Southern Surgical Arts will provide full arch restoration surgeries through
dental implants to two deserving local moms
TYLER, TX, (March 21, 2017) – Shawna Meyers and Courtney O’Neal, two local residents who were selected as the final recipients of Southern Surgical Arts’ Second Chance program, are about to receive their brand new smiles. On January 13th, the women were announced as the recipients and have since undergone several appointments with both the oral surgeons and the restorative dentists, Dr. Chip Swinney and Dr. Travis Markle, to prepare for the big day.
Local oral surgeons and brothers, Drs. Charles Stone Jr. and Brian Stone of Southern Surgical Arts, created the program to support those who could benefit greatly from a new smile and second chance at life, but couldn’t afford the price tag, upwards of $50,000. Throughout the month and a half long application period, over 100 local applications came through. The original plan was to select one person from the group, but the surgeons saw such a great need in the community, they decided to select two. Both Courtney and Shawna’s stories stood out to the practice.
A cancer survivor and stay-at-home mom of four children, Shawna Meyers is dedicated to creating a fulfilling life for her entire family. She suffers from dry mouth and tooth decay because of the cancer radiation treatment she underwent after being diagnosed with Thyroid cancer in 2008. Shawna said, “Laughter and smiling is the best way to stay positive and live a healthy life. This is very hard to do when you are ashamed of the way your teeth look.” The Second Chance program was an opportunity that she never imagined was possible. Before the announcement, she said, “[The Second Chance program] would honestly give me a second chance to live life to the fullest again and enjoy smiling.”
Courtney O’Neal is burdened by the lack of dental care as a child, as well as a lack of finances to help her. Courtney is married with a son and feels like she is “holding [her] son back because of what [her] teeth look like.” The doctors are looking forward to giving her back her confidence, so she can fully enjoy spending time with her family and doing the things she loves. With this procedure, she will be able to eat foods that she hasn’t been able to chew and finally be rid of the pain she has lived with for so long.
“We are more than excited to see what these young ladies do with these new smiles,” said Dr. Charles Stone. “We know this will impact just about every aspect of their lives and it has been an honor to get to know them. I think our lives have been just as affected by them as theirs have by us.”
The final surgeries are scheduled for Wednesday, March 29th, at 8:00 a.m. at the Tyler office of Southern Surgical Arts.
About Southern Surgical Arts
Dr. Charles G. Stone and Dr. Brian H. Stone of Southern Surgical Arts offer a variety of oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, including wisdom teeth removal, bone grafting, full-arch restoration, orthognathic surgery, and dental implants. Southern Surgical Arts proudly serves east Texas from its location in Tyler, Texas.