Why You Should Never Go Scuba Diving With These Dental Conditions

Dental conditions can affect your daily life in a number of ways. For example, if you are into scuba diving, then there are dental conditions that can keep you away from this thrilling activity. Here are four examples of such conditions:

Extracted Tooth

It takes about three to four weeks for an extracted tooth to heal. However, this is only possible if blood clots on the wound – the clot restricts bleeding and promotes healing. The absence of the blood clot is referred to as a dry socket, and it delays healing.

Scuba diving before the wound heals increases the risk of a dry socket formation. This is mainly because the action of sucking on the regulator or snorkel can dislodge the forming blood clot. Therefore, it is best until your extraction site heals; it should take a few weeks, but you can also get positive confirmation from your dentist.

Temporary Filled Teeth

If you have temporary teeth fillings, then you should also stay away from scuba diving for some time. Such fillings often trap air in the spaces between themselves and the teeth. Diving puts your body under great pressure; coupled with the sucking action of breathing underwater, this may force more air under your fillings.

The danger comes when you resurface, and the pressure reduces considerably. This reduction in pressure results in a sudden expansion of the trapped air, which can shatter or remove your temporary filling materials. It is best to wait until you get permanent filling.

TMJ Syndrome

Clenching your jaws continuously, which you can't avoid because you need to hold the regulators mouthpiece properly, can give you facial fatigue or even mild pain. If you don't have a dental or facial problem, then this may be nothing more than a source of soreness.

However, if you have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, then it is a cause for real concern. TMJ syndrome is a disorder affecting the joint where the facial bones connect to the skull. If you have to dive with your TMJ disorder, then you should look for specially designed mouthpieces that covers your posterior teeth and relieves the symptoms.

These are just three examples of what may go wrong if you go scuba diving with a dental problem. It is always best to dive when you are healthy. If you have any medical or dental problem, then contact your doctor or dentist for advice on whether you should proceed with a dive.


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