The emergence of wisdom teeth can be a frustrating experience for thousands of patients across the country. While many patients experience no problems whatsoever with the extraction of wisdom teeth, others run into problems like dry sockets and pericoronitis.
Pericoronitis occurs when wisdom teeth don’t erupt correctly and a small flap covers part of the tooth. This occurs more often on lower wisdom teeth than it does on upper wisdom teeth. When food and bacteria get trapped in the flap, an infection occurs, causing potential pain and swelling.
Unfortunately, pericoronitis won’t go away on its own. If it goes untreated, it can become dangerous after only a couple of weeks. Typically, either the flap of tissue or the wisdom tooth needs to be removed. If an infection is present, an antibiotic will be needed, as well.
Although pericoronitis doesn’t often return after treatment, if it does, patients are often directed to visit an oral surgeon.
If you have any questions about wisdom tooth extraction or if you would like to schedule a free consultation, please contact our team or make an appointment. Our incredible staff will give you the best dental care possible.
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