Knoxville dentist Clarence “Buzz” Nabers had dental hygienists and dental assistants perform duties beyond their professional scope for four months in 2018 while he was short a dentist, according to a July state health professions board disciplinary action report.
The duties included work reserved for dentists such as filling cavities and placing permanent crowns, the dentistry board said.
Nabers was cited for other violations, including improperly sterilizing dental equipment and forging certification documents.
He received an $11,000 fine and his license has been placed on probation. The fine is the third-highest civil penalty the state has levied on a dentist since January 2018, according to the disciplinary reports.
Nabers told Knox News he did not inform his patients about the violations. He has practice locations at 304 S. Gay St. and 2061 Thunderhead Road.