More than 3,000 Patients Get $1.75 Million in Free Dental Care at Record-setting WDA Mission of Merc - 7/2/2012
A record $1.75 million in charitable dental care was provided to 3,043 children and adults during 3,595 patient visits at the fourth Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy held June 29 and 30 at the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wis.
Individuals and families facing barriers to care on a daily basis sought treatment at this event – the largest charitable dental clinic ever staged in the United States. The first patient arrived 21 hours in advance and slept in a lawn chair overnight outside of the clinic entrance. Doors opened at 5:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday with care concluding around 5:30 p.m. both days.
A total 13,114 dental procedures were performed, including 2,567 fillings, 2,822 teeth extracted, 1,205 cleanings and 80 root canals. Several dental labs worked with volunteer technicians to create 153 partial dentures.