DLN Success Story – Pennsylvania Woman Smiles Again

After surviving a tractor-trailer accident and developing severe nerve damage, stenosis and degenerative disc disease Kathleen was required to take pain medications that eventually caused dental disease and degeneration. A former TV producer and professional voice-over talent for the Discovery Channel, Kathleen found herself with a mouth full of problems and no way to get the dental treatment she needed.

A team of Donated Dental Services (DDS) volunteers came together to help Kathleen smile again. Removing eight teeth and creating a multi-unit bridge, Kathleen was excited to smile again.

“The first time I wore my pearl necklace, I noticed it matched my teeth – I was astonished. It was a team of people who helped me. You never forget that. You guys saved my life,” Kathleen said.

Since the Dental Lifeline Network • Pennsylvania, Donated Dental Services (DDS) program began 20 years ago, 4,669 patients have received more than $14 million in donated treatment provided by 650 volunteer dentists and 138 volunteer labs.

To learn more about volunteering and how you can get involved visit dentallifeline.org/volunteer.