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“Our staff enjoys working with these patients.  With Illinois eliminating public aid, there is more need for care than ever. We know these people are truly needy, because DDS screens them.”
–Dr. John Skreko (above right), an Illinois DDS volunteer

View the 2011-2012 Illinois DDS Annual Report

View 2013 Illinois DDS Statistics

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

  • 817 volunteer dentists
  • 198 volunteer laboratories
  • $14.8 million in donated treatment to 5,729 patients since 1990

Volunteers Needed

Please volunteer! We need general dentists, specialists and labs willing to donate their skills and time, and the funding to make more treatment possible. More Information

Volunteer Now – Dentists and Labs

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• DDS volunteers provide comprehensive treatment to eligible patients
• Volunteers do not provide emergency services

Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:

• Have a permanent disability, or
• Are elderly: age 65 or older, or
• Qualify as medically fragile

Counties Closed/Open to New Applicants
If you have documentation from a physician stating that you cannot receive essential medical treatment due to your dental condition you can apply for the program even if your county is closed.

Due to lengthy wait lists, applications are not being accepted in the following counties:

Effingham Lake LaSalle
Livingston McLean  

For More Information, Contact:

Inside Chicago Area
Helen Peters, DDS Coordinator
847.498.0385 or
847.498.0394 (fax)

Dental Lifeline Network • Illinois
P.O. Box 211
Northbrook, IL 60065

Outside of Chicago Area
Lisa Williamson, DDS Coordinator
309.691.5938 or
309.691.5973 (fax)

Dental Lifeline Network • Illinois
P.O. Box 10342
Peoria, IL 61602

All applications must be submitted through a DDS Coordinator

Apply Now – Chicago Area

Apply Now – Outside of Chicago

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Dental HouseCalls

Dental HouseCalls brings care to people who cannot easily travel to dentist’s offices, including:

• Residents of nursing homes

• Homebound individuals

• People with developmental disabilities attending day programs or living in residential centers

A fully equipped, portable dental office is transported in a van and set up at bedside or in a facility, enabling dentists to provide treatment. Most of the people have very little income and, without this service, would go without care.

The program is staffed by a full-time Coordinator who drives the van, sets up and dismantles the equipment, helps the dentists at chair side and schedules the dentists, facility visits and patients. 

Fiscal Year 2013-2014

Total Patients Served: 970*
Patient Visits: 1353
Value of Services: $244,464
Participating Dentists: 4
*Includes 871 patients in 19 facilities and 99 homebound patients

Coordinator Contact Information
Boris Trukman at 312.440.8976

Dental Lifeline Network • Illinois
1800 15th Street, Suite 100
Denver, CO 80202

Success Story


Chicago resident Lillie (left), age 76, worked at O’Hare International Airport. She has arthritis and endured both a bad fall resulting in memory loss and sinus surgery, which caused her to lose her senses of taste and smell. Lillie had only three remaining teeth and could not afford dental care. Kimet Abdullai, DDS, came to Lillie’s rescue, providing her with dentures and a reline to restore her oral health. Tamarac Dental Lab contributed full upper and lower dentures.