Pericoronitis: Symptom and Causes


Symptoms of pericoronitis can include:                                      
  • Pain
  • Infection                                                         
  • Swelling in the gum tissue
  • A bad smell or taste in the mouth
  • Discharge of pus from the gum near the tooth
  • Swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Redness and tenderness of the gum tissue
  • Raised temperature
  • Feeling generally unwell


It is a bacterial infection that can be brought on or made worse by:
  • Bits of food-getting trapped and packed underneath the gum over the wisdom tooth and then festering
  • Trauma from the opposing wisdom tooth biting down on top of it
  • Bad hygiene in that area
  • Stress
  • Other mouth and throat infections

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