(CBS/AP) FALL RIVER, Mass. - Dr. Michael Clair, a former dentist who substituted paper clips for stainless steel posts in root canals, was sentenced to one year in jail on Monday.
Clair pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges including assault and battery, illegally prescribing medication, witness intimidation and defrauding Medicare of $130,000.
Prosecutors say that Clair sometimes used pieces of paper clips while performing root canals. This caused infections and other problems in patients.
One woman said her teenage son's tooth turned black and had to be removed after Clair gave him a root canal in 2005.
"He put my kids in pain for months ... I hope he rots there," said Brenda Almeida after Judge Richard Moses sentenced Clair to a year in the Bristol County House of Correction.