You don't have to pull teeth to get people to come out for free dental care. Thousands show up every year to a free clinic at the Roanoke Civic Center, but this year you need a ticket to get in.
The Mission of Mercy Dental Clinic offers free cleanings, fillings and extractions. In past years more than 3,000 people have come out over two days in the hope of getting care, but only about 1,100 people have gotten in.
This year 1,000 tickets will be handed out beginning at 10a.m. on Saturday, March 26th at the Advance Auto in the Old Crossroads Mall in Roanoke.
"We see working parents, elderly. It runs the whole gamut," said Mission of Mercy Project Manager Alison Jorgensen. "With young people who are right out of college, people who are just getting started. We see every type of person at the mission of mercy project. We really do."