Dental clinic again to offer day of free treatment for area veterans

DR. JOHN FORNETTI works on a veteran at a past Dentistry For Our Vets day as Ciara Dario assists.

IRON MOUNTAIN — For the sixth straight year, the John Fornetti Dental Center plans to provide free dental care for veterans Saturday, Nov. 9.

Drs. John and Dan Fornetti, along with a team of employees, volunteers and sponsors, will host Dentistry For Our Vets at the center, 100 S. Stephenson Ave. in Iron Mountain.

Veterans in need of dental care will be able to choose between one free extraction, filling or hygiene cleaning.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis until 3 p.m.

The parking lot of the John Fornetti Dental Center will be turned into an outdoor waiting room, with a heated waiting area and burn barrels. Still, those participating should bundle up to stay warm.

Those looking to be treated should bring a list of medications they might be on for the clinic’s records.

John Fornetti started Dentistry For Our Vets in 2014 after learning 91 percent of U.S. veterans are ineligible for dental benefits.

The number of participants has grown each year, with some who were at past clinics expected to return.

The 2018 event was able to serve 58 veterans, providing more than 183 procedures and more than $23,000 in services donated.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can get more information by calling 906-774-0100, going on the web to www.drjohnfornetti.com or checking Facebook at www.facebook.com/drjohnfornetti.

The program grew out of Dentistry From the Heart, a national effort that began in 2001 to assist Americans without dental insurance. Since then, it has provided more than $11 million in free dentistry and helped more than 55,000 patients across the country, according to the clinic.