Over this past weekend the NC Dental Society along with the NC Mission of Mercy operated a dental clinic at the Western Carolina Ramsey Center. Over the weekend more than $270,000 was spent on the set up for the dental clinic and dental work. Over 370 patients received dental work such as extractions or fillings. People started lining up around 4:30 pm on Thursday, the day before the dental clinic opened. So many showed up that volunteers had to turn patients away Friday when it became apparent that they would not be able to see everyone that day, giving them the option to wait or come back Saturday. WCU donated the area for the free dental clinic and several volunteers donated their time including, around 20 dentists, many of them local. The free dental clinic is a statewide program that has been offered by the NC Dental Society and the NC Mission of Mercy for the last ten years. Visit http://www.ncmom.info/ to see a schedule of future dates and areas of the free dental clinic.