Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are many reasons why Dr. Vela and Dr. Arredondo may recommend tooth extraction in Corpus Christi, Texas. If your mouth is crowded, our dentists may pull a tooth to prepare you for orthodontic treatment. If there is not room in your mouth for a new tooth to grow in, it may become impacted or trapped between the jawbone and the gums. To keep impacted teeth from damaging the nearby teeth, our dentists may recommend extraction. When a tooth is too badly infected for root canal therapy to repair, our dentists may extract it to prevent the spread of infection. Some patients have compromised immune systems because of medical treatments. For them, even the risk of infection is reason for extraction. Gingivitis is an infection that attacks the bones and gums that surround and support the teeth. If gingivitis has caused one or more teeth to loosen, our dentists may pull them.

After extraction, our dentists will send you home to recover for a few days. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days. Bite on gauze for three to four hours after extraction to control bleeding. Use an ice bag to control swelling. Follow any other instructions from our dentists.

Please contact Vela Dental Centers Crosstown today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.