Edwardo – Santa Cruz Patient of Dr. Robert Matiasevich
I’m so happy to have those implants. It’s one of the best things I did in my life.
I am Edwardo. I came to this country in 1956 from Bolivia and during that time I enjoyed this country very much because, it’s not personal, but it’s one of the greatest countries in the world. As the time goes by I got my family and I got two daughters, Nadia and Jessica, in fact I got a business in this country which I use the name of my daughters, it’s Nadia and Jessica, it’s Najessco company. I tried to educate my daughters very well and I did and one got married with Dr. Matiasevich and the other with a doctor in Southern California.
Everything went great for me in this country and I am very grateful for what happened to me and as the time went by I had problems with my dentures. I had to have a partial for them. Since my son in law he was a doctor, he started to tell me that those partials they are not so good for me or for anybody. In fact, one time when I was talking on the phone I got a little bit upset with it in my conversation. I have to take that out in front of everybody, my partial, to keep talking because it looks to me like at the other end they didn’t understand me very well. I was very embarrassed because everybody saw what I was doing when I was talking and that’s when I started to think about the implants.
Dr. Matiasevich looked to me like he knew what happened because my daughter was there. He told me what he could do and that I needed implants. After that he said in fact it’s not only a problem here, you have infection on the next two molars and they have to come out and you aren’t going to have any teeth to chew with. That’s when I made my decision.
When I came to the office I got in and had the sedation dentistry and after a while I woke up and I asked when are you going to start? They laughed, the nurse who was there, she started to laugh, “It’s done sir, it’s done.” I couldn’t feel anything, it maybe was because of the sedation but he gave me for the pain pills, a prescription. I went to the pharmacy, I took my prescription but I never used those because I didn’t feel any pain.
After three months I came back and he put in the implants and believe me, I’m so happy. It’s working better than the originals and if you want to see it I can show you. I’m very happy, I’m very happy. I have another two molars in the back, but I am 77 years old, I don’t know if I need it, I don’t know how long I’m going to live but I’m so happy to have those implants. It’s one of the best things I did in my life.
As a second-generation dentist,Dr. Matiasevich was raised in Santa Cruz. Dr. Matiasevich completed his undergraduate work in economics at the University of California Irvine and then attended the University of Southern California for his dental degree.