Ariz. event targets $1M in free dental care

The Central Arizona Dental Society Foundation is hosting its first Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy event at Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, December 7-8, 2012.

The event will be the largest charitable dental program in Arizona history, according to the foundation.

The coliseum floor will be transformed into a clinic with more than 100 portable dental units staffed by nearly 1,500 volunteer dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, assistants, and laypeople.

About $1 million in free care is expected to be delivered to 2,000 patients on a first-come, first-serve basis. The emphasis will be on relieving pain and infections to those who are unable to receive dental care, such as fillings, extractions, and cleanings, as well as limited lab work.