The organizers of a two-day dental clinic in Fuquay-Varina have a plan to handle the hundreds of people expected to come for free services.
The clinic is the first one organized in south Wake County by North Carolina Missions of Mercy, an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society that holds free clinics around the state.
The Fuquay-Varina clinic is Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30, at the former Stephens Hardware building at 405 E. Broad St. Services are only for adults and include teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions on both days. On Friday only, partial denture construction for front teeth will be offered with patients returning Saturday for treatments.
Because of high demand, people have been known to line up the day before.
On Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. volunteers will start handing out 400 numbered wristbands to patients in line. Those patients must return Friday at 5 a.m. to receive dental care. The process will be repeated Friday at 4 p.m. for patients who want to be seen Saturday. The Saturday patients also have to start lining up at 5 a.m. Saturday to get treatment.
Clinic doors open at 6 a.m.
On both days, patients without wristbands can wait in line, but will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis after the first 400 patients are seen.
No proof of income needs to be shown, but patients must sign a statement in regards to their financial status.
For some people, dental care isn’t even an option, said Jonathan Hansel, a volunteer with Missions of Mercy. The clinic exists to help those who can’t afford access to a dentist, he said.
“We are in fact an emergency room for many people,” He said.
The services are made possible by community donations and support. Hansel said the presence of the clinic in Fuquay-Varina shows how much the community wants to help.
“The story is really the local community, and how they came together,” he said. “And how they supported this.”
Hansel’s competitive barbecue team, Holly Springs BBQ Company, will be smoking 1,000 pounds of BBQ to feed volunteers and patients, also for free.
Other local sponsors include the Bob Barker Company, Patterson Dental and Lane & Associates Family Dentistry.
“Without this cornerstone of companies, this clinic wouldn’t exist,” Hansel said.
Paige Connelly: 919-460-2609; @pconnellly
Want to go?
The details: Missions of Mercy’s dental clinic is Friday, July 29, and Saturday, July 30. Doors open at 6 a.m.
Where: The former Stephens Hardware Building, 405 E. Broad St., Fuquay-Varina.
How to get treated: Only services for adults are provided. Patients must have a wrist band distributed the day before. After the first 400 people are seen each day, patients will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Information: 919-234-4037 or ncdental.org/meetings-events/nc-missions-of-mercy.