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Times of India
9 June 2009
Chandigarh, India

UT administrator Gen (retd) SF Rodrigues on Monday inaugurated Dental Implant Centre in Government Polyclinic, Sector–45, as part of the programmes to strengthen healthcare infrastructure in southern part of Chandigarh. This centre, equipped with highly advanced facilities relating to replacement of missing teeth with a Nickel–Titanium screw fixture, will provide the facility at one–third the price – Rs 6,400 as compared to rates prevailing in private sector or other dental colleges.

Rodrigues inspected the equipment and met patients. Interacting with dentists managing this facility, Rodrigues asked them to establish a liaison with PGIMER, to exchange expertise and knowledge for benefiting society at large. He told them to monitor and evaluate the system and expand its reach to the maximum. He discussed surgical procedures and dental implant strategies with doctors and asked them to ensure best quality services through this centre.

MS Bains, director health services, and RS Mann, dentist in–charge of this centre, said the UT is the first among states and UTs in India to start this facility in civil dental services. Till now, this set–up has been made available only in autonomous bodies like PGI or dental colleges as it is a mandatory requirement for department of oral surgery to have this facility to fulfil norms of Dental Council of India. The centre has been designed and produced by an Israel–based firm, Alpha Biotec Ltd.

Ram Niwas, home secretary, NK Arora, medical superintendent and members of medical fraternity were present on the occasion.

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