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recently and got a broken molar in a tooth with an old filing. Dr.
worked me into his schedule and saw" me the next day. His staff was incredible nice and he takes the time for pain medication to work before doing procedures. The new crown has worked well and I had NO pain during the procedures and afterwards. Dr.
and his staff went out of their way to insure I was comfortable and being served well. He asked repeatedly are you all right? Is the area numb?
stop me if you have any unpleasant sensation. The office and examine areas are very new and the equipment is first rate. A truly remarkable experience. I use him for all my dentistry now

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Periodontists

People with sore or infected gums often see a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in gum diseases. The most serious gum condition, periodontitis, can cause the teeth to fall out if left untreated.

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 I am familiar witht he ClearChoice Dental Implant Centers across the country, in particluar, the one in Overland Park, KS.  They are a "one stop" implant center.  The doctors there are at the top of their field, and an advantage is that you have all of the specialists that will be working with you in the same place.  That would have to make communication easier between doctors.  They usually offer seminars for patients and I think, offer free consultations, which is always worthwhile.

  If you chose to go the other way, some Prosthodontists will place and restore the implants themselves. In other cases, an Oral Surgeon or Periodontist will place the implant and a Prosthodontist or General Dentist restores it.   Fees can vary quite a bit from office to office and with the different options for restorative materials.  Some offer free consultations, for others, they charge a fee that might be applied to any future treatment in some cases.

The first step is to schedule a few consultations with different providers, which it sounds like you've already done.

The most important factors when deciding which practitioner to work with:
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.1.  You should feel comfortable asking your doctor any questions so that you have a good understanding of the procedure itself, healing time and long-terem outcome, and possible complications.  Write down a list of questions and take them with you to the consultation.

2.  Ask about the experience of the practitioner. How many similiar procedures have they completed?  Have they had any major complications with any cases?  Ask to see photos if possible.

3..Figure out if it works out better for your schedule, to go to a "one stop" provider or to separate providers for the placement and the restoration of the implants.

4. Follow your instincts.  If you feel rushed, didn't get direct answers to your questions, didn't communicate well or had any other negative feelings, this probably isn't the doctor for you.

5. Consider insurance coverage and financing options.  If your dental plan covers implants and it is important to you to use a preferred provider, you will want to check your list.  Many times, insurance does not cover implants, or at least not all of the steps.  You may want to inquire about payment and financing options.

I hope this at least helps you feel a little less confused and a little more directed. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of further help.
Sincerely,
Beth L. Gehring,DDS, PC
816 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, Mo 64015
docbeth93@gmail.com
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As a  Dentist, I am sorry to hear about your denture nightmare and I know how frustrating that can be.  I am surprised that your doctor wasn't willing to work with you on some type of solution.  A few options would be either remaking the dentures once more,  or offering to return some of the money and have you return the dentures.   Unfortunately, the doctor has put in a lot of their time and lab expenses, but the patient also  has time and money invested.  You might try sending a letter re-explaining the problems you hand and offering an acceptible and fair solution.  Be sure to keep a copy of it and any correspondence you receive from the Dental Office.  In the event that you don't get anywhere, you have documentation of the problem. 

At any point in the process, did they have you sign something saying you were happy with the denture set up?  Some practitioners will document the patient's acceptance at the try-in appointment, before the denture is processed.  At that time, changes in tooth arrangement, size and color can be made with minimal lab expense. 

If the letter doesn't get you anywhere, you might try going to the governing body of the dental profession in your area.  I am a dentist in Blue Springs, Missouri, USA.  Here, we have the Missouri Dental Board  (or the Dental Division of the Missouri Department of Professional Registration.)  This is the entity that licenses us to perform our professional duties in our state.  They often have a process to file complaints against a provider if you were unable to resolve the problem yourself.   After your complaint is received, they will contact the doctor to get their side of the story, then try to mediate a solution between the two parties.  

As far as a new set of dentures, you might seek out the services of a Prosthodontist (specializes in dentures and removable appliances - extra training and certification beyond general dentistry) or go to a local dental school.  The students are supervised and checked off at each step by professionals.  Most dental schools also treat patients through their faculty practices, and you can often get the services of a specialist at a lower price. 

I hope this information is helpful to your situation, and I wish you well. 

Beth Gehring, DDS
816 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, MO  64015  USA
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Periodontists in Birmingham

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A Dentist

139 3rd Avenue West

Acton Road Family Dentistry

2409 Acton Rd
Birmingham

Alabaster Dental Care

1130 1st St N
Alabaster

Alexander Dentistry

48 Church Street
Birmingham

Alexander, Dr. Kevin J.

48 Church St
Birmingham

Andrew Duckett DDS,DMD,PC

1830 14th Ave S
Birmingham

Annamarie M Dichiara DMD

500 Emery Dr W
Birmingham

Barnes, Dr. Brian

2045 Medical Center Dr
Birmingham

Birmingham Family Dental Services LLC

2930 4th Ave. S.
Birmingham

Birmingham VA Medical Center

700 19th St S
Birmingham

Blake, Dr. Maddox T

211 Main St N
Warrior

Brett Maddux DMD

3240 Edwards Lake Pkwy
Birmingham

Brown, Dr. Nathan R.

1919 7th Ave S
Birmingham

Charles Ellis DMD

6930 Cahaba Valley Rd
Birmingham

Chelsea Comprehensive Dental

407 Chelsea Crossroads
Chelsea

Classic Gardens & Landscape Inc

1855 Carson Rd
Birmingham

Connor General Dentistry

1771 Independence Ct
Birmingham

Connor, Dr. Robert B.

1771 Independence Ct
Birmingham

Crestline Village Dentistry

244 Country Club Park
Birmingham

Daniel Family Dentistry

3161 Cahaba Heights Rd
Birmingham

David M Sims DDS

101 21st Ave NE
Birmingham

Davis, Dr. Timothy A.

208 2nd Ave SE
Cullman

Dazzlepro

31 E. MacArthur Crescent

Dichiara, Dr. Annamarie

500 Emery Dr W
Hoover

Dr. David Holcomb

944 18th St S
Birmingham

Dr. James L. Sanderson, Jr. D.M.D.

1633 Montgomery Hwy
Hoover

Dr. Kane Fulton

1000 Chestnut St
Vestavia Hills

Fulton, Dr. William K

1771 Independence Ct
Birmingham

Galleria Dental

2801 John Hawkins Pkwy
Birmingham

Gardendale Family Dentistry

116 W Tarrant Dr
Gardendale

Gaxiola, Dr. Lora P.

194 Narrows Dr
Birmingham

Geurs, Dr. Nico

UAB Faculty Dental Clinic
Birmingham

Harb, Dr. Peter S.

1023 Oxmoor Rd 1023
Birmingham

Hartsfield, Dr. Amy G

220 Walker Rd
Birmingham

Honea, Dr, Todd A.

10015 Hwy 280
Sterrett

Kent, Dr. Leigh W

2045 Brookwood Med Ctr Dr
Birmingham

Koplon, Dr. Scott A.

8125 Parkway Dr
Leeds

Koslin & Kahn DDS

2036 Patton Chapel Rd
Birmingham

Lee, Dr. Betty V.

2801 John Hawkins Pkwy
Birmingham

Lester, Dr. Paige R.

100 Heatherbrooke Park Dr
Birmingham

Lewis, Dr. Doug S.

1018 17th St S
Birmingham

Luna, Dr. Edgar A.

5336 Stadium Trace Pkwy
Birmingham

Maniscalco, Dr. Michael

3419 Colonnade Pkwy
Birmingham

Miles, Dr. Carol W.

7800 Parkway Dr
Leeds

Osborne, Dr. Rachel

PO BOX 121
Locust Fork

Peridontal Associates

2045 Brookwood Med Ctr Dr
Birmingham

Perng-Ru Liu DMD

1919 7th Ave S
Birmingham

Reynolds, Dr. Preston L.

1235 Blue Ridge Blvd
Birmingham

Ron Beasley DMD

1841 Montclair Rd
Birmingham

Samford, Dr. Wes B.

120 Office Park Dr
Birmingham

Shepherd, Dr. David J.

2006 Old Montgomery Hwy
Birmingham

Stephens, Dr. Glenn

2030 Patton Chapel Rd
Birmingham

Stricklin, Dr. Stephen R.

223 1st St. N.
Alabaster

Susan D Wells, DMD, PC

309 Louisa St
Warrior

The Crossings Dental Center

2318 John Hawkins Pkwy
Birmingham

The Smile Design Center

300 Towncenter Blvd
Tuscaloosa

Thomas P Cosgrove DMD, PC

3159 Green Valley Road
Birmingham

Trussville Dental Arts

7040 Gadsden Hwy
Trussville

Turner, Dr. Bill F

7040 Gadsden Hey
Trussville

University of Alabama at Birmingham

1919 7th Ave S Rm 607
Birmingham

Vest, Dr. Richard N

1310 Alford Ave
Birmingham

Warrior Family Dentistry

211 Main St N
Warrior

Willingham, Dr. Thomas M.

123 N Chalkville Rd
Trussville

Winchester, Dr. David R.

2500 Center Point Rd
Birmingham

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