“What The Eff?” Wednesday: Worst Dentist Ever?
Mass. dentist used paper clips in root canals
FALL RIVER, Mass. – A former Massachusetts dentist is accused of placing paper clips instead of stainless steel posts inside the teeth ofroot canal patients while billing Medicaid for the more expensive parts.
The state attorney general announced Tuesday that a grand juryindicted former Fall River dentist Michael Clair last week. The charges include assault and battery, larceny, submitting false claims to Medicaid and illegally prescribing drugs.
Prosecutors say Clair was suspended by Medicaid in 2002. He allegedly hired other dentists for his clinic and filed claims under their numbers between August 2003 and June 2005. He’s also accused of illegally prescribing drugs to staffers who returned medications to him.
Clair is to be arraigned April 8. He now lives in Maryland. A telephone listing could not be found for him, and it was unclear if he has an attorney.
Thembi Says: I’m going to keep this short and sweet since I added that photo to the story myself and that may be all the editorializing this story really needs. Dude is a jerk, but there’s a little more to it.
I hate the dentist more than most people do because my father is a veterinarian, which is the sole profession in perpetual combat with dentistry for the title “you’re the closest thing to a real doctor but not a doctor doctor…but still a doctor.” Therefore, I was raised to believe that dentistry is a barbaric practice that hasn’t evolved much since the Middle Ages. Think about it: when they pull teeth, they just pull ‘em. When they clean teeth, they just brush ‘em lots. And, as evidenced by this story, when they have to remove the nerves from a rotted tooth, they just replace the insides with any old strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff type of crap. Or not so fancy stuff like paper clips. I’m just sayin’, if you can replace a medical instrument with a paper clip the entire profession (and the dental supply industry) needs a reality check.