Minor surgery to remove the operculum: If the pain and inflammation are severe, or if the pericoronitis recurs, it may be necessary to have oral surgery to remove the gum flap or wisdom tooth. Your dentist can make the appropriate referral to the oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Does pericoronitis need surgery?
Any licensed dentist is able to treat pericoronitis. In situations where surgery is required or if it is a severe and complicated case, dental specialists such an oral surgeon or a periodontist (gum surgeon) can provide treatment.
When should I see a dentist for pericoronitis?
A person should contact their dentist or oral surgeon if they experience intense or throbbing pain, fever, or bleeding. The most important thing about treating pericoronitis is ensuring that individuals receive the right treatment so that this painful condition can be corrected as soon as possible.
Is pericoronitis an emergency?
Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the soft tissue overlying a partially erupted tooth. Localized cases respond to irrigation.
Common Dental Emergencies.
|Definition||Inflamed gum over partially erupted tooth|
|Presentation||Pain, erythema, and swelling|
Can pericoronitis spread?
In some cases, infection can spread from the affected tooth to other areas of your mouth. While rare, a person experiencing pericoronitis can develop a life-threatening complication called Ludwig’s angina, in which the infection spreads into their head and neck.
Can pericoronitis make you sick?
When pericoronitis is acute, it happens once after an unusual circumstance like when you neglect to clean the tooth properly. Acute infections can become serious, causing fevers, swelling, discomfort, pain, or an infection that can eventually go to your blood (sepsis).
What happens if pericoronitis is left untreated?
When left untreated, the infection spreads and irritates the gums causing pericoronitis. In severe cases of pericoronitis, the infection can spread to the jaw, cheeks and neck.
How do I know if my pericoronitis is infected?
- Swelling in the gum tissue (caused by an accumulation of fluid)
- Pus discharge.
- Trismus, or difficulty opening your mouth and jaw, also called lockjaw.
- Pain with swallowing.
- Loss of appetite.
How do you deal with pericoronitis?
How is pericoronitis treated? First, your dentist will flush away the accumulated food particles and other debris from the area. Then, he or she will prescribe a course of oral antibiotics to clear up the infection. He or she will also recommend an antibacterial oral rinse that you can use to clear the infected area.
Why is there pus in my wisdom tooth?
If you experience pus from your teeth and gums, it is typically a sign of a tooth abscess or a wisdom tooth infection. Pus is a clear sign of infection. Both are considered dental emergencies. If you see pus, make an emergency appointment with us or your dental provider immediately.
How long does it take for pericoronitis to go away with antibiotics?
Mild pericoronitis can heal in a few days or weeks with the proper pericoronitis antibiotics. Severe pericoronitis may heal in several weeks or months to heal with proper dental surgeries. Severe pericoronitis healing may take several months if you only use antibiotic treatments without surgery.
Can pericoronitis happen overnight?
That depends. In the early stages and in mild cases, it can cause discomfort and be treated with some success at home. Acute pericoronitis can happen when the tooth is first breaking through the gum, and it usually only lasts a few days while the tooth is first coming in.
Does pericoronitis cause ear pain?
The signs and symptoms of pericoronitis depend upon the severity, and are variable: Pain, which gets worse as the condition develops and becomes severe. The pain may be throbbing and radiate to the ear, throat, temporomandibular joint, posterior submandibular region and floor of the mouth.
Why is pericoronitis worse at night?
The main reason why toothaches are more painful at night is our sleeping position. Laying down causes more blood rush to our heads, putting extra pressure on sensitive areas, such as our mouths. We don’t feel that throbbing sensation as much during the day because we’re mostly standing or sitting.