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A Second Chance At a New Smile

Erlinda Vargas is the first recipient of a Second Chance program to help people with extensive tooth loss and other oral health issues but who are unable to afford proper treatment. Vargas suffered through domestic abuse in her family as a child and did not receive proper dental care, which led to her oral health issues.

Erlinda was selected out of 400 applicants to receive an implant supported denture – essentially new permanent teeth – free of charge from the Second Chance program. The Second Chance program, started by Fresno Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and Dental Implant Center, helps community members with oral health issues that are unable to cover the costs of the work.

Erlinda has three children, ages 2, 4 and 9 and works at the day care facility at St. Agnes Medical center in Fresno. A couple years ago, she had only 15 of her 28 teeth, and seven of the ones she had were severely decayed, Namdarian said. “I’m just so happy,” Erlinda said of her new smile. “I feel like a different person.”

Dr. Sam Namdarian of Fresno Smile Makeovers teamed up with the Fresno Oral Surgery center and selected implant and prosthesis companies that provided two oral surgeries and products to help bring back a smile for Erlinda. Dr. Namdarian is a top rated cosmetic dentist and Invisalign provider in Fresno, California and remains active in his community.

It is truly an honor for Fresno Smile Makeovers to be a part of such a life changing event for such a hardworking, deserving person. Erlinda is able to confidently smile, talk, and chew her food now that she has received the final restoration to her implant supported denture. We are all very happy for you Erlinda, and we hope you enjoy your new smile!

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