Have you decided to go with a dental implant instead of a traditional restoration or denture? At Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South, we receive many referrals for oral surgery for patients desiring to go the dental implant route. We have board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons on staff ready to integrate titanium posts into your jawbone in an implant placement procedure in our Colorado Springs, CO office.
Dental implants take on the look and feel of natural teeth when you are no longer a great candidate for a dental crown or bridge or would prefer to have a fixed oral appliance rather than a denture (full or partial). Once you have healed and are cleared by your surgeon, you will be able to have the gorgeous restorative fixed upon the post of your implant by your own dentist. We want to make the process as seamless and easy as possible for you as we know this may feel like a long journey to restored oral health. Start the process today by calling Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South to make an appointment (with or without a referral). We can't wait to meet you.
Dental Implants Reviews
"Dr. Nelson has done six implants for me that's right six !!!! He is an extraordinary surgeon. I have never had any serious pain when I left his office. The staff is living proof there is a God. They all treated me with kindness ,concern and respect. I highly recommend him and his staff.Paul Huntsman"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 23, 2019
"I have had two dental implants done by Dr. Matthew Steuer and he was wonderful and everything went well. I found him professional, caring and very knowledgeable. I am a very nervous patient and he put me at ease. I highly recommend Dr. Steuer and his staff!"- V.P. / Facebook / Mar 23, 2019
"courteous and professional, doing implants they explain the procedure and make you feel at ease. Great service I highly recommend if you need any oral surgery done go through them."- J.G. / Facebook / Dec 28, 2016
"I am an orthodontist and I couldn't recommend anyone higher for implants or wisdom teeth removal. Dr. Nelson is professional, funny, and extremely detail-oriented to make sure he does the job right. He and his staff will make sure that you enjoy your visit (as much as you can enjoy getting teeth pulled!) and that you're doing well after your visit also. Highly recommend!"- Z.N. / Google / Sep 28, 2014
"I had my wisdom teeth out yesterday morning by Dr. Steuer and wanted to share my experience. I am a dental assistant myself and I always refer my patients who need oral surgery, implants, etc to CS Oral Surgery due to the great feedback I have received time and time again. I have been putting off my own treatment for years due to severe anxiety. I have only had braces and a few fillings so the thought of an extraction was very scary to me, especially after hearing so many horror stories. Even me, a dental assistant who knows the procedure, was terrified. When I went for my consult the staff was very kind. Dr. Steuer gave it to me straight but also was reassuring. When I went in for the procedure I signed my consent forms, treatment plan, and waited maybe 5 minutes. I was taken back by a nice girl with black hair and glasses. She sat me down, took some vitals, and the blonde with glasses inserted my IV on the first try despite my notorious tiny veins. And, it didn't hurt! I felt very warm inside before the anesthesia and started to pass out. Dr. Steuer immediately laid me back to get the blood to my head and started the IV drip. Then it was lights out. I don't remember waking up or leaving. The next thing I knew I was in the car yelling at the other drivers from the backseat. (Silliness from the anesthesia). I was numb for about 4 or 5 hours post op. No pain! Dr. Steuer called to check on me and was very patient with my questions and reassuring me I was doing well. Today I am 27 hours post op and wish I hadnt been so terrified. I have a little soreness when I change gauze, but other than that it has been very manageable. If it stays this way I know without a doubt it is because of Dr. Steuer and his team's excellent patient care and skill that I have minimal post op discomfort. I will be even more enthusiastic when referring my patients to their office in the future due to my own experience. Thank you Dr. Steuer and your angelic staff. It takes special people to be so kind and patient during times of high anxiety!"- K.P. / Google / Sep 28, 2017
Best Candidates for Dental Implants
If you need a dental implant for one missing tooth, multiple consecutive teeth, or an entire lower or upper arch, then you can be considered for this approach to restoration. Your candidacy for a dental implant will rely on the health of your jawbone as our oral surgeons will look at the likelihood of how well a titanium post implanted into your jaw will heal. Your gums will need to be healthy and free of periodontal disease. If you do have bone loss in your jaw, this means that you may be a better candidate for a bone graft before a dental implant. Until you have a stronger, supportive jaw for a dental implant, your success rate will be low. We want you to get the most out of your treatment. We will assess every aspect of your oral health, bone structure, and more in a comprehensive consultation at our office. We can discuss other options or postponement for treatment if you do not qualify at this time because of health issues, pregnancy, or the inability to stop consuming tobacco products of all types.
What To Expect
At your consultation, we will have a candid conversation about your current health, your health history, medication you are taking, allergies, family medical history, and your previous surgical experiences. You can expect our team to perform imaging on your mouth, teeth, gums, and overall facial structure. We do this with our i-CAT™ 3D cone beam scanner, digital x-rays, and digital impressions for ideal outcomes. You will be able to see your bones, nerves, and teeth on a monitor in your consultation room in high definition. With this collected information, your oral surgeon will discuss your needs in detail. You may need the following oral procedures or treatments conducted first before your implant can be placed successfully:
- Tooth extraction
- Periodontal treatment
- Bone grafting
Our surgical team will present you with a treatment plan that may combine procedures to speed up the process instead of doing everything in individual appointments. You may also need to be numbed and sedated at each appointment. If you are healthy and can withstand multiple treatments in one session, then we will do our best to keep the number of appointments to a minimum. On the day of surgery after you are numbed and sedated, your oral surgeon will make an incision within your gums where the titanium post will be inserted. The post will be placed securely into your jawbone. Then, your gumline will be sutured closed as the post will need time to heal. You will have a temporary restoration put in place while the post fuses with your bone. After your dental implant has healed, then you can have a fixed restoration placed for ultimate look and comfort.
Before you are released to go home, we will go over your at-home care instructions for your newly implanted post. It is very normal to have some tenderness, swelling, and slight bleeding in your treatment area. If the pain, bleeding, or inflammation gets worse, please call our office for assistance. Follow all of our aftercare instructions and attend all post-op appointments for our team to check on the rate you are healing. You will need to continue with your oral hygiene routine of brushing, flossing, preventive care exams, and dental cleanings.
After being cleared by your oral surgeon, you will need to contact your dentist about replacing the temporary restorative for the fixed dental crown or denture that will go on top of the implants.
The surgery fees for your dental implants may be covered by your insurance provider as a percentage of the cost. Our billing department will gladly review your treatment plan and submit a claim to your insurance provider for you. We will do our best to get the maximum benefit from your plan to keep your out-of-pocket costs low. If you would like to learn more about our payment options or financing through CareCredit®, please do not hesitate to ask.
The Gold Standard: Implants
If you have any questions or concerns about receiving a dental implant by our oral surgeons, please reach out to us so that we can talk it out. While the thought of having oral surgery for the implant may be intense, our team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South will walk you through the process step-by-step, explain to you how the procedure works, ask for your input on sedation techniques, and involve you 100% in the treatment planning session. Schedule a dental implant consultation with or without a referral in our Colorado Springs, CO office.