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 are medically compromised and do not have enough money to pay for dental care, you may qualify for free treatment through the DDS program.
COST: If you qualify, you may not need to pay for anything. From time to time, people who can pay for part of their care may be asked to do so, like when laboratory work is needed.
DENTAL BENEFITS: If you have dental insurance (even through Medicaid), you will need to use that first. Please provide a copy of your dental coverage and/or a letter of denial with your application.
Fill out the entire application the best that you can. Do not leave any sections blank. If you are disabled, please include proof of disability (e.g., SS Award Letter) with your application. 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 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 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 wait list, DDS will contact you and go over the application with you. 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.
We are sorry you are having a dental problem. We hope the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program may be of some help.
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