Pericoronitis

Dental Hygiene

Health

Medicine and Healthcare

Should i be concerned about pericoronal flap?

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1 Answer

William J. Starck

William J. Starck , Oral & Maxiillofacial Surgeon, Software Developer (C#, .NET. WebDNA)

Not really the flap itself. The cause of the pain is inflammation and/or infection caused by bacteria that colonize the area between the flap and the wisdom tooth itself. This area is an ideal habitat for bacteria to live. The progression of this is repeated infection that will cause you a fair amount of misery and discomfort.

Since the problem is caused by lack of adequate space for the lower wisdom teeth to fully erupt, you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed, since these infections can become quite serious since there is no barrier in the tissue planes which ultimately lead to the space around the heart.

For best results, choose a board certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in your area. Its a good idea to seek one out that has a minimum of 10 years experience. You can find an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in your area on the website of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) at AAOMS

Good luck!