PA Web“The first time I wore my pearl necklace, I noticed it matched my teeth – I was astonished. Dr. Pettinato was so calm, kind and compassionate. Dr. Burns was a doll, too. (DDS Coordinator) Tammy always checked in with me on my treatment. It was a team of people who helped me. You never forget that. You guys have saved my life.” –Kathleen (above right), DDS patient

View the 2014-2015 Pennsylvania DDS Annual Report

Donated Dental Services (DDS)

  • 679 volunteer dentists
  • 162 volunteer laboratories
  • $12.8 million in donated treatment to 4,252 patients since 1996

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
Donate Now

• 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
All counties are OPEN.

For More Information, Contact:

Southeast Pennsylvania (Philadelphia and surrounding counties)
Marsha Thomas, DDS Coordinator
724.568.4343 or
724.568.4944 (fax)

Dental Lifeline Network • Southeast Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 357
Vandergrift, PA 15690

Pennsylvania (Rest of State)
Tammy Shumaker, DDS Coordinator
717.776.3262 or
717.776.3268 (fax)

Dental Lifeline Network • Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 205
Newville, PA 17241

All applications must be submitted through a DDS Coordinator

Apply Now – Southeast Pennsylvania

Apply Now – Rest of Pennsylvania

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Success Story


James (right), age 50, has permanent disabilities and lives in public housing in Carlisle. He had dental problems and, with income below the poverty level, he could not afford treatment. Volunteers Currie & Hecht, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, performed 16 extractions and a bilateral tori removal, and Wlilliam Spruill (left), DDS, donated full upper and lower dentures with fabrications contributed by Thomas Dental Lab.