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Dr. Benjamin Vela

Dentistry
Corpus Christi, TX
16 years experience male

Locations

Vela Dental Southside

Corpus Christi, TX

Address

4822 Holly Rd., Corpus Christi, TX
Directions

My office hours

Wednesday: 8:00am - 5:00pm
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Insurances accepted

Metlife Insurance Company of Connecticut

Aetna

CIGNA Health Care

Vela Dental Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

Vela Dental Crosstown

Corpus Christi, TX

About

Bio

Dr. Benjamin Vela began practice with his father in 2006, helping to build 3 additional practices and eventually taking over the Corpus Christi and Kingsville offices. A native of Corpus Christi, Dr. Ben graduated from King High School in 1999. He graduated in three years from St. Mary’s University with a BA in Biology. Afterwards, he went on to obtain his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from UT Health Science Center Dental School in San Antonio. He is married to Dr. Carla Gamez, a professor at Del Mar College. Dr. Ben focuses his professional attention to the practice of implant and cosmetic dentistry.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Dentistry

Dentistry - Cosmetic

Dentistry - Endodontics

Dentistry - Prosthodontics

Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

Licenses

United States: Texas

Doctor Q&A

54 Answers
55 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Can't tell here. : There is no way any doc could tell you over the internet. Large masses can be common and not pose large problems as you are in a pretty rare category ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Serious damage: Please please for the love of all that is holy, don't do that. Use either professional whitening or over the counter products like crest white strips.... Read More
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
A lot! Get checked!: Numbness can be present in a number of ailments and you need to get checked by a physician and/or neurologist. Very bad things can be happening like b... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal ... Read More
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
See a dentist first: Symptoms of facial pain including the gums will tend to lead me to think of a dental infection possibly related to periodontal disease or a large cavi... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Get in the phone: Contact poison control. They will offer the best advice. Usually the toothpaste has contact info as well. Flouride toxicity is a concern especially a... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Serious or Minor: Spots on the gums are usually due to a increase in pigment and is more common in dark skinned individuals. However, some spots on the gums can be very... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Many options: Most people will do well with valium. However, other options are available that perhaps your doctor does not provide. Nitrous oxide (laughing gas), ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Temporary: Temporary care generally requires follow-up and more involved and definitive care.
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Yes find a dentist: Anytime a tooth has broken, it can lead to a large amount of pain and infection. This can also mean you may have a number of other problems. Find a de... Read More
A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Maybe not: Actually, if you received a cleaning, you may be feeling the small spaces where the tartar used to be. Very common misconception!
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Probably not: The anatomy of the tongue has many cracks and crevices. Unless there is pain, bleeding or some other abnormality other than look, you're probably just... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Common concern: If this occurred within the past few days, try giving it about 2 weeks for gum tissue to resolve as it can be irritated during crown placement. Anyth... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Oral: Oral surgery may not necessarily require sedation.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Dental: Dental implants do not get cavities.
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Minimal: If it was just the temporary crown, you have a little time to get in. That being said, bacteria can still get into the tooth and place the tooth at a ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Hygiene: Could mean you're just not cleaning your tongue well and overall oral hygiene needs to be better. It may also be fungal in nature and not have anythin... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Depends on treatment: Your doctor may have just mentioned it in passing but it may have greater implications later on. You may require a specialist to either perform a root... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Rare but possible: Definitely something to keep an eye on. Bruising is a common side effect of tooth extractions. A range of reasons could exist from light skin to low i... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Removal: Removal of a tooth nerve (pulpectomy) can greatly reduce toothache pain.
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Your dentist: Your dentist should be the one to make that call. If you don't trust him/her, go to a specialist (oral surgeon) and they'll help you out. Sometimes ju... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Once: Once you put them on, you will notice a very slight pressure. Just know they are working.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Need an x-ray: Many times a root canal can go bad or "not take". Express your concerns with the doc that did the rct to re-evaluate.
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
General Dentist: Generally, your dentist should be the first step in the treatment of bruxism or grinding. Get a few recommendations from friends to find someone in yo... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Hard to tell: True geographic tongue tends to be benign and not really cause problems. The reason for developing it varies from oral habits to just plain randomness... Read More
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Definitely: Tmj (disorder) can occur at anytime and can come and go with periods of stress or difference in routine. Swollen lymph nodes are not commonly associat... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Wait a few days : Healing is primary importance and you should make sure you follow your surgeon's recommendations first. Chewing gum may help with the muscles if they ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
OBGYN: Contact your obgyn as soon as possible and stay away from sex until it is resolved.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Anything abnormal: First you look for something abnormal: pain, swelling, discoloration from normal, etc. These generally lead to a determination of the cause. If the ca... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Time: Usually canker sores are brought on by stress or damage to the lining of the mouth. Warm salt water rinses and oraljel do help with the discomfort but... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Complicated but yes: For an upper molar, the tooth roots are often very close or in the sinus separated by only a small amount of bone and membrane (like very thin skin). ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Get a Checkup: Wisdom teeth tend to cause more problems than they solve. That being said, it is important that you have a regular dental visit/provider so that the c... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
See your dentist!: Bulimia has obvious detrimental consequences to the teeth. An electric toothbrush and a toothpaste like pronamel. Act mouth rinse is excellent at rest... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Acid: It sounds like you have a strong gag reflex. Whenever you vomit, that is stomach acid coming out which can vary in color but yellow is common. This is... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Abuse in many forms: Flouride is meant for cavity prevention and enamel rejuvenation. Too much can be a bad thing. Brush 2x daily and remember to floss! physical preventio... Read More
A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Check it out: Random bumps are always a concern for the doctor. Generally speaking , it's probably nothing but you want to be sure as abnormalities can present as s... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Post op pain: It could be a dry socket or you may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Difficult teeth... Read More
A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
A dental cleaning: If toothbrush, floss, toothpick, and mouthrinse don't do the trick, call a dentist to set up a cleaning appointment. Chances are you need one anyways.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Bad: Basically the clot that was supposed to form after tooth extraction is either never formed or removed....Both usually due to improper care. It's the e... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Why worry: Don't waste time worrying, it does you no good! the velscope provides a lot of false positives and probably scares more people than it saves. However,... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Post op pain: You may just be dealing with some aggressive post operative pain associated with the difficult extraction. Impacted teeth tend to require the removal ... Read More
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Try: Try to preserve the bone with a bone graft / socket preservation after extraction.
A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Porcelain : Very common problem for people and it could have some underlying issues associated with it like grinding or improper hygiene. The way your teeth come ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
See the dentist/OMS.: An infection appears to be present and go back to the doc who took it out. If unavailable, find an oral maxillofacial surgeon. Sometimes an additional... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Common: This is a common antibiotic for reduction of infection or chance of infection. Generally, removal of the tooth (or saving in some instances) is recom... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
1 week tops!: A lot of post-cementation pain is due more to the time being in the temporaries than the actual crown insertion. Injection sites can be sore too. If t... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
See a doctor: Tmj issues can definitely cause intermittent discomfort especially if you clench or grind during the day. Stress or long tiring days are often the roo... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
A few options: You want to make sure you are preventing things from getting worse. Receding gums can be due to a multitude of factors like heavy brushing, bone loss ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
A few possibilities: Fracture, new cavity, gum recession. A fractured tooth will be sensitive when chewing directly on it. Almost all possibilities require dental treatme... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Vela
Dentistry 16 years experience
Not enough info :(: Depending on your particular medical and dental history, it's really difficult to say what's going on and you should go see a medical doctor to initia... Read More

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Jun 9, 2013
Excellent doctor
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Vela is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Vela is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I had found one but when I went I recieved a free exams then was told that I need to come back with $1000.00.I will keeps looking. Thankyou
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Thanks for your quick reply! Doctor says my jaw may of been broken over a year ago due too someone throwing a lighter by accident at it after wisdom teeth were removed?
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Thanks for your quick reply! Thank u for advice now I have this feeling for a month almost I went to him he didn't help me where I can go to make complain for doctor?

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio, TX
Graduated 2006MD

Awards

Fellow, International Congress of Oral Implantologists
Top Doctor, First Place, Corpus Christi Region, TX - Summer
2013
Most Influential, Second Place, Corpus Christi Region, TX - Summer
2013

Affiliations

American Dental Association
Academy of General Dentistry
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