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#15 tooth extraction and air travel
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#15 tooth extraction and air travel

i have to have my #15 tooth extracted.  i had root canal on the tooth a few years ago and never had a crown put on because the tooth always seemed to have pain in it and the dentist could not find a reason for it.  a few months back the tooth chipped and the pain subsided and the dentist at the time suggested i have the crown put on.  however he was unable to get the crown to hold and finally just put a temp filling in.  the filling just fell out and when i went to a new dentist who checked the tooth and said i should have it extracted since the tooth wall was thin.  i am suppose to be traveling oversees 5 days after the extraction is to take place.  should i have it done or should i wait until i return which is about in three weeks.  i am concerned about the air travel after having an extraction.

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If the extraction is uncomplicated and does not involve your maxillary sinus then air travel should not be a concern.

Only the Oral Surgeon who is going to do the procedure would be able to tell you based upon the radiograph.


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