Pericoronitis - Wisdom Tooth Pain

Dental Emergencies: Lost Filling or Crown, Abscess, Gum Pain, Soft Tissue Injuries, Fractured & Broken Teeth, Knocked-Out Tooth

Wisdom teeth do not always erupt into the mouth properly. Sometimes, a tooth erupts in part of the way, but a flap of gum covers it. This happens more often with the lower wisdom teeth than with the upper ones.

Bacteria and pieces of food can get trapped under this flap. The gum may swell and become irritated. This is an infection called pericoronitis.

The symptoms of pericoronitis may include:

  • A bad taste in the mouth (this often happens when there's an infection)
  • Bad breath
  • Pain in the area around your back teeth
  • Swelling of the gums behind your back teeth (you may not be able to bite down without pinching the swollen gums between your teeth)
  • Not being able to open your mouth all the way

Call TLC Dental on 02 8599 7107 if you are suffering from wisdom tooth pain.

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