(LAFAYETTE) - The license of a Lafayette dentist has been permanently revoked.
Dan Klein of WLFI reports that state regulators found Alexander Levitt to have a pattern of unethical behavior, including on one occasion where he unnecessarily removed 12 teeth from a 7-year-old patient.
His practice on the state licensing website is listed as Alldent Complete Dentistry in Lafayette at 3554 Promenade Parkway, just off Veteran's Memorial Parkway.
The State Board of Dentistry held a hearing related to several of Levitt's previous patients at other practices that he was employed with from 2003 to 2006.
The board found on several occasions he recommended unnecessary treatments so he could charge for them. On two occasions he admitted that the treatments were unwarranted.
Dentistry board documents show he told one patient she needed treatments on multiple teeth, three teeth extractions and that she had gum disease with a total cost of $6,093. After the operation, she decided not to go back because Levitt told her "she had beautiful eyes, asked her husband if he wanted a divorce, and gave her carnations." A dentist later found that while the extractions were needed, the recommended treatments on 12 teeth and the diagnosis of gum disease to be wrong.
Documents also show that while he settled four malpractice claims between May 2008 and June 2009, he lied about it on his license renewal in 2010.
Levitt's license has been permanently revoked and he must pay a $1,000 fine, the maximum fine allowed under law.
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