Letters Otalgia article rides again

Teeth are rarely to blame

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39500.451748.1F (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:464
  1. Patrick Magennis, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon,
  2. Anne Begley, consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon
  1. 1University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool L9 7AL
  1. maxfac{at}tiscali.co.uk

Impacted teeth—teeth which have failed to fully erupt through the gums—are not in themselves symptomatic.1 They can develop an infection where the crown is partially covered by gum. This is called pericoronitis, and pain from this …

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