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Have you heard of the term pericoronitis? Coming from the words perio (for surrounding teeth) and corona (for crown), the term means tooth crown disease. Also known as operculitis, pericoronitis is the inflaming of the soft tissues which neighbor erupting teeth, often wisdom teeth. When the soft tissues covering teeth do become inflamed (usually from bacterial acids or debris below the soft tissues), the mouth can become very sensitive to pain, swelling, and fever.

Pericoronitis can be typified as acute or chronic. While chronic pericoronitis deals with tiny or unnoticeable symptoms, acute pericoronitis is classified by severe inflammation, fever, and pain, and occasionally abscesses may also grow. If pericoronitis is not treated quickly, the bacterial infection may extend to the cheeks, neck and other soft-tissue spots.

To treat pericoronitis, your dentist will lessen the swelling with medications and improved oral hygiene or remove the effected chompers and/or soft tissues. They will help you understand the importance of proper oral hygiene, including flossing, and the role it plays in foiling stuck debris and bacteria from developing inflammation and abscesses.

Phone (972) 347-0945 to schedule your checkup with Dr. Asad Ahsan at the McKinney, Texas, office of Vital Dental. We’re looking forward to visiting with you and helping you get your best smile yet!