Common "Pericoronitis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


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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How can I manage pain and swelling in my back tooth area?

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 »

I have swollen gums that cover my wisdom tooth and cause pain. How do I treat it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mildly swollen area in the back of my mouth, right above one of my wisdom teeth. It seems like the gum behind it has moved above the tooth, and there is a small white pimple on it. This leads to pain when swallowing. I have used Listerine for the past few days, but I feel this h...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I can understand your concern about your pain and tooth-related issues. It seems to me like pericoronitis. It is a condition because of inflammation of the gums or even infection of the gum that comes between the t...  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 »

Why do I get pain near my second molar with redness and pain in gingiva?

Query: Hello doctor, I had pain in my second molar. I felt the pain in my wisdom tooth last week then the pain fades away after 3-5 minutes. I thought it will not come back but then it happens recently then the gums in my second right molar teeth have the red lining and it always hurts when I eat or drink...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. I am sorry for your inconvenience with the tooth. As an expert in this field, I know what is exactly wrong. Nothing to worry it is your third molar. What happens during erupting third molars or partially erupted third molars is the gum b...  Read Full »

How to treat skin inflammation present behind last tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, My 16-year-old daughter is having inflammation of skin behind her inner tooth, the last one may be wisdom tooth. She has intense pain and is not able to move her jaw properly while eating food. This started two days ago. She had vomiting and stomach pain three days back. She was having...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it looks like inflammation of the gum flap.over the wisdom tooth. This condition is known as pericoronitis. The wisdom tooth, however, looks misaligned and impacted but for con...  Read Full »

My upper wisdom teeth cut into my cheeks and I have severe pain and swelling. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, One of my wisdom teeth on top started cutting into my cheek over the weekend. It had poked through over a year ago and I have not had any pain until now. The pain was not that bad on the first day I noticed, but yesterday it started to hurt badly even if I ate or moved my mouth too muc...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The infection you are suffering from is quite common and is called pericoronitis. Since your infection from the wisdom tooth is now starting to involve further areas with limited mouth opening and sore throat, it means tha...  Read Full »

I have a tiny white lump near lower 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 »

I noticed a red spot near my wisdom tooth. What could it be?

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. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

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 tooth...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in left molar region and bleeding gums?

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 include plaque and Calcu...  Read Full »

I am experiencing pain and swelling in my molar region. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Please refer the image attached which is of the right molar region. I am feeling a slight pain and swelling. What is it? Is it anything serious? What is the treatment for this? I am a non-smoker and a non-drinker.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and have seen the photos of your third molar region (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a condition called as pericoronitis, that is, inflammation of the pericoronal flap that gets raised when the third molar is erup...  Read Full »

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