Wisdom teeth are often the source of dental problems for both teens and adults. If left alone, wisdom teeth can grow only partially into the mouth. Bottom wisdom teeth frequently only partly emerge from the gums, leaving a flap of skin covering part of the tooth. When this gum tissue gets infected, it is called pericoronitis. If you notice any symptoms that point to pericoronitis, it’s important to visit your Vancouver dentist right away.
- Odor: Infection in the mouth usually causes bad breath, which is also called halitosis. If you notice chronic bad breath that wasn’t previously a problem, you should visit your dentist for a check-up to ensure there are no infections in your mouth.
- Taste: Along with bad breath, infection may affect how your mouth tastes. If you notice a lasting bad taste even after brushing or eating, you may have an oral infection. You should schedule an appointment with your dentist if the problem persists.
- Swelling: Infected tissue often swells up in the mouth. You may notice that the area at the back or your mouth feels different than usual if you have pericoronitis. Your Vancouver dentist should look at any swelling as soon as possible.
- Pain: Gum tissue infection frequently causes pain. If you experience pain only in the very back of your mouth, it’s likely that your wisdom tooth area is infected. This is more likely on the bottom jaw than the top.
- Inflexibility: Since your wisdom teeth are located at the back of your mouth near the mandibular joint, pericoronitis can affect your ability to fully open and close your mouth. If you notice less flexibility in opening your mouth, see your dentist.
Pericoronitis is a serious infection that can cause several dental or general health problems if left untreated. If you suspect you may be suffering from any oral infection, visit the Cascade Dental’s Vancouver dentist offices right away. To schedule your appointment or talk to a friendly and knowledgeable dentist today, call (360) 213-1999.