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"I received a very thorough cleaning and hygiene treatment, as well as x-rays. I especially liked the fact that they are network providers for my former employer's" dental insurance and Tricare Delta. They replaced a molar, as well as repaired a front filling. Outstanding treatment and service. I have an upcoming visit within a month.

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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 Traverse City

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I have been going there for over a year now and had numerous things done and feel very comfortable with Dr.
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and all of the people that work for him. Would definitely recommend him and his Dad!
- Cindy L.
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I went in for a routine cleaning and was seen promptly by the hygienist, who did a great job. I had to wait a bit for the dentist. The reason for my lower rating is that both of the last two times I have visited, I got the impression that the practice is more concerned with generating revenue than with my oral health. I went ahead with the fluoride treatment, laser bacterial reduction and oral cancer inspection (although I have no risk factors), but I balked at getting eight fillings replaced with new fillings or a crown, even though none are causing any apparent problem. Last time I let them talk me into a crown. This time, I am not so sure. The full visit, including waiting for them to come up with "a treatment plan" for $4,000 worth of work took an hour and forty minutes. If all you want is a cleaning, I would recommend them. And I have no reason to question the work that they actually did. But if you similarly get recommendations for work that seems excessive, I would be cautious.
- MARYBETH S.
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I initially visited
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to address some issues I was having with some fillings done by another dentist. They fixed all the issues I was having and I have been going here ever since. They are great. The hygienists are great and the office is very nice.
- Tim M.
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Teeth were cracked. Advised to save them with new caps, took advantage of pay up front discount and 2 weeks later all done and no more tooth pain. Not to mention the caps are beautiful.
- KENNY K.
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Friendly service, helpful advice about their services without any high-pressure sales. You can get Saturday appointments as long as you schedule well in advance. They understand if you're running a little late as long as you call in about it. I always get numbing gel on my
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to avoid my sensitive teeth being in pain during a cleaning, which they note in my file as my preference. Overall they are great people and value your choosing them over another provider.
- Marcy A.
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Dr.
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is a passably good dentist. However the patient/dentist relationship goes beyond just walking away with a nice "smile" as the motto of
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says. It is a relation that entails a close association with another person - a professional who gets to know you and your family. So character comes into it, and involves choosing the sort of people we would like to be associated with and who will get to know us personally.
Dr.
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uses the funds that you pay him to finance his big game hunting. Not ordinary hunting for more abundant game that he can provide for the dinner table, as many sport hunters do. Dr.
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hunts near extinct species for "trophies". He is obcessed with record setting in the number of such animals he can
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. He has killed the rarest of species - rhinos, big horn sheep,elk, and of course
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. He kills in a particularly torturous fashion, using only bow and arrow on very large animals - which involves days of suffering for the poor beast at times. He is guilty of crime in the hunting he has done. For example he has been fined for lying about shooting bear by US Wildlife authorities. He is now wanted by Zimbabwe for illegal hunting.
So if you are considering using Dr. Palmers dental services I would ask you to consider his character. If you don't approve of this sort of person there are plenty of other good dentists around in Minnesota.
- Howard K.
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I have had bad experiences with a dental office before. The staff in dr.
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's office did not know this but made me feel welcome and I became less anxious.
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cleaned my teeth and she was gentle. I had no discomfort at all. Dr .Buzzatto did a thorough exam and repaired my tooth. The procedure was done quickly and with no discomfort. The office is small and I really liked tthat feeling of being a person and not just the next in line. I will be returning for future ppointments. I am very pleased with the positive experience I had with everyone in this office..
- Donna H.
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Iv known Dr
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for well north of 30 years, but decided recently to start using his services. I have been to many dentist over the years and unfortunately Dr
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is by far the worst.
His skill level is basic. -- He struggles with finding the correct tooth color (his nurse argued with him many times, and sure enough when it came, she was right. The color was waaay off), and mixing the filler for a root canal fill (it fell out days later),
He doesn't listen to patient requests. -- Politely asked if I could get non-amalgam fillings and he took it waay to personal. He had an attitude after that.
Takes out hostilities on patients -- He wanted to put a gap in the front of my mouth (Iv never had one in my life mind you, he wanted to make one!), after expressing that I did not want to do that, he demanded that I do it. Once again his nurse had to step in and remind him that if the patient doesn't want a different look to their smile that he should comply. He said he liked the look of a gap. His nurse had to remind him that it wasn't his smile. By this time another nurse in training came in and agreed that a gap would not be best. He angrily agreed to not do it, and then when numbing me he slammed the needle into the roof of my mouth as hard as he could! I literally screamed and began crying. Never has a Dr done that to me before. I brought my husband for the follow up appointment, and Dr
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acted super professional, like I have never seen him do before.
Billing is crooked -- There is no other way to phrase that. In fact I will go so far as to say they are swindling the insurance companies. I was billed one amount and what they would turn in to my insurance company was MUCH higher. It blew through all of my insurance. They also lied so many times about my billing that I had to secretly record them on my iphone. Sure enough when they lied the next time, I told them I had taken "written notes in my phone" and pretended to look at them. Then told them the amount they quoted me. The "office manager" then agreed to "lower it to that amount" but she insisted that "thats not what I told you". She was very nasty to deal with. There was always billing discrepancies.
Makes an average situation worse -- I had a passable smile before Dr
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. After he butchered (yes! butchered) my mouth I now have an embarrassing smile. He literally cut into my
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and left a scar (in my gum!). Hammered (yes with a giant hammer!) a tooth-post in wrong and now the tooth is crooked (wasn't before) and has a giant space next to it than can only be repaired with orthodontia.
Not up front with patients -- I needed extensive work. Dr
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gave me the impression he could do it all. We discussed what needed to be done and I told him the ones that were my top priorities. We seemed to be on the same page. --He did non of what I asked or needed. When I could see I had maybe one more appointment before he was done, I politely asked about all the other stuff. He never answered and shrugged my question off. I learned later from a friend who works in a dental office, that I would've needed a specialist for what I was requesting, and that my dentist knew full well he couldn't do it, and should have never lied to me saying he could. She further said that he should have printed out a 'dental plan' that would detail all the work to be done and the cost (he never printed out any kind of plan or cost analysis).
OVERALL: For basic cleanings and
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drill and fills (not root canals though). I would say he can cover it. But anything beyond that will not be within his ability level. I hate to say that, because Iv know him since I was a child, and I now have grandchildren. But there are far better dentists out there. Proof positive: I went to get three 2nd opinions on something he said I should let him do, and ALL 3 dentists said that he shouldn't do it! I have now pulled me and my family from his practice.
- Rese D.

Dentists in Traverse City, MI

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Access Dental Group

550 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Advante Members Only

140 E 28 th St

Alcona Health Ctr

5671 N Skeel Ave
Oscoda

All Smiles Family Dentistry

100 Cedar Street
Elk Rapids

Arthur Gingrich DDS

106 Chestnut St
Big Rapids

Associates In Family Dentistry

10850 E Traverse Hwy Ste 2250
Traverse City

Beers Family Dentistry

4041 Lone Pine Dr
Traverse City

Birch Street Dental Care

508 N. Birch St.
Kalkaska

Blackburn, Dr. Jay H.

105 W Merchant St
New Buffalo

Brian Fisher DDS

843 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Brooke Chapman DDS

127 S Madison St
Traverse City

Brummeler, Dr. Charles

8354 100th Ave
Stanwood

Campbell, Dr. James A.

134 S Cedar St
Kalkaska

Chapman, Dr. Brooke

127 S Madison St
Traverse City

Charles Kass DDS,DMD,MS

4952 Skyview Ct
Traverse City

Cherry Bay Dental: Heather Rhoads Pfefferle, DDS

1429 Barlow Street
Traverse City

Christopher Allen DDS

1577 Duke Holw
Traverse City

Christopher Stilwill DDS

4041 Lone Pine Dr
Traverse City

Craig Sawka DDS

2325 Garfield Rd N
Traverse City

D H Baker Dental Laboratory

2531 Aero Park Dr
Traverse City

Damon Adams DDS

4013 Stone Ridge Dr
Traverse City

Daniel Cote DDS

876 E Front St
Traverse City

Daniel Madion MD,DDS

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Daniel Sarya DDS,MPH

403 E State St
Traverse City

David Ellsworth DDS

523 W Jefferson St
Petoskey

David Howard DDS,DMD,MPH

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

David Howard DDS,MPH

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

David Koss DDS

2664 Chandler Rd
Traverse City

David Strand DDS,MS

4110 Copper Ridge Dr
Traverse City

Debra Lewis, DDS

2120 M 137 PO Box 459
Interlochen

Deerhaven Family Dentistry

5217 N Royal Dr
Traverse City

Dentolutions

5011 Skyview Court
Traverse City

DH Baker Dental Laboratory

2531 Aero Park Dr
Traverse City

Douglas Kirby DDS

4481 Old Orchard Trl
Traverse City

Dr. Kim D. Wright

550 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Feeney, Dr. Brian N.

4020 Copper View
Traverse City

Fountain, Dr. Craig H.

12776 S W Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Francis Catino DDS

115 E Fourteenth St
Traverse City

Frank Rugani DDS

13300 S West-Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Fred Stoye DDS

3258 Bowers Harbor Rd
Traverse City

Garfield Dental Group

2815 Garfield Road North
Traverse City

Gary Tasch DDS,MS

431 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Grand Traverse Smile Center

928 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Haag, Dr. Jeffrey H.

551 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Hall, Dr. John

431 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Harborside Dental

13300 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Harmeson, Dr. Philip N

431 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Heather Pfefferle DDS

3287 Racquet Club Dr
Traverse City

Hirn, Dr. James F.

227 N 4th St
Harbor Beach

Howard, Dr. Robert

10680 E Carter Rd
Traverse City

Huchinson, Dr. Michael C.

4020 W Royal Dr
Traverse City

Isabella Community Dental Clinic Inc

2020 E Preson St
Mount Pleasant

Jack Ross DDS

865 Us Highway 31 S
Traverse City

James Reznich DDS

5011 Skyview Ct
Traverse City

James Vanwingen DDS,MS

4944 Skyview Ct
Traverse City

Jan Manning DDS

862 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Jason Hall DDS,MS

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Jeffrey Link DDS,MS

4110 Copper Ridge Dr
Traverse City

Jessica Topper DDS

421 Second St
Traverse City

John Kerns DDS

4620 N Us Highway 31 N
Traverse City

Johnson, Dr. Richard

121 Main St
East Jordan

Jonathan Zoutendan DDS

535 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Kaberle, Dr. Gary F.

218 Brook St
Traverse City

Kelly, Dr. Kevin

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Kelly, Dr. Patrick

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Kerry Kaysserian DDS

550 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Killian, Dr. Douglas

7255 9 Mile Rd
Mecosta

Kramer, Dr. Keith

4020 W Royal Dr
Traverse City

Kris Stegmann DDS

431 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Lee, Dr. Bruce C.

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Macare Kelly DDS

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Mack, Dr. Vincent P

3347 S Airport Rd W
Traverse City

Mark E Whiting DMD

421 2nd St
Traverse City

Mark Whiting DMD

421 Second St
Traverse City

Marsha Smeltzer DDS

1101 Water St
Port Huron

Matthew Mandeville DDS,MS

4944 Skyview Ct
Traverse City

Maturo, Dr. Raymond A.

2074 S Main St
Ann Arbor

Mazzola, Dr. Christopher D.

555 S Garfiled
Traverse City

Merrithew, Dr. Jason M

5217 N Royal Dr
Traverse City

Meyer, Dr. Karen

901 W Front St
Traverse City

Michael Hutchison DDS

10850 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Niergarth, Dr. Steven

5217 N Royal Dr
Traverse City

Northwood Cosmetic Dental Group

10748 E Traverse Hwy
Traverse City

Peter Piche DDS

335 E State St
Traverse City

Peterson, Dr. Stephen W.

701 N Washington Ave
Ludington

Raleigh Newman DDS

540 N Spruce St
Traverse City

Ralph Kooistra DDS

3096 W M 32
Gaylord

Rob Lovell DDS

550 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Robert Vandragt DDS

431 Munson Ave
Traverse City

Roegsegger, Dr. Tracy A

876 E 8th St
Traverse City

Roger Stobert DDS

962 Old M-66 NE
Kalkaska

Ronald Chao DDS

2815 Garfield Rd N
Traverse City

Ronald Lints DDS,MS

4020 Copper Vw
Traverse City

Ronald P Herbst DDS

4829 Black Bear Dr
Traverse City

Ruegsegger, Dr. Tracy A.

876 E 8th St
Traverse City

Sara Bergsma DDS,MS

545 S Garfield Ave.
Traverse City

Schulz, Dr. Wesson E.

127 S Madison St
Traverse City

Scott Schulz DDS,MS

4952 Skyview Ct
Traverse City

Smillie, Dr. Wilson G.

567 N Hewitt Rd
Ypsilanti

Smyka Family Dentistry

1208 E 8th St
Traverse City

Stanley Smyka, D.D.S.

1208 E Eighth St.
Traverse City

Stayman, Dr. Joseph

4020 W Royal Dr
Traverse City

Stephen Beeker DDS

6296 E Shore Rd
Traverse City

Stephen Kozelko DDS

13300 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Stephen Morgan DDS

1117 W Civic Center Dr
Traverse City

Stobert Dental PC

962 Old M66 NE
Kalkaska

Sullivan, Dr. Michael A.

06483 M-66 Highway N
Charlevoix

Swan, Dr. David W.

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Thomas Salon DDS

1061 E Front St
Traverse City

Timothy Wentzloff DDS

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Tracy Ruegsegger DDS,PC

876 E Eighth St
Traverse City

Traverse Dental Associates

555 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City

Vinckier, Dr. Mary L.

8 S Main St
Yale

Wayne Olsen DDS,MS

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

William Hendershot DDS

1977 White Oak Ln
Interlochen

William Lee DDS

932 E Eighth St
Traverse City

William Northway DDS,MS

12776 S West Bay Shore Dr
Traverse City

Yancho, Dr. Phillip C.

3699 S Airport Rd W
Traverse City

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