This journey started some years ago in Costa Rica, where I obtained my DDS at the University of Costa Rica in 1997 with an emphasis in restorative dentistry and orthodontics. Upon receiving my degree, I opened my own private practice in my hometown Grecia, while also serving as a clinical instructor at the University of Costar Rica. In 2002 my life did change significantly and a dream came true: I was accepted in a graduate prosthodontics program at Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas Texas. In 2005-2007 I took part in an implant fellowship program at the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Department at BCD, where I later obtained full time faculty appointment as Clinical Director for the Center of Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Clinic and Assistant Professor. Most importantly, my background would not be complete if I did not mention my dear mentors; Dr. Ronald Woody, Dr. Stephen Parel, Dr. Bob Schow and Dr. Gilbert Triplett, among others. I certainly owe them great deal of experience in prosthodontics, oral surgery and friendship.
Now, you may wonder “what is a prosthodontist?” It is certainly and unfortunately the least known dental specialty! A Prosthodontist has completed a three year program after dental school in an ADA accredited program, obtaining advanced training in replacing teeth and much more. As I like to call it, a Prosthodontist is the quarterback of the team, who envisions the final outcome and sets up the strategy in collaboration with the other players to touchdown—the patient’s final prosthetic restoration.