California Dental Association Foundation

Virtual Dental Home

The Virtual Dental Home is an innovative pilot project that utilizes teledentistry technology to connect a dentist in the dental office with licensed allied dental professionals working with underserved populations. Allied professionals obtain radiographs and intraoral photographs athat are electronically transmitted to a dentist at a distant location for diagnosis and treatment planning. This allows the dentist to remotely diagnose and treatment plan the needs of the patient and authorize the allied professional to provide preventive care on site, as well as helps the dentist determine the appropriate chair time for patients who are case-managed into the dental office for more complex treatment. Additionally, under this pilot program, the allied professional may be directed by the dentist to place temporary restorations to halt the disease process until the patient can be seen by a dentist.

California Dental Association Foundation
1201 K Street

Jon Roth
Lorraine Leung

Who We Serve

People With Disabilities: Developmental, Individuals living in nursing homes due to various disabilities
Ethnicities: Other [specify], The program provides services to individuals regardless of race and ethnicity
Languages: English, Spanish
Genders: Male, Female
  • Under $20,000
  • 5 to 11 (k-5)
  • 11 to 14 (6-8)
  • 15 to 17 (9-12)
  • 18 to 24 (18-29 Pew)
  • 25 to 34 (30-49 Pew)
  • 35 to 44 (50-64 Pew)
  • 45 to 54 (65+ Pew)
  • 55 to 64
  • 65 or older
Education Level:
  • Less than High School
  • High School Graduate
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes

Who We Are

Program Launch Date:December 31, 1969 - 17:33
Date Founded:December 31, 1969 - 17:33
People Served:2,000
Staff:0 - 15
Staff and Volunteers Involved:27
Number Impacted:2,000 - 4,000
Annual Budget:$3.0 - $5.0 million
Percent of Total Funding:
Earned Income:4%

What the Project Does


- Develop, pilot, and demonstrate the Virtual Dental Home care delivery model; - Determine how the Virtual Dental Home can partner with the California Telehealth Network; - Evaluate vdental services provided via the Virtual Dental Home; and - Disseminate demonstration project findings.


- Plan for and establish the necessary protocols and systems for this new care delivery model; - Deploy community-based oral health services (virtual dental home) at 10 community locations, which will reach 2,000 underserved patients, including low-income children, seniors, and individuals with disabilities in California; - Explore the potential for replicating the Virtual Dental Home care delivery model via CTN infrastructure and healthcare sites; - Explore dental training opportunities for medical workforce within CTN sites; - Demonstrate the validity of teledentistry-assisted diagnosis and treatment plans and improved dental access via distance collaboration; - Compare patient outcomes and cost of services to that of traditional models of care for similar populations; and - Disseminate the project findings and begin to advocate for health policy and regulatory changes that will allow this system of care to be replicated in health delivery systems in California and nationally.

Accessibility Plan

The Virtual Dental Home was designed to provide access to dental care to individuals with disabilities and others who have difficulty accessing dental care. All Virtual Dental Home services are conducted at locations, with the exception of homes where patients reside, that are accessible to people with disabilties. Any additional accommodations required for providign to care patients that have disabilities, including transportation to a dental office when the restorative and surgical services of a dentist is necessary, are coordinated through the host organization (regional center, nursing home, school, etc.)

How We Measure Success


- Virtual Dental Home protocols and systems are developed and refined; - At least 80 percent of patients will gain improved oral health by the end of the three-year demonstration; - Determine whether the Virtual Dental Home can be replicated via CTN infrastructure and healthcare sites; - Determine whether Virtual Dental Home can provide training opportunities for medical workforce within CTN healthcare sites; - Validity of teledentistry-assisted diagnosis and treatment plans and improved dental access via distance collaboration is documented; - Patient outcomes and cost effectiveness of Virtual Dental Home is documented; and - Stakeholders are aware of demonstration project findings.