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Barodontalgia as a Differential Diagnosis: Symptoms and FindingsFULL TEXT
• Roland Robichaud, BSc (Hon) •
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Studies indicate that severity of barodontalgia and the resulting deterioration of dental health correlates with duration of barometric stress. Restorative materials are also affected by pressure gradients. Resin is indicated as a luting agent of choice for cementing fixed prostheses in populations at risk for barodontalgia. Under the influence of pressure gradients, resin cements maintain original bond strength and demonstrate the least amount of microleakage compared with other cements.
The key to avoiding barodontalgia is good oral health. Clinicians must pay close attention to areas of dentin exposure, caries, fractured cusps, the integrity of restorations and periapical pathology in those at risk. The Fédération dentaire internationale describes 4 classes of barodontalgia based on signs and symptoms and provides specific and valuable recommendations for therapeutic intervention.
MeSH Key Words: aerospace medicine; barotrauma/complications; diving/injuries; toothache/etiologyReply to this article | View replies 
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