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

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes

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

In brief: Yes

While more common on the lower back molars, it can occur on the upper back molars.
Dr. Gary Sandler
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Dr. Theodore Grellner
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Pericoronitis is an infection of the gum covering a tooth that is not completely through the gum. This can happen with any impacted tooth as it is becomes exposed to mouth with its bacteria.
Usually we associate it with wisdom teeth because they are the last teeth to come in. Though the discomfort can subside without treatment, it can also turn into a nasty infection that requires antibiotics.

In brief: Yes

Pericoronitis is an infection of the gum covering a tooth that is not completely through the gum. This can happen with any impacted tooth as it is becomes exposed to mouth with its bacteria.
Usually we associate it with wisdom teeth because they are the last teeth to come in. Though the discomfort can subside without treatment, it can also turn into a nasty infection that requires antibiotics.
Dr. Theodore Grellner
Dr. Theodore Grellner
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