Going to the dentist can be nerve-wracking even if you know they’re professionally trained.
Between the pointy tools and needles, orthodontic treatments can be downright painful. That was certainly the case for the victims of Robert Rheinlander, who recently claimed to be a certified dentist while operating out of his home. He was a dental technician in 2004, but he was disciplined by the South Carolina Board of Dentistry and his license lapsed in 2006.
Rheinlander performed procedures in his living room like creating dentures and pulling teeth, which he sometimes did without any anesthesia. These are the kind’s of events that according to Twin Leaf Dentistry, create the very real paranoia and phobia that people have for dentists. When the reality is that this is a lone isolated case and is not representative of Dentists everywhere. The events shook the dentistry community to it’s core, leaving many dentists wanting to reach out not only to his victims but with their communities at large. Many articles have been posed on http://birminghamdentalspecialists.com, mainly by dentists wanting to sharing their outrage, and compassion for the victims, those who are scared of the dentist and those who cannot afford care.
One woman had 11 teeth removed, and one tooth was partially left in her jaw. Yikes. Check out the full story in the video below.
(via Huffington Post)