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Prim Dent Care. 2009 Apr;16(2):75-8. doi: 10.1308/135576109787909463.

The prevalence of orofacial pain and tooth fracture (odontocrexis) associated with SCUBA diving.

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Division of Restorative Dentistry, Department of Oral and Dental Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. r.jagger@bristol.ac.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To assess the prevalence of orofacial complications associated with SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) diving. Main outcome measures were prevalence of orofacial pain and odontocrexis.

METHOD:

Two hundred divers at four dive centres on the north-east coast of Australia were asked to complete a questionnaire that requested information regarding diving experience and facial pain and dental symptoms experienced during diving.

RESULTS:

One hundred and twenty-five completed questionnaires were returned (63% response rate). The prevalence of reported orofacial pain was 44%. Twenty-one per cent reported toothache, 27% sinus pain, 16% jaw pain, and 12% other pain. The prevalence of odontocrexis was less than 1%. Less than 1% had lost a filling when diving. No divers reported a crown or bridge being dislodged during diving.

CONCLUSION:

Among those who returned questionnaires, orofacial pain in divers was common and odontocrexis was rare.

PMID:
19366523
DOI:
10.1308/135576109787909463
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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