Woman receives new smile for free from oral surgeons

(Source: WNEM)

A Mid-Michigan woman’s smile was once held captive in the shadows of shame, but now it’s lighting up the room.

She received the priceless gift of confidence and beauty for free.

Hundreds of applicants applied, but it was Erin Sage’s story that captured the hearts of those at Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons.

Sage’s life changed on April 26 when oral surgeons put her on a pathway to a brand-new smile.

She was missing most of her teeth before the surgery and the few she had left were in bad shape.

“We’re going to take out all of her remaining upper and lower teeth, after the teeth come out we’re going to place dental implants. Essentially, small screws in upper jaw and lower jaw,” said Dr. Bobby Lesneski, oral surgeon.

Then Dr. Scott Burau took over.

“We have a set of dentures that are pre-made and we’re going to make those fit around the implants and attach those to the implants,” Burau said.

The Greater Michigan Oral Surgeons provided the surgery free of charge. It cost upwards of $50,000.

Sage was chosen over 400 applicants because she has been a caregiver for her terminally ill parents and husband for more than 15 years. It caused Sage to neglect her own health.

She can’t wait to show off her new teeth.

“Just to be able to look the way that I am inside. I want that to show on the outside,” Sage said.

The 55-year-old said this is her prayers answered.

The folks at the clinic plan on donating a similar surgery next year.

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