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Posted on: January 20, 2015
Dominican Republic Missionary Trip
Dr. Gordon Rye recently spent extensive time on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Dr. Gordon Rye joined a team of highly trained implant surgeons to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic to offer services pro bono to underprivileged Dominicans. While there, Dr. Rye and approximately 30 other dentists worked long hours providing advanced dental services to residents who could not otherwise afford the work.
Along with other health professionals from across the United States, Dr. Gordon Rye performed numerous dental surgeries to local residents in desperate need of the advanced dental care the visiting dentists were able to provide.
Some of the surgical procedures provided were bone grafting, sinus lifts, extractions and the placement of dental implants. The medical mission was led by renowned dental implant instructor Dr. Arun Garg of Implant Seminars, current president of The American Dental Implant Association, ADIA. The people served on this mission trip are not able to afford the type of dental work they are receiving and it’s a credit to Dr. Garg and his foundation for putting these trips together and gathering some of the best dental implant surgeons in the world to give their time and expertise to the cause.
Dr. Rye and other dentists donated over thirty hours of surgery over three days. For Dr. Rye, the experience in the Dominican Republic cannot be summed up in words. To use the surgical and implant skills that he has spent such extensive time and effort perfecting to help people in need achieve a healthy, complete and beautiful smile was truly amazing. Also, the level of patient appreciation is truly touching. Dr. Rye describes his Dominican republic patients as the most appreciative he’s ever worked with. Dr. Rye looks forward to returning to help more people in need.
This is Dr. Rye’s the second trip to this community to provide assistance; the first was in 2011. “It was my pleasure to be able to bring my expertise to the Dominican Republican and help some people who are in great need,” said Dr. Rye.
“We love going on these trips. It’s wonderful to be able to do this. And the work is just as fulfilling and rewarding to us as doctors as it is to the patients,” said Dr. Rye. “I can’t wait to return again soon. It’s a wonderful feeling to help the good people of the Dominican Republic get their smiles back, gain some confidence and ultimately give them the opportunity to improve their careers and their life,” said Dr. Rye. “It’s truly a blessing to be involved in this mission.”