MANHATTAN, Kan. -- This year's free dental clinic is a story of numbers: about 1000 volunteers, 1700 patients, 2000 cavities and 3000 teeth were pulled.
The 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. dental work topped off more than $1,000,000 in services.
The Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation sponsored the 2009 Mission of Mercy project at the U.S. National Guard Armory on Friday and Saturday.
The free dental care brought a wide crowd of patients from all over the state for its eighth year. People pitched tents and waited more than 14 hours to guarantee a spot in line.
Volunteers and dentists said the impressive turn-out is a clear indication of the need for better dental care in the state.
The annual clinic offered teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions.
For information about the sponsors, visit www.ksdentalfoundation.org.