ELIGIBILITY: Dentists across the country have volunteered to provide dental care. They do this for free to eligible applicants.
If you have a permanent disability or are over 65 years old or have a chronic and serious illness and don’t have enough money to pay for dental care, you may qualify for free treatment through the DDS program.
COST: People who qualify usually pay nothing. Occasionally, people who can pay for part of their care may be asked to do so, especially if you need laboratory work.
DENTAL BENEFITS: If you have dental insurance (including dental provided through Medicaid), you need to use that first.
Complete entire application to the best of your ability. The application will take time to complete. There is no option to save your progress, so please make sure you have allowed enough time to complete it.
When we get your application, we will decide if you appear eligible for the program. If you appear eligible, 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 will be several months or can be over a year. We cannot return phone calls about where you are on the waiting list due to the volume of calls we receive.
When your application comes to the top of the waitlist, DDS will contact you. If the coordinator determines you are eligible, you will be referred to a volunteer. If a volunteer agrees to see you, you will schedule an appointment. Final acceptance into the program will be made only after the first appointment with the dentist.
We are sorry you are experiencing a dental problem and we hope the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program may be of some help.