COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Going to the dentist can be enough of a hassle when insurance is there to pick up the bill.
When it’s not, the toothache that brings you in could come at a cost that’s painful in its own right.
For hundreds on Friday, they could alleviate the pain of both at the same time.
Fixari Family Dental in southeast Columbus participated in Dentistry From The Heartland, an event that offers adults a free filling, extraction, or cleaning, all without the usual associated costs of a dental visit.
One patient told NBC4 she had a tooth extracted six months ago, before she was kicked off her parents’ insurance, and it cost her $400 out of pocket.
Another said he’s had a tooth ache keeping him awake at night.
Others just wanted their annual cleaning but didn’t have the dental insurance to cover the costs.
“There’s a lot of folks that can’t afford to have dental work done,” says Dr. Mark Fixari, who runs his dental practice with his wife, Dr. Shayne Fixari.
The couple says they feel they get more out of it than they give; knowing the value of dental health as well as the burden the cost can put on some patients.
“We’ve been in Columbus, Ohio for 30 years and Columbus has been so good to us,” Dr. Shayne Fixari says. “This is just a small way that we can give back.”
The event runs until 4 p.m. on Friday.