DLN Success Story — MN Woman Heals Her Heart

Carolyn lives alone in Minnesota and is affected by several health issues including diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and atrial fibrillation, in addition to slowly losing her eyesight. Carolyn was missing most of her teeth, which made eating painful and difficult, and her poor oral health was contributing to her heart problems. Her doctor, concerned about her cardiac health, advised her to quickly address her dental problems in an effort to save her heart, but Carolyn’s small Social Security Disability benefit wasn’t enough to cover the costs of this necessary treatment.

Thankfully, The Senior LinkAge Line referred Carolyn to Donated Dental Services (DDS) and a team of volunteers were ready and willing to donate their services. Oral surgeon Dr. Kevin Amundson extracted 21 teeth and smoothed her jawbone, Dr. Richard Dresser (pictured) donated full upper and lower dentures with periodic adjustments, and Premier Dental Work laboratory fabricated the dentures.

“She was so excited to receive her dentures! She is all smiles! What a wonderful lady to get to know.” – Dr. Dresser’s office staff

“Dr. D is very kind and takes his time to ensure that I am always comfortable.” – Carolyn

In the fiscal year 2015-2016 Minnesota volunteers helped 209 patients receive more than $1 million in donated treatment. To see more numbers from the DLN • Minnesota program, visit the state annual report!