Community Success Stories Wheeling Health Right Dental Clinic Helps Woman Get Her Smile Back

We’re sharing success stories from UW member organizations that are demonstrating excellent care for our community members. 


This one comes from Wheeling Health Right:


“A local cancer center called and asked if we could see one of their patients who was having major dental pain. She is receiving chemotherapy for Stage IV Lung Cancer and her teeth are preventing her from eating. Due to this, she rapidly lost 10 pounds.


The Dental Clinic saw her two days later. The dentist removed all fifteen of her teeth that day. During surgery, we discovered she had necrosis of her lower jaw, so filing away the bone to prepare her for dentures was out of the question.  The dentist stitched her up and put her on a weekly regimen to monitor her healing. She came to the dental clinic weekly for six months following checkups. 


The doctor that extracted her teeth often checks in on her from California. At that time, she was in the process of getting dentures made. She knows that her mouth was not “ideal for dentures” but she said that it would be nice just to smile again. She now has a full set of maxillary and mandibular dentures.  


The patient formed a strong bond between her and the Wheeling Health Right Dental Clinic. She was always patient, kind, and always thankful for her care and she made sure that she always reminded us of how much we meant to her every time she saw us. She is still receiving cancer therapy and is now doing very well.”


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