DLN Success Story — ND Patient Smiles Without Concern


Erik and DDS volunteer Dr. Francis H. Zeck Jr.

Erik, from North Dakota worked in an auto body shop for most of his life. After being exposed to fumes at the garage for many years, he began having trouble breathing and was diagnosed with COPD. He started wearing a respirator but still could not breathe and had to stop working. Erik also had a series of oral health issues including missing, decayed teeth and periodontal disease that caused him immense pain. Unable to work, Erik lived off of savings and other financial assistance but could not afford the needed dental treatment. He had nowhere to turn.

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and a team of volunteers agreed to help Erik restore his smile. Dr. Francis H. Zeck Jr. extracted four teeth and donated a partial lower denture fabricated by Precision Dental Laboratory.

Because of DDS, Erik can now chew and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.

“Everything that DDS does is very much a blessing. I am blessed in so many ways because I can chew and smile without concern. I was worried about my dental needs before the DDS program and now a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. Thank you Donated Dental Services.” — Erik

In the fiscal year 2015-2016 North Dakota volunteers helped 68 patients receive more than $276,000 in donated treatment. To learn more about the Dental Lifeline Network • North Dakota program, view the North Dakota state annual report.