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Wisconsin MOM provides $1 million in dental care

Weston, Wis.—The Wisconsin Dental Association and WDA Foundation held its third Mission of Mercy here June 24-25, providing an estimated $1.12 million in charitable dental care to 1,570 children and adults during 2,141 patient visits, including 22 Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.

Image: Patients wait for care as volunteers work the treatment area
Packed house: Patients wait for care as volunteers work the treatment area. Some 1,570 patients received care at the WDA/WDA Foundation Mission of Mercy. The first patient arrived 36 hours ahead and slept overnight in his car. Photos courtesy of Wisconsin Dental Association

A total of 8,033 dental procedures were performed, including 1,822 fillings; 1,756 teeth extracted; 593 cleanings; and 22 root canals. Some 215 WDA dentists, along with dental hygienists and assistants and Marquette University School of Dentistry students were among the 1,050 volunteers.

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Image: 2011 Mission of Mercy in Weston, Wisconsin
Brigade: More than 200 WDA dentists, dental hygienists, assistants and students from Marquette volunteered for the 2011 Mission of Mercy. In center, Dr. John Magnusson (back to camera) and Dr. Wayne Ostdick of Sussex, Wis., in foreground, talk to a patient prior to treatment.