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Tooth pain when ascending

matn spector

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Hey all need your help please :)
In the last week after some dives i began feeling strong pain in my upper back teeth. First at the right side then at both sides.
The pain begin only while ascending not when descending or at the bottom.
Haven't been at the dentist for a while now.
By these symptoms would you say it could be a tooth squeeze? Or is it nore likely to be another variation of pressure in the sinus?
Thank you!
 

oldfather

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My guess would be that it is more likely to be sinus. If it were tooth squeeze, I would have thought it would be more localised and not spread that quickly to both sides of the jaw.
Would be interesting to know if you did something different to your diet, and or went diving with some sort of congestion.
 
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matn spector

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I did not change my diet at all actually..
After talking to a few diving instructors i got to the conclusion it is probably sinus as you say.
If it would have been tooth squeeze they say i should have felt it every dive while descending each time.
Maybe something with my diet do not fit for me because i tend to have sinus problem often.. every time a bit different place.
Thank you for your thoughts and opinion!
 

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I'd agree, sinus issue. I've only had a sinus squeeze once, a doozy, and it was on ascent. Tooth squeeze feels different, mine have all been on descent.

Ways to prevent it revolve around preventing inflamation and mucus production in the sinuses. Things like: avoid milk products for several days ahead of the dive, avoid anything else you might be allergic to, use a neti pot (surprisingly effective), take some meds, sudafed to shrink the tissue, antihistamines to reduce inflamation, maybe something else to attach mucus production.
 
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matn spector

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[QUOTE="cdavis,

Ways to prevent it revolve around preventing inflamation and mucus production in the sinuses. Things like: avoid milk products for several days ahead of the dive, avoid anything else you might be allergic to, use a neti pot (surprisingly effective), take some meds, sudafed to shrink the tissue, antihistamines to reduce inflamation, maybe something else to attach mucus production.[/QUOTE]

I am using the netipot every morning and ur is very helpful!
Ill have a week dairy free and see if it changes anything. Thnx
 

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Same thing happened to me last month at Adam Stern's Deep Week in Amed. Passing through 25m with no warning, I got a sharp pain in the left maxillary sinus under the cheekbone. It felt like someone stuck a pin or needle in the skin of my cheek. I turned instantly and surfaced. A dull pain remained. I ha a full feeling in my sinus and hawked up and spat out bright cherry red blood and snot. Doh, that's me done for the day. Interestingly as I made the 200m swim back to shore, the pain returned and seemed to move into one o fly teeth. Damn, I thought, is this a tooth squeeze somehow? But that passed and of course you don't split up blood from a tooth squeeze ;-)

20 years of Rec scuba, tech and cave diving and never once had a sinus squeeze, so it was a new (and frustrating) experience for me.
 
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