FLINT (WJRT) - (01/11/17) - A dental surgical procedure is creating more than just a new smile for a Mid-Michigan woman - it's also helping her move forward with a new quality of life.
Micheal Streeter, of Bay City, has lived with pain and embarrassment after she had all of her teeth removed nine years ago.
At 34 years old, she's getting a new set of teeth thanks to a pair of oral surgeons who created the *Second Chance" program, providing for her to have a full mouth reconstruction at no charge.
"The dental implants allows her to function and chew and eat whatever she wants --she doesn't have to worry about the pain and discomfort she had when she had no teeth," said Dr. Bobby Lesneski.
Streeter had all of her teeth removed at the age of 25, the result of a family history of tooth decay and poor insurance coverage - a decision she now regrets.
"It caused me a lot of problems," Streeter said. "100 times better than before I got it."
This summer, Streeter had a lower bridge installed. Before that, she suffered bone loss, facial deformity and pain whenever she tried to eat, resulting in weight loss.
Wednesday's surgery will provide her with dental implants and a set of upper teeth, fully restoring her ability to eat and finally smile again.
"It's been covered up for years, it's going to be nice," she said.
The single working mother of three, who's pursing a degree in marketing, was selected from 200 applicants in the metro Flint area for the comprehensive procedure.
Lesneski, who's performing the work pro-bono as part of the Second Chance program, says he can already see the changes taking place in his patient.
"The first time I saw her, I couldn't even get her to smile for me. Now when I see her, she's smiling, she's so excited about this, it's opening doors right and left," he said.
"It's definitely changed my life already and it just keeps getting better for me," Streeter said.
Streeter tells us she recently started a new position with Courtyard by Marriott while pursuing her studies in marketing at Saginaw Valley State University.
The is the second year of the Second Chance Program started by Lesneski and Dr. Michael Frey.