Root canals and diving

4 years 4 months ago #26734 by WetOne
WetOne created the topic: Root canals and diving
So, I started my root canal work on Friday. Doc was only able to successfully clear one root canal but says he will have to try again on other two next trip which is 22/10. I have a spirit of freedom trip booked for 7/11. Is there a stage that we need to achieve before I can dive? I will be talking with him more about this, I just want to make sure we are all on the same page and understand air pockets and diving. At present I have a temporary filling which I believe has some anti bacterial material behind this. I was under the impression that this needs to be removed and we have to be ready for the crown before I can dive again.

Any advice/experience?

Cheers
Jo

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4 years 4 months ago #298390 by Andy Del
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The only person who will know definitively is your dentist.

My understanding, having had a good friend who is a dentist and described this some years ago to me, is that root canals involve two procedures, the first to clean out the roots. Then a period of time goes past to allow the tooth to settle and ensure there will be no ongoing infection of the site. The second procedure sees an inert substance put into the tooth and a permanent filling/crown installed.

For me, I was free to do whatever in the interval between procedures, however, I was not diving in those days, being a poor student/musician...

Bottom line, ask your dentist! I find them to be lovely, empathetic people who are only too happy to describe in minute detail how they are going to hack and chop about inside your gob! :D

(I am serious about the being nice people part!)

cheers

Andy

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4 years 4 months ago #298391 by RodH
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From what I remember, from years ago, my dentist (who was a diver himself) said no diving whilst tempory cap in place, as there is a empty root canal and being a tempory cap he couldn't rule out a very painful problems if the cap didn't seal properly.

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4 years 4 months ago #298392 by WetOne
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Thanks Andy and Rob. Yes, my dentist is actually lovely bloke just wanted yo see what divers had experienced just in case dentist didn't clearly understand diving and pressure. Will be talking with him more on Monday :D

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4 years 4 months ago #298393 by siddela
siddela replied the topic: Root canals and diving
I'm in the middle of a root canal procedure at the moment and my Dentist didn't warn me about diving. Maybe I should have asked? [:I] Oh well, it's too late, I dived yesterday twice, once to 37m and the other at 30m including deco obligations, no issues for me.
The difference might be that the root canal is one of my front teeth, so I suppose that really doesn't take the 'biting' pressure of a reg, however the depth pressure is still there.

Andrew

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4 years 4 months ago #298394 by jdz
jdz replied the topic: Root canals and diving
You won't have any pain in the tooth as the nerve is dead. I dived throughout my treatments..

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4 years 3 months ago #298569 by wizbang
wizbang replied the topic: Root canals and diving
As others have said, I dived through out, with the consent of my dentist, but I did end up with a cracked tooth further down the line and had to have the whole tooth removed.

Still not sure if it was poor workmanship or diving related.

I now have a post and crown. Again I dived during the process with the consent of my dentist (wh is a diver).

All good for now. Touch wood.

Good luck.
Wiz

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4 years 3 months ago #298572 by Bazza
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I find most canals are bad to dive in ... regards Baz

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4 years 3 months ago #298573 by WetOne
WetOne replied the topic: Root canals and diving
Thanks for comments. Dived last week with no issues despite pretty crappy sinus pain post wisdom tooth removal gone wrong :(

Crown prep etc still to go but no problems diving during apparently.

This will be my ONLY root canal ever!

Cheers
Jo

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3 years 9 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #299214 by Brick
Brick replied the topic: Root canals and diving
I missed this thread when originally posted but I thought as a diving dentist I would post my thoughts in case anybody needs this information in the future.
I should say first up that problems with root canal therapies are not uncommon both during treatment and afterwards. This is particularly the case when done by general dentists.
While there are general dentists who do a reasonable job at it I think in all but simple cases it is better to see a specialist endodontist.
If done properly the root canal space should be fill filleded with a temporary material during between visits so in theory there should be no problem diving. In fact there will be less risk than before the treatment was started. I would however definitely not dive if there a significant infection particularly in the upper back teeth which are close to the sinuses.
Putting things in perspective I have experienced virtually no issues with dental treatment and diving in my 30 year career.
P.S. Jo I am sorry your experience with your treatment was not great. While going to the dentist will never be fun, root canals really should not cause much bother if done by somebody who is really good at it.
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