Easing Dental Pain

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There's nothing worse than a toothache.

So you can imagine the difficulties of someone who's in pain and can't afford dental care.

Tulsa's Catholic Charities is helping to meet that need with a free clinic, but as they've discovered there's a lot of suffering out there.

The volunteer Dental Director, of the Blessed Mother Teresa Dental Care Center, is Dr. Mike Spradlin.

He says they're overwhelmed with patients and their big problem is getting enough professional volunteers to meet the demand.

Right now the appointment schedule is full until June.

But those who are in pain can get access to care at a walk-in clinic from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Tuesdays.

They take as many patients as possible with the goal of helping those who are in the most pain.

While the clinic has only been open for a couple of years, they're already thinking about expanding their floor space.

The only limitation is having enough dentists and hygienists staffing to make it work.

The clinic has turned out to be a real benefit for hygiene students from The University of Oklahoma and Tulsa Community College.

They are helping people and getting hands-on experience.

Last year the clinic treated almost 1800 patients and did more than $730,000 worth of dental work.

Their facility is located on the Catholic Charities campus at Harvard and Apache.

Easing Dental Pain | KTUL