Last year a young man, who with his family, left the difficult conditions of the island of Haiti to start a new life here in the United States. They all settled here in Palm Beach County. He is a student at Keiser University in the the Massage Therapy Program.
In July of 2011 the young man visited a friend in Delray Beach Community Hospital. At the end of visiting hours he left the hospital grounds driving the family automobile with plans of going home.Ironically, instead of going home, he went back to the hospital. However, this time he entered through the Emergency Room Doors and not as a visitor but rather as a patient.
The automobile he was driving was involved in a serious accident; his car was hit. He sustained lacerations as well as blunt trauma to his arms and face. He lost numerous teeth as well in both the upper and lower anterior arches. Emmanuel’s father, a construction worker is unable to work; finances for the family are limited.
However, with the help and support of social services in the hospital, he was put in contact with Donated Dental Services whose home office is in Denver, Colorado.This non-profit agency connects dentists and laboratories across the United States that provide dental care “pro bono” with patients that would otherwise go without care were it not for the generosity of the doctors and laboratories willing to provide the care at no cost. The future Massage Therapist, Emmanuel Josaphat, was put in touch with East Boynton Dental.
Following months of care that included, surgical, endodontic, periodontic and reconstructive prosthetic care, Emmanuel was able to “smile again”. It was a distinct pleasure of Dr. Indictor, the entire staff of East Boynton Dental including Derby who took a real liking to Emmanuel’s father, as well as Nova Dental Laboratory, of Margate, Florida who were instrumental in the fabrication of the prosthetics, to provide dental care for Emmanuel.
We all wish Emmanuel and his family well as they continue on with their journey in their newly adopted country.
An article was published in the Palm Beach Post, specifically a health column that runs weekly in the paper titled “ASK THE DENTIST”.
The writer Mitchell Josephs, D.D.S., a dentist himself, explored the various types of dentists (ie. Oral Surgeon, Periodontist, General Dentist, Implantologist, Prosthodontist and even Endodontist) that are all capable of placing implants as mentioned in the September 5th, 2012 column. Ultimately, however, your decision to select a dentist should be based on the training that he or she has already received and continues to receive. You are recommended to visit the dentists’ websites and to confer with patients from the practice. I found it to be an interesting article for the layperson; it’s food for thought for those contemplating the placement and the restoration of dental implants.