After bike crash, cyclist finally smiles again
SUMMARY: After getting in a bike accident, 20-year-old Alex Kerr had her smile fixed when a dentist heard her story.
Posted: July 3, 2014
Last November, Alex Kerr lost six teeth in a near-fatal bike accident when a car hit her. After the National Health Service told her that fixing her shattered smile was not a priority, a kind-hearted dentist reached out to help fix her teeth.
The 20-year-old English advertising assistant was knocked off her bike as she cycled from work. The accident left her in a coma for a week and punched out six of her top front teeth. Kerr suffered a snapped jaw, broken pelvis, two dislocated knees and a broken wrist.
While Kerr made a full recovery, she left the hospital looking drastically different.
A smile plays a huge role in how someone looks, and like bad breath, those with an unconventional smile may feel embarrassed.
Kerr's smile was riddled with a large hole where her front teeth should have been. The NHS told Kerr a new set of teeth was not regarded as "acute care," and that she would be put on a waiting list unless she paid about $16,000 for a private procedure.
Kerr said the loss of her teeth destroyed her confidence, leaving her too self-conscious to even leave her home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
But a dentist ended up saving her smile for free.
After hearing her story, Dr. Wynand de Jeger of the Brooklands Dental Practice in nearby Broughton fit her with a new set of dental implants.
"My family just can't believe how confident I am again," Kerr told the Daily? Mail. "My smile is nothing like it was after the accident. I am so grateful to everyone at Brooklands especially my dentist. He was the one who contacted me and he has been there all the way through my recovery."
For the operation, de Jeger fixed three screws through the 20-year-old's gums and into her jaw. After three implants were put in place, the dentist used a bridge to insert three teeth that look as shining as if they had teeth whitening services. In a month, Kerr will have permanent porcelain implants added.
Dr. de Jeger completed the operation for free, and the company that manufactured the teeth waived the cost of the materials.
"It was really painful after the operation but a week later it was just normal, as if nothing had ever happened," Kerr told the Daily? Mail. "It is just so nice to know that there are people out there with such a kind heart."