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It never ceases to amaze us how many people try to practice medicine or dentistry without a proper license. Here is another story right from South Florida. Julian Saldarriaga, 60, a Delray dentist, was led out of a Florida dental lab Monday in handcuffs after detectives say he did not have the proper license to do dental work and has been performing work on patients for years. The bottom line, he was practicing without a license. Illegally!

Saldarriaga, who owns the lab, was charged with practicing dentistry without a license and using dental equipment when not a licensed dentist. Both are third-degree felonies. He also advertised himself as a dentist, which is a first-degree misdemeanor.

He had not yet been booked into Palm Beach County jail.


What Happened

The department was alerted to J & D Dental Laboratory in Delray Beach, after an 83-year-old patient reported that she developed oral cancer from her dentures.

With the help of the Department of Health, detectives began looking into the lab at 16244 South Military Trail, unit 130.

The woman, who always paid cash for her dental work, told detectives that she has been going to J & D Dental Lab since 2009 for denture repairs. She had seen an ad for the lab at her residence, Kings Point. Kings Point is an age 55 and older community. In 2018, police say, she got new dentures, and Saldarriaga did the fitting.

“A few months later, she noticed sores developing in her mouth where the dentures were rubbing,” police said in a news release.


Things Got Worse

The sores got worse and Saldarriaga told her to use an over-the-counter mouthwash. Then he “told her he had never seen anything like them and suggested she see a dentist,” police said.

She was diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer and is undergoing radiation treatment out of state, according to police.

This is not the first time Saldarriaga has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license. Delray Beach police arrested him on the same charges in 2001. Records show the case was later dropped after a pretrial diversion program.

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