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October 2, 2020 – FREE Dental Care for Veterans, Active Military & First Responders


Heading into our 5th year, Dentistry At Somerset is committed to serving those who have served our country and those that continue to serve!

Dentistry At Somerset held its 4th dental care for veterans event November 1, 2019. The entire team worked without pay to provide free dental care services to former and active duty military members. The Ames dental team served 49 veterans and the value of the dentistry was $26,702! Donations and community support were provided by Fareway on Stange Road, Starbucks and Wallaby’s. Dr. Dwight Rastetter from Douglas Dental of Des Moines, joined the Dentistry At Somerset team so we could serve even more heroes.

Dr. Jason Niegsch is a veteran himself. He served as a dentist in the U.S. Navy stationed in Okinawa, Japan, then in Chicago, IL until 2002.

“Dental care is a growing need in our country. It is important to Dentistry At Somerset to give back to the community and to help others get out of pain and into happier and healthier smiles.” – Dr. Jason Niegsch

Dentistry At Somerset has been serving Central Iowa by providing its patients with dental care that will last a lifetime and by giving back to its local hospital, schools, community-service organizations and the United Way for nearly two decades.

Dentistry At Somerset partners with national organization, Smiles for Freedom. Smiles for FREEdom is a non-profit designed to provide free dental care services for veterans and active service members within local communities. Volunteer dental care providers including specialists, dentists, registered dental hygienists, assistants, and administrative staff work together to provide happier and healthier smiles to those who have provided us the freedoms to do so. Nationally, Smiles for FREEdom has provided over $997,500 in free dental care services since 2015! 

Over the last 4 events, we’ve been able to serve 117 patients
and provide nearly $65,000 in free dentistry!
11 patients served
$7,000 free dentistry
20 patients served
$14,000 free dentistry
37 patients served
$17,000 free dentistry
49 patients served
$26,702 free dentistry
117 patient appointments
$64,702 in free dentistry!

Dentistry At Somerset has held four veteran events. The first year, the clinic provided $7,000 in care to 11 patients. In 2017, it saw 20 veterans and provided $14,000 in care, and last year the dentists and staff provided over $17,000 in care to 37 patients, one of whom traveled from as far away as Denver, Colorado for the services. In 2019 the Ames dental office had its biggest year, serving 49 patients with $26,702 in free dentistry provided.

Participants for these events are veterans or local military service members. Services provided are appointment-based only and participants do not need to stand in line through the day. All services provided on this day are FREE. All work and care provided by volunteers on this day are FREE. All work is provided at the highest standards of quality and care that we would provide on any given day to our wonderful patients. Free dental services included a combination of diagnostic services, cleanings, fillings, extractions, and other dental health services based upon individual needs.

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Watch highlights from Dentistry At Somerset’s 2019 event here