Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth

Bavarian dentist retrieves unpaid work from patient’s mouth
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A disgruntled dentist in the Bavarian town of Neu-Ulm is under investigation for assault and theft after forcibly retrieving unpaid dental work from the mouth of his patient.

According to police, the dentist knocked on the door of the 35-year-old woman on Monday evening and without saying a word overpowered her and removed two bridges that he had previously fitted to replace teeth he had pulled. Although the woman’s insurance covered part of the costs, she had apparently failed to pay the remaining €400 for the dental work.

He then left silently, but the woman went to the police to press charges.

“The dentist is being investigated for assault for the way he forced open her mouth, and theft for taking the bridges,” police spokesman Christian Owsinski told The Local on Wednesday. “The woman was in pain when she showed up at the station.”

Owsinski said the dentist had not been taken into custody, but if convicted he could face inquiries from both the health insurance company and the dental association that could jeopardize his practice.