LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -One of the most noticeable features on a person is their smile, so hundreds of volunteers transformed the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center into a free dental clinic for an event called Texas Mission of Mercy.
Sarah Downs went to the clinic Friday when dental professionals cleaned her teeth, extracted two of them, and made a mold for her. Saturday she returned for her fitting. "The care and compassion that basically all the doctors and volunteers have put into this to make everyone feel more confident it's amazing. I'm really happy, I'm really happy with the results," said Downs.
Ruben Rodriguez made sure to get the care he needed by standing in line as early as 5 a.m. Friday morning. "I went through x-rays, then from there they had me sit for a while, and they brought me here. What they are doing is pulling out my back teeth and tomorrow I'll have to come and I'll have a partial put in my mouth," said Rodriguez.
After waiting in line for four hours, completing the process, and coming back a second day, Rodriguez says everything was worth it, and his new smile is free. "I just want to thank all the people that's involved in this, all the dentists. I want to thank all the TA's at TLC where I stay at that they recommend for me to come here. So I want to thank everyone," he said with his new smile.
Texas Mission of Mercy has held 18 clinics since 2001, but this was their first in Lubbock and several local dentists who volunteered their time and talents hope it won't be the last.
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Hundreds of South Plains residents receive free dental care Friday, hundreds of volunteers from Lubbock and across the state gave free dental care to low income adults who have no dental insurance.