Free dental clinic in Rockford provided more than $1M in services

ROCKFORD – Last weekend marked the first time in four years that the Illinois State Dental Society Foundation was able to host its Mission of Mercy event, and it took place in Rockford, where hundreds of people in need were seen for free.

According to the society, the mission surpassed its goal of providing $1 million in free dental care to more than 1,000 patients during the two-day event. The final total of care provided was $1,024,736.96.Hundreds of volunteers — dentists, dental hygienists, registered nurses, dental assistants and patient ambassadors — provided 366 cleanings, 1,159 extractions, 916 fillings, 610 X-rays, 58 root canals and 54 partial dentures.

Before being derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the society put on a mission of mercy event every other year since 2010. It has been held in cities across the state. Before Rockford’ event last weekend, it was last held in Springfield in 2018.

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