Free dental clinic at UConn Dental school serves more than 850 patients in one weekend

The Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach was at full capacity for its 15th annual free dental clinic at the UConn School of Dental Medicine in Farmington, according to the organization.

The first-come, first-served clinic, called the Connecticut Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic (CTMOM), provided dental services, like cleanings, extractions and fillings, to those who cannot afford the cost of dental care. It featured over 800 volunteers occupying 169 dental stations, the organization said.

The clinic served more than 850 patients, the organization said Sunday. The clinic reached its capacity Sunday afternoon, according to the organization’s Facebook.

“The UConn School of Dental Medicine is very excited to be able to partner with the CT Foundation for Dental Outreach and host this year’s CT Mission of Mercy Free Dental Clinic (CTMOM),” Dr. Steven M. Lepowsky, Dean, UConn School of Dental Medicine, said. “We share a common goal of providing dental care to the citizens of CT and although our faculty, residents and students have been volunteering with CTMOM since its inception, having CTMOM at UConn Health brings the relationship to a whole new level.”

The two-day clinic had not run for the past two years because of the pandemic, the organization said.

“It is wonderful to be able to provide dental care to our underserved and uninsured patients after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Dr. Robert Schreibman, chair of the Connecticut Foundation for Dental Outreach, said. “CTMOM is happy to do everything we can to help improve the quality of life of those we serve.”