Scott Krawczyk, Gray Court resident and Army veteran from the war in Afghanistan, successfully underwent oral surgery Feb. 17 thanks to the Carolinas Center for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic and Dental Implant Surgery’s Smiles for Soldiers program.
The 32-year-old was born without any adult teeth and has worn dentures since the fourth grade. He now has dental implant-supported dentures, which look and function like natural teeth.
“It’s really overwhelming,” he said. “I don’t know if I would have been able to do it on my own. It’s something that we always talked about growing up — that we needed something more permanent than dentures for medical reasons and everything else. But with this surgery I don’t have to worry about this ever again, and, like I said, it’s life changing on so many different levels.”
Krawcyk’s procedure is valued at more than $50,000 and was done free of charge.