Help reading xray


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Help! Can someone please help me read this X-ray? It was taken yesterday since I’ve been having gum swelling around my wisdom tooth which I know has to be taken out. My question is do you see an infection or abscess?
 

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Dr M

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Your wisdom tooth seems impacted. Although it doesn't need infection or an abscess to cause pain, it doesn't mean it can't cause you issues. Partially impacted wisdom teeth, such as in your case, often lead to pericoronitis, which is inflammation of the gum surrounding the part of the tooth that is erupted or visible in the mouth. Pericoronitis can lead to severe pain, even difficulty with mouth opening. I would recommend taking it out.
 

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Your wisdom tooth seems impacted. Although it doesn't need infection or an abscess to cause pain, it doesn't mean it can't cause you issues. Partially impacted wisdom teeth, such as in your case, often lead to pericoronitis, which is inflammation of the gum surrounding the part of the tooth that is erupted or visible in the mouth. Pericoronitis can lead to severe pain, even difficulty with mouth opening. I would recommend taking it out.
Thank you so much for responding. From the looks of what you can see do you see a severe infection? As I should take antibiotics for?
 

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Pericoronitis is more a clinical diagnoses than something you can see on an x-ray. I would recommend starting with anti-inflammatory meds and a disinfectant mouthrinse. If you have severe swelling and difficulty opening your mouth, antibiotics might be indicated.
 

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