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Iowa Mission of Mercy dental clinic

The annual Iowa Mission of Mercy announced that it will host a free dental clinic at the Tyson Events Center Friday and Saturday. 

SIOUX CITY -- The 11th annual Iowa Mission of Mercy, a large-scale, free dental clinic, will take place Friday and Saturday at the Tyson Events Center. 

During the event, hundreds of dental professionals will see patients at no cost. The dentists will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, a limited number of partial dentures also known as flippers, as well as root canals, according to an event press release. 

Organizers hope to see as many patients as possible and address as many of their dental concerns as time allows. 

The clinic will be open from 6:30 a.m to 5 p.m. each day. Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Patients will receive care regardless of where they live, how much money they make or whether they have insurance.

Dr. Richard Hettinger, a Sioux City dentist and IMOM chairman emeritus, said that patients will probably come from all around, and that a variety of factors can lead to difficulties obtaining dental care. 

The Iowa Mission of Mercy has been held in various cities across the state since its inception more than a decade ago. This is the second time the free clinic has stopped in Sioux City.  

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