International Dental Implant Association Brings Smiles Through Charity to Dominican Republic
Dr. Aleksandra Morel Along with IDIA Medical Team Delivers over $2 Million in Dental Care to Grateful Patients
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, July 3, 2015 – The smiles on Dominican Republic citizens’ faces got a whole lot wider – and brighter – earlier this month following the arrival of more than 30 dental specialists from the United States and around the world as they launched a comprehensive dental treatment campaign entirely free of charge.
Organized by the International Dental Implant Association (IDIA), a leading provider of continuing education lectures and one of the world’s most successful live patient programs, the team delivered an estimated $2 million in American-style medical dental care to over 250 underprivileged patients during its latest trip on July 3-4-5, 2015. The international effort was part of a continuing mission to bring state-of-the-art oral/dental care to thousands of underserved people in the Dominican Republic and around the world. Dr. Morel, as a Fellow of the select International Dental Implant Association, which includes 2,500 credentialed members, personally provided over $200,000 of free care during her time in-country, while also covering her flight, hotel, and all other supply costs.
“Dr. Morel’s effort, along with the entire team deserves the highest praise,” said Dr. Arun K. Garg, the IDIA’s founder and president. “The Dominican Republic is an amazing, vibrant country that continues to undergo radical, positive changes – especially as it relates to healthcare reform. Therefore it’s incumbent on us as doctors to help the D.R. citizens weather these changes as smoothly as possible, improving the lives of everyday people with the best treatment possible.”
New Smiles Means New Opportunities
In addition to supplying medical equipment and performing much-needed dental procedures including socket preservations, implants and sinus lifts, Dr. Morel and the rest of the IDIA team also helped raise local doctor and patient dental IQs. That way, enhanced post-operative maintenance reduces additional medical complications in the weeks between IDIA trips. The instruction also exposes Dominican Republic doctors to American-standard levels of care that they can then replicate and bring back to their own local communities, villages and cities.
Thanks to these efforts patients are on the road to permanent tooth replacement, resulting in improved nutrition and superior self-esteem. In a country where tourism dominates economic growth, the hospitality industry offers an important gateway out of poverty. These positions require individuals with friendly dispositions whose happy, healthy smiles transmit a sense of warmth and welcome to tourists.
But as much as Dominican Republic patients gained from Dr. Morel and the rest of the IDIA team, doctors’ also learned plenty in return. Dr. Morel and his colleagues report that the three-day trip was one of the most rewarding experiences in their entire dental careers. The collaborative effort also brought fellow implant enthusiasts together to continue the pursuit of implant knowledge and credentialing.
“Economic empowerment comes in many forms,” Dr. Garg added. “Providing advanced dental medical treatment and knowledge is but one tool in the global effort to combat poverty and profoundly transform lives. “I welcome Dr. Morel return on future trips and look forward to seeing her at our upcoming Annual Symposium.”