Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh is a free, two-day dental clinic for under-served people living in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area, many of whom are from working families who do not have access to dental work or cannot afford dental insurance.
ALL services are provided FREE of charge by local dental professionals, assisted by a host of volunteers.
No eligibility or income requirements
No appointments or registration necessary – First come, first served 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.). Proposed shuttle routes will be determined soon (please check back for details.).
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
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)
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 allowed, but you will not have a chance to return them to your car and will need to carry them with you throughout the day.
Tents are not allowed.
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. 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: Limited translators will be available.
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 MOM-Pittsburgh 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 and possibly books/magazines for while you are waiting. 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.
Registration is open now! Thank you for supporting Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh! Anyone who cares about the under-served can volunteer! We need hundreds of volunteers to make the Mission of Mercy Pittsburgh event a success. All volunteers fall under three different categories: Dental, Medical, and General. Registration is quick and easy, so please click the button below to get started.