The first Christian Dental Implant Outreach program in Nicaragua took place in July 17-23, 2017. Dr. Virgil Mongalo and his wife Janine Pallais created such program where Nicaraguan citizens with low socio-economic status earning less than $200 dollars a month received free dental implants and free implant restorations. The program founders are Christians that believe that is our duty to help out those in severe need as stated in Proverbs 19.
During this week 152 Nicaraguan were operated and received 457 free dental implants, 231 extractions of damaged teeth were performed and 74 bone grafts. These specialized jobs are equivalent to a donation of $ 356,500 in free dental work.
We would like to thank the Foundation 10, especially Ms. Claudia Toruno for disseminating our project and referring more than 80 patients to this program. The motto of Foundation 10 is “Sowing hope, reaping smiles”.
We thank the following persons for their incredible participation and love for our neighbors: Dr. Luis Douglas Contreras (Maxillofacial Surgeon), Dr. Jae W. Chang (Implant Master from Canada), Dr. Adriana Cotte Rivas (Director of clinics at Catholic University, UNICA), Dr. Julian Montenegro (Co-director of the program), Dr. Camilo Montenegro, Dr. Paris Saenz Garcia, Dr. Kathya Figueroa (Prosthodontist), Joshua Mongalo (Digital Lab Technician) and the ten surgical implant residents.
Last but not least we want to thank our generous sponsor, Blue Sky Bio Implant System, for donating 500 Bio-Max implants and 500 restorative components. Without their support this program would not be possible.