Dental Emergencies in ABQ


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Our office is committed to continuing to operate for patients with emergency and essential needs during this time. If you have an emergency that requires consultation with an oral surgeon, please contact the office at 505-821-2111 and we will make the appropriate arrangements to see you.

During this time we will be treating patients with dental emergencies and urgent problems. Elective procedures such as dental implants will resume at a time when it is safe to do so.

Dental Emergencies

  • Cellulitis or diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with intraoral or extraoral swelling that potentially compromise the patients airway
  • Trauma involving the facial bones

Urgent Dental Care

  • Pericoronitis or third-molar pain (wisdom tooth removal)
  • Abscess, or localized bacterial infection resulting in localized pain and swelling
  • Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
  • Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation
  • Dental treatment or oral surgery required prior to critical medical procedures
  • Biopsy of abnormal tissue

Call us at 505-821-2111 for emergency assistance. 


During office hours, immediate attention will be given to your situation, and you will be seen as soon as possible. After office hours, please give the office a call and follow the instructions provided. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a serious or life threatening emergency, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Emergency Oral Surgery


Is a loose dental implant an emergency?


When a dental implant feels loose, it’s usually because the restoration connected to the implant has become loose, not the implant itself. The restoration can be adjusted by your dentist. If you believe that it’s the implant that is loose, not the restoration, call our office for emergency care.


Can a loose implant be saved?


It’s rare for implants to become loose, but when they do, it’s likely because of infection, trauma, or implant failure. A loose implant can typically be saved with proper treatment, but not always. If we don’t think your implant can be saved, we’ll remove it and let the bone and tissue recover before replacing it with a new one.


How do I get an emergency oral surgery appointment?


Call our office right away if you need an emergency appointment. The earlier you call, the more likely we will be able to accommodate you for a same-day visit.


Can you get emergency wisdom tooth removal?


Fully erupted wisdom teeth rarely require emergency removal, although there may be times when an impacted or infected wisdom tooth needs to be extracted as soon as possible. If this is the case, we will make an emergency appointment for you.


How do you know if you have a wisdom tooth infection?


Pain is the most obvious symptom of a wisdom tooth infection. You may be unable to eat and suffer from severe headaches and jaw pain. It’s also common to experience a foul odor, taste, or discharge from the tissue surrounding your wisdom tooth.


Will an oral surgeon pull an infected tooth?


The best option is to save an infected tooth by performing a root canal, but if this is not a solution, Dr. Steel can extract your tooth.


What are the signs of dental implant failure?


Although dental implant failure is uncommon, signs of a compromised implant include severe pain, a loose implant, swollen tissue surrounding the implant, gum recession, and difficulty biting and chewing. If you suspect that your implant has failed, call us right away; the sooner you receive treatment, the better chance we have to save your implant.