If you are reading this now, it is likely that you, a loved one, or friend may be in need of free dental care. Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is here to help! Please read all of the following information to help you have the best experience possible.
Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh 2019
DATE: Friday, July 26th and Saturday, July 27th, 2019
TIME: Doors open at 6:00 AM, Clinic opens at 7:00 AM
LOCATION: Highmark Gate at PPG Paints Arena, 1001 5th Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
The Highmark Gate is located next to the Epiphany Catholic Church on Centre Avenue and is the main entryway to PPG Paints Arena and home to the famous Mario Lemieux Statue.
- No eligibility or income requirements
- No appointments necessary – First come, first served until capacity is reached each day so be there early!
- One procedure per patient per day
- Open to children (Ages 2 to 17) and adults
Shuttle service will be provided for patients. There will be two routes, and please note that the circuit for each route will be on the hour, both Friday and Saturday, from 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM (the last shuttle will depart PPG Paints Arena at 6:00 PM.).
Station Square T Station
Carson Towers (2117 East Carson Street)
Hillman Library (3960 Forbes Avenue)
VA Pittsburgh Hospital – University Center
Jubilee Kitchen (2005 Wyandotte Street)
PPG Paints Arena (1001 Fifth Avenue)
Saint Stanislaus Church (57 21st Street)
Giant Eagle on North Side (318-320 Cedar Avenue)
Greyhound Station (55 11th Street)
PPG Paints Arena (1001 Fifth Avenue)
The following bus lines will get you to PPG Paints Arena:
- Fifth Avenue and Forbes Avenue (61A/61B/61C/65/67/69/71A/71B/71C/71D)
- Center Avenue and Washington Place (81/82/83)
- If you bring children with you, we recommend that two adults be present. While one adult is being treated, the other adult guardian must watch their child. If the child is being treated, an adult guardian must be present.
- Each patient will be eligible for only one dental procedure per day. You can return the second day for an additional dental procedure.
Q: What is MOMPGH?
A: The MOMPGH mission is a dental clinic where dental treatment is provided at no cost to individuals who cannot afford dental care. Treatment is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and is expected to serve several hundred individuals. Please come early! There is no pre-registration.
Q: Is there anything that would disqualify me from treatment?
A: Each patient will undergo a simple medical exam at the start of your Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh experience. Some things that could prevent you from being treated include: having a fever at the time of treatment, uncontrollable, abnormally high blood pressure, or excessive bleeding in the past.
Q: How early should I arrive?
A: The doors will open at 6 AM. However, people usually begin lining up much earlier. Please keep the following in mind:
- Patients will not be allowed in the building earlier than 6AM. No exceptions.
- Collapsible chairs are not allowed.
- Tents are not allowed.
- Once capacity is reached, the clinic doors will be closed. We will treat as many patients as we can but capacity is determined by the number of professional volunteers present. Our goal is to treat as many patients we can each day.
Q: Do I need insurance/payment?
A: No. This is completely free thanks to the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors.
Q: What should I expect?
A: You will need to provide basic personal information. You will be screened for medical issues that may disqualify you for treatment (i.e., blood sugar over 300, blood pressure over 190/105 and other issues). As dentists and dental hygienists become available, you will be escorted to the dental clinic for treatment.
Q: What services are provided?
A: Cleanings, fillings, root canal treatments on selective teeth, extractions, oral hygiene instruction and a limited number of temporary partial dental appliances. Pediatric dentists will be available to treat children.
Q: What services are NOT provided?
A: Full dentures, root canals on molars, crowns, extractions of unexposed wisdom teeth, orthodontics/braces, implants, impactions. Narcotics will not be dispensed.
Q: If I am under 18, do I need a parent or guardian present?
A: Yes. All children must be accompanied by a legal guardian until all treatment is complete. If a guardian needs treatment for themselves, there must be an additional adult present with his/her children while the guardian is being treated. The guardian cannot be treated the same day as their children unless there is another adult to watch the children.
Q: My entire family needs to be seen. Is that possible?
A: Yes, however, a guardian must be with children under the age of 18 at all times. PLEASE NOTE THAT CHILDCARE IS NOT PROVIDED.
Q: Will there be translators?
A: A limited number of translators will be available. Many languages can be accommodated through our volunteers. Of course, you can bring a friend or family member to translate for you.
Q: Is there a limit as to how much treatment I can receive?
A: Due to limited supplies, time and volunteers, we are limited to one treatment per each individual. Our first priority will be to treat your critical dental needs. Should there be the need for another procedure, patients can return the next day.
Q: Do I have to wait in line if my case is an emergency?
A: Everyone has to wait in line for services. Most MOMPGH patients are suffering and in pain, so we do not take anyone out of line.
Q: What should I bring to Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh?
A: You should bring a list of your current medications, any current x-rays, water, snacks and food (these will be onsite but in limited supply), baby supplies for a full day. Bring these items with you in line; do not leave them in your car. Once you enter the building, you cannot go outside without losing your place in line.
Q: If I am not from Pennsylvania, can I still receive treatment?
A: Yes. We will not turn anyone away.