Missouri Dental Association :: Donated Dental Services
Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a collaborative program in
which the dental profession reaches out to individuals with special needs.
Donated Dental Services (DDS)
Teena Paris, Coordinator
The DDS program is made possible through collaboration among
the Dental Lifeline Network, the Missouri Dental
Association, the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Missouri
Department of Health and Senior Services.
The Missouri DDS program has over 381 volunteer dentists, one-third of whom are specialists. Oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists, endodontists,
and orthodontists have all contributed to the treatment of DDS patients. Also
contributing are 125 dental labs in Missouri and around the country that donate
dental prosthetics to their customers who donate services for DDS patients.
General dentists treat the patient, DDS does everything
else. Volunteer dentist reviews patient profiles in advance, chooses to see or
decline any patient, determines the treatment plan and sees the patient in the
dentist's own office. There is no extra paperwork for office staff. The DDS
Coordinator screens applications, ensures that a patient arrives on time, serves
as the liaison between the dental staff and patient, and arranges for any
services needed from specialists or dental laboratories.
Qualified applicants must be permanently disabled,
critically ill, or elderly and have no financial resources with which to receive
dental care. Applicants must need extensive dental care, not just a cleaning and
DDS can also accept children who are financially
disadvantaged, although Missouri Medicaid covers most of these cases.
Missouri Donated Dental Services Application
Volunteers in Action
dentists ... life-changing for patients.
Watch this short video to see how DDS is making a difference in people’s lives. Also watch
"A Complex Problem" video to learn more.
Participation couldn't be easier
Dentists and labs take care of the
patients, DDS does everything else; no headaches, no red tape.
Coordinator is the liaison between the patient, the labs and the dentists,
answering any and all questions, assisting the patient, the lab and the dentist
with anything and everything.
The goal of DDS is to return patients to good oral
health, enabling them to reach an affordable maintenance level.
Things to remember
- The initial exam is your opportunity to decide if you would like to help
the patient or not.
- Just because we refer them to you doesn't mean you have
to accept the patient for treatment at the initial exam. The choice is
yours; you don't even have to give a reason.
- Many labs also volunteer for DDS. If a DDS patient needs lab services,
we may be able to arrange for free lab work.
- We do not
expect you to continue donating services after treatment is complete.
Nonetheless, some dentists elect to continue caring for certain patients;
again, the choice is yours.
Through the Dental Lifeline Network, dentists
can realize significant savings on dental supplies while supporting expansion of
the Donated Dental Services program.
The DentaCheques Book
provides valuable offers worth thousands of dollars from 80 prominent
manufacturers and supplier of dental supplies. All revenue from DentaCheques
sales fund Dental Lifeline Network programs.
Many dental companies generously support DDS and the
dentists' volunteer work.
Depending on the work you want to do for a DDS patient, several manufacturers
will donate the materials you need.
Argen, Ivoclar Vivadent and Jensen reimburse their
laboratory customers for materials used for crowns and bridges
3M, ESPE, Dentsply and Ivoclar Vivadent donate
zirconia and other restorative materials
Nobel Biocare, Straumann, Zimmer and Biomet 3i donate