CHARLESTON– Dr. Jack Krajekian, Dr. John Brock, Dr. James Henderson, Dr. Kenneth Klamut, and Dr. Martin Salgueiro have announced the final recipient for their Second Chance program. Angela Hudnall, 24, of Charleston, WV was chosen out of 1,590 applicants and will receive a brand-new smile, replacing her broken and missing teeth. She will have her smile restored through full-arch restoration, a procedure costing upwards of 50,000, completely free of charge. This procedure will help Angela pursue the dreams she never thought were possible.
At the announcement event that was held at 9 a.m. on November 30 in Charleston, the surgeons spoke of Angela’s struggle and how she deserves this brand-new smile.
“Angela is young. She has her whole life ahead of her,” Dr. Krajekian said. “This amazing woman brings so much joy to those around her. She truly deserves this second chance to pursue her dreams. We are so excited to take this journey with her.”
Angela has always been of low-income. Most of her money goes towards her son, as she is a single mother and the sole provider for her family. She cannot afford dental insurance for herself, making it difficult to care for her teeth. Angela isn’t alone. According to a study by The National Association of Dental Plans, 74 million Americans lack dental insurance.
Angela started noticing the decline of her oral health after her pregnancy. Just two years after giving birth, most of her teeth are missing and broken. The teeth she has left are riddled with cavities. She is so ashamed about her appearance that she doesn’t smile in pictures anymore. Her self-confidence is at an all-time low and she doesn’t like to go out in public due to her embarrassment. Angela’s poor oral health has affected her dating life. She wants to be a good role model for her son to make sure he takes care of his teeth as he grows up. As a Pharmacy Technician, Angela interacts with many people during her work day. She believes some patients judge her based on her smile. She would love to go back to school to continue her education to become a pharmacist, but feels her broken smile holds her back from pursing this goal. Now that Angela knows her poor oral health will soon be behind her, she is ready to pursue her career goals and smile in photos and in public with her son.
The practice is teaming up with Drs. Falbo, Monday, & Graziani PLLC to give Angela the brand-new smile she deserves. To learn more about the Second Chance program, visit: https://www.mtstateoms.com/second-chance/.