Understanding and Treating PERICORONITIS: What You Need To Know

Is the inflammation of the gingiva covering a partially erupted or impacted tooth.Presents with deep pain, gingival swelling, pus production and gingivitis of the overlying gum.


  1. Oral hygiene instructions.
  2. Chlorhexidine mouthwash 0.2% rinses or normal saline rinses.
  3. In presence of an abscess initiate antibiotic therapy: Amoxicillin 500mg orally 8 hourly+metronidazole 400mg orally 8 hourly. Ibuprofen 400mg orally hourly.

IMPORTANT:Surgical operculectomy is the modality of treatment. In the presence of an impacted tooth, surgical disimpaction is indicated.

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