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How do I know if I have pericoronitis?

How do I know if I have pericoronitis?

See a dentist: Pericoronitis occcurs when the gum tissue around the molar teeth, most often partially erupted wisdom teeth becomes swollen and sometimes infected. The resulting flap of gum causes discomfort, especially if the opposing tooth touches it when eating. A dentist can determine the correct course of action-namely cleaning out the site, excision of the flap, antibiotics, or removal of the tooth. ...Read more

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Pericoronitis (Definition)

Perioronitis described a condition of tissue inflammation (itis) surround (peri) a tooth crown (corona). If it occur at the site of wisdom teeth, extraction is the treatment of choice. In other areas, good thorough cleaning and treat the underlying causes would be ...Read more


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How frequently can pericoronitis recur?

How frequently can pericoronitis recur?

It depends: As long as the ill-erupted tooth is there and poor dental hygiene, the infection will always come back when local factors such as food trapping or mechanical irritation trigger the situation. ...Read more

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How can I treat pain from pericoronitis?

How can I treat pain from pericoronitis?

Pericoronitis: Happens when the gums behind your wisdom teeth or back teeth become infected. If the pericoronitis is mild, warm salt water rinsing and oral hygiene will temporary solve the problem. If your gums, jaw, and cheek are swollen and painful you should see a dentist asap for imaging and treatment with antibiotics.
Take care. ...Read more

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For how long does pericoronitis last for?

For how long does pericoronitis last for?

Pericoronitis: It will last until it goes away or is successfully treated. There is no specific range of time. It's like asking, if I get a splinter in my skin, how long will the soreness and discomfort last? The splinter needs to be removed and the body time to heal. Similarly, salt water rinses, antibiotics, debridement of area, removal of gum flap or tooth etc. Might be indicated based upon cause. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pericoronitis?

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What is the definition or description of: pericoronitis?

Inflammation on gum: Perioronitis described a condition of tissue inflammation (itis) surround (peri) a tooth crown (corona). If it occur at the site of wisdom teeth, extraction is the treatment of choice. In other areas, good thorough cleaning and treat the underlying causes would be the best treatment choice. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I can relieve pain from pericoronitis?

Can you tell me how I can relieve pain from pericoronitis?

See your Dentist: The inflamed flap of tissue around the tooth has to be cleaned or removed, or the tooth has to be removed. See your dentist for helped or referral to a periodontist. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for pericoronitis?

What are the treatments for pericoronitis?

Good oral hygiene: Pericoronitis is the inflammation of the soft tissues surrounding the teeth.
Following good oral hygiene practice, to keep healthy teeth and gums, like flossing, brushing. And the use of antiseptic oral rinses might help.
In extreme cases simple antibiotic treatment along with maintaining good oral hygiene might be needed to achieve heathy tissues. ...Read more

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Can somebody tell me how much is pericoronitis surgery?

Can somebody tell me how much is pericoronitis surgery?

Pericoronitis: This is simply the gum tissue overlaping an impacted molar, usualy a wisdom tooth, and food and bacteria get trapped in there causing an infection. Two permanent ways to fix. One is surgery to remove the gum tissue overlaping the tooth, from 2 to 4 hundred in my area, another is to extract the impacted tooth. This may actually cost less. See a dentist to get a proper diagnosis, and treatment. ...Read more

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How could I tell if pericoronitis has spread to the neck?

How could I tell if pericoronitis has spread to the neck?

See a periodontist: Pericoronitis is inflammation of the gum surrounding your tooth usually the lower back molar. If you mean periodontitis that is a generalized breakdown of gum and bone supporting the teeth. In any case there can be an infection in your gum which can spread to the lymph nodes in your neck. See a periodontist to treat your problem. ...Read more

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Pericoronitis not responding to antibiotics, what to do?

Pericoronitis not responding to antibiotics, what to do?

Pericoronitis: I hope you are not self diagnosing and self medicating yourself. See a local dentist who can determine how best to resolve this issue. Some General Dentists can adequately treat you while in some cases it requires treatment by an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist. ...Read more

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What should I do if my pericoronitis is not responding to antibiotics?

What should I do if my pericoronitis is not responding to antibiotics?

Re-evaluation: Have your dentist or oral surgeon reevaluate the area. Removal of the tissue or tooth may be indicated. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pericoronitis and I'm going to the dentist tomorrow. Ijust going to clean it?

What to do if I have pericoronitis and I'm going to the dentist tomorrow. Ijust going to clean it?

Depends: Dentist will have to examine you to determine the best course of treatment. May need debridement (cleaning) or more intensive treatment. Is this the only area of problem, or are there others. Let your dentist make the treatment decision with you after examining you and determining what's needed. ...Read more

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I think I have pericoronitis but cannot afford to go to dentist for another few days, is there anything I can do at home?

I think I have pericoronitis but cannot afford to go to dentist for another few days, is there anything I can do at home?

IBU/salt rinse: I'd start with 600-800gm ibuprofen (if you have no medical or stomach issues) to handle pain/swelling/inflammation and follow up with warm salt water rinse 2-3 times a day. Then see a dentist asap to review area and other areas of interest ...Read more

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I'm taking amoxicillin 500 mg, 3 times per day to treat pericoronitis. I've been taking it for 48 hours with minor to no improvement. Is this normal?

I'm taking amoxicillin 500 mg, 3 times per day to treat pericoronitis. I've been taking it for 48 hours with minor to no improvement. Is this normal?

Could be: Pericoronitis, by definition, is an inflammation (itis) occur in the tissue surrounding (peri) the crown (corona). Amoxicillin simply provided the relief but not removing the underlying causes. It should relieve pain and inflammation after 24 hours to allow for more therapeutic approach addressing the underlying cause of pericoronitis. ...Read more

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I've been taking amoxicillin 500mg + clavulanic 125mg twice a day for pericoronitis for 3 days. It's still painful. Do I need to take another course?

I've been taking amoxicillin 500mg + clavulanic 125mg twice a day for pericoronitis for 3 days. It's still painful. Do I need to take another course?

Needs intervention: Need to see oral surgeon now to have inflamed infected tissue removed. Surgeon can decide on need for more antibiotics after he has examined you. ...Read more

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I have a mild case of pericoronitis and DO NOT have dental insurance and so far haven't been able to find a free dental service In my area. Can I use do?

I have a mild case of pericoronitis and DO NOT have dental insurance and so far haven't been able to find a free dental service In my area. Can I use do?

Community health: See if you can locate a community health center that offers dental services. Sometimes pericoronitis responds well to careful oral hygiene but not always. Contact HHS as suggested or your state health department. There are quite a few programs to help but they can be tricky to find. ...Read more

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How can you know the difference between pericoronitis and just your teeth growing in?

How can you know the difference between pericoronitis and just your teeth growing in?

See your dentist: A pericoronitis is a localized infection associated with the coronal portion or crown of a tooth due to the inability to keep the area clean resulting in pain and swelling, most commonly associated with a wisdom tooth. As a tooth is erupting or attempting to erupt into the mouth, you may have some tenderness of the tissues overlying the tooth, but an infection may not necessarily be present. ...Read more

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What to do about infection (pericoronitis) and a dentist I don't feel comfortable with?

What to do about infection (pericoronitis) and a dentist I don't feel comfortable with?

Dentist: I am confident that in a city the size of Modesto you can find a dentist that you feel comfortable with. Ask a friend, neighbor, or a co-worker for a referral, and make the call. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me if one is able to contract pericoronitis on an upper level gum/ wisdom tooth?

Can someone tell me if one is able to contract pericoronitis on an upper level gum/ wisdom tooth?

Yes: While more common on the lower back molars, it can occur on the upper back molars. ...Read more

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I'm 23 yo male. Had pericoronitis last week and now have cold. I accidently found that my right side cervical lymph node is swollen. Should I worry?

I'm 23 yo male. Had pericoronitis last week and now have cold. I accidently found that my right side cervical lymph node is swollen. Should I worry?

Infection: You don't need to worry, but you should see your dentist again to get antibiotics if there is an infection. I assume you learned about the pericoronitis from your dentist? In that case either the area should be cleaned, the wisdom tooth removed, or excess tissue removed to prevent it from happening again. ...Read more

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I had an operculectomy performed Wednesday because I had signs of pericoronitis. The sight is still sore and puss is still draining. What should I do?

I had an operculectomy performed Wednesday because I had signs of pericoronitis. The sight is still sore and puss is still draining. What should I do?

See the provider.: If there is puss draining, that is a sign of infection. Only a dentist or oral surgeon can determine if there is an infection. You should go back to the treating provider and have it evaluated. It is not uncommon three days out to still have drainage and discomfort. Hopefully you are on or soon will be on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Will a wisdom tooth infection, pericoronitis get worse over time?

Will a wisdom tooth infection, pericoronitis get worse over time?

It can. As an oral..: Surgeon, I see the worst of infections because general dentists will seek help in treating them. While many pericoronitis infections may resolve without treatment, there are those rare few that can become so severe as to require hospitalization, surgical drainage and I.V. Antibiotics with several days in intensive care. Never assume that an infection will go away. Seek help early. ...Read more

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Can doxycycline cause pericoronitis? 4 times this has flared up after finishing a course of this antibiotic so wondering if there is a link.

Pericoronitis: Pericoronitis is inflammation of gum tissue around crown of a tooth. Antibiotic will not cure, only control for as long as you take the antibiotic. Please see Oral Surgeon to determine if gum tissue needs reshaping, tooth needs removal, or other course of treatment. ...Read more

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I want to know if it's safe to have my wisdom tooth extracted while I have a pericoronitis infection and am now on antibiotics?

I want to know if it's safe to have my wisdom tooth extracted while I have a pericoronitis infection and am now on antibiotics?

Yes you are covered: You are on antibiotics
The pericoronitis is being caused by the interrelationship of your gums and wisdom tooth
By extracting the tooth you will get rid of the pericoronitis problem, food impact ion, and gum infection ...Read more

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I went to the dentist today and found out that I have pericoronitis wisdom tooth plus infection. I'm going to have surgery this Thursday.?

I went to the dentist today and found out that I have pericoronitis wisdom tooth plus infection. I'm going to have surgery this Thursday.?

Be more specific: You mention surgery, is that gum surgery or tooth extraction?
If its gum surgery for the pericoronitis then your dentist feels the problem can be eliminated by removing the swollen tissue and restore proper anatomical tissues and therefore keep the involved tooh ...Read more

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I have pericoronitis in a infected wisdom tooth in the lower left side. I have a swollen lymph node on the right side though is that possible?

I have pericoronitis in a infected wisdom tooth in the lower left side. I have a swollen lymph node on the right side though is that possible?

See dentist: See your dentist immediately. Wisdom teeth come in between 18-20 years on the average. Have the dentist take a panorex or individual x-rays of the four wisdom teeth. If infected an antibiotic may be advisable. If needed the dentist will refer you to an oral surgeon for evaluation. If the wisdom teeth are deemed impacted and need to be removed, I suggest having all four removed on one visit, ...Read more