Fear of Pericoronitis

Hi I keep getting bits of food down the gap on the side of my wisdom tooth I whent to the dentist yesterday and she just prescribed me some antibiotics I did ask her if she was going to take my wisdom tooth out and she said no. Just to use salt water to wash my mouth out with. How long should I use it for. I have been using it but it’s not getting all the food particles now I’m worried that if I can’t get them all that I will keep getting infections and get a serious one and will have to have my tooth out anyways. My tooth is just particuly erupted will the gap goes when the tooth has come through and will bits not get trapped under the gum for good and just cause me more problems I am quite worried please help me

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Answer: Pericoronitis

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Until your tooth is fully erupted, or removed you will continue to be at risk of these infections.  It is very difficult to effectively clean below the tissue level, even with the assistance of a waterpik.  If your dentist is against removing the tooth, it may be possible for her to remove the remaining flap of tissue, allowing you to keep the area clean.  Not only will the food particles and bacteria create oral hygiene issues, but it can also lead to caries on the adjacent tooth.  There is no guarantee on when the tooth will fully erupt, therefore it may be best to seek the opinion of an oral surgeon to avoid more problems in the future. 

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