About Tooth Extractions
The preservation of natural teeth and oral health is the overarching goal of dentistry. But in some cases, the best way to save and improve oral health is through the removal of a problematic tooth. Teeth that are infected, severely damaged, impacted, or simply beyond repair may need to be extracted to return health and wellness to your smile. In some cases, teeth may need to be removed to facilitate other types of care, such as orthodontics. Our team of skilled oral surgeons routinely performs simple and surgical tooth extractions for children, teens, and adult patients with great precision and expertise and offer sedation dentistry solutions for a pleasant experience. A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible above the gumline and can be elevated from the tooth socket rather easily. A surgical extraction is more complex, requiring incisions and other surgical techniques to fully remove a tooth from the mouth. When your oral health requires the experience of an oral surgical specialist, our caring team of experts is here to help. Contact one of our Colorado practice locations today to reserve your appointment.
Tooth Extractions Reviews
"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
"Dr.Nelson is hands down the best doctor I have ever had - and I have seen A LOT of doctors in many specialties. He is always attentive to you as a patient and no matter how busy or tired he is he ALWAYS makes you feel like you are his only patient. He answered all of my questions with patience and made sure that I was able to fully participate in my care. I had a lot of complications from a wisdom tooth extraction (all my own body's fault, I have a lot of medical issues) and the whole office cheered me on and helped me through my long recovery. They truly care about you and make you feel like family!"- A.A. / Google / Oct 28, 2018
"I was seen by Dr. Nelson for wisdom teeth extractions, he was sure to make me feel comfortable, encouraged me along the way, and was courteous to my feelings. Dr. Nelson and his staff are friendly, fun, and easy going. I didn’t think a procedure like this could be such a breeze. I would recommend my friends and family to this office."- A.S. / Google / Sep 28, 2018
When Is a Tooth Extraction Necessary?
When teeth are irreparably or severely damaged, the ideal course of treatment is often tooth extraction. Your general dentist and our oral surgeons may determine that removing a problem tooth from your mouth offers the best way to restore oral health, comfort, and general wellness. Tooth extractions may be recommended for teeth that are infected (abscessed), impacted teeth (trapped in bone or gum tissue), wisdom teeth that lack adequate space to erupt, teeth broken at the gumline, or extremely worn-down teeth. Patients with severe bone loss due to advanced gum disease may require a tooth extraction when the jawbone is no longer providing sufficient support. Even those with teeth that are cracked or fractured at the root may be better off having such teeth removed from the mouth. Younger individuals may benefit from the removal of retained baby teeth or permanent premolars (bicuspids) to aid in the orthodontic movement of teeth. Options for tooth replacement, such as dental implants, can also be discussed following an extraction procedure if a functional tooth is being removed to improve oral health.
What Is the Tooth Extraction Process?
Our modern Colorado oral surgical centers are fully equipped to deliver the latest in advanced services to our patients. During your consultation, our surgical experts will review the extraction procedure and discuss the sedation dentistry options available to keep you comfortable and relaxed when you visit for your procedure. On the day of your extraction, our team will administer your chosen sedation and dental anesthesia and then use advanced surgical skill and expertise to remove a tooth from the jaw. Incisions in the gums to better access the tooth will be made, if needed, and the tooth will be elevated from the socket with high-level precision and care. In some cases, our surgeons may need to section the tooth into smaller pieces to remove it from the mouth. Our team takes special care to minimize the impact on surrounding teeth, gum tissues, bone, nerves, and other oral structures. The extraction site will then be sutured, rinsed, and packed with gauze, if necessary. Depending on your unique oral needs, a prescription antibiotic or pain medication may be prescribed, or our surgeons may recommend nonprescription anti-inflammatory medications to minimize any discomfort while you heal from your tooth extraction.
Recovery Following Tooth Removal Procedures
Following your extraction procedure, our Colorado oral surgery team will provide instructions on how to care for your mouth after having a tooth removed. If you received sedation services for your treatment, you must have a responsible adult drive you home as you will still experience sedative effects for a few hours after it's administered. Our team strongly advises that you avoid drinking through a straw, spitting, or smoking until your extraction site begins to heal. Doing so could disrupt the clot that will form over the exposed bone tissue and lead to a more significant oral concern. For the first few days after your extraction, you should eat a diet of soft, lukewarm foods and drinks and not consume items that are especially hot or cold in temperature. Applying cold compresses against the jaw or face can also help to relieve any post-operative swelling. A follow-up visit with our surgical specialists will be scheduled so that we may evaluate how your extraction site is healing.
Are Tooth Extractions Covered by Insurance?
While many dental insurance policies offer coverage toward tooth extraction procedures, sedation dentistry services may not be a plan benefit. However, our Colorado oral surgery team wants you to get the treatment you need and will work with you to find a convenient payment solution. A member of our business staff will get in touch with your insurance provider to learn the details of your specific plan. Any personal expenses will be reviewed with you before the start of treatment. We are pleased to accept several payment methods and can assist you in finding low-interest financing to help cover any out-of-pocket costs associated with your oral surgery care.
Return Health to Your Smile
At times, tooth extractions are the ideal course of treatment to return health and wellness to your smile. Teeth that are severely decayed, broken, infected, or otherwise standing in the way of better oral health are often better off removed from your mouth through simple or surgical extraction procedures. As oral surgery specialists, our team routinely extracts problem teeth for patients of all ages. Contact one of our Colorado practice locations today to get the skilled extraction care your family needs for healthier and happier smiles.