DLN Success Story — Louisiana Stroke Survivor Smiling Pain-Free

Gloria, from Louisiana, enjoys her free time by taking walks and going to church. When she was only 37, Gloria survived two strokes that left her paralyzed on her left side, but she still remains as active as possible and tries not to let the effects of the strokes slow her down. Gloria used to work at Volunteers of America, but had to resign as she still struggles from post-stroke effects. Her oral health also fell into poor condition; some of her teeth were broken, others were loose, and she was in pain. Unfortunately, Gloria couldn’t afford the dental treatment necessary to improve her quality of life.

Thankfully, Gloria was referred to Donated Dental Services (DDS) and general dentist Dr. Walker P. McVea and Blue Box Dental Lab volunteered their services to Gloria free of charge. Dr. Walker did a full upper denture and a partial lower denture fabricated by Blue Box Dental Lab as well as eight tooth extractions.

Gloria is very happy with her dental care. “They did a wonderful job. Everybody complimented me on the dentist’s work. I can smile confident. No pain, I enjoy that.”

“To give a new smile to someone who is truly in need and in pain is very satisfying. If you can do just one case a year, it helps change people’s lives.” – Dr. McVea

DLN • LA helped 156 patients like Gloria in the fiscal year 2015-2016.