One can get ‘Made in India’ teeth for a lower cost and still get good results and quality treatment : Dr Robert Schroering

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One can get ‘Made in India’ teeth for a lower cost and still get good results and quality treatment : Dr Robert Schroering Shahid Akhter, editor, spoke to Dr. Robert Schroering, Managing Director at Midwest Implant Institute, India, to know more about the trends in Dental Cripples. Edited excerpts :

How have implants helped patients with no teeth?
We call patients that have no teeth ‘Dental Cripples’ because they would have to wear dentures which is like the wooden legs. Implants have changed that for these patients, however in the past they have been time consuming and expensive. The new technique which I have been teaching for the last 10 years in Asia and the USA, is a technique that in two hours, we can take a patient with no teeth in their upper and lower jaw, give them implants surgically and then give them their teeth at the same time. So they do not have to go through a period of 6 months or 1 year. It is actually not only faster for the patient, so instead of a year it’s 2 hours, but also they can decrease their costs by half.

What are the challenges one sees in dentistry today?

The challenges for anything in dentistry are: Is it affordable for the patient, does the patient have time, sometimes patients have fears as well. In the USA we sedate our patients and I am certified in sedation, so that makes it more comfortable for the patients at least.

Then how do we meet these challenges?
One of the best things that I have for my patients is to allow them to talk to someone who has had the procedure. So all the concerns and the fears go away when they speak to someone who has had this procedure done already. Implants unfortunately are different from cars, we can test-drive a car and get a feel for it before buying it. But with implants we cannot test-drive, but the best thing we can do is talk to someone else who have had the procedure in America. Vast majority of people over the age of 50 have had the procedure. I have two implants myself and I am a 56 year old dentist, so I have experienced that as well with no pain and no discomfort. So it is beneficial for them to speak to other patients. It’s one of the best ways of handling the challenges. And the response has been amazing, many patients want to get this type of implant work done. It is a matter of trying to keep up with all the work. Nobody wants to have teeth they take out of their mouth and put it in the glass at night. If we can give them natural teeth that can stay in their mouth forever. It is revolutionary. What are your thoughts about dentistry in India?
Ah India! 1.2 billion people, and a lot of those people like in the USA have lost teeth. So obviously people are people – they want to eat well, they want to chew their food. When they cannot do that, their quality of life goes down. Patients that have missing teeth can benefit greatly, it doesn’t matter where you are from or what country you are from. India has great dentists, great dentistry, and the cost is very low. Modi’s campaign is ‘Made in India’ and there are a lot of patients who are flying into India because the cost is less. I have been training doctors for this procedure over the last 5 years, so they can get ‘Made in India’ teeth for a lower cost and still get good results and quality of treatment.

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