NEW CASSEL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) A Long Island man with a sixth-grade education has been accused of practicing dentistry from his home without having any formal medical or dental training, police said Thursday. Detectives went to Manuel Carranza’s New Cassel home on Wednesday afternoon after receiving a call that the 46-year-old was allegedly operating an unlicensed dental practice out of his residence. Carranza allegedly bought his dental equipment and tools on the Internet and did not keep anything sterilized, 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reported. “Our concern is that there are people that are not in good health as a result of his services,” Det. Lt. Ray Cote said. Carranza allegedly cleaned his tools with dish-washing soap and melted down gold jewelry to be used as dental fillings, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported. Police believe Carranza treated more than 100 people over a year and half. His attorney insisted Carranza had dental tools but did not practice. Or, as McLogan learned from his attorney, Carranza may be some kind of a collector. “That’s not a crime,” Samuel Reiff said.

If you stroll into this cat’s apartment and let him practice dentistry on you, you deserve everything that comes your way. That dude looks like the complete polar opposite of a dentist. He looks like a disgruntled illegal landscaper or a Mexican drug mule.

But you know what? I’m actually pretty impressed. The fact that this guy probably can’t even read an Amelia Bedelia book but can melt down fillings and do a decent enough dentist impression is fucking impressive. Like that takes some natural talent and a resourcefulness that not many people have. If this dude put that kind of effort into school he probably would have gone on to graduate and become a real dentist. Sky is the limit for a guy with as many natural gifts as Manuel Carranza. Instead he’s washing screwdrivers and forks in the sink pretending they are dentist equipment and he’s going to jail for pretending to be a doctor. They say the saddest thing in life is a talented Mexican posing as a dentist.