A Kansas City based dental laboratory is proud to be a Donated Dental Service (DDS) volunteer. The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to our country’s most vulnerable people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot get public aid. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 15,000 dentists and 3,600 dental labs across the United States. Since its inception in 1985, the DDS program has surpassed $250 million in donated dental therapies, transforming the lives of more than 120,000 people.
Dentek, Inc. Dental Laboratory located just outside of the Kansas City area has been proudly serving people in need for many years. The state of Kansas alone has 370 dentists and 136 dental laboratories involved with the amount of $649, 865 in donated dental services. Dentek Lab is proud to be a part of the heart and soul of this program. Just knowing the amounts of lives that are being transformed by the crown and bridge work that Dentek Lab is donating is truly incredible. Donated Dental Services has provided $250 million in services since it began in Colorado in 1986. More than 120,000 vulnerable people in all 50 states have benefited from the care that Dentek Lab and others have generously donated.
Many DDS patients need dentures, crowns, or bridges, which require fabrication by dental laboratories. The National Association of Dental Laboratories (NADL) endorses the DDS program and many labs volunteer to donate these appliances. To find out how you can get involved and give these patient something to smile about is easy! As a dentist, you review patient cases in advance, choose to see or decline any patient, and determine your own treatment plan. You see patients in your own office, never pay lab costs, and the program requires no extra paperwork from your staff. You treat the patient and Donated Dental Services takes care of everything else. As a lab, you donate the appliances our patients so desperately need – including dentures, crowns, and bridges. Several companies will then donate materials for these appliances, such as: Argen, Ivovlar, Dentsply, Nobel Biocare, Patterson Dental Supply, and Straumann just to name a few. When donated materials are available, Donated Dental Services then makes all the necessary arrangements. Dentek Lab couldn’t be more proud to be involved with such an amazing company that helps all of these people who are desperately in need all over the United States.