Cosmetic Dentist Repairs Smile of 20-Year-Old Who Lost Front Teeth in Car Crash
When 20-year-old advertising assistant Alex Kerr woke up from a week-long coma after she was struck by a car while cycling home last November, she discovered she had lost her smile.
The accident had knocked out six of her front teeth. And upon being transferred to Northampton General Hospital in England after she woke up from the coma, doctors told her that the National Health Service wouldn’t pay for her dental repairs. She would have to fund the repairs — some £12,000 in dental implant work — entirely by herself.
According to a July 2 Express article, Dr. Wynand de Jeger of Brooklands Dental Clinic, located near Kerr’s hometown of Milton Keynes, read about Kerr’s accident, contacted her, then offered to give her the dental implants for free.
Express reported that the materials for the implants were then donated by a dental implant manufacturer.
“This young lady is fortunate that there was a dentist in her area willing to perform the dental implant procedure pro bono,” says Dr. Charles Botbol, Lead Dentist at Studio B Dental in Toronto. “Dental implants can be expensive, but once completed the benefits can not be matched. It is as close to having your real teeth as you are going to get.”
Dr. de Jeger, who has appeared on TV’s Celebrity Extreme Makeover, will fit Kerr’s permanent porcelain implants in about a month, Express reported.
“It is just so nice to know that there are people out there with such a kind heart. My family just can’t believe how confident I am again,” Kerr told Express. My smile is nothing like it was after the accident. I’m really happy.”