DDS Program Information

COVID19 Status:  Thank you for checking in! Governor Lujan Grisham recently gave approval for dental offices in most parts of New Mexico to begin re-opening. However, there are a number of requirements that dental offices must meet in order to begin treating patients again, and each office will be resuming services at their own pace. 

 * Please note that dental offices in McKinley, San Juan and Cibola counties have not yet been approved for re-opening. *

 We are still accepting applications for Donated Dental Services (DDS), however please note that we cannot guarantee or predict when a volunteer dentist will become available in your area. 

 We will update this status as we receive more information. Thank you! 

The Donated Dental Services (DDS) program provides free, comprehensive dental treatment to New Mexico’s most vulnerable people with permanent disabilities or who are age 60 or over. These are people who cannot afford necessary treatment and cannot obtain treatment through other means. The program operates through a volunteer network of more than 170 dentists and 103 dental labs across the state. To date New Mexico’s dentists have donated over 6.1 million dollars in donated dental treatment through the DDS program. DDS dentists are helping to change lives, one smile at a time!

DDS Patient Information

 New Mexico Women Veterans

How to Volunteer


Recognizing the need to assist low income elderly and New Mexicans with disabilities with better access to dental care, members of the New Mexico Dental Association and the National Foundation of Dentistry for the Handicapped helped bring the Donated Dental Services Program (DDS) to New Mexico in 2001. The dental treatment is provided by dentists throughout the state who graciously volunteer their time and services. Laboratory services are also provided at no charge to the recipient.

Services Provided

The goal of the extensive treatment provided by Donated Dental Services dentists is to provide the patient with the ability to chew and eat well and finish treatment with a fully functional and healthy mouth, free of pain. The dentist works with the patient to formulate a treatment plan that will accomplish this goal. This plan can include extractions, fillings, limited crown and bridge work, cleanings and partial and complete dentures. This treatment is a once in a lifetime treatment plan. Once the plan is completed the patient is released from the care of the dentist and is assisted in finding a dental home that is affordable for future dental treatment.


Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for the needed dental care, must NOT have dental insurance and must:

  • Have a permanent disability, or
  • Be age 60 or older, or
  • Be a female veteran

How Do I Receive Treatment

  • Applicants that meet the eligibility requirements above must submit an application that can be found on this website.
  • Upon receipt of this application by the Foundation, the applicant will be put on the waiting list which can be very lengthy in certain parts of the state (i.e. 3 to 4 years)
  • When one’s application comes to the top of the list, the patient will be contacted by a DDS Coordinator who will then link this applicant with a local dentist.