March 16, 2014
Pericoronitis is a dental term used to describe an oral health condition that involves the inflammation of the tissues that surround the crown of a partially erupted tooth. These tissues include the operculum, the gingiva (tooth gums) and the dental follicle that usually surround the wisdom teeth. This condition is also known as operculitis when the inflammation is on the operculum alone. Pericoronitis is often associated with the emergence of partially erupted wisdom teeth (third molars) that usually occur between the ages of 15 to 25.
This condition can be classified into chronic and acute pericoronitis. Chronic conditions have mild symptoms with numerous appearances while the acute condition is characterized with sudden painful experience.
Causes of Pericoronitis
Prevention, care and treatment
Pericoronitis should be dealt with as soon as it occurs. You should always check with your dentist to avoid the acute conditions and treat the chronic inflammation. You should be aware that the acute pericoronitis could be life threatening and its complications would require more elaborate medical procedures.