How long does Pericoronitis last?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Oct 31, 2011

Pericoronitis, a typical dental problem occurs due to the infection caused in the gum tissue surrounding the wisdom tooth and is observed mainly in the teenagers and young adults. The sufferer experiences difficulty in moving the jaws while opening the mouth or chewing food. In such cases, it is necessary to seek the consultation of a dentist to resolve the problem.


The duration of pericoronitis infections depends upon the severity of the infection and the immunity level of the patient. Statistics reveal most pericoronitis infections are permanently cured through the extraction of wisdom tooth.


How long does Pericoronitis last?


Complete recovery from pericoronitis infection depends upon the extent of infection and the nature of treatment adopted to treat it.


  • Mild pericoronitis infection can subside within few days or a week, if treated properly at home or by taking a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
  • In case of severe infections, oral surgeries are performed for extracting the wisdom tooth, and the recovery depends on the intensity of the problem.
  • It may take a couple of weeks or months for complete healing of pericoronitis infection.
  • Those who avoid oral surgeries or tooth extraction have to continue their medication for months to cure the infection completely.
  • In many cases, antibiotics can heal the infection completely, but the patient may suffer from the recurrence of pericoronitis. In that case, the infection lingers for months.
  • Recuperating after the extraction of the wisdom tooth greatly depends on the age of the patient and density of the tooth. The lower the age of the patient, the faster is the recovery.
  • In case of extraction of the wisdom tooth, the healing period can vary from a couple of weeks to a month.


No long term side effects are observed due to pericoronitis. It is not any abnormal growth neither can it be classified as a dental disease. Lack of sufficient space for the growth of the wisdom tooth and its alignment cause the problems


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