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Dentist Office Employee Admits To Extracting 13 Teeth From Patient Without A Licence

Jake Massey

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Dentist Office Employee Admits To Extracting 13 Teeth From Patient Without A Licence

Featured Image Credit: Washoe County Sheriff's Office

A dentist office employee in the US has admitted to extracting 13 teeth from a patient.

Laurel Eich, from Reno, Nevada, told police she carried out the procedure at the Sun Valley dentist using discarded anaesthetic.

The 42-year-old also faces a number of other charges in relation to a burglary at the dental surgery on 3 May.


Eich is accused of stealing more than $22,000 (£15,983) in a break-in at her place of work.

In a statement, Washoe County Sheriff's Office said: "Washoe County Sheriff's Office detectives have arrested Laurel Eich, 42, of Reno on multiple felony counts stemming from a commercial burglary at a Sun Valley dental office.

"On May 3, 2021 patrol deputies responded to an after-hours alarm call at a dental office on Sun Valley Boulevard.

"Deputies found a door ajar, and a back window broken. After the business was cleared by K9 deputies, it was discovered that only a cash drawer was disturbed.

"A total $22,861 was stolen in cash and cheques.

"During the investigation, detectives identified Eich as a person of interest in the planning and execution of the commercial burglary."

It was while investigating the burglary that officers learnt of the unlicensed extraction carried out by Eich.

However, it is not known who she performed the extraction on - or why she did it.

Eich admitted to carrying out the extraction. Credit: Washoe County Sheriff's Office
Eich admitted to carrying out the extraction. Credit: Washoe County Sheriff's Office

The statement continued: "During the investigation, detectives also learned that Eich performed 13 tooth extractions at an earlier date and time on one person.

"Eich admitted to multiple people, including detectives, that she performed the medical procedure and used anaesthetic disposed of by the dental office.

"With assistance from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Parole and Probation Division, Eich was ultimately interviewed and arrested on July 14, 2021 on multiple counts: one felony count of Performing Surgery on Another Without a License; one felony count of Burglary of a Business, second (or more) offense; one felony count of Grand Larceny Greater Than $5,000 but Less Than $25,000; three felony counts of Violation of Probation or Condition of a Suspended Sentence; and one gross misdemeanour count of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary."

Topics: US News, crime

Jake Massey
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