FARMINGTON, N.M. (KRQE) – Dentists from across New Mexico are gathered in Farmington lending a helping hand to people who need dental work but haven’t had the time or money for it. That treatment and care is offered by the New Mexico Dental Association’s Mission of Mercy event. More than 200 dentists, hygienists, and assistants from around the state are here including Dr. Michael Haight who is a regular at these events.

“Typically, the patient that we’re seeing there is somebody that may be just a little down on their luck, or just haven’t had the time or the ability or the finances to get any dental care,” said Michael Haight, DDS, Parkway Dental.

He says he is grateful to get help those who need it each year. “Usually what you get in return is much greater than anybody could have ever paid you, the gratitude, the thankfulness of those people, you just can’t beat it,” said Dr. Haight.

The dental team performed more than a quarter of a million dollars worth of dental services for free Friday. For anyone in need of dental work and in the Farmington area, the free clinic is open again Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the convention center.