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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
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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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Tmj Pain in Santa Maria, CA

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Angeles, Dr. Irmino

39575 Trade Center Dr
Palmdale

Barry A. Turner, DMD

565 Brunswick Rd
Grass Valley

Bell, Dr. Robert

1080 N Cherry St
Tulare

Bodensteiner, Dr. Michael T.

4148 S Demaree St
Visalia

Broad St Smiles Craig Fitch, DDS

2240 Emily Street
San Luis Obispo

Buettner, Dr. Fred H.

709 Sequoia Ave
Lindsay

Dent-ALL by Dr. Z - Dr. Zamani

15301 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks

Dino Bonyadi,DDS Family Dentistry

1315 S Miller St
Santa Maria

Dr. Adrian Family Dentistry

1846 North Broadway
Santa Maria

Dr. Gene McCoy

1390 Market Street, Ste. 226
San Francisco

Evans, Dr. Paul

563 Brunswick Rd
Grass Valley

Famous Hollywood Dental Care

6464 W Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles

Gateway Dental Group & Orthodontics

38209 47th St East
Palmdale

Hunter, Dr. Angela H.

1985 1st St
Livermore

Lancaster Dental Group

2059 W Avenue K
Lancaster

Lapidus, Dr. Daniel E.

1551 Bishop St
San Luis Obispo

Leighty, Dr. Steve M.

1364 Whispering Pines Ln
Grass Valley

Leopold & Murphy, DDS, Inc.

878 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo

Leopold, Dr. Mark

878 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo

Maili, Dr. Jessy

233 N M St
Tulare

Murphy, Dr. Nicholas

878 Walnut St
San Luis Obispo

Ouellet, Dr. David F

426 E. Barcellus Suite 101 & 102
Santa Maria

Pacific Dental

530 W Tefft St
Nipomo

Pacific Holistic Dental

530 W. Tefft St.
Nipomo

Phillips, Dr. Sarah E.

26415 Carl Boyer Dr
Santa Clarita

Rami M. Haddad

44811 Date Ave
Lancaster

Randall Lonsbrough, DDS

628 California Blvd
San Luis Obispo

Ridgecrest Family Dentistry

900 N Heritage Dr
Ridgecrest

Riforgiate, Dr. Anthony F.

504 E Church St
Santa Maria

Robinson, Dr. Craig A.

450 S 2nd Ave
Barstow

Santa Barbara Dental Care

2411 Bath Street
Santa Barbara

Sean Wilson DDS

98 Montgomery Dr
Santa Rosa

Sierra Commons Dental Group and Orthodontics

755 W Rancho Vista Blvd
Palmdale

Smiles on Clark

1108 E Clark Ave
Santa Maria

Stellpflug, Dr. Christopher L.

931 Oak Park Blvd
Pismo Beach

Sumner, Dr. Gary W.

11300 Pleasant Valley Rd
Penn Valley

Taylor, Dr. Alberto

791 Bayside Rd
Arcata

The California Smile

1595 Canyon Creek Rd
Santa Maria

Vixie, Dr. Linda

3020 Johnstonville Rd
Susanville
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