DLN Success Story – Minnesota Man Can Eat Without Pain

Gregory, 66, is a dedicated family man who lives in Saint Paul and has multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, and congestive heart failure. He endures periods of excruciating pain and often has difficulty getting around without the use of a cane.
Unfortunately, the many medications Gregory was prescribed to treat his medical conditions caused a significant decline in his oral health. Several of his teeth were broken and infected and he found it very hard and painful to eat. He tried to use an old set of dentures that did not fit properly but that only caused more pain. Gregory survives on a modest Social Security disability benefit and small pension and could not afford the extensive dental treatment he needed. It seemed as though he had nowhere to turn for help.

How DDS Helped 

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society referred Gregory to the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and he was linked with a team of generous volunteers:

• Prosthodontist Dr. Jonathan Twomey

• Oral Surgeon Dr. Timothy Neuner

• Anderson Dental Studio

• Astra Tech

• Straumann

“Dr. Twomey is a good dentist. His staff was really nice and polite and always helped me with everything. My new teeth have made such a big difference. I’m so grateful to be able to eat again.”

-Gregory, DDS Patient

“I feel that it is important to do what you can to give back to the community and DDS gives me the ability to do that in the comfort of my own practice with my staff and my preferred labs.”

-Dr. Jonathan O. Twomey, DDS Volunteer

Minnesota Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a program of Dental Lifeline Network, a national humanitarian organization and affiliate of the ADA, providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. Close to 2,000 patients in Minnesota have received treatment from over 430 volunteers.

Learn more about volunteering or to learn about DDS in your state, visit our state pages.