One of the criteria when choosing a cosmetic dentist is that he or she should follow the sanitation rules according to the law of wherever the clinic is based. A dentist from Knoxville was recently fined because state officials found out that he was giving responsibilities to employees with no proper qualifications. Furthermore, the dentist was not using the proper methods in sterilizing his equipment. These are only a few of the violations he is currently facing.
Aside from the fine of $11,000, the medical license of the dentist named Clarence Nabers Jr. was also put under probation. Tennessee Department of Health’s case records revealed that the dentist gave dental hygienists employed in his office permission to perform things that are not within their field of expertise. For instance, they are allowed to conduct comprehensive exams, give diagnosis to patients and offer treatment planning despite the absence of the dentist. Nabers, however, denied the allegations and said that those were isolated cases and not a normal routine within two of his dental clinics.
The report also detailed that hygienists were given tasks such as giving exams to new patients, installing permanent crowns, repairing veneers and placing permanent ones, administering fillings and even installation of dental bridges. All of these acts are considered illegal when performed by anyone aside from the dentist.
One of Nabers’ charges is violation of sterilization rules which he admitted after he was found to be reusing tools that are considered to be disposable. The handpiece that is necessary for dental procedures along with the air-water syringes are not sanitized properly but instead they are only wiped with a sanitizing cloth. Sanitizing agent should be used in cleaning the leather chairs used by the patients but it was also not done before allowing the next patient in.
Nabers is also found to be guilty of forging a number of certifications from a laboratory based in Arizona, Arrowhead Dental Laboratories. His case now serves as a warning to dentists including cosmetic dentist to make sure that they are abiding by the laws of their profession, the state and the country as a whole.