The entire team at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery is so thankful to have the opportunity to serve Southeast Pennsylvania. We love providing high-quality oral health care services to community members, and to show how thankful we are, we decided to give back to the community through our Second Chance program.
The Second Chance Program gives one deserving community member a “second chance” at a new smile. Our expert surgical team, led by Dr. Balaci, provides the recipient with a full-mouth restoration, free of charge. We received many applications, but in the end, we chose Cindy Betz as our final recipient. Our entire staff was moved by her story, and we are ecstatic to help her improve her smile, boost her self-esteem, and restore her oral health.
When we met Cindy, she was missing many teeth, and most of her remaining teeth were broken. The broken teeth caused her a lot of pain and infection, which made everyday tasks like eating difficult. Her poor oral health stemmed from a motorcycle accident 30 years ago, where a Mack truck hit her head on as she was going around a curve. The crash split her helmet, and she was in a coma for three weeks. When she woke up, most of her teeth were broken or missing. She had most of them fixed with crowns at the time, but her crowns have started to fail and break off, leaving her with few functional teeth.
Cindy loves talking to people, but she felt held back by her teeth. She was too embarrassed to smile and avoided social situations because of her teeth. With a new smile, Cindy plans to apply for new jobs and talk to people more. She also looks forward to attending her next family reunion and having a family portrait taken.
Cindy will receive upper and lower full-arch restorations, a procedure that generally consists of securing a custom-made denture to the jaw using four or more dental implant anchors. The teeth will be permanent, allowing Cindy to smile and eat confidently. The implant base will also stimulate her jaw bone, improving her overall oral health while combatting jaw bone deterioration. She is currently in the treatment planning stage, and her procedure should be scheduled sometime soon.
Our entire team is so thankful that Cindy shared her story with us, and we are glad to be a part of her transformation. Her positive attitude reminds us why we love serving this community and helping people improve their lives. All of us at Balaci Oral and Facial Surgery want to wish you a happy Thanksgiving and holiday season. If you are interested in learning more about full-arch restoration procedures and other tooth replacement options, contact our office for more information.