7th Annual Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy Treats Thousands in Need

PHOENIX, Ariz.—Over the span of two dreary days in early December, more than 1,800 patients were treated at the seventh annual Central Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy (AZMOM). On Dec. 7 and 8, more than 1,000 volunteers—including 278 dentists, 429 dental assistants and 192 hygienists—provided $1.9 million in free dental care in a temporary facility set up inside the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum arena on the Arizona State Fairgrounds campus in west central Phoenix. Dentaltown Associate Editor Kyle Patton, who's also a professional photographer, spent one day capturing the action and speaking to those who made it happen. Check out his slideshow of more than a dozen pictures below.

Outside the Coliseum, hundreds of patients camped out, some for days, in order to secure a place at the head of the line. Treatments included everything from same-day dentures and crowns to oral surgeries, fillings, extractions, pediatric care and cleanings. The privately funded charitable event was made possible through volunteers and sponsors, including those who came to Phoenix from around the state and country to donate their expertise, and private companies including Delta Dental and BHHS Legacy Foundation, which each donated more than $250,000 to the mission. For more information on this and future mission events, visit azmom.org. (Photography by Kyle Patton, Dentaltown magazine)

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