Local/Regional News
3:50 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Low-Income Dental Clinic Set To Double Capacity

A nonprofit organization that provides dental care for the poor in Lexington will be doubling its services in the next year.

A $150,000 donation from local home builders Don and Mira Ball, the largest the organization has received from an individual or family, will help Mission Lexington take full advantage of its new expanded dental clinic on Martin Luther King Blvd.

"In the past, we've only been able to operate three dental chairs part time. Now we get to run six dental chairs in six complete dental operatories full time," says Mission Lexington spokesman Chris Skidmore.

Skidmore also expects the money to cut the wait time for dental services from twelve months to five. Within a year, the number could drop to a little as two months. 975 people are currently on the waiting list for dental care.

Mission Lexington has employed 42 volunteers dentists, along with technicians and lay people, since 2006. They provide exams, extractions, root canals, and other complex oral surgeries not offered at other free dental clinics in Lexington.