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Hill & Ioppolo Oral & Dental Implant Surgery of Lubbock is proud to announce its 2022 Smiles For Soldiers recipient, Fernando. Each year, our Smiles For Soldiers program provides one veteran who has many broken, missing, and/or decayed teeth who lives or works in the Lubbock area with a complimentary full-arch restoration procedure.

Fernando is a 50-year-old Navy veteran who currently works for Sodexo, performing maintenance for Lubbock ISD. In his application, he told us he has had bad teeth since childhood, had never been confident about his smile, and was always bullied and made fun of. He continued by writing, “As an adult I'm still embarrassed about my smile and I'm afraid to smile at the students at my school. Sometimes the kids see my teeth and laugh and poke fun and use me as a joke to put others down.” Fernando also included that he suffers from anxiety and depression because of PTSD from an experience in the military. He concluded by writing that he has “never had a decent smile, and having one in my fifties would be a life-changing experience.”

We hope that this is truly life-changing for Fernando and the students he works with every day on local school campuses. We know that providing him with a healthy smile can be one step toward helping him regain his self-confidence and allow him to give students the friendly and caring smile they may need to brighten their days, too.


The recipient will receive a complete set of new teeth at no cost. This type of tooth replacement is called full-arch restoration, and it involves using dental implants to secure a fixed denture in one or both arches. Our experts will work closely with a restorative dentist to complete the treatment.

Treatment Partners:

  • Restorative Partner: Dr. P’Jay Merrell from Merrell & Nichols Dentistry
  • Dental Anesthesiologist: John Holt, DDS
  • Dental Lab: Tai Nguyen from C 37 Dental Lab
  • Implant Provider: Jason Brown from Straumann
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