Pericoronitis- Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors and Prevention


What is Pericoronitis? Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the tissue around a third molar, otherwise known as a dent of wisdom (wisdom tooth). The condition most often occurs in molars that are partially impacted, or not fully visible. It’s also more common in lower molars than in the upper ones. Most people with pericoronitis have a gum tissue flap which partially covers the crown of the erupting tooth. Based on a variety of factors, your doctor can recommend that the flap be removed or the tooth extracted. Sometimes, the best…

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