Can we fly internationally with sensitive tooth and sharp pain?

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    Hi,
    I am planning for an international trip and I have some issues going on with my tooth. I have sensitivity to chew hard and crunchy foods and to hot beverages. This is happening for past 2 weeks after my recent filling replacement. Also, I have a sharp needle pinch like pain coming on and off without any triggers. It will be there for few seconds and goes off. Comes back after a min or so.
    I am planning for an international trip within 10 days and I am worried whether this sensitive tooth and pain increase during plane travel? Also, my current dentist say it might be a crack underneath. Not sure though. Whether the minor cracked tooth cause any issues while on plane travel? Any inputs on this. Appreciate your inputs. Should I go for an airplane travel or I should avoid it? Any precautions to be taken?
     
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    MattKW Verified Dentist

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    Unlikely to give trouble. Take some plain ibuprofen with you in case.
    Alternatively, have filling changed again, but to amalgam.
     
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    Thank you so much for your reply @MattKW. Appreciate it.
    Yeah. I am planning to go to a new dentist there and insist them to change it to amalgam.
     
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    I cracked a lower molar tooth eating a French fry in Marrakech at the start of a hiking trip up a mountain in North Africa. I just took care to avoid eating on it or putting pressure on as it was like an electric shock to eat hot food. I had it fixed as soon as I got home. So I hope you will be fine too.
     
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    Thank you so much for your reply @Busybee. Appreciate it.
    I am also doing the same. Not eating on that side of the mouth.
    And how did you fix it when you back home? What did you do to fix it?
     
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    I went to a dentist near work and they told me I needed a root canal and referred me to a specialist. He was all set to do the canal or even extract the tooth if it the crack was really bad.

    So I went for a second opinion to a minimally invasive dentist a dental nurse friend recommended. He said he didn't think it needed a root canal as I could feel the cold and the root looked good on x ray. He said he would open it up in order to have a look and to fill it if possible, with a view to referring me if the crack went past the gum line. It was not past the gum line and he filled it very carefully. He said let's try this and see whether it settles before we do anything more radical. That was 11 years ago and it has not hurt since.
     
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    Thank you @Busybee.
    That's so awesome. A normal white filling helped you a lot and for a long time. I didn't know that fillings help to cover up the crack. I thought crown is the only option.
     
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    Dental User I was lucky because the crack was not deep. I had a crack on the same tooth on the other side but that one had to be protected with a gold onlay. Luckily neither was past the gum line. If it's too deep then there is no remedy but to remove the tooth. I hope yours is ok and that the flight goes well.
     
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    Fillings rarely cover up cracks unless you are also cusp capping (or onlay as for Busybee). Teeth naturally function by wedging cusp against incline, and cavities/fillings disrupt the strength of the tooth. Merely covering a crack with the same size and shape filling will do nothing. Unfortunately, post-op sens after composite fillings is often falsely attributed to a "crack" (requiring an RCT!), or a "high spot". If you have pain due to a crack, a pathognomonic sign is pain upon release of biting pressure, not random pain "...without any triggers...".
     
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    Thank you so much for your inputs @MattKW.
    Appreciate it.
    Thanks for letting me know about the crack pain.
     
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