Mission of Mercy Free Dental Event Seeks Patients

Free dental care is available TODAY and TOMORROW in the Saginaw area for ANYONE and they need more patients!

The Michigan Mission of Mercy is a two-day FREE dental clinic for any child or adult that needs dental services, regardless of previous dental history, insurance status or their ability to pay, and it’s happening TODAY and TOMORROW (June 7 & 8).

The Michigan Mission of Mercy will be held at the Ryder Center on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University (7400 Bay Road, University Center, MI 48710-0001).  Doors open at 5:30 a.m. and close when they have reached our capacity that day. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis, so they strongly encourage patients to come early and expect long lines.

All patients are examined by a licensed dentist to determine their most important need. Depending on the patient’s need, services may include cleanings, fillings, tooth removal (extractions), a limited number of root canals and treatment partials to replace front teeth. Unfortunately they are not able to provide caps, crowns, partial dentures, complete dentures, implants, bridges or orthodontics. Narcotics will not be dispensed. The patient and the treating dentist will decide the appropriate service that best fits his or her circumstances. An individual’s most severe problem will be given first priority. Services will be done on a first come-first serve basis. Proof of income is not required, and the event is free regardless of income.

It is suggested the patient bring the following items to the Michigan Mission of Mercy:

  • Snacks and drinks to sustain you during your waiting period. Bottled water will be available.
  • Adequate clothing to shelter you while waiting.
  • Something to pass the time, like a book, knitting or puzzles.
  • Please bring a list of your current medications. On the day of the clinic be sure to take your medications and bring them with you if you would need them throughout the duration of the event.

All patients will go through Medical Triage prior to being seen by a dentist. They will review your medical history, take your blood pressure, and, if necessary, test your glucose levels.

  • Blood pressure cutoff: 190/105
  • Blood sugar cutoff: 300
  • First trimester pregnancy: no elective treatment
  • Patients on Aspirin or Effient, Brilinta or Plavix can be treated for Extractions.
  • Patients that have been off Coumadin, Pradaxa or Xarelto/anticoagulants for one day prior to treatment may receive extractions or other surgical procedures.

Bisphosphonates (Aredia, Zometa, Boniva, Actenol (Risedronate), Fosamax (Alendronate):

  • Routine dental care may be provided.
  • Local anesthesia can be used as necessary.
  • Scaling and Prophylaxis as atraumatic as possible with gentle soft tissue management.
  • Avoid dental extractions if possible unless Class 3 mobility.

Stents and Heart surgery – eligibility for treatment and the need for pre-med will be made on a case by case basis by the Medical Triage Physician.

Interpreters will be available for those speaking Spanish, Filipino and Japanese. Other languages can be accommodated through an interpretation service over the phone. They encourage you to not bring children to Michigan Mission of Mercy unless they are receiving treatment.

For more information, click here.

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