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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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Dentistry reviews in Pittsburgh

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My initial visit was with Dr.
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who was very kind and did his best to ease my apparent fears at being in a dentist chair again. My filling was quickly repaired and he inquired if I would want to continue using them for much needed dental care. I had been without a permanent dentist since my old dentist retired and subsequent tries at finding a new dentist were unsuccessful. Since I had a good feeling about these people, I decided to give them a try and said yes, a decision I have never regretted. My initial visit was followed by several more visits that including teeth cleaning, x-rays, and removal of two teeth. The staff here are always polite and friendly and clearly committed to putting patients at ease. The facility is very clean and modern. There is a parking garage conveniently located less that a block away on the same side of the street and the office will validate parking for you. There are also parking meters in a small parking lot that is steps from the door, but I have no idea what the charge is for them.
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- Helen K.
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I love Dr
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and always recommend him. His staff goes to bat with your insurance company to make sure things that should be paid for, are. They call to remind you about appointments and he never recommends dental work that is unnecessary. I also really like that he looks at the whole picture with his patients and uses natural products when applicable. His assistants are exceptionally knowledgeable as well. You get the feeling like you're part of a family there--seriously, as corny as that sounds.
- Katherine M.
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I was in a lot of pain for the bottom filling. The dentist took her time and admininstered additional novocaine as needed. This all went well but I really felt that the fillings were not done right. About a week or two later I called them to see if I could come back as the top filling was cutting my
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. It took them three days to get back to me after I called several times and was forced to leave voice mail message during regular business hours. They knew I was moving out of state in two weeks. I finally got in and they filed down the top filling. I told them that the bottom didn't feel right but the dentist said to wait a few weeks as my nerve was tender from the filling being deeper than anticipated. I then moved out of state at the end of December. While on a business trip in mid February, the bottom filling cracked and I ended up having an emergency root canal. The specialist said I should not have had just a filling as my tooth was too thin which caused the crack. Since i no longer lived near this dentist, I just had everything taken care of in Pennsylvania. Now, a few months later, they are sending me to collections. I had no idea that my insurance company had denied payment and sent the dentist an EOB with no explanation code. I spoke with
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, the office manager in February, and got the insurance information from her and told her I was going to call the insurance company. I spoke with the insurance company and they said they would reprocess the claim. I let
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know this. Then, last week I received another collections notice that now has $30 in additional fees on it. I called the office again today and explained the situation. I would just pay what was outstanding but not pay the connection fees as I discussed this with the office manager. She called me back later and said the collection fees stood. This is unacceptable as we had discussed this and we were waiting for the insurance to reprocess the claim. On top of the shoddy work and bad business office practices, I ended up having to pay $1,000 in additional dental work to fix something that they did.
- Lisa Z.
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It was fine. He took x-rays. He gave me antibiotics for the pain. He is convenient. He is very pleasant. My daughter goes to him as well. He gave me his cell phone number in case of an emergency.
- Maryann J.
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The dentist and assistant were extremely kind and asked all pertinent questions regarding my teeth so that I would be comfortable. It never hurt and everything went just smoothly. They were very helpful and willing to assist us with payment information since we don't currently have insurance.
- sofia K.
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I have dental insurance and Aspen is a approved provider. I was quoted a price ($2495) but was told that they had checked with the insurance carrier and because of an "exclusion" they would not cover any of the expense and I had to use their dental financial provider. Because of a very unprofessional experience in the office, I decided to call the insurance company myself and found out that Aspen never called them and there is NO exclusion in my-case and they would cover 50% of the cost. I have started the procedure with another dentist and the total cost $1450.
- Peggy P.
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He just happened to be my son-in-law’s dentist and that’s why I went to him. He’s an excellent dentist. 4.04 to 4.07 for years and it’s a relationship. My experience with him has been excellent and I have no complaints whatsoever. He was very interested in everything that needed to be done with my problems. He did a very good job. His assistants were great and there’s nothing bad that I could possibly say. 4.40 to 4.41. He was very quick with me. I have no negative remarks about the staff and everybody. I would use him again.
- Barbara B.
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Early this month, I went to a six month cleaning at Dr.
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. 212
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Ave, Bridgeville PA 15017. I was told I needed a filling on one tooth and a crown on two others. I scheduled for the filling immediately, but asked to put the crown on hold until my new insurance kicked in next month and also to give me some time for a 2nd opinion on the crowns. When I showed up for the filling appointment and after a 35 minute wait and a paid co-pay, I was asked to leave with no service provided. Why? Because, " I doubted his opinion about the crowns!" I guess second opinions aren't allowed or perhaps hurt his fragile ego. Oh well. So on to another dentist today. Hopefully the next dentist will have a better "bed-side" manner. If you need a dentist, I don't recommend this one. Good luck.
- susan K.

Dentists in Pittsburgh

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William Heddaeus DMD

3903 Saw Mill Run Blvd
Pittsburgh

William Iovino DMD

4055 Monroeville Blvd
Monroeville

William Isaacs DDS

4099 William Penn Hwy Ste 411
Monroeville

William Kardos DMD

5109 State Route 30
Greensburg

William Katsur DMD

61 Mcmurray Rd
Pittsburgh

William Keane DDS

1516 Fawcett Ave
Mckeesport

William Kring DDS

37 Highland Ave
Washington

William Logan DMD

601 4th Ave
New Brighton

William Manganaro DMD

300 Beaver Valley Mall
Monaca

William Octave DMD

430 Lakewood Rd
Greensburg

William Petitto DDS

PO Box 229
Oakmont

William Petraglia DMD

5701 Centre Ave
Pittsburgh

William Ranii DMD

12 Eastern Ave
Pittsburgh

William S Shaw DDS

1010 Greentree Rd
Pittsburgh

William Schilling DDS

401 Wood St
Pittsburgh

William Steines DMD

995 Beaver Grade Rd
Coraopolis

William Stitt DMD

115 E Main St
New Alexandria

William Syling DMD

107 Whitaker St
Homestead

William Terasavage DMD

121 S Main St
Butler

William Young DMD

1625 Union Ave
Natrona Heights

William Z Spatz DMD

2017 Murray Ave
Pittsburgh

William Zammerilla DMD

76 Old Clairton Rd
Pittsburgh

Willow Brook Dental

259 Old Route 30
Greensburg

Willowbrook Dental Associates

259 Old Rte. 30
Greensburg

Wilson, Dr. James M

8932 Frankstown Rd
Pittsburgh

Wilson, Dr. Timothy T

1725 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh

Winkler, Dr. Scott L.

8890 Peebles Rd
Allison Park

Wirtz Dental

5548 William Flynn Hwy
Gibsonia

Wirtz, Dr. Tod A

5548 William Flynn Hwy
Gibsonia

Witt, Dr. Joan

250 Mount Lebanon Blvd
Pittsburgh

Wolf, Dr. Michael J.

4600 Liberty Ave
Pittsburgh

Yannotty Jr, Dr. Carl T.

110 Stirling Village Dr
Butler

Yosemite Dental Care

120 Yosemite Dr

Young, Dr. James

2685 Stroschein Rd
Monroeville

Yvonne Zier DMD

101 Pine Rd
Sewickley

Zachary Highberger DMD

5769 Saltsburg Rd
Verona

Zaki, Dr. Hussein S.

615 Washington Rd
Pittsburgh

Zeigler, Dr. Mark D.

1 Fairhill Dr
New Castle

Zora, Dr. James R.

555 E Bruceton Rd
Pittsburgh

Zunino, Dr. Paulina F

620 Beaver St
Sewickley

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