Thank you for coming to see us at the clinic. Below are some instructions on how to look after your teeth after being diagnosed with pericoronitis:
What is Pericoronitis/infection?
This infection happens often when your tooth is partially erupted into the mouth. This creates a small pocket between the tooth and your gums allowing food and bacteria to accumulate and it cannot be adequately cleansed away due to the configuration of the gum tissue that surrounds it. This infection and inflammation can cause jaw stiffness, pain and swelling, which is what we are trying to reduce in order to alleviate your pain.
Okay, so how do I get rid of the pain?
- Use the provided Monojet Syringe and rinse the gum that is covering the wisdom teeth with Savacol
Monojet = that plastic syringe which we used to demonstrate to you on how to rinse the area
Savacol = A mouthwash by Colgate. It is important to choose this mouthwash over the others, because it contains a broad spectrum antibiotics called chlorhexidine which helps gives immediate antibacterial action to reduce the amount of plaque in your mouth.
Fill the Monojet halfway and gentle empty the Savacol into the flap area of your wisdom teeth. (Make sure to do it over a sink as you will dribble!). Repeat twice daily when you are about to brush your teeth.
- Take the following painkillers: #1 paracetamol and #1 ibuprofen, 3-4 times daily until the swelling and the pain goes away.
- Please take the antibiotics as prescribed! (instructions on how to take your antibiotics will be provided by your local pharmacist) And make sure to finish your antibiotics completely even when you feel better! You do not want to develop antibiotic resistance!
- Make an appointment to have that wisdom tooth taken out!It’s in a bad position, it’s not your friend and most of the time if it is causing you pain it’s more trouble than it is worth keeping. Most importantly, history will repeat itself as the above three points are only for temporary relief!
Some examples of bad positioning (credit to Superchlorine)
We wish you all the best in your recovery! Please contact us if you have any questions or further queries.