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 disease. Also known as operculitis, pericoronitis is the inflammation of the soft tissues which surround erupting pearly whites, often wisdom teeth. When the soft tissues covering teeth do become infected and inflamed (regularly from bacteria or debris underneath the soft tissues), the mouth can become very sensitive to pain and fever.

Pericoronitis can be classified as acute or chronic. While chronic pericoronitis deals with little or unnoticeable symptoms, acute pericoronitis is classified by intense inflammation, fever and pain, and every now and then abscesses may also form. If pericoronitis is not treated quickly, the infection may extend to the cheeks, neck and other soft-tissue spots. To treat pericoronitis, your surgeon will reduce the inflammation with medicines and improved dental hygiene or remove the effected teeth and/or soft tissues. We will help you understand the importance of strong oral hygiene, including flossing, and the role it plays in thwarting lodged debris and bacteria from forming inflammation and abscesses.

Dial 952-226-7940 to pencil in your next checkup with one of our oral surgeons, Dr. Hueler, Dr. Lyu, and Dr. Voegele at the practice of Midwest Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. We’re looking forward to visiting with you in one of our locations in Savage, Shakopee, or Eden Prairie, Minnesota.

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