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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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Oral Surgeons in Defuniak Springs, FL

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Arnold Gangwisch DMD

530 Florida Ave.
Lynn Haven

Baker, Dr. Jason

57 Bruce Ave
Defuniak Springs

Bakker, Dr. Jos J.

31 Perry Ave SE
Fort Walton Beach

Bay Dental Center

45 E Beach Dr
Panama City

Bayer, Dr. Peter F.

220 Hollywood Blvd SE
Fort Walton Beach

Bluewater Bay Dental

4400 Hwy 20 E

Broutin, Dr. Olivier

4400 Hwy 20 E

Buttram, Dr. J. Randal

2929 Hwy 77
Panama City

Charles T Hunter DDS

2620 Jenks Ave
Panama City

Chase, Dr. Justine K.

4506 E Highway 20

Clark, Dr. Tony D.

526 Mary Esther Cut Off NW
Fort Walton Beach

Cogley, Dr. Van S.

3 Vine Ave NE
Fort Walton Beach

Crestview Family Dentistry

101 East 4th Ave

David Pete Windham, DMD

5701 Hickory St
Panama City

Davis, Dr. Sonny

201 Eglin Pkwy SE
Fort Walton Beach

De Moya, Dr. Margherita G.

1013 Mar Walt Dr
Fort Walton Beach

Dentist House

57 Bruce Ave
Defuniak Springs

Eric Scheufler MD,DDS,DMD,PA

42 Business Centre Dr
Miramar Beach

Estes, Dr. Guy R.

515 Airport Rd
Panama City

Farrugia, Dr. Alan C.

10 Riverwood Dr

Gerlecz, Dr. Joseph M.

1138 W 26th St
Lynn Haven

Grandy, Dr. Michael S.

530 Florida Ave
Lynn Haven

Gulf Coast Cosmetic Face & Oral Surgery

42 Business Centre Dr
Miramar Beach

Hablitzel, Dr. Matthew

2309A Saint Andrews Blvd
Panama City

Hall, Dr. Nathaniel C.

4484 Legendary Dr

Harrison, Dr. William G.

1012 W 11th St
Panama City

Healthcare Connect

495 Grand Blvd.
Miramar Beach

Hencinski, Dr. Mary A.

30 Blueberry Rd

James Bowen DMD

3751 Highway 90 E
Defuniak Springs

Kennon, Dr. Branch J

2309 Saint Andrews Blvd
Panama City

Lichorwic, Dr. Dennis

4635 Gulfstarr Dr

Lois J Lunderman DDS

395 Valparaiso Pkwy

Mark Kirby DMD

1299 Us Highway 90 W
Defuniak Springs

Michael Murray DDS

2507 Harrison Ave
Panama City

Michael O'Donnell DMD

870 Mack Bayou Rd
Santa Rosa Beach

Michelle Getz DMD

406 N Cove Blvd
Panama City

Myers, Dr. Stephen C.

10510 Hutchison Blvd
Panama City Beach

O'Donnell, Dr. Michael T

57 Bruce Ave
Defuniak Springs

Personal Attention Dental Ctr

5701 Hickory St
Panama City

Ratcliff, Dr. Robert C.

2441 US Hwy 98 W
Santa Rosa Beach

Richard Walls DDS

2155 Post Oak Tritt Rd

Santa Rosa Beach Dental Dr.Amber Wiebe DMD, MAGD,

4942 Us Highway 98 W
Santa Rosa Beach

Seymour, Dr. Jason G.

297 E Hickory Ave

Shawn A Mitchell DMD

304 Glen Ave

Thomas, Richard

102 Alabama St

Wall, Dr. Derek H.

801 Ohio Ave
Lynn Haven

Walling, Dr. Tara G.

3135 Thomas Dr
Panama City

Welsh, Dr, Susan, M

106 Wright Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach

Wright Parkway Dental Center

106 SW Wright Pkwy
Fort Walton Beach

Zapata, Dr. Ralf

908 Palm Blvd S

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