Operculum Tooth Treatment: Are You In Need of It?

Are you biting down on your gum as it covers your teeth? If your teeth are erupting, and the excess gum tissue hinders its eruption, it’s an operculum and must be treated to avoid infection. Visit Peace of Mind Dental Studio today and learn more about it.

What is a Dental Operculum?

Dental operculum is the condition where the excess gum tissues cover the biting surface of the teeth. As you bite down on food, the gum is bruised and swells up, resulting in immense discomfort.

Usually, the condition arises when your back molars or wisdom tooth erupts. The flap creates a pocket where food particles and bacteria can become trapped, leading to various oral health concerns.

You will be amazed that almost 90% of adults have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. The reason is pretty clear. The space at the back of your mouth is scarce and causes multiple dental issues, including gingival operculum.

Most often, the flap moves away as the tooth slowly erupts; however, if it doesn’t, it is advised to consult cosmetic dentistry in Chandler, Peace of Mind Dental Studio, where you will get expert dental treatment.

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Signs and Symptoms of Dental Operculum

It’s easy to detect a dental operculum, as the pain is severe and you face difficulty chewing. Here are some signs and symptoms of dental operculum. If you face any of the symptoms discussed below, contact us!

Pain and Discomfort

The inflamed operculum can cause pain and discomfort, especially when irritated by chewing or brushing.

Swelling and Redness

The inflammation results in gum swelling and redness, which gives away the problem.

Bad Breath

The flap creates a pocket where food starts to lodge. As brushing this area is difficult, the bacteria grow and cause bad breath.

Difficulty in Cleaning

Brushing an inflamed operculum is not advised as it might aggravate the situation, causing a wound and leading to infection. It’s best to consult a dentist and get the flap removed.

While you're familiarizing yourself with this procedure, make sure you also visit our section on how we treat you during your care with a range of nice-to-have and need-to-have patient comforts.


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When Should You Consult Peace of Mind Dental Studio?

It’s recommended to consult us if:

  • You are experiencing persistent bad breath. Bad breath indicates many dental issues, so if you experience it, consult us because it might indicate other dental infections.
  • The pain and discomfort are severe, and you have difficulty opening your mouth.
  • If there are signs of pus, redness, or swelling.

What to Expect from Your Dental Visit?

An operculum is a temporary dental issue that goes away on its own. As the tooth erupts, the flap moves away, and the pain and discomfort disappear.

However, in some cases, when the tooth is severely impacted, you might need an operculectomy.

Book an appointment now so we can examine if you need surgical intervention.

At your first visit, we will examine your dental health. Dental x-rays follow to determine the extent of your impacted tooth and whether you should wait for it to erupt naturally.

Antibiotics are suggested to ward off the infection and reduce the swelling and pain so the wisdom tooth can erupt easily. However, if the swelling and infection persist, then we advise operculectomy.

It is a minor dental procedure which is explained below:

  • A local anesthetic is used to numb the area.
  • With the use of a scalpel, we remove the excess gum overgrowth. As the tissue is out of the way, the wisdom tooth has ample space to erupt.
  • The area is cleaned and doesn’t even require stitches.

It is a simple procedure that can save you from the consistent pain and discomfort caused by dental operculum.

Most patients don’t consider it a serious problem, and it leads to infection. You should consult Peace of Mind Dental Studio for prompt treatment.

Dental Operculum Aftercare

Operculectomy doesn’t require taking time off work or immense care, but taking good care of your teeth afterward is advised. Some of the aftercare tips are shared below:

  • Warm Saltwater Rinses: Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help reduce inflammation and promote healing.
  • Medication: Take your prescribed drugs on time to avoid post-surgery pain, discomfort, and inflammation.
  • Avoid Irritants: Avoid food items that might trigger irritation and cause infection.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: In cases of severe pain, persistent symptoms, or signs of infection, seeking professional dental care is advisable.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Chandler

Dental operculum might not be serious, but one must take preventive measures to avoid potential issues. Take good care of your dental health and schedule regular appointments with Peace of Mind Dental Studio to ensure good dental health.

Experience top-tier Cosmetic Dentistry in Chandler, dedicated to bringing back your beautiful smile. Whether you are dealing with dental operculum or hesitant to smile due to gum issues, contact us for expert care!


answering your questions about operculum tooth…  

Is operculum tooth treatment necessary?
Yes, the treatment is necessary as the flap continues to bother and can most probably cause gum infection, irritation, tooth decay, and other dental issues.
Is tooth extraction necessary for operculum tooth?
No. Extraction is the last resort when other treatment options are not feasible. Extraction becomes the only option if the infection escalates and impacts the tooth severely.
Does dental insurance cover operculum tooth treatment?
Operculum tooth treatment is not a cosmetic procedure, so dental insurance should cover the treatment. However, it depends greatly on the type of treatment performed and if it is medically necessary.

Have more questions? Please call us at 480-608-5444 or email us and we’ll be able to talk you through the process.

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