Tooth Squeeze Overview
Tooth squeeze occurs during a scuba diving ascent when air is trapped in a dental filling or cavity. As a diver goes deeper under water, air can enter a cavity or dental filling area. As the diver begins to surface that air (or gas) expands and is "trapped" resulting in pain to that area. Pain can occur on descent due to a "vacuum" effect however it is not common.
Tooth squeeze is more likely to occur in divers with tooth decay, dental infections, or recent tooth extraction or fillings.
Tooth Squeeze Symptoms
Symptoms of tooth squeeze include:
Pain in the face and upper teeth is more commonly associated with sinus squeeze.
Tooth Squeeze Treatment
When to Seek Medical Care
For More Information
Divers Alert Network, Dental Distress
Medically reviewed by Martin E. Zipser, MD; American Board of Surgery
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/22/2015
Scott D. Fell, DO, FAAEM
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