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Emergency Dental Clinic and Treatments in San Antonio

Emergency Dental Clinic with Same-Day Treatment Open in San Antonio, TX

During the COVID-19 outbreak in San Antonio, TX, Dr. Bec is transforming his Oral Surgery Focused General Dentistry Practice, Alamo Dental Health, into an Emergencies-Only Dental Clinic.



When virtually all dental clinics are closed, Alamo Dental Health along with Dr. Bec’s team will remain open to apply his surgical and root canal treatment skills to deliver urgent dental care to patients in pain and suffering from oral infections. Being San Antonio’s go-to Emergency Dentist, Dr. Bec provides dental emergency services to both existing and new patients suffering from toothaches, dental abscess, and other painful oral conditions.

Dr. Bec, a general private practice dentist in San Antonio, is skilled to diagnose and treat many dental emergencies. Most patients who experience tooth pain are in great need of urgent dental care, dental extractions and root canal treatments being the most common types of treatment.

COVID-19: We live during special circumstances when we are required to seek and accept medical and dental advice in new ways. Therefore, a great effort has been made to create a simple and efficient dental care model! Receiving treatment is very important and will be done in 3 simple steps:

  1. Schedule VIRTUAL CONSULTATION via ZOOM app. Download Zoom on your phone, tablet, or computer. Patients with urgent needs will be recommended to schedule an office visit (steps 2 and 3) right away while others will be recommended to schedule a visit only after the COVID-19 outbreak is over. If necessary…
  2. Schedule IN-OFFICE CONSULATION to include examination and necessary Xrays. Dr. Bec will evaluate your symptoms and xrays to make appropriate Recommendations. Then…
  3. Receive DENTAL TREATMENT, such as emergency root canals, extractions, performing temporary fillings or denture adjustments, suture removals, and address uncontrolled bleeding.


 It is our hope this new type of online-first-office-second model will address San Antonio’s dental emergency needs while maintaining a low risk of COVID-19 exposure for healthcare teams and patients!

Special Hours of Operation

Monday 10:00 am – 4.00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am – 4.00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am – 4.00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am – 4.00 pm
Friday 10:00 am – 4.00 pm
Saturday – Sunday Closed

What is defined as a Dental Emergency?

American Dental Association defines dental emergencies are potentially life threatening and require immediate treatment to stop ongoing tissue bleeding, alleviate severe pain or infection. Such conditions include:
  • Uncontrolled bleeding post tooth extraction or any other oral surgery procedures
  • Cellulitis or a diffuse soft tissue bacterial infection with intra-oral or extra-oral swelling that potentially compromise the patient’s airway
  • Trauma involving facial bones, potentially compromising the patient’s airway

Emergency dentists, like Dr. John Bec, provide dental emergency care by focusing their immediate attention on the management of these conditions to relieve severe pain and/or risk of infection. Here are the most common types of conditions requiring immediate and urgent care:

  • Root Canal Treatment to stop Severe dental pain from pulpal inflammation or toothache
  • Extraction or Debridement for Pericoronitis, a gum infection around the crown of a partially erupted tooth or third-molar
  • Surgical post-operative osteitis (inflammation of the jaw bone)
  • Dry socket dressing changes
  • Dental Abscess, or localized bacterial dental infection resulting in localized pain and swelling.
  • Tooth fracture resulting in pain or causing soft tissue trauma
  • Dental trauma with avulsion/luxation (tooth loss or tooth mobility)
  • Dental treatment required prior to critical medical procedures
  • Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration is lost, broken or causing gingival irritation
Other types of dental emergency care also includes:
  • Extensive dental caries or defective restorations causing pain and managed with interim restorative techniques (temporary fillings) when possible (silver diamine fluoride, glass ionomers)
  • Suture removal
  • Denture adjustment on radiation/oncology patients
  • Denture adjustments or repairs when function impeded
  • Replacing temporary filling on endo access openings in patients experiencing pain
  • Snipping or adjustment of an orthodontic wire or appliances piercing or ulcerating the oral mucosa

For more information on what emergency dentists are recommended to treat during the COVID-19 outbreak, visit ADA’s website.


What is not defined as Urgent Dental Care?

Routine or non-dental emergency procedures do not typically get treated in an Emergency Dental Clinic. Such procedures include but are not limited to:
  • Initial or periodic oral examinations and recall visits, including routine radiographs
  • Routine dental cleaning and preventive therapies
  • Orthodontic procedures other than those to address acute issues (e.g. pain, infection, trauma)
  • Extraction of asymptomatic teeth
  • Restorative dentistry including treatment of asymptomatic carious lesions
  • Aesthetic dental procedures

How soon can you be seen?

Dr. Bec conducts virtual online consulations daily 9 am- 10 am and 1 pm – 2 pm. He treats patients in his clinic 10 am- 12 pm and 2 pm – 4 pm (or as long as it takes).

To begin receiving care, schedule your virtual consultation now!

Where are we located?

Dr. Bec is located near San Antonio’s Medical Center in the Canavan Center, Building B. Located on Wurzbach Road between Interstate I-10 and Fredericksburg Bldv, he are easily reachable by patients living as far as Pleasanton, TX to North San Antonio. Check out Google directions to our office.

How much does it cost?

The cost of urgent dental care treatment (emergency dental care) totally depends on the services rendered and starts as low as $150. To find out more about your condition and how your condition needs to be addressed, an initial online consultation is necessary.

The cost of a dental emergency audio/video online consultation, examination and treatment is:

  • $90 – Online Consultation
  • $70 – Office Consultation, which includes the doctor examination and two (2) intra-oral radiographs (Periapical and Bitewing) . Some patients will require additional diagnostic services, the most common being the 3-D x-ray (CBCT x-ray). The fee for such radiograph is $275.
  • $150+, depending on treatment rendered. Each patient will be given a proper explanation of the conditions discovered and the treatment necessary. Monthly Payment plans via CareCredit available. PPO Insurance billed on patient’s behalf.

Note to patients with dental insurance: Alamo Dental Health bills all PPO dental insurance plans. Patients will be responsible for the fee of the service at the time of service. They will be directly reimbursed by their insurance company the allowable charges. Since each insurance company sets their own allowable fees, it is nearly impossible to be exact on the exact amount you will be reimbursed. Our experience over the last 10 years tells us it is safe to predict you will be reimbursed between 70%-100% of the insurance portion. Most plans have a patient portion as well which is not covered by the insurance policy.

If you are experiencing a dental abscess, toothache or any other type of condition listed on this page and believe you need to seek urgent dental care, schedule a Virtual Consultation now!

Get Answers to your Dental Concerns without visiting our Office

Schedule your 10-Minute Dental Emergency Web Conference Consultation with Dr. John Bec right here. To connect with Dr. Bec, we recommend you download, install and login to the ZOOM app 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Once you’ve setup your appointment, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to connect with Dr. Bec on the ZOOM app.