The College of Dental Surgeons of BC is asking anyone who received fake teeth made of modeling clay from a man advertising on Craigslist to go see a dentist immediately.
“It appears that the person was offering to make false teeth made out of modeling clay, which I will immediately say is not safe for the mouth. Do not try it at home, please.”
College Registrar and CEO Jerome Marburg says Matthew Ronald Block told a private investigator hired by the college that he had a surprising amount of interest in his clay teeth business.
He says any of Block’s alleged customers should get their teeth checked as soon as possible
“To anybody who goes to any person who isn’t a licensed professional, first of all don’t be ashamed if you have, go to a licensed professional to get assessed and they can then see what is going on and take appropriate actions to correct anything or make sure your mouth is indeed healthy and all things are okay.”
The professional bodies representing B.C. dentists is taking Block to court for allegedly making partial dentures unlicensed, and with store-bought modelling clay from his Richmond home.
The court document says Block was offering his services through Craigslist.
In the post, which has since been removed, Block said he could make individual, non-toxic teeth from his home for $100 dollars each.
A private investigator contacted Block to set up an appointment.
His affidavit said the clay Block was using, called “Sculpey,” was intended for arts and crafts and not dentures.
According to the affidavit the clay was not supposed to come in contact with food or drinks.
The investigator also revealed Block was using dirty gloves, and had impression trays made out of foil in his kitchen table.
The document says Block is not registered in any of the dental colleges.
The College of Dental Surgeons, College of Denturists, and College of Dental Technicians of B.C. are now seeking an injunction to restrain Block from practicing dentistry.
It’s not the first time regulators have been forced to crack down on bogus dentists.
Last May, Fraser Health issued a warning after a man was found to be practicing dentistry in his Surrey home, raising fears about infection.
And in 2013, the so-called Bedroom Dentist was put behind bars for practicing without a license from his Burnaby home.
None of the allegations have been proven in court.