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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What should I do to heal the pus and bruising around my wisdom teeth?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a wisdom tooth partially covered with my gum. However, the tissue has since been bruised and sore and popped with pus and blood. As a result, I also have slight jaw pain. The pain has been unbearable for the last two days, especially while lying down. The pain has reduced after ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nazima Anum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This is pericoronitis with abscess and a condition that needs a dentist's good cleaning of the area with saline. If required, the flap overlying may be surgically removed. You will be advised for an X-ray first, then the required treatment. Since you have an abscess, it...  Read Full »

Why do I have a swelling of the gums on my impacted wisdom tooth and tenderness of my lymph nodes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an impacted wisdom tooth. Two days ago, the gum over the top of the tooth started to swell. I have tried rinsing it with salt water. Also, I have been brushing and flossing well. However, the swelling has not subsided and has also led to tender lymph nodes under my jaw, due to w...  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern and would be happy to help. You have a superficial infection of the gum over the wisdom tooth, called pericoronitis. I suggest you follow the below treatment plan: Tablet Amoxicillin and Clavulanic Acid 625 mg thrice daily for five days. Tabl...  Read Full »

I have pain in the left molar region and bleeding gums. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have extreme pain in my left molar region, and I also have swollen gums that bleed¬†while brushing. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question. I can understand your concern about your bleeding gums and gingivitis. You need to keep brushing your teeth even though it bleeds. And you also need to get your teeth cleaned (oral prophylaxis). Probable causes: Plaque. Calculus....  Read Full »

I noticed a red spot near my wisdom tooth and I am worried about erythroplakia or oral cancer. Please advise.

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a red spot near my wisdom tooth two days ago. I am worried about erythroplakia or oral cancer. I do not know for how long the spot has been present, it seems to rest over the lower wisdom tooth when the mouth closes. I have attached the pictures below, please advise. Thank y...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through the attached pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), they are not so clear. If you have only observed the spot recently, then do not worry it is nothing chronic and looks more like an ulcer due to pericoronitis or wisdom ...  Read Full »

I have a lot of pain in my erupting left lower wisdom tooth. Any suggestions?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a cluster of white rings near a tooth on the roof of my mouth. My left lower wisdom tooth is coming out, and I have a failed root canal on the same side as the wisdom tooth. I am in a lot of pain, and I cannot eat. I keep biting my cheeks because the left side is swollen. Any s...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi,Welcome to rings can be due to ulceration or traumatic injury. A clinical examination is a must for ruling out what exactly it is. For the wisdom tooth, I think it is pericoronitis, that is, the inflammation of the gum flap around the wisdom tooth. I would suggest anti-inflammat...  Read Full »

What could a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth be?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist four days ago, and now I am noticing a sore bump behind my last molar on the right side of my mouth.   Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The probable diagnosis is pericoronitis. As per your symptoms, the sore bump behind the last molar tooth can be either due to an abscess formation. It can be due to an injury, or it can be due to an erupting wisdom tooth that might be putting pressure over the gu...  Read Full »

Does gum pain in wisdom tooth region indicate pericoronitis?

Query: Hi doctor, The gum over my wisdom tooth is not fully covered, and it has been hurting for hours. I think it is slowly ripping as the tooth grows. When I open my mouth, it is hurting so much. I feel difficulty while eating. When will this get cured? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I understand your concern. Generally, when a tooth erupts, the gum over it gives space, and the tooth emerges. But if the tooth is not positioned in a proper direction and ...  Read Full »

Is it advisable to get my wisdom tooth removed?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it a must to remove wisdom tooth? I have attached an image of my tooth. Kindly advise if it is possible not to remove it.  Read Full »

Dr. Paras Angrish

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I can make out that the position of your wisdom tooth is not vertical that means, it is not coming at the normal position. My concern is, are you getting any pain in gums area? Is there any uneasiness whil...  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 »

What causes swelling around the wisdom tooth and swollen lymph nodes?

Query: Hi doctor, Before a week I noticed a fleshy sac protruding from my back left gum below my wisdom tooth. I do not had pain or discomfort. I decided to rinse my mouth with salt water for few times on that day to see for the disappearance of it. The next day, the sac got smaller but I had a swelling i...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems to be due to pericoronitis and it causes lymph node inflammation and pain. It is a chronic problem and it comes at regular intervals. I suggest you take medications and if possible, share the picture to provide a better prognosis and treatment.  Read Full »

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