What is the North Carolina Missions of Mercy?
The North Carolina Missions of Mercy (NCMOM) portable free dental program is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society. The North Carolina Dental Health Fund sponsors the program. The North Carolina Dental Health Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. NCMOM events are staffed by professional and community volunteers from across the state.
What services are provided?
All patients at a NCMOM project are examined by a licensed dentist to determine their most critical need. Based on the examination, either tooth removal (extractions), tooth fillings (restorations) or teeth cleaning will be performed.
Will you be able to fix all of my dental problems?
That will depend on what your needs are. Only one major service is usually performed on each patient. We will do multiple extractions or fillings at one time however, you will not receive both of these services at one time. Our philosophy is to provide services to as many people as possible rather than to provide many services to fewer people. Future NCMOM events are listed at http://www.ncdental.org/ncds/Schedule.asp.
Do I qualify?
NCMOM dental services are provided to adults with income less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines for the 48 contiguous states and D.C. The table below can be used to determine your income eligibility.
Do I need to bring proof of income?
No. We do not require you to bring proof of income, however you will be required to sign an income disclosure statement during patient registration.
Do I need an appointment?
No. All services at an NCMOM clinic are provided on a first-come, first-served basis until we have reached our capacity for the day. Our capacity is determined by the number of professional volunteers present and cannot be predicted in advance of the opening of a NCMOM event.
When do I need to be there for NC MOM-Charlotte?
On Friday and Saturday mornings you should plan to arrive in the early morning hours. Patients usually begin arriving shortly after midnight. Patient registration, medical screening and dental examinations will begin at 6 AM Friday and Saturday for daytime clinics; and Friday at 5 PM for the Friday all night clinics. Please remember that services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis until we have reached our capacity for each day’s clinic hours or the Friday night clinic hours.
What should I bring with me?
Will pregnancy affect my care?
If you are pregnant we will need a statement from your ob/gyn doctor allowing us to provide the care you need.
Will heart problems affect my care?
If you have a known heart condition or have a had recent heart problems including heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, heart valve, angina or any other condition for which you are taking medications we will need a written statement from your primary care provider allowing us to provide the care you need.
Will a gum infection affect my care?
A severe or painful infection (abscess) will affect our ability to provide care to you. If you think you have an abscess, see a dentist or your primary care provider. If you cannot reach a dentist, go to a hospital's emergency department for evaluation, especially if you feel sick.
What can I expect?
Arrive as soon as you can and be prepared for a long day. We understand that it is a long wait and our only request is for you patience. The normal process that a patient goes through for care is:
What should I do if my doctor tells me to premed?
Follow the instructions of your primary care provider and inform the attending doctor examining you in triage. Premedication does not eliminate you from receiving care.
Who will be performing the dental services or cleanings?
The NCMOM project is an outreach program of the North Carolina Dental Society and the primary care providers are licensed dentists, hygienists and dental assistants. Some care may be provided by dental students from the School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina. Whenever students are providing care either teaching professors from the University of North Carolina or a designated adjunct professor supervises them. Students are only allowed to perform procedures that they are already qualified to perform.