In addition, you must have no other means to afford or receive dental care.
If you have dental insurance (including Medicaid), you will need to use this resource first. You will need to provide a copy of your dental coverage and/or a letter of denial with your application (information on where to send needed documentation will be given after an application is submitted).
Patients are only eligible to go through the program one time. If you have received treatment in the past, you will not be eligible to qualify. This is due to the high need of donated dental care throughout the nation.
Implants, sedation and other complex treatment plans are often beyond the scope of what DLN can provide.
Cosmetic dental treatment is not provided.
Once you are placed on the waiting list, you will receive a postcard in the mail. At that time, you will need to provide supporting documentation. To submit supporting documentation, please visit the Submission Portal. The supporting documentation that may be needed is listed below (if applicable to you):
When we review your application, we will decide if you appear eligible for the program. If so, we will put you on the waiting list in the order your application was received. If you are not eligible, we will send you a letter of denial. Depending on where you live, the wait can be several months to a year or more. State DLN Coordinators are unable to give waiting list estimates. We cannot return phone calls about where you are on the waiting list due to the high volume of calls we receive.
When your application comes to the top of the wait list, DDS will contact you to go over the application. If you are eligible, you will be referred to a volunteer dentist. If a volunteer agrees to see you, you will schedule an appointment. Final acceptance into the program will be made after the first appointment with the dentist.
You may visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for further information on our programs.
To apply for the program, please make sure to follow all below steps:
If you cannot complete an online application, you can call the DLN Coordinator listed in the State Programs page to request a paper application be mailed to you.
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