The former dental assistant Martina Ramirez-Villa performed dental procedures without a license in her home. (DTI/Photo courtesy of Gwinnett County Police Department, Lawrenceville, Ga., USA)
by Dental Tribune International
NORCROSS, Ga., USA: According to a report from the Gwinnett County Police Department, a 37-year-old woman, who used to be a dental assistant, has been charged for practicing dentistry without a license out of her trailer. On inspecting the case, police officers found a fully equipped dental office in the woman's mobile home.
According to the incident report from Aug. 3, the police department was alerted to the illegal practice when an anonymous caller informed the department that a Norcross resident was operating a dentist's office out of her trailer. A police officer visited the location specified by the caller and confronted Martina Ramirez-Villa with the charge.
The officer put on record that although Ramirez spoke little English she seemed to understand his questions. She first denied that there was a dentist's office on the premises but she suddenly got choked up and stated, "I'm sorry I'll stop doing it." The officer asked her what she would stop doing and she replied, "working on teeth."
Further inquiry revealed that she had treated people's teeth in the bedroom of her trailer. On inspecting the room, the officer discovered dental office equipment, including a dental chair, lamp and a number of dental tools. In some small drawers next to the dental chair, the officer found several small vials of clear liquid, which was later identified as Octocaine, a lidocaine hydrochloride and epinephrine injection. In addition, several large bottles of pills labeled ibuprofen (800 mg) and amoxicillin (500 mg) were found in other drawers.
"We don't have any information on how many people she treated, but it seems that her business was doing well," said Cpl. Jake Smith who inspected the case.
Ramirez has been charged and arrested for practicing dentistry without a license, which is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to one year in prison. She may face additional charges, Smith added.