First Center for Cosmetic, Implant & Neuromuscular Dentistry Scholarship Award Winner Announced

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The first-ever winner of the Dream Big, Smile Big Dental Scholarship was announced Monday, March 16. Kari Miller of Reno, Nevada, a second-year student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine, was awarded the $750 scholarship.

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She was bleeding from the extraction site, and missing three teeth, but she told us she felt liberated, free, and finally out of pain.

The first-ever winner of the Dream Big, Smile Big Dental Scholarship was announced Monday, March 16. Kari Miller of Reno, Nevada, a second-year student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Dental Medicine, was awarded the $750 scholarship.

To apply for the scholarship, students had to write a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay that answered this question — Why do you think dentistry is relevant in today’s society?

Miller’s essay centered on the theme of how corrective dentistry can change a person’s life. The focus of her essay came out of her work at the Women’s Clinic in Las Vegas as part of her UNLV coursework. A woman came to the clinic after being punched in the face by her abusive boyfriend. She was in severe pain with a fractured 3-unit bridge and a broken abutment tooth. Miller helped extract the anchor tooth and the bridge, relieving the woman’s physical pain. But it proved to be much more than a dental procedure. Miller wrote, “She was bleeding from the extraction site, and missing three teeth, but she told us she felt liberated, free, and finally out of pain.” In the end, the procedure gave the woman a sense of freedom that enabled her to get out of the abusive relationship, Miller wrote.

Los Angeles neuromuscular dentist Dr. Sid Solomon funds the scholarship. He said, “I am proud to announce the first winner of the Dream Big, Smile Big Dental Scholarship. I believe 100 percent in giving back to the dental community that I am proud to be long to. I am excited to support passionate members of the dental profession such as Kari, and I wish her all the best!”

The scholarship can be applied toward college expenses such as tuition, room and board, books, or other fees. This was the first year of the scholarship, but Solomon plans to keep offering it on a yearly basis. Next year’s scholarship is already open with an entry deadline of January 15, 2016.

Dr. Solomon is particularly known for his treatment of temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). It is a vexing condition that can cause migraines, headaches, neck and shoulder pain, jaw pain, ringing in the ears, and other problems and is often misdiagnosed by doctors and dentists. Dr. Solomon has three offices in the L.A. area — the Center for Cosmetic, Implant & Neuromuscular Dentistry in West Los Angeles; Aesthetic Dental in West Hills; and Dental Wellness in Thousand Oaks.

You can find more information about Dr. Solomon and the Dream Big, Smile Big Dental Scholarship at http://www.timetosmile.com.

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