Unlicensed Dentist Arrested at Chicago Residence

Root canals, bite impressions, cleanings, X-rays and more were performed illegally, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

The following arrest information was supplied by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. It does not indicate a conviction.

Cook County police arrested a Melrose Park man for performing dental procedures in his residence in unincorporated Cook County, about 10 miles south of Des Plaines, on Thursday, police announced Friday.

Alberto Nunez, of the 7800 block of S. Kenton Avenue in Chicago, was charged with a felony for practicing dentistry without a license and a misdemeanor for unlawful possession of hypodermic syringes, according to a press release.

Police conducted a sting operation in which an undercover officer made an appointment to see the unlicensed dentist. While the undercover officer was at Nunez’s residence, according to the report, another patient walked out, and told police Nunez gave him a root canal.


Police found dental equipment in Nunez’s residence including a dental chair, lights, plates, syringes, an X-ray machine and more. Police stated, based on statements made by Nunez, he had been in business for approximately two years and treated about 30 patients per week.

Nunez told police he attended dental school in Mexico City, but did not provide documentation that he completed the program, according to police.

Nunez was issued a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Maywood courthouse on Sept. 6.

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