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Nebraska Mission of Mercy's annual day of service provides free dental care to those in need

They're expecting to care for about 1,000 patients between the two days
Posted at 6:25 PM, Jul 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-15 19:29:43-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Dental care can be hard to afford for many, but you can get free care in Omaha on Friday and Saturday.

It's part of Nebraska Mission of Mercy's annual day of service.

"People who are in lower socioeconomic rung, that's just not in the budget. That's not a priority, or it can't be a priority. They have other things they have to take of first just so they can survive," said Dr. Bruce Kuhn, M.D, D.D.S. and chair of Nebraska Mission of Mercy.

They'll be at Creighton Prep offering free care for the first time since 2019.

Hundreds took advantage of the offer Friday, lining up early to ensure they'd be seen.

Laviolla lined up at 1 a.m. and her and her family were the 8th, 9th, and 10th people in line. She was able to get a partial and expressed her gratitude for the service.

"I'm so excited. My teeth were starting to shift and they needed help so this is going to be.... it's just like a miracle!" she said.

Nebraska Mission of Service wasn't able to offer free dental care in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.

"So the need in the community is probably even greater than it has been. We treat children, adolescents, adults seniors, veterans. Anybody who needs our care," Dr. Kuhn said.

They offer expansive services including hygiene, extraction therapy, oral surgery, care for oral infections, restorative care and more.

Care is offered first come, first served from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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