Dr. David Ward, a general dentist in Big Spring, Tx, travelled with 29 other dentists from around the world to the Dominican Republic to provide free dental surgical treatment to the people of the capital city, Santo Domingo. Dentists from as far away as Japan participated in the 3 day event which occurred November 8, 9, and 10.
The doctors are all members of the International Dental Implant Association which promotes excellence in dental implant related surgical procedures. The 30 dentists performed dental surgery for patients for approximately 10 hours a day for 3 days. Hundreds of patients patiently waited outside the dental school that housed the event for at least 10 hours a day to be treated.
The participating doctors paid for their own travel expenses as well as all the supplies, support personnel, and facilities. In addition, the cost of the patients getting their implant retained restorations with local dentists was also covered by the participating doctors. In total, approximately $1.5-2 million dollars of treatment was provided in the 3 days of surgery.
Patients received not only tooth extractions and dental implant placements, but also sophisticated implant related surgical procedures to develop enough bone in which to place implants. These bone grafting techniques included various ridge development and sinus lift procedures.
Dr. Ward stated, “It’s always makes you realize how blessed we are in the United States when you visit places with much lower standards of living. It is gratifying to be able to help improve the quality of life for some of these people.”
Dr. Ward, through extensive continuing education, has both a Fellowship in the American Dental Implant Association and a Mastership in the International Dental Implant Association. He is a member of the American Dental Association, Texas Dental Association, and is a past president of the Permian Basin District Dental Society. He also has Fellowship status with the Academy of Advanced Laser Dentistry and Associate Fellowship status with the Academy of GP Orthodontics.
David L Ward
David L Ward