How Does Pericoronitis Affect Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth can be a major annoyance for many patients, as new teeth erupt and have the potential to cause crowding issues and throw off years of work performed by traditional braces. One of the other major problems that can occur is known as Pericoronitis. This problem occurs when there’s not enough room for the wisdom teeth to emerge from the gums. When this happens, the wisdom teeth only partially erupt, potentially causing inflammation and infection. Furthermore, gum flaps can also emerge, trapping food and bacteria and potentially leading to infection, if not treated promptly.

If Pericoronitis occurs, patients might feel dull, severe pain, swelling, pain when swallowing, and/or swollen lymph nodes.

Pericoronitis is diagnosed and treated by a dentist, usually by thoroughly cleaning the area, removing food, and draining pus. Antibiotics might be prescribed to fight an infection if one exists.

In order to limit the risk of Pericoronitis occurring, it’s essential to practice good oral hygiene habits, visit the dentist for regular cleanings, and make an appointment if you feel any problems or pain starting to occur.

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