Dr. Richard Charlick was a successful dentist who had traveled the world on vacations when he took a trip that would change his life.

In 1980, a missionary friend, living in the remote jungles of the South American country of Colombia, told him about hundreds of people lining up to get their teeth pulled by a pilot. They received no anesthesia, and sometimes the tooth’s root would break in the process, but it was “better than nothing.”

Charlick’s oldest son, who was a dental student at the time, told him they could do better, and the father-and-son team went to Columbia.

“Many people have told me they can’t remember a time in their life when they didn’t have a toothache,” Charlick said.

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