A Silver Spring woman who allegedly did dental work in her basement -- and was accused of performing unnecessary extractions and in one case telling a patient to reattach a tooth with Krazy Glue -- has been charged with practicing dentistry without a license.

The Maryland attorney general's office said Maria Eugenia Soto, 43, was arrested yesterday after one of her patients complained to the Maryland Board of Dental Examiners and to a private attorney of post-operative complications. According to charging documents, the patient developed problems after Soto removed one of his teeth. When the patient complained to her, Soto allegedly admitted she had removed the wrong tooth and proceeded to extract another one.

On another visit by the same patient, Soto allegedly told him that one of his teeth was too large and pulled it out. The patient told investigators that Soto filed the tooth to make it smaller and instructed him to reattach it with Krazy Glue.

Soto also was charged with dispensing misbranded drugs for allegedly giving a patient medication that was wrapped in a folded piece of paper.

Soto was being held last night in the Montgomery County Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Pub Date: 4/29/97

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