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    Unhappy Tooth ache at depth ?

    After years of diving I now have a problem tooth that's giving me pain at depth.
    It's a tooth that was crowned and one day while descending to 40m I had sudden immense pain and by starting to ascend it went. I've had x rays and dentist cant see any reason for it. So continuing to dive I now find the depths getting shallower were it was starting to hurt, now at 6 metres !.
    I've had the crown removed and a small cavity was found under the crown, that's been done and can now get back to 40m mark but still have slight pain which is unpleasant and wrecking my diving. The dentist has told me that he can do no more as It only cause's me a problem while diving and has suggested to refer me to a specialist for root canal work on that tooth to remove the nerve.
    Has anyone had similar problems and if so what was the result of the work done and has the problem now totally gone.
    I'm hopefully going to do Mod 2 early next year and so far been 2 months trying to get this sorted now, so I don't want to find out at the start of a mod 2 course that I've problems at depth again, just want a permanent fix !

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 14diving  View Original Post
    After years of diving I now have a problem tooth that's giving me pain at depth.
    It's a tooth that was crowned and one day while descending to 40m I had sudden immense pain and by starting to ascend it went. I've had x rays and dentist cant see any reason for it. So continuing to dive I now find the depths getting shallower were it was starting to hurt, now at 6 metres !.
    I've had the crown removed and a small cavity was found under the crown, that's been done and can now get back to 40m mark but still have slight pain which is unpleasant and wrecking my diving. The dentist has told me that he can do no more as It only cause's me a problem while diving and has suggested to refer me to a specialist for root canal work on that tooth to remove the nerve.
    Has anyone had similar problems and if so what was the result of the work done and has the problem now totally gone.
    I'm hopefully going to do Mod 2 early next year and so far been 2 months trying to get this sorted now, so I don't want to find out at the start of a mod 2 course that I've problems at depth again, just want a permanent fix !

    An Endodontist will go in and terminate the root. It's not uncommon for this to happen once a crown has been added. At most a decent crown on a healthy tooth will last 12-15 years, after that expect to have a root canal. A good specialist can do the endo work and not destroy the crown.

    The endodontist will drill into the tooth, and then proceed to remove the infected root. Depending on the tooth it may be 2 or 3 canals. Once it's cleaned out, it's packed and filled. The tooth now has no "roots" to cause pain.

    My wife just had this done .......... $1200 USD later ............ hers had been bothering her on and off for about 5 years and was never able to show up on any exam. Then finally it abscessed and had to be worked on.

    Ain't life fun !

    Good Luck

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Or just have it yanked out for $50.00 and be done with it.

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Loanwolf  View Original Post
    Or just have it yanked out for $50.00 and be done with it.
    Why? He lives in the UK and can get first class service for free. Besides a yanked tooth will cause the other teeth to shift and cause more problems down the road.

    PS: I had a root removed from under the crown. It's a piece of cake. They just drill a small hole in the crown and then fill it back up, just like on a regular tooth. Not to worry.
    Last edited by Serge; 20th May 2010 at 01:46.

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Hi,
    Yes I had a similar problem after having a tooth filled, really painful on the decent for the first 20 meters then again when ascending.
    Went back the dentist concerned and she took out the new filling and removed the tooth’s root. Re filled it and everything has been fine ever since..

    [quote=Serge;320718]Why? He lives in the UK and can get first class service for free. quote]

    Sadly this wasn’t the case for me as not everyone in the UK can get to a NHS dentist…
    Original filling £110 ; Root Canal £450 ;Total cost £560.
    Being able to go diving without tooth ache - priceless..

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    I've heard if dental work trapping air causing squeezes...

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    14diving, my situation may not be what is ailing you, but I figured I'd post it nonetheless, because it might be related or it might assist someone else.

    I have a similar problem with squeezes causing me tooth ache, but I was able to resolve it another way.

    Several years back, I was diving, and upon descending, I started getting an intolerable squeeze in one of my upper teeth. I ascended a bit, then descended again, but to no avail - major pain, dive canceled!

    I immediately went to go see a dentist and explained the problem. The dentist did a thorough examination and took x-rays, and concluded that I had no problems with my teeth.

    However, the dentist did tell me the problem was most likely sinus related. The dentist showed me on the x-ray where my sinus tubes came down near the roots on one of my upper teeth. The dentist also explained to me that when my sinuses are blocked or swollen and I pinch my nose and squeeze to equalize the pressure, those sinus lines expand and cause pressure on the root of the nearby tooth.

    It seemed to make sense, because it never happens to me on the first dive of the day. Since that day, on many ocassions and only on subsequent dives on the same day, when I would try to descend and would experience that intolerable pain in my upper tooth.

    Given that I'm pretty committed to diving being a major part of my life, I had to find a solution!

    I have since remedied that by always taking a 12-hour Sudafed for my sinuses before going diving. And if I'm doing more than 2 dives in one day, I often take another Sudafed after the second dive.

    But even with that approach, "the intolerable pain" will still sometimes rear its ugly face, especially on a livaboard type trip where there's lot's of diving going on for many days.

    BTW, for the record, I do have mild cronic sinusitis and have been under the care of an Ear Nose & Throat Specialist for years, and he has cleared me to use the Sudafed for diving. I've considered surgery on many ocassions, but along with the Sudafed and other remedies (cortizone shots directly into the inside of my nose) the doc uses to assist me with easing sinus issues, I seem to have found a surgery-free manageable solution.

    Again, not sure if it's relevant, but it might help someone else.

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Adrian,

    That is an issue that hits close to home.... There were times that I experienced severe tooth aches when there were large changes in barometric pressure, ie when storms were coming. Turned out to be a sinus issue, When the Sinuses were irritated and the pressure changed it hit the nerve root of the tooth. A root canal solved the problem... Oddly enough it never bothered me when I was diving.

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Thanks for all the replies, Im in greece at the moment and will have a good read through the posts on return. Then get this problem sorted.

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    Re: Tooth ache at depth ?

    Quote Originally Posted by 14diving  View Original Post
    Thanks for all the replies, Im in greece at the moment and will have a good read through the posts on return. Then get this problem sorted.
    In Greece? Hope you have a pleasant time.
    And remember to leave some money....

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