Extractions Specialist

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

General & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Corpus Christi, TX

Getting your tooth pulled is the opposite of fun, but extraction can sometimes be required to avoid future complications. For quick and professional extractions, trust the experienced team at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, PLLC in Corpus Christi, Texas. They're here for you when you're in need of tooth extraction. Call the office or schedule a consultation online.

Extractions Q & A

Kenneth Gonzales, D.D.S., P.L.L.C.

Why would I need an extraction?

Your permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, but for numerous reasons, some may not. For instance, a tooth may need to be extracted because it is too severely damaged to keep. Illness, decay, and trauma can all contribute to needing teeth pulled.

Other reasons for extractions include:

  • Risk of infection from a failed root canal
  • Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
  • Advanced gum (periodontal) disease
  • Crowded or extra teeth
  • No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)

How are extractions performed?

There are two types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. When you can see the tooth inside your mouth, it’s called a simple extraction. In a simple extraction, a highly experienced dentist at Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and gently remove it with dental forceps.

A surgical extraction is more involved. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. In these situations, the dentist makes a small incision into the gum to access and remove the tooth. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.

Your dentist gives you a local anesthetic before both a surgical extraction and simple extraction, so you don’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are being extracted at the same appointment, as is the norm with wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may give you a general anesthetic so you don’t feel pain and you sleep through the entire procedure.

When will I be fully healed from a tooth extraction?

Depending on how many teeth you had extracted and your specific circumstances, the beginning healing stage takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will slowly replace the areas where your teeth were removed. It's possible you could have trouble chewing or experience other pain and discomfort as you recover, but this will depend on the amount of dental work you have.

Since everyone's situation is unique, it’s best to contact Kenneth Gonzales, DDS, and schedule a consultation so you can learn about your options and any important follow-up treatments like dental implants or crowns.

Call the office or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment today.