While the ultimate goal of dentistry is to save natural teeth and preserve oral health, there are certain dental conditions that are best treated with a tooth extraction. Patients who have teeth that are extensively damaged, decayed, unable to properly erupt (impacted), or that cannot be repaired may need to have such teeth removed to improve oral health. For other individuals, tooth extractions may be recommended to allow for adequate space for tooth eruption or to aid in orthodontic tooth movement. Whatever may be behind the need for tooth removal, the experienced oral surgical specialists at our Colorado Springs, CO office are here to help. Our team offers simple and surgical tooth extractions for patients of all ages in a state-of-the-art, comfortable environment. Simple extractions involve teeth that are erupted into the mouth and can be easily removed while surgical extractions necessitate surgical techniques (like incisions and sectioning of teeth) to remove teeth from the jaw. Sedation dentistry services are also available to help make your procedure relaxed and stress-free. Get in touch with our caring team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South today if you or your loved one are in need of a tooth extraction.
Tooth Extractions Reviews
"We had an emergency tooth extraction on a Friday night. My wife had 2 root canals the day before, and she we in extreme pain. Our Endodontist called Dr. Steuer to see if he could see my wife to help with the tooth.Not only did he meet us with his assistant and extract the tooth, he never made us feel bad about messing up his evening. "Let's get her out of pain so she can have a nice weekend". He was caring and efficient."- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 22, 2019
"Dr. Nelson and his staff are welcoming and comforting. I recently had a tooth extraction and started the implant process. I have a lot of confidence in his ability. His dental assistant, Sarah is great too!"- D.C. / Healthgrades / May 12, 2017
"Dr Nelson and his staff were the absolute best! They took the time to listen and explain any questions that I had and truly care for their patients. After my tooth extraction Dr Nelson called me from his personal phone to check and make sure I was doing good post op. When I needed to ask him questions about my pain meds on a weekend he responded back to me in a timely fashion and was very patient with me. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone!"- R.L. / Facebook / Jan 28, 2018
"Dr. Steuer was very personable and did a great job on my upper wisdom teeth extractions."- Z.T. / Google / Jun 28, 2019
"Dr. Steuer and his amazing staff did a fantastic job with my 14 year old daughter. Even though she needed 3 extractions he was done in about 15-20 minutes tops!! They ensure both you and your child are informed about the procedure in it's entirety. Dr. Steuer personally addresses any concerns regarding post op care. It was really nice receiving a text from him later this evening checking up on her. You can tell by their light hearted humor they truly care about the well-being of their patients. I would not recommend anyone else whether it was me or my children who needed oral surgery. They are the best!! Be prepared to enter a Calm, Relaxed atmosphere with the most Tender, Love and Care you will ever see in any office!!! Thank you Dr. Steuer, both you and your staff are incredible!!"- K.W. / Google / Sep 28, 2018
Teeth that do not support oral health, that cannot be repaired, or that pose a health risk if they remain in place may need to be removed from the mouth with a simple or surgical tooth extraction. After a thorough evaluation, your general dentist or our oral surgery specialists may recommend removing problematic teeth to improve your oral and general health and to ensure comfort for your smile. Common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay
- Infection or abscess
- Extensive bone loss
- Advanced gum disease
- Impacted teeth
- Insufficient space
- Problem wisdom teeth
- Extremely worn teeth
- Retained baby teeth
- Teeth that are broken at the gumline
- Orthodontic treatment needs
- Fractured root or cracked tooth
Not all teeth that are extracted need to be replaced, such as baby teeth, premolars (bicuspids) removed for orthodontic purposes, or wisdom teeth. But if an adult tooth is otherwise lost, our team may discuss viable solutions for tooth replacement, including the option of dental implants.
What To Expect
At Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South, our team caters to your comfort by providing personalized care from our modern, well-equipped treatment bays. When you visit for your treatment consultation, one of our surgeons will review the treatment process and talk with you about your options for sedation dentistry to help you stay relaxed and stress-free as you undergo oral surgery. Your simple or surgical tooth extraction will be performed with high-level skill and precision as we take special precautions to leave as little impact as possible on surrounding bone, teeth, nerves, gums, and other oral tissues. If a simple extraction is needed, our surgeons will gently remove the tooth from its socket with special instruments. Surgical extractions often require that incisions be made in the gums to reach the tooth along with sectioning of the tooth into smaller pieces to be more easily removed from the jaw. When the extraction is complete, our team will suture the gums, rinse the area, and possibly cover the site with gauze. Over-the-counter pain relievers, prescription pain medication, or an antibiotic may be prescribed based on your unique treatment needs to allow you to recover from your procedure in comfort.
Once your simple or surgical extraction procedure is complete, our surgical team will review suggestions on how to best care for your treatment site. Since the effects of sedation services tend to last for several hours, you will need to have an adult drive you home following your appointment. It is best to not spit, use a straw to drink, or smoke for several days following your procedure so as not to disturb the clot your body has formed to protect the bone and gums in your extraction site. Disrupting this clot can lead to a painful condition known as "dry socket" and cause other oral complications. Cold compresses placed against the face or jaw can help to reduce any swelling resulting from your extraction procedure. It is also advised that you eat a soft food diet, and avoid foods and drinks that are hot or cold in temperature during the initial healing phase of your recovery. Please be sure to keep any recommended follow-up visits with our practice so that our surgical specialists can assess your healing progress.
As a common dental service, simple and surgical tooth extractions are a procedure for which many dental insurance plans provide coverage. Before we begin your treatment, a member of our knowledgeable team will review your plan specifics and let you know about any out-of-pocket costs, and determine whether sedation dentistry services are included in your plan’s benefits. Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South is pleased to accept several types of easy payment methods and can provide information on patient financing through CareCredit® services.
Simple and Surgical Extraction
Tooth extraction may be the optimal way to overcome certain dental problems and reestablish a healthy smile. Teeth that are damaged beyond repair, infected, or keeping you from enjoying better oral health may need to be removed with a simple or surgical extraction procedure from a skilled oral surgery specialist. Our Colorado Springs, CO surgical team routinely performs tooth extractions with extreme precision and a gentle touch for children, teens, and adults. If you or your loved one are in need of a tooth extraction, talk to our friendly team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South today and schedule a visit with one of our caring oral surgeons.