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Dr. Firoze Dara Mirza – dental surgeon, prosthodentist and founder president of Indian Society of Oral Implantology

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Dr. Mirza L.D.Sc (Bom) M.D.S.(Tufts, USA), left medical college and joined The Nair Hospital Dental College. His father was a Well-known medical practitioner but he wanted to do something different. After passing out in 1955 with a distinction in the subject of Prosthodontics, he was convinced that more needed to be done in this speciality and so he joined Tufts University School of Dental medicine to complete his post-graduate degree M.D.S. in the same subject. He passed with the overall credit of “A" from Tufts in 1957 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

In order to get more experience in this new field of Dentistry, he accepted teaching assignments at Northwestern University Dental College as an Assistant Professor for 3 years. Thereafter he did research and training for 2 years at Tufts and returned to India on a mission to popularise Prosthodontics as a new speciality in Dentistry. He took up a Gazetted Pool Officer's post at the Govt. Dental College and Hospital in Mumbai in 1962. After 6 months he joined the Nair Hosp. Dental College as an Hon. Professor, Rs. 100/- per month, 20 hours a week. He could do teaching, research and practice in Mumbai and had the opportunity of furthering his mission. In his 25 years at ‘Nair’, 62 MDS students passed out under him. Today they are professors and deans in many dental colleges in India and abroad. He was also the Dean of NHDC. He now practises in Mumbai for the last 50 years at Breach Candy.

In 1970, he introduced porcelain to metal technology in India at NHDC. In those days crowns and bridges in the mouth were done using gold which was beyond the pockets of the common man. Today, full mouth fixtures are done using dental implants and porcelain to metal teeth, PROSTHODONTICS deals with the functioning of upper and lower jaws and rehabilitation of full mouth giving good SPIILES to build personality.

In 1972, he along with his colleagues the late Dr. T.M. Udani and Dr. Bhargava started the Indian Prosthodontic Society. They became involved in this enterprise because he believed that unitedly they could achieve a lot. In 1988, he started the Indian Society of Oral Implantology as a Founder President. Today both the Prosthodontics as well as the Implantology Societies are flourishing as they impart teaching courses in dental implantology for dental surgeons. In 1962 he did a full mouth implant case  in Mumbai, the first in India. Dr. Mirza feels that he was lucky to do what he had planned. Nothing is impossible if there is a will and one is prepared to do hard work. He has been invited to give lectures on Oral Implantology in more than 20 countries including Taiwan, Korea, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka and many Western countries.

A firm believer in our religion and the teachings of Lord Zarathushtra, Dr. Mirza while greeting  the Zoroastrians gives some golden advice to stimulate the younger generation of Parsi Youth. He says “What the youths want today is glamour in the film industry or in the world of fashion, desiring to look good and get involved in the glamour world. We should be looking towards to entrepreneurship. India is going through a rough patch where the real problem facing us is the lack of governance at the State level or at the Centre. We should be more inclined towards nation building. Our forefathers contributed a great deal not only for our community but also for our country when we took refuge more than 1200 years ago. They built baugs, hospitals, industries and so on. Each one of us should sacrifice a little of our time and talent towards joining politics or participating in it.”

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