At Oral & Facial Surgery of New Mexico, we are excited to announce our third Smile Again program recipient, Alexis! This program provides a deserving member of our community with a complimentary full-arch restoration procedure.
Alexis, 24, from Las Cruces, works at Memorial Medical Center as a switchboard operator. She is a single mom of a 2-year-old and has experienced dental issues since childhood. Recently, she has been dealing with abscesses, bleeding gums, and painful toothaches. In her application Alexis wrote: “Restoring my smile is important to me because I feel like I am held back by the condition they are in every single day. I notice that because of my teeth, I have sort of a lisp as well as my mouth looks unnatural when I speak. When I try to eat certain foods that are cold, my teeth ache because of the sensitivity.” She continued to say, “I do not want to meet new people or engage in conversations for fear of being judged. I have never taken a school or family photo while smiling, ever. Not even in grade school. I have never smiled in selfies with my friends. I have turned down opportunities many times, in different aspects of my life. I often avoid social situations. I dread work, school, holidays, or any kind of event that requires me to come into contact with another person. I have been ridiculed, bullied, teased, and judged.”
Alexis will receive a full-arch restoration procedure free of charge. We hope that this procedure will truly allow Alexis to Smile Again and pursue her many dreams.
A full-arch restoration procedure is a life-changing procedure recommended for patients who need most or all of their teeth replaced. It is the most successful procedure for permanently replacing an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. The treatment relies on dental implants as anchors, which support a full fixed denture that is custom designed to look just like natural teeth.