Chris is an elderly man who lives in Providence. For much of his life, he worked as a longshoreman and was actively involved with the International Longshoreman’s Association. He suffers from chronic cardiovascular disease and had to leave his job after having multiple heart attacks.
In addition, Chris’ oral health was in poor condition. With no remaining upper teeth, seven unhealthy lower teeth, and abscesses throughout his mouth, his dental health posed a risk to his cardiovascular health. His physician urged him to get dental treatment immediately.
With only a small Social Security Disability benefit, Chris struggles to make ends meet and could not afford the necessary treatment. It seemed he had nowhere to turn for help.
How DDS Helped
Fortunately, Chris was referred to the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and he was linked with three generous volunteers:
• Dr. Paul F. Calitri donated a set of full upper and partial lower dentures.
• Oral Surgeon Dr. David Fiaschetti removed his unhealthy teeth and performed an alveoplasty.
• Dickerman Dental Prosthetics fabricated the dentures at no cost.
DDS has been a rewarding experience for my staff as well as myself. We’ve been a provider for about 15 years now and have met some wonderful people. Patients that I have seen have been extremely appreciative of the services that they have received from our office.
—Dr. Paul F. Calitri, DLN • RI Board Member and DDS Volunteer
Rhode Island 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 3,000 patients in Rhode Island have received treatment from over 190 volunteers.
Learn more about volunteering or to learn about DDS in your state, visit our state pages.