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Going the extra smile: Auburn man gets his grin back

Dental pros team foot $60,000 bill to help restore badly damaged teeth
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn’s John Tadlock has his smile back. It went away more than a decade ago, masking a deteriorating set of teeth that Tadlock became just too self-conscious of to ever deliberately show in public. Tadlock, 48, had been having problems with his teeth since he was a child because of a misaligned bite. He was a conscientious brusher but by his early 30s things had gotten so bad he decided to just keep his mouth closed to avoid embarrassment. On vacations, he was the one in the pictures with his family with a tightlipped smile, recalled daughter Lindsay, an eighth-grade student at E.V. Cain School. “The only way I could smile was through my eyes,” Tadlock said. As the years went on, Tadlock’s teeth continued to give him problems. He’d go to dentists. But, as he ruefully remarked, all they would do was “patch and paste.” Chantal Tadlock, John’s wife, said teeth were actually crumbling in his mouth. The Tadlocks heard about the work the El Dorado Hills non-profit teaching institute California Center for Advanced Dental Studies was doing. The center’s team travels internationally to teach dental professionals best practices and clinical innovations. It also gives back to the community and, with the aid of Rocklin dentist Mark Olson and a local team, was able to provide Tadlock with $60,000 in much-needed dental work, as well as a non-plastic surgery facial makeover, new clothes and hair styling. With KMAX’s “Good Day Sacramento” on the scene at Olson’s office Friday, Tadlock emerged from a stretch limousine to unveil his new look to family and friends. There were cheers as Tadlock, smiling broadly and proudly, walked down a red carpet for an interview with Channel 31 reporter Courtney Dempsey that aired during the morning show. Olson proudly looked on as Tadlock, a city of Roseville water department employee, took the attention in stride. It was a full mouth reconstruction, or, “rebuilding from the gums up,” Olson said. “He had a smile and a bite that didn’t fit his age – it was about 20 years ahead of his time,” Olson said. “What we did wasn’t about his teeth but about incorporating his smile into his face to create a seamless blend.” Also contributing to the new look were Dr. Tracy Campbell, who provided Botox injections, collagen applications and laser resurfacing on Tadlock’s face. El Dorado Hills’ Frontier Dental Laboratory pitched in with free lab work. “We made him function better but we made him look a lot better too,” Olson said. Chantal Tadlock said she never noticed when the two were dating that John had a close-lipped smile. They met around Valentine’s Day more than 20 years ago. “John would never have spent the time or money to do this for himself – not that we would have ever had that sort of money,” Chantal said. “It’s been a blessing and we’re all so thankful