Dentist sanctioned over unauthorised teeth removal

A dentist who removed teeth without consent from elderly patients with dementia and mental illness has not been suspended because the incidents occurred on her first day on the job.

Dr Archana Singh was working by herself for mobile dental service Contempo Dentcare in early 2010 when she visited a Melbourne aged care facility and extracted 15 teeth from three elderly residents.

The patients, including a 91-year-old woman with dementia who was mute and bedridden, and a 90-year-old woman with chronic mental illness, were led either out to a converted van for the procedures or treated at the