The Kansas Mission of Mercy is looking to make a difference one smile at a time.
Since the program started in 2003, they have served more than 28,000 patients with nearly $17 million of donated care.
Dr. Gina Pinamonti, with the Kansas Mission of Mercy, says, “We will go through dental triage and medical triage and we’ll ask the patients to pick out their priority, an area that bothers them and we’ll send them to that department.”
During their dental exams, doctors can perform anything from a routine cleaning to a tooth extraction.
This is their second time operating in Pittsburg, and they are hoping to help a community that they say is in desperate need of dental care.
“It’s just one of those things that kind, by many patients, get pushed on the back burner. It’s just one of those, you can’t quantify it but i know there’s a definite need here in southeast Kansas,” she says.
And to some, it’s much more than a weekend of a service.
Doctor John Fales says he’s participated in countless clinics because being able to see all those smiles is priceless.
John Fales, President, Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, says, “And you hear stories from people, you get thank you notes from people at these things, from all the wonderful things they have been able to accomplish after what we feel like is such a simple thing. We’re just fixing a tooth. But to them it was immeasurable.”