If you’re in the market for free dental care, you may want to head to Memorial Coliseum next month. For two days in May the Indiana Dental Association will transform Expo 3 at the Coliseum into a huge dental clinic capable of helping hundreds of people with dental needs.
Fort Wayne dentist Dr. Todd Briscoe is in charge of the Association’s Indiana Mission of Mercy project, or IndianaMOM for short. He said it will be held May 17th and 18th and all dental procedures and services will be at no-cost. “Yes, completely free no questions asked,” said Dr. Briscoe. If people have a perceived need we’re not going to try and make them prove that need. If you think you have a need come and we’ll take care of it.”
“35,000 square feet of space is what we’re working with,” said facility coordinator and dental service technician Ryan Link. “We’ll have x-rays, dental equipment and 100 chairs set up to be able to do most any kind of procedure patients need.”
“If you’ve got cavities, we’ll fix those,” said Dr. Briscoe. “We’re going to clean teeth and I’m really excited that we’ll be able to offer crowns. So we may be able to do a root canal and crown in the same day. It’s going be awesome. We won’t be able to do orthodontics though, that takes a little longer.”
Co-organizer and dentist Dr. Tom Blake says it all adds up to two days, two thousand patients and more than a thousand volunteers providing almost two million dollars worth of services. “There are so many different organizations helping out,” said Dr. Blake. “Primarily our local dental society, is providing a lot of the labor force for this, from the hygeniests to the dentists and the dental assistants.”
Company and individual donations, grants and fundraisers paid for supplies, equipment and renting the Expo Hall at Memorial Coliseum. Just like the dental work parking is free. “They’ll be able to lineup outside,” said Dr. Blake. “Our doors are going to open to start serving the public at 7:30 in the morning. We’ll wrap up at 5 p.m.”
The clinic will serve patients from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th. More information about the free dental clinic is available on the IndianaMom website.