Is it time for your wisdom teeth to go? Not many people like to have their wisdom teeth removed, however, most of us have to endure the experience. Your four wisdom teeth, or third molars, can do more harm than good, which is especially true for anyone with an impacted, cavity-filled, or abscessed wisdom tooth. At Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South, we remove wisdom teeth as a preventive measure mainly for your overall health and the integrity of your other teeth. These large molars may do their best to push through your gumline only to be met with no space to do so. In the end, if your wisdom teeth do come in, they might force their way in a tiny space that jams the other teeth together and puts more stress on your jaw. Having them removed is a great alternative to ruining your smile, endangering your health, and living in a lot of pain.
Our board-certified and board-eligible oral surgeons at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South can offer you wisdom teeth removal through surgery when traditional extractions are not appropriate. In our state-of-the-art oral surgery practice, we offer surgical extractions with local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) or inhalation sedation. Contact one of our patient care coordinators in our Colorado Springs, CO South office to learn more today about our services and to make an appointment.
Wisdom Teeth 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
While there is no set age for wisdom teeth removal, our oral surgeons generally perform this service for patients between the ages of 15 – 25. You may be an appropriate candidate if you have:
- Pain, swelling, and/or infection in your back molars
- Impacted and/or abscessed wisdom teeth
- Wisdom teeth that refuse to erupt
- Teeth that cannot be extracted with traditional means (with forceps)
Our pediatric patients (under age 14) may be candidates for wisdom teeth removal if they are undergoing orthodontic treatment to correct their bite, position of their jaw, or to eliminate these teeth to allow the others to erupt to stay spaced properly.
What To Expect
First, we will have a wisdom teeth removal consultation in a private treatment room after we take digital images of your wisdom teeth and jaw. Then, we will sit down and have a discussion about how to proceed with treatment, what techniques to use, and what sedation methods can be included. Most of our sedation options for surgery require our patients to have someone else drive them home after treatment.
On the day of the surgical extraction, we will have you prepped for surgery in one of our surgery bays that is set up for all the types of sedation possibilities we offer. First, you will be numbed with a local anesthetic via injection. Your oral surgeon will then administer your sedation through an IV or inhalation mask. After seeing that the sedation is in effect, your oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum to reveal the tooth. If the tooth is too difficult to remove as a whole, your oral surgeon may take out small pieces of the tooth a little at a time. We do this to not injure the surrounding tissues and teeth. Once the tooth is out, your oral surgeon will close the excision site, and we will wait for you to wake up from your anesthesia if necessary.
Allowing your body to naturally clot in the extraction sites is very important to your recovery. You should not smoke, spit, or suck a straw at any time in the early healing stages of an extracted tooth. This can cause a painful dry socket that will uproot a clot formed to help your gums to heal. Also, we advise that you stay away from extreme temperature foods (ice cold or burning hot), crunchy foods, or anything spicy that can cause unwanted, undesirable irritation in the treatment area. Our team at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South will give you aftercare instructions on how to clean your teeth without disturbing the surgery sites. Sometimes, our oral surgeons will prescribe antibiotics and/or pain relievers for the recovery phase. Please attend any follow-up appointments after surgery so that we can document your progress and assist with any concerns that may come up.
Oral surgery for wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure that many insurance companies will provide coverage for their plan holders. The questions you may have are how much of the procedure is covered, is anesthesia covered, and can I do more than one tooth at a time? We will do our best to answer your questions after we submit a claim on your behalf. Once your claims have been approved or denied, we can discuss how you want to proceed. What is not covered can be paid for with a major credit card or with financing through CareCredit®.
EXPLORE ALL EXTRACTION OPTIONS
You can move on without molars (especially the really difficult ones that will not erupt on their own) with surgical extraction. All of our talented oral surgeons at Colorado Springs Oral and Facial Surgery South are well-versed in wisdom teeth removal. If you would like to learn about surgical wisdom teeth removal with one of our surgeons, please call and make an appointment with our Colorado Springs, CO South office.