Something to smile about: Local dentistry gifts mouth reconstruction to single mom

By Tori La Rue
| tori@mycityjournals.com
 
Patricia
Lochhead walked into Silver Summit Dental in Herriman with only nine teeth. She
plans to walk out with a full smile.
 
Her
mouth reconstruction, which will add 19 new teeth to her mouth, is made
possible by donations from the community and the dental office. The single
mother of two can’t wait until the four-month process is finished.
 
“My
confidence is going to go through the roof,” she said at her first appointment
with Silver Summit Dental on Jan. 21. “People sometimes judge, and that makes
you feel low, but with a smile, you can walk proud and be happier. When this is
finished, I think that all I’ll be doing is smiling.”
 
Her
new mouth will be symbolic of her new life. The Murray resident said her teeth
deteriorated from drug use, but now she is sober and she’s concentrating on
what matters — her children and finding a good job.
 
Lochhead
wanted to get her teeth replaced, but mouth reconstruction comes at a…

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