(719) 597-4060

Monday thru Friday 7:30am to 4:30pm
S LOCATION: 3100 N. Academy Blvd. Ste. 213 | Colorado Springs, CO 80917
N LOCATION: 13540 Meadowgrass Dr. Ste. 215 | Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Services

Anesthesia

During your initial consultation, we will begin with a comprehensive medical history designed to help recommend the safest and most effective anesthesia for your operation. Your anesthesia plan will involve a local anesthetic (numbing shots), likely combined with IV sedation (for more complex procedures like removal of wisdom teeth). We will determine which anesthesia technique will be best for you during your evaluation. It is important to understand what anesthesia is planned for your procedure since you will be required to come on an empty stomach for at least 8 hours if you are receiving an IV sedation. In addition, patients are required to arrange an escort to assist with transportation following procedures which utilize sedation.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last teeth to develop. They usually appear during the late teens and are positioned behind the upper and lower second molars (twelve-year molars). A person's jaw is often not large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth. Putting off removal of these teeth may result in complications; this may include pain, infection, crowding of teeth, damage to the surrounding teeth, inadequate bone healing, nerve injury and more. Removal of wisdom teeth is usually performed in our office under IV sedation with local anesthesia and usually lasts about 45 minutes. Once the teeth have been removed, you will be given detailed post-op instructions. Patients will need a few days to recuperate and may have some swelling and discomfort. Patients will be given a prescription for pain management and possibly an antibiotic. It is essential to maintain good oral hygiene throughout the recovery process. The removal of wisdom teeth is a common procedure with minimal side effects. Although rare, Dr. Nelson will provide a comprehensive explanation of any risks and complications associated with the procedure; the most common being:infection, dry socket, numbness and sinus complications.

Pediatric Surgery

Dr. Nelson treats children using general and local anesthesia in the office, including the full range of pediatric care including extractions, pathology, and corrective surgery.

Maxillofacial Trauma

The large majority of cases we treat relate to teeth and their surrounding soft tissue (gums/skin) and hard tissue (jaw bones). These types of injuries have a wide range in their presentation and may be mild (cracked tooth), to severe trauma (fractured facial and jaw bones). Depending on the severity of the case, we may recommend treatment in one of the hospitals in which Dr. Nelson maintains hospital privileges (both Memorial hospitals and both Penrose hospitals). Fractures of the bones of the face are treated in a manner similar to the fractures in other parts of the body. The specific form of treatment is determined by various factors, which include the location of the fracture, the severity of the fracture, and the age and general health of the patient.

Dental Implants

Dental implants take the place of tooth roots. They are small, titanium permanent fixtures posts which are positioned where teeth are missing. The bone then bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Once your implant has healed, your dentist may begin the process of placing the crown (chewing surface) onto the connector piece (abutment) which attaches directly to the implant. Implants are a superior treatment option because they assist in maintaining bone, and prevent unnecessary drilling and damage on healthy teeth. They can even help by stabilizing loose dentures! They have a much higher success rate than crowns and bridges however, they require the same maintenance as real teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Dental implants can help restore almost anyone's smile even if natural teeth have been lost. The success rate for implants is impressive with a 98% for lower implants and 96% for upper implants!

Orthognathic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is a corrective and reconstructive surgery designed to establish proper jaw and facial alignment. Candidates for orthognathic surgery often have discrepancies in the facial skeleton, the treatment for which requires the teeth to be straightened with orthodontics followed by corrective jaw surgery to re-align the jaw. Not treating the problem may prevent you from being able to bite and chew your food, close your lips together, and to speak clearly. The health of the teeth, gums and particularly the jaw joint (TMJ) may be in jeopardy if surgery is not completed. Orthognathic surgery, in addition to correcting a skeletal discrepancy of the jaws, usually improves facial balance and appearance. This surgery is performed in the hospital and may last two to four hours, depending on the severity of your condition.

Oral Pathology

Each of the tissues in your mouth have a characteristic texture and appearance. When these deviate from normal, it may designate a warning sign for a pathological process. The most serious of these is oral cancer. The following can be signs at the beginning of a pathologic process: Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth Chronic sore throat or hoarseness Difficulty in chewing or swallowing These changes can be detected on the lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face, and/or neck. Pain does not always occur with pathology and is not often associated with oral cancer. However, any patient with facial and/or oral pain without an obvious cause or reason may also be at risk for oral cancer.