According to documents relating to a recently resolved case filed with the Istanbul Civil Court, 42-year-old Hakan Yıldırım, an Istanbul man suffering from a severe toothache, called a dental clinic in the Kağıthane district to make an emergency appointment. His call was answered by Cemal Şenaslan, who introduced himself as a dentist and told Hakan to come by the clinic in the evening to have his dental problem examined and hopefully resolved. When the patient turned up at the clinic later that day, he was greeted by Şenaslan, who bragged about being a lecturer at a dentistry university, to make Yıldırım feel more comfortable. Little did the poor man know he would soon endure the most painful experience of his life…

After briefly examining the patient’s teeth, Cemal Şenaslan told him that four of his front teeth had to be extracted. Shocked, Yildirim said that, to his knowledge, abscessed teeth should not be taken out, to which the visibly irritated ‘dentist’ replied

Are you teaching me my job?

Having just heard the man brag about being a lecturer at a dentistry university, Hakan Yıldırım didn’t say anything else.

Cemal Şenaslan anaesthetized the 42-year-old man and then proceeded to extract four of his front teeth, insisting that it was necessary and reassuring him that they would be replaced by a much nicer prosthesis. Yildirim endured the painful procedure and even paid the 1,000 Turkish liras ($35) fee requested by the ‘dentist’. He then left for the pharmacy with a prescription signed by Şenaslan.

Hakan Yıldırım first started suspecting that he had made a terrible mistake trusting Şenaslan when the pharmacist tried charging him for the prescription. His mandatory medical insurance should have covered the costs, and the pharmacist agreed, only the prescription had not been stamped by the doctor, so it wasn’t valid.