Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic returns Sept. 29-30

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation’s 2018 Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic returns with free dental care for those who can’t normally afford treatment and/or the uninsured Sept. 29-30 at the Delta Dental of Rhode Island dental clinic at Providence Community Health Centers, 335R Prairie Ave., in Providence.

The clinic’s line opens at 5:45 a.m. (early arrivals are not allowed). Starting at 7 a.m., patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis, and the number of patients seen each day will be determined according to clinic capacity. Dental services will include X-rays, oral health instruction, fillings, root canal treatment on front teeth only, tooth extractions, minor denture repairs, and a limited number of partial dentures to replace missing front teeth.

Cleanings, root canals on back teeth/molars, extractions of impacted wisdom teeth, full dentures, caps/crowns and teeth whitening will not be part of the free services provided.

All clinic services are free for patients. Rhode Island Mission of Mercy is open to those without the financial resources to pay for dental care and to those who do not have a regular dentist. No personal identification or documentation is required, but all patients should bring a list of any current medications they are taking. Interpreters will be available to assist non-English speaking patients.

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Delta Dental of Rhode Island has been a premier sponsor of the Mission of Mercy clinic since its inception in 2012. Since then, the free dental clinic has provided care to more than 4,025 patients.

“Our premier sponsorship of the Mission of Mercy clinic is critical to our mission of improving the oral health of all Rhode Islanders,” said Joe Nagle, president and CEO of Delta Dental of Rhode Island. “Many Delta Dental employees look forward to volunteering at RI MOM, and we thank the many participating Delta Dental dentists who give their time and talent to this important event.”

“We look forward to welcoming patients and volunteers into our dental facility,” said Merrill R. Thomas, CEO for Providence Community Health Centers. “RI MOM is a natural fit with our 50-year history of providing neighborhood-based, accessible primary care and dental care with professionalism, dignity and respect.”

Rob Borkowski is a PBN staff writer. Email him at Borkowski@PBN.com.