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

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Dr. Theodore Grellner
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Theodore Grellner
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Dentistry - Periodontics
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In brief: Can come & go

It does not get worse, but it tends to be recurrent unless the tooth is extracted or the tissue is removed.

In brief: Can come & go

It does not get worse, but it tends to be recurrent unless the tooth is extracted or the tissue is removed.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Dr. Dinh Bui
Dentistry
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In brief: Yes, on and off

Inflammation around the wisdom teeth are usually attributed to poor oh with food impaction cause localized gum swelling.
As the tooth is not fully erupted and usually with poor occlusion, this swelling gum can be bitten by opposing dentition creating superficial bacterial trauma. If finance is not a factor, extraction will solve the problem. Otherwise, antibiotics, rinsing with salt, good oh.

In brief: Yes, on and off

Inflammation around the wisdom teeth are usually attributed to poor oh with food impaction cause localized gum swelling.
As the tooth is not fully erupted and usually with poor occlusion, this swelling gum can be bitten by opposing dentition creating superficial bacterial trauma. If finance is not a factor, extraction will solve the problem. Otherwise, antibiotics, rinsing with salt, good oh.
Dr. Dinh Bui
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Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dentistry
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In brief: It can

It the irritating factor is removed pericornitis can resolve.
But you are always at risk for it coming back if any type of food gets underneath the tissue.

In brief: It can

It the irritating factor is removed pericornitis can resolve.
But you are always at risk for it coming back if any type of food gets underneath the tissue.
Dr. Jonathan Engel
Dr. Jonathan Engel
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Dr. Michael Farr
Dentistry

In brief: Yes

Pericoronitis will wax and wane due to the pocketing around a tooth continuing to harbor infection and the body's defense system trying to fight it off.
This issue usually never relieves itself without treatment. If you do not want to remove the wisdom tooth, you will need debridement every time it flares up and antibiotics. Otherwise, just remove the tooth and it won't happen again.

In brief: Yes

Pericoronitis will wax and wane due to the pocketing around a tooth continuing to harbor infection and the body's defense system trying to fight it off.
This issue usually never relieves itself without treatment. If you do not want to remove the wisdom tooth, you will need debridement every time it flares up and antibiotics. Otherwise, just remove the tooth and it won't happen again.
Dr. Michael Farr
Dr. Michael Farr
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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry

In brief: It can

Pericornitis is caused by food debris and bacteria getting trapped beneath the gum tissue around an wisdom tooth that is not completely erupted.
Since the tooth is a food trap and difficult to keep, clean, an infection can reoccur from time to time. The best prevention is extraction.

In brief: It can

Pericornitis is caused by food debris and bacteria getting trapped beneath the gum tissue around an wisdom tooth that is not completely erupted.
Since the tooth is a food trap and difficult to keep, clean, an infection can reoccur from time to time. The best prevention is extraction.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
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