Dentsply Sirona Endodontics Joins Arizona Mission of Mercy to Provide Free Treatment to Hundreds of Patients in Need
In December, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics joined the Central Arizona Dental Society (CADS) to provide free dental care to hundreds of Arizonans in need during its 5th annual Mission of Mercy.
The large-scale two-day dental clinic, held at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Phoenix, featured professionals volunteering to provide dental treatment at no cost to individuals who cannot access and/or afford dental care.
Approximately $2 million worth of dental care was provided to the public on December 9-10, 2016.
Dentsply Sirona Endodontics was a sponsor of the event, donating a large amount of equipment and supplies.
In addition, two DSE employees – Kari Thompson and Kelli Van Horn – both donated more than 24 hours in two days to work at the event. This is their third year to volunteer for the weekend free clinic, and they say the experience doesn’t get old for them.
“It’s pretty unique – people are there who don’t have money for these procedures, and sometimes they don’t even have a car to get here,” said Thompson. “You see people walk in that morning without teeth, and they leave later that day with teeth. Specifically on the endo side, we’re able to save teeth instead of extracting them. It’s a terrific event.”
Clinicians provided extractions, fillings and cleanings as well as other dental procedures that can be appropriately done in a “mission” setting.
Thompson said that because of the nature of the event, recruiting endodontists for the annual Mission of Mercy is typically easy.
And spending two days of hard work is worth it for these Dentsply Sirona Endodontics reps when they can make a difference and help clinicians have a great experience with the company’s equipment and products.
“Kelli and I did a little bit of everything, from helping with patient flow to running equipment and materials to the sterilization and radiograph area,” said Thompson. “We wanted to make sure all of the clinicians as well as the patients had a great experience.
To her, Dentsply Sirona Endodontics’ sponsorship of events like this – and having an actual presence there to help – just fits.
“It goes back to our company’s culture of getting actively involved in the community,” she said.
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