Bogus dentist vanishes without a trace leaving patients with expensive bills
* Hungarian dentist Koppany Kiss had no license
* Took advantage of loophole in Irish law
* One patient left with €10,000 bill
Published 17/04/2015 | 13:09
A dentist who never registered to practice in Ireland has vanished without a trace, leaving dozens of patients facing expensive medical bills.
Hungarian dentist Koppany Kiss, who ran the Dental Magic clinic in Spencer Dock in Dublin, is believed to have fled after it was discovered by some patients he had no license to practice dentistry in this country.
It is thought that Mr Kiss took advantage of a loophole in Irish law that does not require those running dental clinics to register with the Irish Dental Council.
Gardai are believed to have launched a criminal investigation into the rogue dentist as practising dentistry without being registered is “often treated as criminal assault”.
“We cannot comment on ongoing inquiries, however, we would ask anyone that might have been treated by Mr Kiss to contact Gardai if they feel they’ve grounds to make a complaint,” a Garda spokesperson said.
Independent.ie can reveal that the rogue dentist had been struck off in both the UK and his native Hungary following dozens of cases of misconduct before his setup in Ireland last year.
His company Dental Magic Limited was dissolved on March 4 2015, even though a number of patients told Independent.ie that Mr Kiss had contacted them about coming in for surgery at the beginning of April.
Addressing how the dentist could have operated for more than 12 months without a license, the Irish Dental Council said that “a weakness in current legalisation was likely to blame.”
“The issue is that the Dental Council can only uphold complaints against registered dentists – we do not monitor dental clinics as under the 1985 Dentists Act, anyone can setup a surgery without registering,” said David O'Flynn.
“As Mr Kiss was never registered, or ever tried to register, with the Dental Council, his activities have gone unnoticed until now.”
Mr O'Flynn said the Council was aware of a number of patients that have had to seek treatment elsewhere after the rogue dentist closed his clinic and disappeared.
He urged anyone worried about the quality of their treatment under Mr Kiss’ care to contact a registered dentist to have an examination.
Speaking to Independent.ie, one of Mr Kiss’ patients said she had been left with a €10,000 medical bill after she had six of her teeth removed while waiting to have new implants put in.
“He offered to do the work for €1000 – about €500 less than the usual price,” she said.
“A female dentist carried out the first part of the work and I was told it would take six months to heal.
“It was during my third visit to the clinic when Kiss did work on me himself.
“He put the screws in needed to hold the new implants. He also carried out an assessment on my teeth, telling me what I needed to get done.”
It was after this, that the young woman started to face difficulties getting the work completed.
“He promised to help me with my various teeth problems, and he offered me a really good price to carry out all the work he said was needed.”
“First I was told he [Mr Kiss] had not ordered the crowns when he said he had.
“Then when I came back a week later, I was told I needed to have root canal – which I didn’t, and that the work would need to wait another week.
“When I came back this time, the clinic was closed and Mr Kiss was gone. I tried contacting him but I've gotten nowhere.”
Here is the current state of her dental situation.
A spokesperson for the Department of Health said that the legislation “governing dentistry in Ireland was currently undergoing review.”
In 2006, Mr Kiss was struck off in the UK after he was brought before the General Dental Council in London to answer 38 charges relating to complaints made by eight patients.
Along with removing healthy teeth and creating unnecessary fillings, he was found to have mocked a patient that had begun to choke on a suction device.
In another instance, he was accused of forcing most of his hand into a patient’s mouth, telling them he had "too many NHS patients to be gentle".
Calls to Dental Magic and the mobile of Mr Kiss by Independent.ie were not returned as both numbers have been disconnected.