Posted by: maboulette | January 25, 2012


Paper Clips!

NEW BEDFORD, Massachusetts (AP) — A former dentist in the U.S. has pleaded guilty to fraud for using paper clips instead of stainless steel posts in root canals.

Michael Clair will be sentenced next Monday after pleading guilty last week in a Massachusetts court to a variety of charges, including defrauding a government health program of $130,000, assault and battery, illegally prescribing prescription drugs and witness intimidation.

Authorities say instead of stainless steel posts for root canals, he used sections of paper clips — which can cause pain and even infection — in an effort to save money.

Attorney General Martha Coakley says paper clips can sometimes be used temporarily, but the 53-year-old Clair used the paper clips as a permanent fix.


  1. This should not be tolerated.. That’s a disgrace.

    Costa Mesa dentist

  2. I am AMAZED that this dentist was ever found out. I think the major crux of this issue is this: Dentists are not regulated. Their fees are not regulated (hence the sometimes exhorbitant costs) nor are their practices. At least Medical doctors are regulated. Why isn’t dentistry?

    • Dentistry is regulated. As are the fees. The cost of doing business is what drives the cost of treatment up. Multiple insurances, government regulation fees, employment taxes, etc. It is because of over-regulation that cost of care is driven up. Healthcare is a business that must meet a profit margin. Do you want to work for free? Also, healthcare providers shouldn’t be make to feel guilty about making a healthy financial living. The time and money invested in education along with the occupational/infection hazards deserve appropriate compensation.

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