Free dental clinic offered at Hope Dental at walk-in event

Good news for people without dental insurance.

The Hope Dental Clinic is providing walk-in only, free dental services to those of any age needing a dental exam, limited cleaning, some fillings or extractions. The event hours are Friday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The address is 800 Minnehaha Avenue East, Suite 465 in St. Paul. Children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Previously part of the Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, the clinic now has its own office and operates as a separate non-profit. Typically, hours for the clinic are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. by appointment.

While the above listed services are completely free on Friday and Saturday, the clinic does ask for a $20 administration fee for its regular office hours. Anyone who can’t pay is not turned away.

Fox 9’s Kelcey Carlson had a chance to visit the clinic recently and learn about its long history and incredible volunteers like oral surgeon, Dr. Rachel Uppgaard and endodontist Dr. Jim Spitzmueller.

Some of the major sponsors that help to make the clinic possible include, Union Gospel Mission Twin Cities, Hardenbergh Foundation, Patterson Foundation, Otto Bremer Trust, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Ray Edwards Memorial Trust and Delta Dental Foundation.