Wisdom teeth are the last posterior teeth to erupt. Also called third molars. There are 4 wisdom teeth in the oral cavity. 2 each in the upper and lower jaws. They are placed at the end of the oral cavity. They erupt up to the age of 29 yrs.
If the wisdom tooth fully erupts and in a straight line axis extraction is pretty simple without any complications patient recovers within wound heals within 5-7 days.
Impacted wisdom tooth surgery- recovery period is between 3-4 weeks. As the bone is drilled and flaps are reflected healing occurs via primary intention .sutures are removed after 1 week. Still, the wound site is raw. It may take a few weeks(3-4 weeks) for the wound to heal completely. It is normal to have slight oozing from the site after extraction which will ceaze after 24 hrs. The patient sometimes may feel stiffness in the jaw and difficulty in opening the mouth in such cases medications are prescribed to relieve the symptoms. The patient is asked to eat soft food for 3-4 days, avoid spicy food, tobacco and alcohol use. No spitting and forcefully rinsing of mouth for 24 hrs till the clot forms.
Proper aftercare should be followed to avoid delay in healing.