Inflammation of the pericoronal flap or operculum, which is the part of the gums that overlaps a partially erupted third molar or wisdom tooth, is called pericoronitis. The symptoms include severe pain in the area, swollen gums, inability to open the mouth, pus discharge, and bad breath. The treatment options include waiting for the third molar to erupt completely, surgical excision of the pericoronal flap, or extraction of the wisdom tooth.

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I have pain from an erupting wisdom tooth, and the skin around the tooth is very sore due to constant rubbing. What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having a lot of pain with an erupting wisdom tooth. The skin around the tooth is very sore and slightly yellow or white in color due to constant rubbing. I am happy to send a picture if that would help. I am wondering if you could suggest whether I need it removed or what I need ...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I checked your attachment photos (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). It is a case of pericoronitis. The tooth is also rubbing against buccal mucosa or cheeks causing pain. I suggest you take a tablet of Ofloxacine 200 mg and Ornidazole 500 ...  Read Full »

Can measles cause pericoronitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am really suffering from pericoronitis and I cannot eat properly. Does measles cause pericoronitis?   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi,Welcome to does not have any connection with pericoronitis. Pericoronitis occurs when the gums over the wisdom tooth get swelled and there is an accumulation of food particles and bacteria leading to a painful condition. There is a restricted mouth opening in some cases. Measl...  Read Full »

I have been experiencing pain and inflammation in my lower wisdom teeth due to pericoronitis, despite taking medications. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently went to the dentist to fill one of my upper teeth. That went fine. However, the same day my lower jaw wisdom teeth started to hurt a little. I ignored it, but the day after, it was inflamed and was painful while swallowing. I made an emergency dental appointment and got pres...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Both the cases were unrelated. Wisdom teeth infection may be due to the lack of space for the wisdom teeth to grow at the corner. I do not know whether the root canal treatment will be helpful. If it is pericoronitis, then either the wisdom...  Read Full »

I suffer from a tiny white lump next to my bottom wisdom tooth. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I refused to get my wisdom teeth taken out, and now there is a tiny white lump next to my bottom left wisdom tooth that feels like the meat moving out of the way for another tooth, but it just looks like a white bump. Is this a sign of something serious? Please advise.  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurav Kumar Pandey

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Please send an image of the respective lesion. The third molar comes in the last. Sometimes it creates problems during the eruption. You did not even tell me if you have any pain or not. kindly follow below suggestions, Do not eat too hot or ...  Read Full »

How to manage the pain caused due to wisdom tooth eruption?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having major pain in the back bottom right side of my mouth where my wisdom tooth is pushing in. I can see the wisdom tooth. What can I do for pain since the earliest my dentist can see me is in a week?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question I can understand your concern. You need to use Hydrogen peroxidase 3% mouth wash. Make sure the concentration must not be more than that. You can also use antibiotics only after consulting your dentist. You can also provide further det...  Read Full »

Why is the area around my last tooth swollen?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a swelling around my tooth. Also, one side of the wisdom tooth is infected. I feel pain over the area. What to do?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The swelling is mainly due to infection around the wisdom tooth due to food lodgement behind it.It is called pericoronitis, which has two solution. One is you can take antibiotics and painkillers to reduce the swelling and then do a small flap surgery to remove the overha...  Read Full »

I have an injury in the back tooth region of my mouth, along with swelling and severe pain. How can I overcome it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am experiencing a swelling in the posterior teeth and I do not have any wisdom teeth. I got a injury inside my mouth near that region and it resulted in severe pain and it became worse the following day. Please help me get relief.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Jakhmola

Answer: Hello Sir,Welcome to present condition explained by you is indicating towards injury to gums that resulted in soreness. There is presence of inflammation of the gums in the posterior tooth region, which is known as pericoronitis. These symptoms may also arise at the time of eruption ...  Read Full »

The gums at the back of my wisdom teeth is painful, red, and swollen. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have pain in the gums at the back of my wisdom teeth. The gum appears swollen and red. The food particles get stuck on the gums, and I have an unpleasant smell in my mouth. I applied clove oil around the gums to relieve pain. Can you prescribe medications to help with the pain and swell...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In a condition called pericoronitis, the gums around the wisdom teeth are swollen and painful. The underlying wisdom teeth may have dental caries. I suggest you use a mouthwash of H2O2 (hydrogen peroxide) 2 % and consult a dentist to evalua...  Read Full »

Is the pain at the back of my mouth due to wisdom tooth eruption?

Query: Hello, I have a question about my possible wisdom tooth. I have had pain in my last bottom tooth for the last four days. It hurts whenever I eat something. It has swelled up, and I feel a piece of gum or a ball of food at the back of my mouth. Is it because the wisdom tooth is erupting? Please su...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The age of eruption of wisdom teeth is from 17 to 21 years. Beyond that, if the wisdom tooth has not erupted, half erupted, or causes pain and swelling, it is likely to be locked inside the jaw. Since they are the last ones to erupt, most...  Read Full »

Do I have an ulcer in the back of my mouth near the wisdom tooth due to gingivitis or pericoronitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old male, and I have a habit of smoking. I have an ulcer at the back of my mouth that has given me a lot of pain and discomfort. It began around five days ago. I am unsure if it is still an ulcer. It is at the back of my mouth near the wisdom tooth. I am worried that I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagnik Biswas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand the pain you are going through right now, and I will do my best to help you. Yes, your assumptions are correct. However, this is a case of acute pericoronitis with cheek bite marks on the buccal mucosa opposite to the related tooth as seen in the attach...  Read Full »

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