Hear Our Latest Recipient’s Story
Philadelphia, PA – September 18th, 2018 – By Design Dental Implant Center, a full-service dental implant center serving Philadelphia and its surrounding communities, announced today the successful treatment of the program’s third recipient, Maria from Norristown, Pennsylvania.
First introduced in 2015, By Design Dental Implant Center’s Share a Smile program seeks to give back to the Company’s local community by offering its revolutionary All-on-4® dental implant treatment free to a person in the area suffering from deteriorating oral health or missing teeth who is unable to afford this beneficial solution. The All-on-4® Treatment Concept provides patients with life-changing long-term benefits, completely restoring oral health and function through a well-supported full arch of teeth. The procedure is known for its brief recovery time, natural appearance and superior ability to restore proper oral function.
In 2017, Share a Smile saw around 200 to 300 applicants, which were reviewed based on level of need, location and other preliminary factors. Further examination was conducted to determine the winning recipient by considering each candidate’s dental history, bone support potential, possible long-term health benefits and possible life-changing effects after procedure completion.
The team at By Design Dental Implant Center, which consists of oral surgeons, lab technicians, specialized staff and skilled prosthodontists like Dr. John J. Thaler II, together performed the most recent Share a Smile winning procedure. This collaborative approach to dentistry is unique in the industry, subverting the traditional model of separate specialists and offices. By Design Dental Implant Center is known for its singular approach that allows the free sharing of ideas in one cooperative space to deliver the best results for patients.
Laboratory Director and C.D.T. Dr. Rand F. Jaslow said of the program, “There are many people who have a need for this procedure and who could see their lives change for the better from receiving it, but they simply cannot afford the option. The Share a Smile program is an opportunity for By Design Dental to give back the local community in which we live and work and to help change lives.”
Maria, Share a Smile’s third recipient, has already seen dramatic changes in her confidence levels, health and happiness after receiving her dental implants. Working as a CNA in Norristown, PA, Maria found By Design Dental Implant Center and the Share a Smile program on Facebook and decided to apply with her late daughter’s wishes in mind as a special opportunity for self-care.
Maria was chosen to receive 2017’s procedure because she experienced severe gum disease, tartar buildup, missing and loose teeth and a high level of pain and had a unique oral history that revealed a great need for oral health improvement. Growing up in an underprivileged area of Sicily as one of twelve children, Maria says receiving regular dental care was not a priority or possibility for her family. Since then, her ongoing experiences with poor oral health and function have significantly impacted her daily life.
She went into the procedure not knowing what to expect from the By Design Dental Implant Center and her future smile. “I was amazed at how comfortable the whole process was and how beautiful it is [there]. [The By Design Dental Implant Center team] thought of every detail to make me comfortable and make me feel special. They are so kind, gentle, respectful—like family, really. They explained everything they were doing step by step. I had no pain. I’m not in pain chewing now and I can actually form words without difficulty.”
When asked how her new smile is helping her lead a better life, Maria replied, “I don’t have to worry and think about my teeth anymore. I’m comfortable, more outgoing, more confident. I don’t have to try to hide anymore. It’s the greatest thing to ever happen. It’s a blessing! Not many people get an opportunity like this!”
Dr. Thaler said of Maria’s transformation, “The Share a Smile program means so much to all three of the recipients we have had so far, and it’s amazing to see. They really do a 180 turnaround. When she first came in for her consultation, Maria was very introverted, carrying herself in a way that seemed like she didn’t feel deserving of attention. After the procedure, there’s been a big change in her demeanor, the way she carries herself and how she walks into a room. She has her head held high and looks fantastic!”
Community members interested in donating services to or becoming a partner in the program are encouraged to contact By Design Dental Implant Center.
For those interested in learning more about By Design Dental Implant Center’s unique community program, please visit the Share a Smile overview page.
About By Design Dental Implant Center
By Design Dental Implant Center, based in King of Prussia, PA, is a full-service dental implant center that serves Philadelphia and the surrounding communities by offering a unique dental experience to patients. From the initial consultation to surgery and prosthetics, all treatment can be completed in one location, ensuring that every patient receives accessible, high-quality, and personalized care. To learn move, visit By Design Dental Implant Center today or book a complimentary implant consultation today!