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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.

Contact Information

Donated Dental Services (DDS)
Teena Paris, Coordinator
573-636-4440 or 866-792-9988
573-635-0764 (fax)

An Overview

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.

Who Qualifies

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 checkup.

DDS can also accept children who are financially disadvantaged, although Missouri Medicaid covers most of these cases.

Missouri Donated Dental Services Application

Dentist Participation

Volunteers in Action

  • Easy for dentists ... life-changing for patients. Watch this short video to see how DDS is making a difference in people’s lives. Also watch the "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.
  • The DDS 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.

Company Donations

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 implant materials
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