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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 Auburn, MI

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32 Pearls

604 S Main St

Abdelnour, Dr. Al

15406 Levan Rd

Alexander Schultz, DDS

4053 S Lapeer

Allen, Dr. Paul W DDS.

6300 State St

Anthony Kahn DDS

416 E Grand River Ave

Aspen Dental - Flint

G3538 Miller Rd

Austin, Dr John L.

4256 S Linden Rd

Bailey Brian DDS

308 Dartmouth Dr

Baumstark, Reynold J DDS PLLC

5605 Colony Dr N

Belford, Dr. Tom D.

G2432 W Carpenter Rd

Benian, Dr. Richard

11525 Highland Rd

Betcher, Dr. David G.

1101 Byron Rd

Beverly Goodman DDS

PO Box 210790
Auburn Hills

Bowen, Dr. Michael

292 E Saginaw Rd

Bradford Rice DDS

7461 S State Rd

Bryant, Dr. Chris

8285 S Saginaw St
Grand Blanc

C Patrick Gray & Associates

G3222 Beecher Rd

Calcott, Dr. Reid J

6225 Gratiot Rd

Chapin Dental

314 S Main St

Claflin, Dr, Thomas T.

10407 Grand River

Convenient Fam Den PC Flint

2414 S Center Rd

Curtis Smith DDS

4196 State St

Danek, Dr. Paul C.

9420 Birch Run Rd
Birch Run

David Boike DDS

G4007 W Court St

David Miller DDS

6011 Porter Rd
Grand Blanc

Davis II, Dr. Michael A.

5481 Colony N Dr

Davison Dental, PLLC

1049 S State Rd

Dawe, Dr. Frank A.

8185 Holly Rd
Grand Blanc

Denture Care Clinic

1227 N Michigan Ave

Distefano, Dr. Gary R.

112 W Grand River Ave

Dr Liza E. Dominguez DMD, MS

4291 State St.

Dr. Gina Meylan-Family Dental Center

4933 Mackinaw Rd

Dr. Luis A. Perez

2222 S Linden Rd

Dr. Ronald W. Earnest DDS

8086 Grand River Rd

Ebert, Dr. Richard

1319 E Main

Eboda, Dr. Nnenna N.

2222 S Linden Rd

Family Dental Group - Flint

4021 Miller Rd

Fireberg Family Dental Group

2811 E Court St

Flushing Dental Care

6221 W Pierson rd

Flushing Family Dentistry

319 W Main St

Ford, Dr. Christopher W.

3362 Lennon Rd

Francuck, Dr. Mark

406 Grand River

Frederick Thompson DDS,PC

7237 Fenton Rd.
Grand Blanc

Gateway Dental

5321 Gateway Center Blvd

Gentle Family Dentistry

1015 Ashman St

Gerald Ryan DDS

6203 Miller Rd
Swartz Creek

Goltz, Dr. Linda G.

800 S Euclid Ave
Bay City

Goodell, Walter A. DDS

600 E Grand River Ave

Great Lakes Family Dental

427 N Michigan Ave

Hale, Carrico & Radtke Pediatric Dentistry

10407 Grand River Ave.

Hale, Dr. Robert M.

8379 Davison Rd

Hogue, Dr. Karl M

5916 Eastman Ave

Hoke, Dr. Stephen P.

1008 N Shiawassee St

Holbein, Dr Gary L.

201 E Midland St
Bay City

Howell Family Dentistry

2765 E Grand River

Irish Road Dental

1058 N Irish Rd

Jack L Medemar, DDS

4221 Corunna Rd

Jeannine E Hopfensperger DDS

371 S Line St

Jeannine Hopfensperger DDS

371 S Line St

Jeffery Bundy DDS

5475 Davison Rd

Karen Gougeon DDS

702 W Midland Rd

Kernstock, Dr. Thomas A

1405 Center Ave
Bay City

Kli Anne Shelegey DDS

721 Washington Ave
Bay City

Klomparens, Dr. Robert W.

810 W Wackerly St

Klonowski, Dr. Kathleen

4685 E McLeod Dr

Knight, Dr. Mark

1408 W Hill Road

Lisa Lewis DDS

221 E North St

Lucas, Dr. Mark

4170 Lennon Rd

Lum, Dr. Robert C.

8512 Miller Rd
Swartz Creek

Mantey, Dr. Jason

2272 21st St
Bay City

Mark Cadotte DDS

720 W Wackerly St

Mark Francuck DDS

406 W Grand River Ave

Matuszak, Dr. Matthew S.

10511 Citation Dr

Mc Laren, Dr. John D

308 Northgate Dr

McDaniel, Dr. Chris

11499 Highland Rd

Mead Dental Associates

1504 Harcrest Dr

Mead, Dr. Roger A.

1504 Harcrest Dr

Meylan, Dr. Gina

4933 Mackinaw Rd

Michael Eisinger, DDS

1459 N Belsay Rd

Michael Page DDS

2358 Genoa Business Park Dr

Mortimer Family Dentistry

4495 S Center Rd

Nelson, Dr. Wayne

2700 W Grand River Ave

Nichols, Dr. Henry D

216 E 3rd St
Imlay City

Noffert, Dr. David A.

6800 Newark Rd
Imlay City

Norton, Dr. William E.

9178 E US Highway 223

Owocki, Dr. David

219 W Roberts St

Paul Lewis DDS

2802 N. Saginaw Rd.

Payne & Payne

4099 Shrestha Dr
Bay City

Pelok, Dr. Scott D.

4560 Beecher Rd

Periodontal Specialists

4252 S Linden Rd

Plumley, Dr. Charles A.

1015 Ashman St

Pounder, Dr. Bonnie A.

4495 Morrish Rd
Swartz Creek

Rachor, Dr. James M.

1398 N Leroy St

Racine Ackley Dental

573 W Vienna St.

Ralph Becker DDS

7007 Davison Rd

Rathke, Dr. Todd

2272 21st St
Bay City

Raymond Daily DDS

595 N Center Rd

Rondeau, Dr. Brad

7600 Grand River Rd

Santoro, Dr. Frances P.

916 Washington Ave
Bay City

Sata, Dr. Milan

5468 S Saginaw Rd

Schloff, Dr. Gerald J

1601 Marquette St
Bay City

Schneck, Dr. Douglas L.

5051 W Bristol Rd

Shattuck, Dr. Delynn

5382 Gratiot Rd

Sonoma Dental Group

2425 Owen Rd

Stephen P Hoke DDS

1008 N Shiawassee St

Stonehouse Family Dental

850 S Ortonville Rd

Taft , Dr. Steven C.

2222 S Linden Rd

Tender Dental Care

1024 N Genesee Rd

Wendling, Dr. Lisa K.

1100 S Linden Rd

William Mason DDS,MS

205 N Colony Dr

William Metz DDS

520 S Church St

Wilson, Dr. Tara

5710 Whitmore Lake Rd

Wiltz, Dr. John W.

1058 N Irish Rd

Woodside Dental of Saginaw

4300 State St, Ste B

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