The dental school at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey merged with Rutgers University in July 2013 and no longer exists, according to Rutgers University. The former New Jersey Dental School is now the Rutgers University School of Dental Medicine, which operates a patient clinic providing low-cost, but not free, dental care, states Rutgers.
The New Jersey Dental Association sponsors a free dental clinic one day each year for children 12 and under. The Give Kids a Smile clinic provides a dental checkup, cleaning and fluoride treatments. Some locations also offer fillings and extractions, according to the NJDA. The clinic takes place at dozens of New Jersey locations, which are listed on the association's website, and advance appointments are recommended. In the past, UMDNJ dental students volunteered to provide services on Give Kids a Smile day, according to the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch.
Another organization that provides free dental care in New Jersey is the Dental Lifeline Network. Through its Donated Dental Services program, volunteers provide comprehensive dental services to patients who cannot afford to pay and who are classified as medically fragile, have a permanent disability or are 65 or older. Applications for the program are available on the Dental Lifeline Network website.