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What Is Pericoronitis and How Is It Treated?

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This Urgent Care Scenario is presented by the JCDA Oasis Team in collaboration with Dr. Samer Nuwwareh. It is also available on Oasis Help

Definition

Acute or chronic infection of the enveloping mucosa and gingiva of an incompletely erupted tooth. The bacteria commonly associated with pericoronitis are a-hemolytic streptococci such as Prevotella, Veillonella, Bacteroides, and Capnocytophaga. Untreated, it can progress from a local infection to a significant life-threatening infection.

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Resources

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  5. Sixou JL, Magaud C, Jolivet-Gougeon A, Cormier M, Bonnaure-Mallet M. Evaluation of the mandibular third molar pericoronitis flora and its susceptibility to different antibiotics prescribed in France. J Clin Microbiol. 2003;41(12):5794-7.
  6. McGrath C, Comfort MB, Lo EC, Luo Y. Can third molar surgery improve quality of life? A 6-month cohort study. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2003;61(7):759-63.

 

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