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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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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