causes of pericoronitis

What is Dental Pericoronitis?

A Pericoronitis is when a gum tissue is infected and swollen gums around the wisdom teeth area. Usually it’s the third and final set of teeth which people get during their early and late twenties.

Causes of Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis usually happens during the eruption of one of the wisdom teeth. When eruption take place, the tooth is trying to break through the gum and allows the bacteria enter and cause the infection and swallowing. During food consumption, the bacteria or plague from the food may go underneath the flap of the gum. If it will remain there, it might irritate and lead to pericoronitis. If pericoronitis is too severe, it might go beyond the tooth to the cheek bone and jaw. So make sure to brush and use mouthwash during the tooth eruption to make sure you don’t get a pericoronitis.

causes of pericoronitis

Symptoms of Pericoronitis

There are a few symptoms of pericoronitis that you may notice during the tooth eruption. They include:

  1. Infection
  2. Pain
  3. Swelling
  4. Bad taste in the mouth
  5. Swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck
  6. Difficulties in opening the mouth

How to treat Pericoronitis

If the Pericoronitis didn’t spread to the jaw and cheek, means that you still have time to stop the sickness. All you have to do is rinse your mouth with salt and warm water after each meal. Also, make sure there is no food caught underneath the flap of the gum.

If the pain is too severe and the jaw, cheek and the tooth is swollen, you will need to go to your dentist right away. Your local dentist will prescribe you the antibiotics you need (in most cases its penicillin). If you can’t stand the pain, its better for you to take some pain relievers such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

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