This is the fifth annual free-dental event Mission for Mercy has spearheaded. The coordinators are expected to provide $1 million in free dental care, but that number comes with a caveat?Mission for Mercy needs more than 1,000 volunteers who are able to work for at least one 6-hour shift during the event. Less volunteers means that more people will have to be turned away from the event.
Dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and health professionals are encouraged to get involved and participate in the event. You will need to bring your Oregon practitioners license if you want to participate, which is required to be able to treat patients.
Services include exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, some root canals on front teeth, and a limited number of partials to replace missing front teeth. No full dentures, dental implants, molar (back teeth) root canals, crowns or extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth will be offered. Additionally, no narcotic drugs will be dispensed during treatment.
Volunteers can sign up to participate at the Oregon Dental Association website.