Volunteer dentists, clinical professionals are needed

Friday, June 21, 2019 - Updated: 12:59 pm

Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is seeking dentists and other clinical professionals for a free dental clinic set for July 26-27 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh’s Uptown neighborhood.

While many general volunteers have come forward, organizers are in need of help in the following professional specialty areas: endodontists, pediatric dentists, oral surgeons, pharmacists, dental students and assistants, nursing students, nurse practitioners/physician assistants, technicians (radiology, pharmacy, lab, dental equipment) and emergency medical technicians.

Now in its third year, Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh will bring together dentists, clinicians, nurses and general volunteers to provide two days of dental care to underserved people living in the region, many of whom are from working families who do not have access to dental care or cannot afford insurance.

Services and treatments that will be provided include full dental exams, cleanings, minor restorative fillings, extractions, root canal treatments on select teeth, oral hygiene instruction and a limited number of temporary partial dental appliances. Pediatric dentists will be available to treat children 2 and older.

Due to limitations in the clinic setting, the following services cannot be provided: full dentures, root canals on molars, crowns, extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth, orthodontics/braces, implants and treatment of impactions.

All services will be provided at no charge. There are no income or eligibility requirements. All services will be provided on a first come, first serve basis until capacity is reached for the day. Capacity is determined by the number of professional volunteers present, and cannot be predicted in advance of the opening of the event.

The entire team will strive to treat as many patients as possible each day. Once capacity has been reached, the clinic doors will be closed, and a sign will be placed outside as notification to others. This process will repeat on the second day.

In 2018, 1,189 Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh volunteers served 1,103 patients, who together received a total of 4,483 dental procedures.

Volunteers will be provided with meals on the day(s) they serve. For volunteers looking to stay in the city overnight, a reduced lodging rate will be available at Cambria Suites, located next to the arena. To learn more and to register as a volunteer, go to http://www.mompgh.org/volunteer/.

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