MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The fourth annual Mid-South Mission of Mercy free dental clinic kicks off Friday at Bellevue Baptist Church on Appling Road.
The event provides dental care to Mid-Southerners for free.
The event, hosted by Memphis Dental Society and Shelby County Dental Society, is a first come, first serve basis.
It's open to anyone with no appointment needed, no license required and no proof of income or insurance.
Services like fillings, extractions and cleanings will be done, with more than 6,000 volunteers helping.
"Most people that come out here don’t have a personal dentist first of all, and a lot of them are afraid of dentists, so they come out here usually in pain and discomfort in hopes of maybe getting a little relief," volunteer Willie McFarland said.
The event has provided more than $3.4 million worth of dentistry to 6,200 patients over the last four years.
"It’s for adults and children," Mid-South Mission of Mercy CEO Mitchel Godat said. "We’re doing fillings, extractions, and cleanings and that’s how we’re helping out the Mid-South is (by) taking care of the dental needs. We all know people can be in pain or not like the appearance of their smile."
The dental clinic runs through Saturday. Doors open at 6 a.m.