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Pericoronitis

WHAT IS PERICORONITIS?

When gum tissue becomes infected and swollen around your wisdom teeth, it is called Pericoronitis disease.


HOW DO YOU GET PERICORONITIS DISEASE?

When wisdom teeth start to break through your gum it allows an opening for bacteria to enter. The bacteria forms around the tooth and an infection begins. After eating food, a bacterial film remains and gets caught under a strip of gum around your tooth. If it stays, it irritates the gum and leads to a disease called Pericoronitis. Severe Pericoronitis disease can spread beyond the jaw to your cheeks and neck. All of this can happen from not getting treatment for your wisdom teeth.


HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A PERICORONITIS DISEASE?

  • Pain
  • Infection
  • Swollen gum tissue
  • Pus leaking from your gums causing a “bad taste” in your mouth.
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Opening your mouth is difficult

Swollen gums and painful teeth and jaw require a dentist immediately. Or as people say “I need A dentist near me” Buy if you look for affordable dental near me come see us - right away.


HOW IS PERICORONITIS DIAGNOSED?

A visit to affordable dental Family Dentistry will start with a conversation, then an x-ray of your mouth and wisdom teeth. We like to see how the wisdom teeth are developing. We’ll look at the swelling or infection and check your gum flap around your wisdom teeth. Dr. Paya then determines the best treatment plan.


HOW IS PERICORONITIS TREATED?

If the infection has not spread, then the Pericoronitis is limited. Start by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. Brush and clean your mouth good. Make sure that the gum flap has no food trapped under it. Some infections are treated with antibiotics and by using pain relievers such as aspirin, acetaminophen, or ibuprofen.

When the pain and inflammation are severe, or the Pericoronitis recurs, you may need to remove the wisdom tooth or the gum flap. A Paya Dental specialist will be assigned to you and will do the proper treatment to treat the problems. Sometimes we use a low-level laser to reduce pain and inflammation associated with Pericoronitis.

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