CHARLESTON, S.C., Aug. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Left untreated, a person with missing or damaged teeth is not only likely to suffer debilitating health issues over time but can also endure emotional scarring that can last a lifetime. Such was the case with 'Eric', a long-time volunteer at South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston.
Earlier this year, a local dentist referred Eric to Shelbourne & Associates (www.shelbourneface.com) for consideration as a candidate for a 'All-on-4' dental implant procedure.
"When I saw the love and support from the community for Eric and his situation," said Dr. Courtney Shelbourne, DMD, "and got to know him and his character, I jumped on his case pro bono."
The 'All-on-4' is recommended when the patient's remaining teeth are non-restorable or when the patient is uncomfortable living with dentures. In private practice for 15 years, Dr. Shelbourne has performed more of these highly-specialized procedures than any other surgeon in South Carolina.
Extensively trained in the broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Dr. Shelbourne and his team performed the work on Eric without compensation "because it was such a great opportunity to look after someone who has served his community selflessly for so many years."
In Eric's case, Dr. Shelbourne extracted all of the remaining teeth and then placed four implants on both the top and bottom to support two full arch prostheses that are just as functional, if not more so than the teeth we are born with. Specially designed for immediate function, they typically do not require bone grafting. Best of all, patients will never encounter the challenges that denture wearers must deal with on a daily basis (coming loose, removal at night and messy adhesives, inability to eat certain foods).
According to Dr. Shelbourne, "To see his (Eric's) personality - to see his confidence – change after a few hours was fantastic! I'm so happy to be a part of that."
For more information about Shelbourne & Associates and their services, please visit their website at www.ShelbourneFace.com
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