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Participants in the Roanoke Mission of Mercy Project must pick up advance tickets this Saturday.
Friday, September 6, 2013
Free dental work for low-income adults will be available next weekend at the Roanoke Civic Center.
But to take advantage of the Roanoke Mission of Mercy Project on Sept. 13 and 14, participants must pick up an advance ticket this Saturday.
Starting at 10 a.m., tickets will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis in the Advance Auto Parts parking lot at Crossroads Mall.
Organizers are advising people to get there early, as all of the tickets have been distributed in under an hour for past events.
Now in its sixth year, the free dental clinic seeks to meet the needs of low-income and uninsured adults. Organizers say that more than $4 million in care has been provided to about 5,000 people so far.
The project relies on volunteer dentists, who use portable equipment to conduct cleanings, X-rays, fillings and some oral surgery.
Being 18 or older is the only prerequisite for care. The age restriction was imposed because low-income children are eligible for some dental care through Medicaid.
Last year, 826 people were treated during the two-day event.
A similar but unrelated event will be held Sept. 13 in the New River Valley. Dental Care Day will provide free services to patients who have been placed on the waiting list of the Free Clinic of the New River Valley. In most cases, arrangements will be made ahead of time for patients to be treated in about 18 dental offices across the region.
Last year, 235 people received free care that was valued at more than $194,000.
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