What is Operculectomy?

Operculectomy is the minor surgical procedure that includes the removal of the inflamed soft tissue covering most likely third molar (wisdom tooth).

Methods to remove:
The inflamed soft tissue can be removed by one of this methods: surgical scalpel, electrocautery, laser or trichloracetic acid.

Where is an operculum seen?
An operculum is the extension of the soft tissue surrounding the tooth. When wisdom tooth is erupting in the oral cavity but it is not completely seen in the mouth, it may have soft tissue covering. The operculum that surrounds the tooth becomes inflamed during eating and irritation which can lead to inflammation which is called Pericoronitis. This leads to pain, swelling and restricted mouth opening. Food particles can accumulate under the operculum which leads to further inflammation and bad smell.