Wisdom Teeth – Pericornitis

Picture this… You’re twenty six years old. You think your “teething” days are behind you. I mean you’re twenty six. Loe and behold your wisdom teeth are the root of the problem that has been pestering you for weeks. You notice that the bottom right area is a partial tooth starting to peek through your gum tissue. Over the next couple of months food and gunk are taking up residency in this area. It’s hard to keep this dark area of oral gloom clean. The tissue around the tooth begins to swell and it’s sending pains through your nervous system. At this point, the inevitable problem is known as periocornitis. The best option to cease this problem, is the removal of the erupted wisdom tooth, and the healing process that follows.

Periocoronitis is inflammation of the gum tissue around molar teeth, such as an impacted wisdom tooth, or one that’s partially broken through. This allows an opening for bacteria to seep in and cause havoc around the tooth. Once food and plaque start to build up in the area, the remnants can irritate the gum and lead to periocoronitis. If it is a severe enough case, the swelling and infection may extend beyond the jaw to the cheeks and neck.

Ways to detect this “oral monster” are as follows:

  • Infection
  • Swelling in the gum tissue (caused by an accumulation of fluid)
  • A “bad taste” in the mouth (caused by pus leaking from the gums)
  • Swelling in the lymph nodes in the neck
  • Difficulty opening the mouth

Pericoronitis can be “tricky to treat” because the flap of gum tissue won’t go away until the wisdom tooth emerges naturally or until the tissue is removed. Your dentist will clean the area thoroughly to remove damaged tissue or pus. If the area is infected, you’ll be given oral antibiotics.Your dentist will give you instructions for keeping the area clean, which is the best way to prevent the problem from returning. This usually involves brushing and flossing daily (of course)  and rinsing your mouth with water several times a day. This will help prevent food particles from accumulating in the area.

In some cases, your dentist may suggest you have your tooth extracted once pericoronitis is under control. If your dentist thinks the tooth may erupt fully into the mouth without problems, he or she may leave it alone. However, if pericoronitis recurs, the tooth may be extracted.Pericoronitis that causes symptoms should be treated as soon as possible. If it is not, the infection can spread to other areas of your mouth.

Once the proper procedures have been taken to eliminate the problem at hand, your mouth will be able to heal properly, allowing this oral demon to subside. Now your biggest issue of the mouth will be what toothpaste do you favor using most, two times a day. ( Hopefully, anyhow!)

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