Vijayan K. Menon, USA
I was born and brought up in Kerala, India. I came to United states in 1961 age of 21. Now I am a United states citizen and a permanent resident of Hayward, California, USA. Professionally speaking, I am a Aeronautical Engineer and worked for United Airlines Engineering department in San Francisco, California till 2002 and retired there after.
From my early days I was confronted with severe dental problems. Many of my upper and lower teeth were extracted and fitted with dental partial. Lately my upper canine was found very mobile, associated with abscess. Further dental X’ray vividly revealed that both upper two remaining permanent teeth must be removed. I started looking for a suitable dental clinic in Hayward, California and in Kerala, India to do implants.
I looked into many dental clinics here in California. One thing immediately brought to my attention is that Implants are very expensive and few Doctors are doing implants locally. Implants are not covered by any dental Insurance because it is categorized as a cosmetic surgery.
My second choice was Kerala, India. My birth place. But I had heard some horrific stories about unsafe conditions, inexperienced doctors and lack of modern equipment and so on. So I decided to go to Kerala (in 2009) and talk to several dentists person to person and take a look at their facilities. My youngest brother who is a Doctor in General Medicine referred me to Dr. Prasanth Pillai, Oro-Maxillofacial Surgeon & Implantologist , Owner and founder of The Smile Centre.In… and I went ahead with treatment under him.
I am very impressed with his new Kadavanthra, Kochi facility with all modern equipments, excellent sanitary conditions, cleanness, most courteous and experienced staff. The cost for implants are more affordable. He gave special discounts for foreigners. This remarkably well known clinic is located in the center of the city and a quite business neighbourhood of Ernakulam. Easy access from International Airport and freeways. It is very easy to locate for myself being a foreigner.
In 2009, since I was not sure about his dental work, I decided to do a single implant in lower jaw. Then I returned to states. Two years later I realized he is a good implantologist and most experienced Doctor in Kerala, India. After two years of email communications I decided to do get complete implants done on my upper jaw on August 2012 so that I could quit wearing dentures and get fixed teeth.
Periodontic and endodontic specialist evaluation had been done to assess conservative treatment options for the existing teeth, under the guidance of Dr. Pillai. However, conservative options were ruled out due to the severity in bone loss. The requirement for extractions of the teeth and replacement with the help of implant supported prosthesis was confirmed. We completed the entire process within a matter of 2 weeks in Aug. 2012 (immediate loading of implants, as Dr. Pillai put it… has a great advantage that the prosthesis is fixed within 3 days period after implantation, very much unlike conventional implants which require a minimum waiting period of 3 months)
Now I am back in California. I have no problem with implants what so ever. I am extremely happy with Dr. Ptasanth’s work and professionalism. If any one of you reading this article or plan for future implants I wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Prasanth Pillai. If you want any further information please contact me on my email address. Vijayankmenon@gmail.com
I could not emphasize more that It is very important to do implants specially in a foreign country with whom you can trust and most experienced. You can count on Dr.Prasanth Pillai 100%. There is no doubt in my mind.
Vijayan K Menon