Canadian Dentist Glues Human Teeth to a Patient’s Mouth
Every once in a while, you hear a horror story relating to some sort of professional malpractice or malfeasance. You see this kind of thing in different fields, whether it’s a lawyer or a building contractor, an accountant or a dentist. Somewhat recently, a story hit the news about a particular dentist whose practice clearly left a lot to be desired. The story appeared on the Ottawa Citizen website at this url: http://ottawacitizen.com/storyline/an-ottawa-dentist-is-banned-from-practising-after-glueing-human-teeth-into-a-patients-mouth#smartphone and it revolves around a certain Khaled Emile Hashem.
Things got so bad that the Superior Court of Ontario actually came out with a ruling which prevents Hashem from engaging in practice as a dentist. Hashem became licensed to practice dentistry back in 1985. However, just a year after that, he was already being warned by the Ontario Royal College of Dental Surgeons about issues relating to his practice. The problem then involved conduct that was considered to be inappropriate. However, Hashem’s issues did not end there.
A list was provided of the various practices carried out by Hashem, which were deemed to be inappropriate. It was found that Hashem was not taking the proper steps in order to control infections in his patients. Hashem also appeared to be charging excessive bills and fees to his patients. This included billing his clients for things and procedures that were not actually carried out. It was also found that Hashem was not maintaining the necessary records and documents on patients. In addition, it also appeared that Hashem was subjecting his patients to certain procedures and treatments, even if he had not gotten their consent to do so. Clearly, there were some major problems here.
One of the more troubling incidents involved Hashem and a student that he treated in 2012. It appeared that the student had a gap in her smile, caused by two missing teeth. In order to address this concern, Hashem took two teeth from another person and attached these to the student’s mouth, using cement. This was something that the student was not advised about. She was very surprised to find out later on, from a different dentist, that human teeth from another person had been placed in her mouth.
An expert witness would later state that this type of procedure is not one that is taught in any dentistry schools, at all. In fact, such a procedure would create risks of potential infection in the mouth of the patient recipient. These types of findings led to the prohibition against Hashem, which should prevent him from ever engaging in dental practice.