Holidaymakers urged to see their dentist before flying this summer

The changes in pressure associated with flying can cause you to experience pain in your teeth, and so holidaymakers are being urged to check in with their dentist before getting on a plane.


We’re currently in the midst of holiday season, and after months of waiting the last thing you want is to be struck with an illness that can ruin your holiday. Toothache is one thing that many flight passengers can suffer from, which can add further unease to the journey. The reason behind it is pretty simple. The change in pressure causes air pockets, that may exist in cracked or poorly restored teeth, to expand and can lead to serious toothache or even cause further damage to the affected tooth.


If you are suffering from an underlying tooth problem, then it is wise not to board a plane.[1] This may only serve to exacerbate the existing problem and cause you a lot more pain and discomfort. A leading dentist in the North East of England, Dr Coates, advises people to get checked out by their dentist before flying this summer, in an effort to save them any searing pain or any teeth problems coming to light.[2] Further, he also believes that “regular consultations with your dental professional are advised to monitor existing restorations or cracks.”[3]


Experiencing toothache on a flight could often be an indication that your teeth aren’t as well maintained as you thought, or alternatively it could be a sign of greater problems. The pain could be attributed to many different dental problems, such as tooth decay, a dental abscess, or previous faulty treatment. Pre-emptive check-ups and regular maintenance are the best way to avoid any of these unexpected unpleasantries while on holiday.


It is always advised that you visit your dentist if you feel any pain or discomfort in your teeth. If you do experience dental problems that have previously gone undetected, or have been caused by inadequate dental treatment, then Smith Jones Solicitors may be able to help. Much like flying, visiting the dentist can be a daunting experience, so when something goes wrong you’ll want to know that you’re in the right hands. We have a dedicated team of dental negligence experts, including a highly qualified dentist, who works alongside our Specialist Personal Injury Solicitors to provide the best care and advice.


Our Dental Negligence Solicitors can collaborate with our in-house dental expert to assess the damage done, what will be needed to repair the damage, and any future care or treatment that you require. We may also be able to help you reclaim any charges or expenses you have incurred as a result of the negligence. The most important thing is to ensure that you recover, so you can rest assured knowing that your claim is with people who will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation you deserve.


For more information, you can visit our Dental Negligence claims page here or call 0800 195 95 90 to talk to one of our experts.