Elena, a 44-year-old single mother, was announced as The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego’s Smile Again program recipient. The San Diego resident will receive a life-changing smile makeover, worth $50,000, free of charge. This unique program offered the local community a month-long opportunity to submit their applications to The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego and describe their poor oral health and the daily challenges they face due to their missing and deteriorating teeth. Each year, a deserving resident within the community is selected and receives a full-arch restoration, a procedure that relies on a dental implant-based foundation to support transitional fixed bridges designed to restore an entire arch of teeth, resulting in a brand-new smile.
Elena had only nine teeth remaining—all of which were decayed and broken. As a single mom, she always put her son’s needs before hers and was unable to afford critical dental treatment for herself. She was born and raised in Russia and has had issues with her teeth since she was 15. Her dream was always to live in the United States, where she would have more opportunities. Elena currently works as a radiology tech assistant and in her application, she mentioned she was constantly in pain and depressed. She wants to be able to smile with her son, experience joy, and eat the foods she loves without pain.
“We are thrilled to provide Elena with this life-changing opportunity,” said Dr. Paul Koshgerian. “Elena’s career allows her to do a lot for others, and we are thrilled to do this for her in return.”
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