Unlicensed dentist charged in Tulsa; documents say woman practiced at Signature Smiles

Unlicensed dentist charged after practicing
Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 11:43:08-04

TULSA -- A woman who worked at Signature Smiles was charged for a felony after allegedly treating patients without a license.

34-year-old Paige Lanell Maples was charged for unlawfully practicing dentistry in south Tulsa after officials say she falsely impersonated to be a dentist at the office located in the Kelly Medical Building on Yale Avenue.

According to court documents, Maples took the following action in "examining, diagnosing, prepared a written dental laboratory prescription and repaired" a patient's dentures.  

Under Oklahoma state law, a dentist must be licensed with the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.

Maples was arrested on August 1st and bonded out the same day.

She was arraigned on August 8th with a felony charge.

Eleven days before Maples' arrest, another dentist working in the same practice, Brent Franklin, was arrested on murder charges. 

Signature Smiles is currently closed. There's a sign posted outside its suite directing former patients who have complaints or questions to contact the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry.

It's unknown when or if the dental office will reopen.

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