection, the process of scuba diving could aggravate those existing conditions.
Although some dental problems may be associated with long term professional divers, others are reported from casual recreational divers.
Although everyone experiences toothache to different degrees, those with sensitive teeth or a current oral condition might be more susceptible to pain after diving.
Popular advice seems to be that anyone suffering from an existing dental problem would be advised to visit a dentist before taking up deep sea diving, scuba diving, etc.