Have you heard of the term pericoronitis? Coming from the words perio (for surrounding teeth) and corona (for crown), the term can be broken down to tooth crown sickness. Also known as operculitis, pericoronitis is the inflaming of the soft tissues which neighbor erupting chompers, often wisdom teeth. When the soft tissues covering teeth do become inflamed (usually from acids or debris under the soft tissues), the mouth can become very sensitive to pain, swelling and fever.
Pericoronitis can be classified as acute or chronic. While chronic pericoronitis deals with small or unnoticeable symptoms, acute pericoronitis is classified by severe inflammation, fever and pain, and sometimes abscesses may also show up. If pericoronitis is not treated, the bacterial infection may spread to the cheeks, neck and other soft-tissue areas. To treat pericoronitis, your dentist will reduce the swelling with medicines and improved oral hygiene or extract the affected chompers and/or soft tissues. They will help you recognize the importance of proper oral hygiene, including flossing, and the role it plays in averting lodged food remnants and bacteria from forming inflammation and abscesses.
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