“My gums hurt in the back of my mouth.” It is one of the questions that patients with pericoronitis asked our dentists at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
To diagnose this problem, your dentist will look at your wisdom teeth and determine whether they are coming in. During the examination, your dentist will take an x-ray to know the alignment of your wisdom teeth. Then, he’ll check your symptoms and occurrence of a gum flap around your wisdom tooth.
Pericoronitis is an unpleasant condition. It includes swelling of the gums and may lead to infection. You may also experience a bad or metallic taste in your mouth. Furthermore, it may be challenging for you to open and close your mouth. You must talk to your dentist about these symptoms.
This dental condition can happen to anyone. If left untreated, it can cause tooth infection because the flap of gum tissue may trap food and bacteria, leading to wisdom tooth infection.
How to treat it?
One of the ways to treat pericoronitis is to rinse your mouth with salt water solution. It is an ideal solution if the pain has not spread.
Now, if your condition involves swelling, you should see your dentist immediately. He can prescribe you with antibiotics for the infection. Pain relievers and pain medication may also help.
How about oral surgery?
Mild pericoronitis can be easily treated with salt water solution and antibiotic. However, if you experience severe pain, you may need to undergo oral surgery to get rid of the gum flap. If necessary, your dentist may recommend removing the wisdom tooth. Undergoing a low-level laser procedure may be recommended to reduce pain.
Another way to relieve the pain associated with pericoronitis is to apply a warm and cold compress. But don’t put the compress directly to the affected area. Instead, place it against your face and must be on top of the affected area. Warm compress enables proper circulation and improves blood flow to the area. After five minutes of a warm compress, use a cold compress and place it against your face. Do it until the area becomes numb. The coldness reduces pain, inflammation, and swelling.
Just because your gums hurt in the back of your mouth doesn’t mean that you have an excuse not to brush your teeth. You still need to clean your teeth, especially in the affected area to prevent further infection. Brush your teeth three times a day and make sure to floss between your teeth.
And when you brush your teeth, make sure to do it gently. If not, you will further irritate your gums causing more swelling. Then, opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush when you clean your teeth.
Make sure to hydrate yourself by drinking plenty of water. It will help in stimulating saliva production, which kills bacteria. Then, opt to eat soft foods and consume a healthy diet, which is full of vitamins and minerals.
You must not ignore the symptoms of pericoronitis. It is treatable.
If you experience pain in the back of your mouth, contact our dentist at Kane & Kerper Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.