Your partially erupted wisdom tooth will have a flap of gum over it, and that is how food, plaque and debris which irritates the gums get trapped and causes Pericoronitis. This dental disorder creates many problems that could be detrimental to your oral health, and if it's not dealt with during its early stages, it could turn into serious gum diseases that may cause permanent damage to your jaw bone. In more severe cases, a wisdom teeth removal surgery might even be needed to remedy the problem.
When you visit our oral surgeons in Sydney, they will help you better understand your wisdom teeth situation and assess the severity of your condition. But first, here are a couple of signs and symptoms that you should look out for.
Signs & Symptoms
· Wisdom teeth pain and swelling around the gums
· A bad taste and smell in your mouth (pus leaking from the gums)
· Swollen lymph nodes in the neck area right below your jaw
· Muscle spasms and difficulty opening your mouth
· Swelling of the cheek next to the infected area
· Difficulty to properly bite or chew food
In certain cases of Pericoronitis, the patient can also contract a fever and general feeling of malaise when the pain becomes unbearable.
You can make an effort to prevent gum disease caused by wisdom teeth eruption by regularly brushing and flossing the area so that food doesn't get stuck beneath the flaps. However, this could be a little tricky since wisdom teeth are hard to reach due to its positioning at the back of the mouth, and the gum that's covering a partially erupted wisdom tooth makes it even harder to access.
In milder cases of Pericoronitis, the condition can be treated with antibiotics and possibly pain medication as well.
If the swelling keeps reoccurring, then you should speak to one of our oral surgeons in Sydney about the possibility of removing the flap of gum covering the tooth, or in more drastic cases, depending on the initial test results, we might recommend a wisdom tooth extraction procedure.
Even if the gum is removed, sometimes it grows back and covers the wisdom tooth again. And if this leads to Pericoronitis again, then perhaps you should seriously consider a wisdom teeth removal surgery so that you can prevent this dental disorder from causing further problems in the future that could cost you even more time, money and inconvenience!
If you are looking for an experienced oral surgeon in Sydney to help you with your wisdom teeth removal, take a trip down to our clinic and get your teeth examined by Dr. Pinho and our team of highly qualified dental surgeons. Book your next appointment today by calling 1 800 WISDOM or book online at www.wisdomteethremovalsydney.com.au