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woobc

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Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« on: 31 Jan 15, 08:40 »
hi
Anyone knows a good dentist who is knowledgeable about scuba diving to recommend ?
Recently, my wife had a chipped molar that was mended. On our recent trip, the mended tooth gave her numbing pain during descent, that passed after a few days. Last night, her tooth 'filling' dropped off ...  :(
Thanks !

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Re: Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« Reply #1 on: 31 Jan 15, 20:06 »
Don't think you actually need a dentist that knows about diving. The filling probably just trapped an air space in there that was subject to the pressure changes when diving since you can't equalize the pressure in your teeth.

Just need a dentist who can do a good job and leave no air spaces when filling!
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Re: Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« Reply #2 on: 01 Feb 15, 21:15 »
Agreed with Dive Asia. I had a root canal done a couple of years ago, the dentist did recommend to allow a week or so before a diving trip to ensure no problems during my travels.

Pain is normally caused if there are air pockets trapped within the tooth, this can also cause pain during air travel due to the air pocket expanding. A good job by the dentist will minimise any potential trouble, but I will still allow treatment some time to be completed and the wounds to heal for a week or so before diving.

Here's a DAN article that may be interesting:

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/faq/Diving_and_Root_Canals

http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/medical/faq/Diving_with_a_cracked_tooth

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Re: Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« Reply #3 on: 02 Feb 15, 14:42 »
Thanks ! She just had it patched again with the same dentist & told him about the issue. Hope its gonna be ok.

There was a French doctor on our last trip when my wife had tooth pain. The doctor suggested coating the tooth & gum area with powdered Cloves from the kitchen and that helped numb the pain with almost immediate effect. It seems Cloves have anesthetic properties.

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Re: Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« Reply #4 on: 02 Feb 15, 16:40 »
 :o

Cloves are used in Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese medicine, and western herbalism and dentistry where the essential oil is used as an anodyne (painkiller) for dental emergencies.
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Re: Scuba Diving Dentist to Recommend ?
« Reply #5 on: 07 Mar 16, 17:03 »
Oregano oil helps a lot too!!