Pericoronitis is an inflammation of the gum tissues that surround the chewing surface of a tooth as it tries to erupt. This usually occurs around the third molar, or wisdom tooth.
What Causes Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth?
Whether or not you have a problem with wisdom teeth is largely up to genetics. Some people will develop wisdom teeth in early adulthood, and others will not. Of those who have wisdom teeth, only some will require any treatment.
Acute pericoronitis happens when bacteria and food debris is allowed to gather in the affected gum tissues, causing an infection.
Symptoms of Partially Erupted Wisdom Teeth
Pericoronitis can be either chronic or acute. Chronic pericoronitis consists of a mild, persistent inflammation of the gums around the erupting tooth. Acute pericoronitis happens when the area becomes infected, and generally features swelling, pain and fever.
What to Do When You Have a Partially Erupted Wisdom Tooth
If you have chronic pericoronitis, your Issaquah dentist can help to manage your pain, clear the area around your emerging tooth, or even extract the wisdom tooth if it is deemed necessary. Should you suffer from acute pericoronitis, you should visit your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any further damage.
At Meadow Creek Dental, dental emergencies for regarding wisdom teeth are a priority.
Whether you walk in or call ahead, we make every effort to accommodate dental emergencies on the same day, whether you come to our Auburn or Issaquah office.
Our offices are open 23-24 days every month (excluding Sundays) and our dentist is available on-call after hours for increased flexibility to address your needs.