Non-barotraumatic tooth fracture during scuba diving

Mathieu Gunepin*, Yehuda Zadik, Florence Derache, Leon Dychter

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Background: When dental pain or tooth fracture occurs during diving, variations in atmospheric pressure are usually considered as etiology. Case report: We present a case of a military diver referred for dental pain which appeared during diving. Diagnoses suggested by the diving medical specialist were barodontalgia and dental barotrauma. The dental exam, however, highlighted a tooth fracture due to the in-diving use of an inappropriate mouth regulator which yielded excessive occlusal pressure on a tooth with pre-existing extensive dental restoration. Discussion: This case highlights the importance of the use of an adapted mouthpiece by divers, and the need for awareness of physicians and dentists who treat divers of the implications of scuba diving on dental and oral medicine.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)630-632
Number of pages3
JournalAviation Space and Environmental Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Dental fracture
  • Diver
  • Diving dentistry
  • Military dentistry
  • Mouth regulator


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