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DLN Success Story – Florida Patient Can Smile After Help From Volunteers

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Darren, 54, lives in Santa Rosa County with his sister. He was a nurse in an emergency room for many years and truly enjoyed helping people. Darren also enjoyed coaching soccer. Due to health issues, he is no longer able to work or coach and misses both. Now, he enjoys spending time with his daughter and six grandchildren when he can.

Since Darren had surgery on his left ankle due to an injury, he now has to use a cane or walker to get around. He also has high blood pressure and other health issues. Unfortunately, his dental health also needed attention. He was missing several teeth and those that remained had become infected. In addition, his flex upper partial denture was broken and didn’t fit properly.

Dr. Andrew Taylor with his DDS patient Darren and assistant

Unfortunately, Darren was unable to afford treatment to address his dental needs. He applied for Social Security Disability and is awaiting the results. With no income, the dental treatment he needed seemed like a luxury beyond his reach.

How DDS Helped

Thankfully, Darren was referred to the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program and he was linked with three generous volunteers.

  • Dr. Helen Turner preformed 11 restorations.
  • Dr. Andrew Taylor preformed two restorations and donated partial dentures.
  • Express Dental Lab fabricated the partial dentures at no cost.

“Darren is really nice and a great patient! This is a great program and we are thankful to have the opportunity to participate.” —Dr. Andrew Taylor, DDS volunteer

“My experience was really good and Dr. Taylor’s office was amazing from the moment I walked through the front door. They were so friendly and helpful. What they did was change my confidence and I can smile again.” —Darren, DDS patient

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

 



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