Nothing To Smile About

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:35am

Dentist charged after brawling with elderly patient unhappy with dentures.

A Deltona, Florida dentist was sent to jail after false-teeth tug-of-war Tuesday.

Investigators said 85-year-old Virginia Graham had enough of the painful procedure and threw her dentures at her dentist, Dr. Michael Hammonds, but it was Hammonds who was locked up.

Graham said she went into Elkcam Dental in Deltona for a routine denture adjustment, but she wound up bloodied and bruised after she and Hammonds fought over the fit of her bottom partials.

"They were making my gums raw, just rubbing up and down raw," said Graham.

Hammonds told investigators Graham took out the dentures and threw them at him.

Graham, meanwhile, said she wanted him to fix the fit.

"I said, 'I want my teeth back,' so he's holding the teeth real tight and pulling them," Graham said.

Graham said the metal was digging into her hands, but she didn't give up the $900 dentures.

"I said, 'Get out of my face or I'll smack you.' He said, 'Smack me. Smack me.' I didn't smack him. I bit him. I bit his thumb," Graham said.

Graham tried to escape, but investigators said Hammonds grabbed her and held the woman until the deputies arrived.

"After he asked me to leave, he blocked the door and wouldn't let me out because I bit him," Graham said.

Hammonds was charged with false imprisonment, assault and battery on the elderly and grand theft.

He bonded out of jail late Tuesday night.

Hammonds' daughter said the incident doesn’t add up.

"He's in the business of doing dentures a long time. He wants to help people. His life-long goal is to help people," said Courtney Hammonds.

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