Had not been invented when the cooking, they were very useful: The teeth that could crush each raw food. Today, they have long since withered, and we are often painful in the way.

The “eight” and its pitfalls

The wisdom teeth – the dentist “Rollercoaster” called usually occurs between 17 and 25 Age of the jaw. Since the human jaw has decreased in the course of evolution, he is usually very little space and is growing out only partially. This can cause pain. In addition, wisdom teeth are difficult to achieve in dental hygiene and may therefore be affected by tooth decay rapidly, resulting in more pain with it. Because the wisdom tooth which relegates the other teeth, misaligned teeth, and also root damage is possible.


But even if the tooth does not come to light, it can be problematic, because it can lead to inflammation of surrounding tissue. Usually he must therefore be removed sooner or later. Those who have no wisdom teeth may therefore appreciate very happy. “Happy Plain” call one to four of these rear molars her own. In rarer cases, for their wisdom teeth twice before. The Japanese word for wisdom teeth, moreover, means “parents unknown” because it occurs only in an age where the children have already moved out from home.

The operation: a necessary self-test

It is the third and final wisdom tooth for me, which is still out. This time it wants to make a dentist, the thing seems difficult, because the monster is in the lower jaw to see little beyond a small infested area of ​​decay already. And not far away is the mandibular nerve. A more delicate matter. At least I’m a little worried. Occasionally I have some pain. The transition in the dental clinic is highly recommended to me.

After counseling and informed consent discussion I get there an op appointment with the doctor of my choice. Two months later, where my tooth looks, fortunately, no attention, it’s so far: I am in good hands and the operation turns out not much different than I expected. The injection of the anesthetic is connected to a short pain. After that, I feel at the handlebars of a physician who is a dull pressure. After the tooth is removed, the wound is sutured with an antibiotic thread.

For the next day me an antibiotic and a pain medication may be prescribed. Taking the antibiotic is particularly important: it prevents the infected wound. A few hours after the surgery I had pain for the first time. The effect of the anesthetic to be slow. The wound still bleeds and listens only on the next day, but light bleeding is normal. On my morning coffee I do without you. Increase in blood pressure, it is actually rather be bleeding.

The cheek swells considerably: For the pain and the swelling has advised me from the beginning to launch ice or cool packs. So I get my, fortunately not in any case excessive pain is relatively easy to handle. I change my diet to soft foods and also try to avoid eating too much heat: yogurt, banana, turn out soups, bread, fish and mashed potatoes for me to be ideal. In the case of dairy products, however, caution, I learn later. Lactic acid bacteria have a negative effect on wound healing. On alcohol and nicotine should therefore refrain absolutely.

In the days after surgery can I clean my teeth with a very soft brush. After dinner, I rinse my mouth with chamomile tea, which soothes the wound and disinfected. After five to seven days, the protection of the normal state is almost recovered. The sutures are removed, the swelling has almost subsided. A short time later, and my mouth can open as far back as before the operation. The concern that my lower jaw nerve could be damaged during surgery, is banned. They did a perfect job for me.