A judge sent a former dental assistant to prison for five years Wednesday for performing dentistry without a license, with one of her patients saying he lost two temporary teeth when he bit into a piece of fried chicken after she worked on him.
Carroll Jarrett, of Anadarko, said he paid Elizabeth Hinojosa for porcelain veneers that he never received.
“It was gross,” he recalled. “I had two little bitty nubs where my smile was.”
Jarrett also said Hinojosa put braces on his daughter, which came apart on a family outing.
Hinojosa, 48, of Jourdanton, Texas, pleaded guilty to practicing dentistry without a license, conspiring to commit a felony, second-degree forgery, medical battery and embezzlement.
She also received 10 years probation as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.
“I conducted dental procedures on several individuals without having a license to practice dentistry,” Hinojosa wrote in court paperwork. “I performed extractions and injections which only a dentist should perform. I am not a dentist.”
As part of her deception, Hinojosa also admitted filling out false prescriptions and taking equipment from her employer without permission “to perform these procedures.”
She declined to comment outside of court.
Hinojosa's daughter, Monica Salazar Orozco, 29, of Jourdanton, Texas, also pleaded guilty to practicing dentistry without a license and conspiracy to practice dentistry without a license.
She received a five-year deferred sentence.
Orozco admitted assisting her mother with “tooth extractions, root canal procedures and the placement and adjustment of braces.”
“I helped set up appointments or assisted with dental procedures which can only be performed by a licensed dentist,” she wrote in court paperwork.