Pericoronitis occurs when the wisdom teeth do not have enough room to erupt through the gums. As a result، they may only partially come through the gum، which may lead to inflammation and infection of the soft tissue around the wisdom tooth. Medics Today said. If wisdom teeth only partially erupt، gum flaps may develop. These flaps are areas where food can become trapped، and bacteria can build up، causing infection.
Fast facts on pericoronitis: Wisdom teeth normally come through during late adolescence. Pericoronitis can be either short-term (acute) or long-term (chronic). Pericoronitis usually develops in people over 20 and under 40 years old. Symptoms The symptoms can vary between individuals depending on the severity of the infection.
Chronic symptoms include:
dull pain mild discomfort bad taste in the mouth swollen gum in the affected area Chronic symptoms often only last for 1 to 2 days but keep recurring over a period of months.
Acute symptoms usually last 3 to 4 days and can include:
severe pain that can cause loss of sleep swelling on the affected side of the face discharge of pus pain when swallowing swollen lymph nodes under the chin fever What are the causes? Pericoronitis commonly occurs in people in their 20s، with around 81 percent of those affected being aged between 20 and 29 years old.
Men and women develop pericoronitis in equal numbers.
There are also some common causes and conditions associated with pericoronitis:
poor oral hygiene — this more commonly causes acute pericoronitis stress pregnancy upper respiratory tract infection — this is caused by a virus — often a cold — or bacteria، and affects the nose، sinuses، and throat Diagnosis Dentists often diagnose pericoronitis during a clinical evaluation. The dentist will diagnose the condition by examining the wisdom teeth and checking for signs and the appearance of pericoronitis.
The dentist will look to see if the gums are inflamed، red، swollen، or draining pus. They will also look to see if there is a gum flap in the affected area.
The dentist might also take an X-ray to look at the alignment of the wisdom teeth and to rule out other possible causes for the pain، such as dental decay.
If a doctor diagnoses pericoronitis، they will refer the individual to a dentist for further treatment.
What are the treatment options? Once the dentist has diagnosed pericoronitis، they will design a treatment plan according to the specific needs of the individual.
The condition can be difficult to treat because if there is a gum flap، then the problem will not go away completely until the tooth fully erupts، or the tooth or tissue is removed.
If the person has symptoms that are localized to the area around the tooth then the dentist may try the following treatment options:
thoroughly cleaning the area removing any food debris draining any pus If there is an infection، then the dentist will prescribe antibiotics، and an individual can take other medication to manage the pain and reduce swelling. A person should consult their dentist before using any over-the-counter medications or mouth rinses.
In many cases، the dentist may recommend removing the tooth، especially if it is a recurring problem.
It is vitally important that symptoms of pericoronitis are treated swiftly to keep the infection from spreading and to lessen the risks of complications.
Anyone experiencing symptoms of pericoronitis should contact their dentist as soon as possible. Those who realize their wisdom teeth are coming through but have no symptoms of pericoronitis should still tell their dentist so that they can monitor the progress.
Home remedies For minor cases of pericoronitis، some home remedies can help alleviate and treat symptoms.
A warm saltwater rinse can help، as can cleaning the affected area carefully with a toothbrush to remove plaque and food debris.
However، if a person sees no improvement after 5 days، then they should consult a dentist.
It is not recommended to use home remedies if a person is experiencing severe symptoms.