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We typically associate dentistry with oral treatments designed to improve your smile. However, a more serious reason for people to visit a dentist is a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).


Looking for a good local dentist? Review this guide to help you choose the best oral healthcare provider so you can have a long lasting smile.

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When healthy and functioning well, the jaw and surrounding muscles should work harmoniously to allow chewing, talking, eating, smiling and numerous other benefits.

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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:
.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.
Beth L. Gehring,DDS, PC
816 NW Vesper
Blue Springs, Mo 64015
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 Specialists in West Hartford, CT

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Admire Dental

123 Farmington Ave.

Advanced Dental

39 Webster Square Rd

Advanced Dentistry

435 Highland Ave # 210

Apollonia Dental

200 Main Street Extension

Avon Center Dentistry

19 Ensign Drive

CCRD LLC: Victor Chueng DDS

202 Water St

Center For Dental Excellence, LLC

625 Hopmeadow St

ComPassion Family Dental

218 Main Street

Connecticut Maxillofacial Surgeons

415 Silas Deane Hwy

Crosswell, Dr. Betsy A.

195 S Main St

Darcy Kasner, DDS

300 Hebron Ave Ste 112

Dental Associates

291 Farmington Ave

Dental Associates of Wethersfield

20-30 Beaver Rd

Dental Consultants

155 S Main St
West Hartford

Dental Doctors of Somerset

84 Glastonbury Blvd

Dental Smiles

109 Boston Post Road

Discher, Dr. George L.

654 Savin Ave
West Haven

Dr. Amit Desai & Dr. Colleen Randall

435 Highland Ave

Dr. Edmund Aquije

469 Buckland Rd
South Windsor

Dr. Lana Skakun Family Dentistry

836 Farmington Ave
West Hartford

East Cedar Dental, Inc.

59 East Cedar St.

Erwich, Dr. Larry

420 S Main St

Family Dental Center of Connecticut LLC

150 Hazard Ave unit C3

Family Dental Group - Fairfield

320 Kings Hwy E

Family Dental Group - Milford

59 Turnpike Sq

Family Dentistry of Windsor

230 Broad St

George Ginsberg DMD

35 Cold Spring Rd
Rocky Hill

Gish, Dr. Jack L.

1245 Farmington Ave
West Hartford

Gladstein, Dr. Eric L.

70 Vine St
New Britain

Glastonbury Dental Associates

416 New London Tpke

Granby Dental Center

41 Hartford Ave

Grillo, Dr Robert M.

498 Buckland Rd
South Windsor

Hartford Dental Associates

1216 Farmington Ave
West Hartford

Hung, Dr. Richard

655 Saw Mill Rd
West Haven

John, Dr. Abraham K.

155 S Main St
West Hartford

Kensington Family Dental LLC

56 Chamberlain Highway

Lam, Dr. Colleen

369 Main St
West Haven

Long Wharf Dental Group

1 Long Wharf Dr
New Haven

Marc H Scoles, DMD

416 New London Tpke

Marc Henderson DDS

255 N Main St

Mason, Dr. Stephen H.

3 Northwestern Dr

New England Dental Center

250 Lamberton Rd

O'Dwyer, Dr Jeremiah

15 Middle Tpke W

Oxford Dental Group

100 Oxford Rd

Pearl Dental Care

1834 Dixwell Avenue

Premier Dental, PC

727 Broad St

Premier Dental, PC

12 North Main St
West Hartford

R Scott Smith Orthodontics-Simsbury

381 Hopmeadow St

Ritoli, Dr. Elena L.

36 Brace Rd
West Hartford

Robb, Dr. Vanessa

155 S Main St
West Hartford

Sagalyn, Dr. Ann M

32 E Main St

Savin Dental Care

654 Savin Ave
West Haven

Shoreline Dental Care, LLC

369 Main St
West Haven

Shoreline Dental Care, LLC

255 Cherry Street

Smith Jr, Dr. James T.

148 Migeon Ave

Somerset Dental Group Dr. Mark E. Hagopian

84 Glastonbury Blvd

Soundental Associates

655 Saw Mill Rd
West Haven

Tartagni, Dr. Joseph

369 Main St
West Haven

The Center for Dental Excellence

625 Hopmeadow St.

Wallace, Dr. Stephen

140 Grandview Ave

Wallock, Dr. Victor

2 Forest Park Dr

Zdeblick, Dr. Theodore W.

51 N Main St

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