Fake Florida dentist pulled 10 teeth, made dentures, police say

Robert “Robbie” Rheinlander (Manatee County Sheriff’s Office)

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) – Authorities say a Florida man faces charges after he extracted 10 teeth without anesthetic and made dentures during house calls to save people money.

Robert “Robbie” Rheinlander claimed he was a dentist in South Carolina before moving to Florida. He was arrested Wednesday on a charge of practicing dentistry without a license, according to the Bradenton Herald.

A couple told a Manatee County Sheriff’s detective in September that Rheinlander extracted the woman’s tooth, leaving a tooth fragment that caused medical problems. When they researched Rheinlander, they found he wasn’t a dentist.

He was arrested after an undercover detective arranged to meet him for dental work. Jail records don’t indicate whether Rheinlander has a lawyer.

Records show Rheinlander was licensed as a dental technician in South Carolina between 2004 and 2006.

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