A group of Texas dentists realized the need for an organization to help protect the value of their practices in the event of a disability or death and established the DDR Dental Trust™. They contacted James L. Dunn, Sr. and asked Jim to form an organization to protect their practices.
The Dental Trust™ was established by its founding members in 1974, to aid any disabled member in their time of need. The “DDR” in DDR Dental Trust stands for “Death, Disability, and Retirement.”
Each Member commits to serve the other members. When a member dentist becomes disabled or dies, then the DDR membership is called upon to aid the disabled member until the disabled dentist can return or the practice can be sold. The assisting members help with the continuation of the disabled member’s practice by treating their patients while absent from his practice.
All patient fees collected by the practice remain with the practice. DDR Members are not paid and serve the practice with the understanding that they too will be served in their time of need. The disabled member’s patients continue to receive the dental care that they would not otherwise be able to receive and the disabled member’s practice stays open rather than closing. This is the sole function of the DDR Dental Trust. It has been working to save member’s dental practices for over 35 years.
In 1986 the DDR Dental Trust was endorsed by the Texas Dental Association.
The Dental Trust™ currently has over 350 members across Texas and its Administrator is James L. Dunn, Jr.
The Dental Trust is intended to provide voluntary support to its members. The DDR Dental Trust is NOT an insurance program.