“Volunteering is easy. DLN screens those in need and coordinates the initial appointment. Patients are treated right in my office, on my schedule. If you’re like me and want to make a real difference in someone’s life — DLN makes it possible.” – Mandy Miller, Volunteer

Program Overview


A potential patient applies for the program through an application


A DLN/DDS coordinator reviews and screens the applicant


Matches qualified patient with volunteer dentist


Volunteer dentist sees patient in their own office

Volunteer Labs

Donate fabrications for the patient

Lifeline Heroes Challenge

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What's Involved


As a dentist you will be providing life-changing care to those in need in your community. 


Labs donate the materials our patients so desperately need – including dentures, crowns and bridges. Several companies donate materials for these appliances. 

Dental Support Organizations/ Group Practices

If your DSO or group practice is interested in providing charitable care to those in need – we want your help. 

For Dentists

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The Network

As a volunteer, you will be part of DLN’s national network of 14,000 volunteer dentists and 3,700 volunteer laboratories, working together to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. 

Male volunteer dentist with male patient in red shirt

The Need

DLN facilitates donated, comprehensive treatment to vulnerable people with disabilities, the elderly or those who are medically compromised. The need for dental care in the U.S. is great. In 2016 more than 2 million U.S. emergency room visits were attributed to neglected teeth. We need volunteers like you to help serve the more than 11,000 people on our wait list.

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How it Works

Volunteering made easy. We handle the details, you provide the care in your office and on your schedule. Our local coordinators screen patients to confirm eligibility, help ensure that patients show up to their appointments, coordinate lab work and specialty care, and serve as a liaison between your staff and the patient.

You may visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for further information.

For Laboratories

Many patients need dentures, crowns or bridges, which require fabrication by dental laboratories. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) endorses the DLN and many labs volunteer to donate these appliances.

You may visit the Frequently Asked Questions section for further information.


Dentsply will replace teeth used for dentures for any case in which the laboratory fabrications are donated. Ivoclar Vivadent also provides teeth.

Crowns and Bridges

Argen and Ivoclar Vivadent pay for alloy a lab uses for DDS cases. 3M ESPE donates Lava blocks for zirconia restorations; Dentsply provides CERCON blocks and milling; and Ivoclar Vivadent contributes CEREC blocks, ingots and other restorative materials. Further, GC America donates ingots for its customers.

Dental Students: We can’t wait to have your help!

We are seeking future dentists to join our network and there is no better time than now to start learning about DLN, spread the word about our work, and take the pledge to volunteer after graduating!


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

Phone: 303.534.5360
Fax: 303.534.5290

Apart from the free survey software, we also have access to QuestionPro’s free survey templates . We’ve found many of them useful and powerful to collect insights from various stakeholders of our organization.

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