Removal of wisdom teeth (osteotomies)

Wisdom teeth have nothing to do with wisdom. Rather, they were so named because they do not erupt through the jaw until early adulthood, usually between the ages of 16 and 18, as the last four of the molars. Often, however, they do not even appear, but remain hidden in the jaw, unnoticed under the gums. However, if they do not have enough space in the jaw, tooth displacement, and rarely inflammation, abscesses, cysts or jaw fractures can occur. Every day, people come to us to have their wisdom teeth removed for the reasons described above. This is therefore one of our most frequent routine procedures, where we use state-of-the-art instruments for particularly low-vibration, effective treatment.
The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic.

A simple removal of all four wisdom teeth takes an average of 20 minutes, plus about 10 minutes for the anaesthetic to take effect. This means that the procedure takes a little longer than a simple tooth removal. Please also bear in mind in your planning that this usually involves an inability to work for a few days.

In special circumstances or for patients with anxiety, this is certainly possible if there is no medical reason that speaks against it. However, statutory health insurance does not necessarily pay for additional anaesthetic services. Some, but not all, supplementary dental insurers cover these, so please clarify the costs and coverage in good time before treatment.

Following the procedure, be sure to cool the affected area of the jaw well – use moist cold! – ideally with a small towel or flannel moistened in cold water. Please do not use cool packs, cold packs or ice packs!

Taking antibiotics and/or pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory medicines
can usually prevent complications such as extensive swelling or haematoma. If necessary, we will be happy to prescribe these for you directly after your treatment in our Clinic and Ambulantory Surgery Center.

Plan your meals: eat plenty of food before the operation, because you won’t be able to eat much for the rest of the day. Plan your food for the healing phase after surgery – ideally food that you do not have to chew. It should also not be hard, sharp, very acidic or hot.

Suitable toothbrushFollowing wisdom teeth removal, we recommend using a small, soft toothbrush that will allow you to avoid the wounds effectively and which will not trigger inflammation, secondary bleeding or irritation of the gum tissue.

Recovery: as bleeding may continue for some time after the operation, you should organise a companion to take you home beforehand. Alternatively, you should order a taxi.

We treat bones with gentle ultrasound, demonstrated here on a raw egg. As an alternative to ultrasound bone treatment, we use the microsaw, especially in jaw bone augmentation (right or second video).

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