SANTA FE (KRQE) - The investigation is expanding into "El Dentista," a man accused of working as a dentist without a license and using dirty dental tools.
Since KRQE News 13's report Monday about his arrest, several people have come forward with painful stories of severe infections that they say were the work of "El Dentista."
Police are hearing there could be as many as 20 victims in just in one Santa Fe neighborhood.
Raquel Ornelas says she recognized his face on the news: Eliver Kestler, or "El Dentista" to his patients.
She says he is the reason she suffered a severe infection after he stopped by her house to pull out her wisdom teeth about six months ago. She says she felt pain for a week. Even her head and face hurt.
Santa Fe Police say that is because Kestler is not a licensed dentist.
And it gets even scarier when you see what he is accused of using to do that illegal dental work.
Ornelas told us what police told us earlier this week. The dental tools were dirty, kept in what looks like a fishing tackle box.
Ornelas says she was nervous to let Kestler pull her teeth. But they were bothering her and she heard it would be fast.
That is the same thing many in one Santa Fe neighborhood heard.
Another victim who lives two doors down from Ornelas went to police Wednesday, saying she just wanted a teeth cleaning back in January. Instead, she says Kestler convinced her to get four teeth removed.
"She told officers that two days after he had extracted her teeth, she got very, very sick to where she couldn't talk," says Celina Westervelt, spokesperson for the Santa Fe Police Department. "She couldn't eat anything. She was in severe pain, had a horrible fever, she told officers."
The woman said she could have died.
She and Orenelas went to a real dentist before it was too late. Now they want Kestler to pay the consequences.
Police arrested Kestler Saturday on charges of practicing without a license and distributing prescription drugs.
Detectives are waiting to see how many victims come forward before they add charges.
Police believe Kestler has been working illegally for at least five years.
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