Archive for September, 2013
UPLAND >> Judith Lucero frequently broke out into smiles Sunday afternoon after waiting for more than six hours to receive a free front veneer at California Dental Group.
“It feels great,” said Lucero, 30.
The Rancho Cucamonga resident, who said she is unemployed and has no insurance, had waited in line since 6:30 a.m. to get the dental surgery.
“It was sensitive” before the surgery, she said, “and now there’s absolutely no pain.”
Dentists at California Dental Group here provided free emergency treatment to patients like Lucero on Sunday at its Upland Office, 930 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite D.
Officials said the services were offered to help people who can’t afford to go to a dentist.
The event took place from 8 a.m. to 3…
SOUTH WHITTIER >> Tall and strong looking in a red UNLV basketball jersey, Jerry Daniel stood near the front of a long line of people waiting early Wednesday morning outside California Dental, all hoping to get help for pain.
Daniel said he’s in near constant pain.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles man suffers from three tooth or gum infections, one the result of a root canal and was never completed years ago when he had dental insurance.“If I’m eating, I can’t tolerate cake or ice cream,” said Daniel, a field supervisor for Securitas. “I have to chew very quickly or swallow whole.
Water is the only drink that doesn’t hurt, he said.
Daniel was one of about 100 people waiting to get free dental…
More than 200 people, some arriving before dawn, lined up along Glendale Avenue on Wednesday to receive root canals, fillings and other dental work during a free emergency care clinic hosted by the California Dental Group.
Vance Jordan, 59, of Glendale arrived with a toothache and said he hadn’t seen a dentist in about seven years.
Shay Sanders, 30, of Los Angeles came at 2 a.m. to wait six hours for a root canal, a procedure she said wasn’t available at most free clinics and well out of her budget.
“Everybody I know needs dental work, but they can’t afford it,” said Mike Jeffries, 53, of Glendale, who also needed a root canal. “Dental insurance is expensive, so…
SOUTH WHITTIER >> Dentist Dr. Kamran Sahabi offers a litany of reasons he provides free dental care to people.
His father back in Iran told him to make sure he helps the needy, a lot of people need dental care and can’t afford it, to give back to the community.
He pauses, sitting at his desk at the Whittier site of California Dental Group, and pulls a before-and-after picture from a book case of a girl he treated.
“This was a young girl I helped,” he says showing the picture.
In one photo, her teeth are grotesque and ugly. In the after photo, the transformation is like day and night, a perfect set of teeth, in line, clean and white.
“As soon as she…
The Glendale office of the California Dental Group is holding a free emergency-care clinic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday for patients who urgently need dental work but can’t afford it.
Procedures such as fillings, extractions, toothache treatments, cleaning of infected gums and even emergency root canals will be offered at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis, according to a statement by the California Dental Group.
Patients must arrive at the clinic and wait their turn, as appointments will not be taken…
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