I am sorry for the delay. If you have made the payments that you were responsible to pay as you stated in the letter, then the debt would be invalid. If this company accepts your proof and explanation, then that would end it, but if they disagree and they file suit against you (you cannot file suit first because you have no harm or damages and you have to wait for them to respond to your letter and actually sue you before you can defend yourself in court), then you would respond and deny the allegations and present all of the evidence you have in court of your payments.
If you have the evidence, they will not succeed in pursuing you and most of these debt companies once you send them the proof they will back off and then the dentist may go get another collection company if they choose. You also need to write a letter to the dentist's office explaining how you do not owe this and showing them the proof of your payments and how you paid them all you were legally obligated to pay.
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