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Tooth Squeeze

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

  • If experiencing tooth squeeze, avoid diving until recovery is complete.
  • Pain may be relieved with acetaminophen or ibuprofen taken according to the manufacturer's recommendation.

When to Seek Medical Care

  • If experiencing tooth squeeze, have a dental evaluation and have any damage repaired.

For More Information

Divers Alert Network, Dental Distress

REFERENCE: DAN.org. Dental Distress.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/28/2013
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