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Laois based dentist used pliers to remove tooth without pain medications

Denny Jacob.jpg
Denny Jacob.jpg

MEET the rogue ‘dentist’ who is set to open the doors of his new denture clinic – despite having a conviction for using a pliers to yank out the tooth of a patient who was not anaesthetised.

Dodgy dental technician Denny Jacob is currently putting the final touches to his brand new CareDent Denture Clinic in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, ahead of its official launch next month.

Unfortunately, Jacob has not always been known for his careful attention to detail.

In 2013, he became one of the few ‘dentists’ in Ireland to be convicted of assault as a direct result of his job.

The 41-year-old was handed a two-year suspended sentence after he was found guilty of two counts of Assault Causing Harm and four counts of Unregistered Practice of Dentistry in Portlaoise Circuit Court.

Despite having no qualifications, Jacob had set himself up as a dentist in the Midlands and spent years doing everything from extracting teeth to fitting dentures.

One victim – who was left in permanent pain after a botched job – described how the wall of his surgery was filled with dodgy certificates detailing his fake qualifications.

Following complaints from his victims, Jacob was investigated by the Gardaí, charged and finally convicted.

However, even though he was given a serious criminal conviction, the dodgy ‘dentist’ has shown no shame and is set to relaunch himself again within miles of his previous ‘practice’.

In fact, he used the two years he was on a suspended sentence to attend the Dublin Dental Hospital, where he studied Clinic Dental Technology.

When confronted about his criminal past this week, Jacob told the Sunday World he was going straight.

“The past is the past,” he said when quizzed about his convictions for malpractice.

“I’ve done nothing wrong since. This clinic isn’t open yet and I’ve treated no patients here. When I graduate in June that is when I’ll register with the Dental Council and open for business.”

Asked if he felt that it was appropriate for him to practice again, Denny replied: “I’ve passed all my exams. When I graduate, the clinic will open. I’m just trying to move on with my life and business.”

But while Jacob claims he should be given a clean slate, one of his victims who suffered years of pain has a different opinion.

The former patient told this newspaper that the rogue ‘dentist’ should never be allowed to practice again, detailing how during a fitting for new dentures Denny used a pair of pliers to pull a loose tooth without anaesthetic.

“I was getting a pair of dentures fitted when he noticed my tooth was wobbling. Before I could say anything, he grabbed some pliers and tore it out. Afterwards he joked that he’d saved me €80 because I wouldn’t need to see a dentist now.

“After he fitted the dentures for my lower jaw, I was left in so much pain. I went back two other times for him to fix the damage, but he never did. The third time I went to see him, his clinic was closed and there was no sign of him.”

The former patient added: “The quality of the work was terrible and I had constant problems until I had them replaced. He had a lot of writing up on the wall about his qualifications… nonsense. He didn’t seem to have a clue about what he was doing.”

Despite having never registered with the Dental Council, Denny drilled teeth and fitted crowns at his old practice in Portlaoise for a number of years before he was caught.

It is illegal in Ireland for anyone other than a dentist or a registered clinical dental technician to fit a denture.

Those guilty of Unregistered Practice of Dentistry face a fine upwards of €1,000 and, at a judge’s discretion, up to 12 months imprisonment.

Anyone wishing to carry out dental work in Ireland needs to be registered with the Dental Council.

Asked by the Sunday World if they would accept Denny’s application next month to join the register, the body replied: “[Any] question about Mr Jacob’s registration is speculative and it would be unfair to comment specifically on his, or any other, potential application.

“The Dental Council has an obligation to consider each application for registration on its own merits. Ultimately, the Council must satisfy itself that potential registrants are fit to practice dentistry at the point of registration.”

Jacob is not the only ‘dentist’ to come to the attention of the Gardaí in recent years.

Last year Gardaí launched an investigation into the practice of an unregistered dentist who allegedly left patients facing huge bills for dental work.

Hungarian-born Koppany Kiss ran the Dental Magic clinic in Spencer Dock in Dublin, even though he had already been struck off in the U.K. and Hungary.

Mr Kiss was struck off in Peterborough in England in 2006 after a female patient told an inquiry he left her in pain, describing him as brusque and not very soothing.

He said he had too many patients to be gentle.

Following an inquiry the UK’s General Medical Council said that “for the protection of the public” it was necessary to immediately suspend him.

David Kearns