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What is Pericoronitis?

what are the causes of pericoronitisPericoronitis is characterized by a dental condition wherein the gum tissue around your molar teeth becomes infected and swollen. This condition typically occurs because of wisdom teeth, the final set of molar teeth that a majority of people experience in their late teenage years or sometimes in their early twenties.

 

Causes of Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis occurs when your wisdom teeth partially erupt through the gum as a result of which bacteria enter around your tooth, causing an infection. Plaque or food might get caught under a gum around your tooth. If not removed, it can create gum irritation and result in pericoronitis. If this condition is severe, the infection and swelling might extend beyond your jaw to your cheeks as well as neck.

Symptoms of Pericoronitis

The signs and symptoms of pericoronitis include:

  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Gum tissue swelling (caused due to accumulation of fluid)
  • Difficulty opening your mouth
  • Swollen lymph nodes in your neck
  • Unpleasant taste in your mouth

Diagnosis of Pericoronitis

A dentist at Brighton Implant Clinic will check your wisdom teeth to see any signs of pericoronitis. The dental professional may require a dental X-ray periodically to check your wisdom teeth’s alignment. Make sure to schedule regular dental checkups to identify  any symptoms such as infection or swelling.

For more information please feel free to Contact Brighton Implant Clinic or Call us on 0800 111 6623 .