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Tooth Extraction Specialists

Damage, decay, and disease can cause your teeth to be beyond repair, and lead to even more serious complications down the road. 

You can take care of your dental health with a safe and effective tooth extraction

Patients throughout the Santa Fe, NM, area visit Drs. Sean Healy and Diego Hurtado for tooth extractions performed by elite oral surgeons. 


Elicia brought her child to Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe for tooth extraction, and she was very impressed with her experience. She feels very fortunate to have found an oral surgeon that is both highly qualified and relatable. In this tooth extraction testimonial, Elicia recommends our practice to patients of all ages that need oral surgery in Santa Fe.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

The best dental option is preserving a natural tooth whenever possible. Our surgeons always strive to save a compromised tooth. Sometimes, however, a badly damaged tooth cannot be saved, and keeping it in your mouth does more harm than good to your oral health. Here are some reasons you might need a tooth extraction at our Santa Fe office

Protect Surrounding Teeth

If the tooth has severe decay, then removing it can prevent the decay from spreading not only to your other teeth, but into your gums and the rest of your body. 

Orthodontic Preparation

If a patient is planning to receive orthodontic treatment, extraction may be necessary if the jaw is not large enough to accommodate all the teeth properly.

Stubborn Baby Teeth

Sometimes our baby teeth simply refuse to grow up and move on. You might need us to extract a baby tooth to make room for a permanent tooth to grow in properly. 

Tooth Overcrowding

Some patients have extra teeth that crowd together and prevent other teeth from emerging. Overcrowding can harm the growth of surrounding teeth and hamper your smile. 

Unsuccessful Dental Procedures

In some cases, patients come to us after another dentist's root canal procedure has failed. It is often wise to opt for extraction rather than a second root canal to avoid jawbone infection. 

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Beyond being notoriously difficult to clean, wisdom teeth that didn't grow in correctly can cause overcrowding, infection, and damage to your jaw bone. Even if they erupt properly, they present a very high risk of decay because they sit so far back in the mouth.

What Sets Our Santa Fe Surgeons Apart

Oral Surgery Expertise

Both Dr. Healy and Dr. Hurtado are board-certified oral surgeons. This distinction means they have a greater level of training and experience than a general dentist. Opting for oral surgeons often allows patients to avoid expensive revisions they may encounter with less-skilled dental professionals. 

Compassionate Care

Our oral surgery experts understand that dental issues, such as those leading to extractions, cause stress to their patients' lives. Drs. Healy and Hurtado are approachable, easy-going, and fantastic communicators. They put their patients at ease with both their personalities and elite level of professional care. 

Affordable Options

It pains us to see budget be a barrier to necessary dental care. We have taken several steps to make our treatments affordable. We accept CareCredit®, which allows you to pay for your treatment in no- or low-interest monthly installments. We are also pre-authorized with most insurance carriers. 

"Efficient, knowledgeable, AND super friendly" See What Santa Fe, NM, Has to Say


Max Davis


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These folks totally saved me by working me into their schedule for an emergency extraction. No exaggeration.... I had a dangerous situation. I'm totally indebted to them. They were efficient and knowledgeable, AND super friendly.

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Sasha SH


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Dr. Diego Hurtado and his assistant Yvette did an amazing job extracting my wisdom tooth! Smooth and painless. I was lucky to end up at their clinic. Everyone appeared knowledgeable, professional, very polite and caring. Muchas Gracias!

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"In my opinion, this is the only place to go."

Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe is the oral surgery practice trusted by other doctors. Dr. Richard Lieberman visited Dr. Sean Healy and Dr. Diego Hurtado for tooth extraction, and he describes his experience as quick, easy, efficient, and painless. As a fellow doctor, he especially appreciated the professional, capable, and efficient care provided by our oral surgeons.

Avoiding Extraction Has Serious Consequences We Take Care of Santa Fe

When you do not remove a tooth that should be pulled, you are increasing your risk of infection. At first, tooth infections can lead to oral pain, sensitivity, and soreness. When left untreated, an infection can spread throughout your body and lead to complications including headaches, fatigue, chills, dehydration, heart rate issues, breathing problems, and severe facial swelling.

There is no need to open yourself to infection. At our office, you can have your problem teeth removed and replaced with elite dental implants. Both of our surgeons have many years of experience in oral surgery, and both completed extra years of training with advanced surgical techniques. Reach out over the phone or by writing to us to request your free consultation at our office in Santa Fe, NM.

(505) 984-0694

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What to Expect at Your Extraction

Thanks to our modern oral surgery techniques and advanced technology, having a tooth extracted is a straightforward procedure with minimal discomfort. Our surgeons use gentle techniques to remove damaged teeth and wisdom teeth in need of extraction while preserving the surrounding bone structure.
Our practice offers sedation dentistry to provide you with the highest level of comfort and relaxation.
Our practice offers sedation dentistry to provide you with the highest level of comfort and relaxation.

Peaceful Preparation

Our surgeon will administer local anesthesia to numb the tooth and the area around it. Our practice also offers options in sedation dentistry to provide you with the highest level of comfort and relaxation.

Simple Extraction

If the tooth has emerged fully through the gums, Dr. Healy or Dr. Hurtado will perform a simple extraction. This involves loosening the tooth with a dental instrument called an elevator, and then using forceps to carefully remove it. You may feel pressure, but you will not feel any pain.

Skilled Surgery

If the tooth is impacted in the jawbone or broken at the gum line, the doctor will need to remove it surgically. He will make an incision to expose the tooth, and he may have to remove bone or gum tissue in order to extract it.

Finishing Touch

After the tooth is removed, your surgeon will place a few stitches over the extraction site. They will then apply gauze to the extraction site to stem bleeding, and promote the creation of a blood clot necessary for proper recovery. You will be asked to softly bite on the gauze for around half an hour until the blood clot forms. 

Replacing the Tooth

If the extracted tooth is a permanent tooth other than a wisdom tooth, then our surgeons will often recommend a dental implant. Dental implants are the most comprehensive form of dental restoration, since they replace the entire tooth from root to crown and help retain bone mass in the jaw. Whichever type you choose, closing the gap with a restoration will allow you to avoid difficulties speaking and eating, and will prevent remaining teeth from shifting.

We can often combine a tooth extraction with same-day dental implants to reduce recovery and healing time. Popular implant-supported restorations we offer include dentures and crowns. Some patients have been told by other dentists that they are poor candidates for dentures. We offer zygomatic implants that can make the dentures you desire a reality. 

"Highly recommended!" Santa Fe, NM, Selects Us for a Reason


Tonya Navarro


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The entire staff all have hearts of gold. Dr. Healey and his assistant Charlie were amazing with my wisdom teeth extraction. Not only did Dr. Healey have an excellent and professional yet warm and caring manner to him, he truly knows his stuff. I had zero fears about my surgery and I am glad my experience was with him. Highly recommended!

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Dr. Diego Hurtado, Ashley, and the entire team were terrific. The professionalism, customer service, patient care, communication, guidance, and follow ups were the best I've experienced in our State. Dr. Hurtado provided exceptional medical care for a complicated wisdom tooth extraction, and I highly recommend Dr. Hurtado and his team!

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The Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe

At The Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center of Santa Fe, Drs. Healy and Hurtado use the latest technologies to perform wisdom teeth removals, dental implant placement, and more. Our surgeons are affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • The Southwest Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • The American Dental Association

To schedule a consultation, contact us online or by calling (505) 984-0694.

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"I was nervous... but Dr. Healy and his nurses put me at ease, and he even gave me a call the evening after surgery to make sure I was ok." From a Google Review

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