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TMJ

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).

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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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Tmj Specialists in Lake Oswego, OR

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21710 S Crest View Drive
Oregon City

Advanced Dental Arts NW

1316 SW 13th Ave
Portland

Arthur L. Parker DMD

7931 NE Halsey St.
Portland

Beadnell Family Dentistry | Melissa Beadnell, DMD

1616 SW Sunset Boulevard, Suite A
Portland

Beaverton Dental Works

4225 SW 109th Ave
Beaverton

Belmont Family Dentistry

5935 SE Belmont St
Portland

Blodgett Dental Care

522 SE Belmont St
Portland

Bolouri Dental Group

11103 SE Main Street, Suite B
Portland

Burbano, Dr. Martin E.

1818 Pacific Ave
Forest Grove

Calderon, Raoul G. West Linn Family Dental

1830 SW Blankenship Rd
West Linn

Campbell, Dr. R. Claire

13110 SE Sunnyside RD
Clackamas

Carstensen, Dr. Bruce

6751 SE Thiessen Rd
Milwaukie

Cascade Dental

16703 SE McGillivray Blvd

Chan, Dr. David K.

19120 SE 34th St

Combe, Dr. Owen

19265 SE Stark St
Portland

D'Angelis-Morris, Dr. Magda

833 SW 11th Ave
Portland

Daniel Lee DDS

17895 NW Evergrn Pkwy
Beaverton

Daybreak Dental

1706 W Main St

Dental Arts & Wellness

15074 Bangy Rd
Lake Oswego

Dick Hikade DDS & Brooke Hikade DMD

14210 SE Sunnyside Rd
Clackamas

Dr James A Miller

518 SE. Oak St.
Hillsboro

Dr. Martha Rich

833 SW 11th Avenue
Portland

Frank Winfield DMD

9013 NE Highway 99

Gresham Dental Excellence

490 E Powell Blvd
Gresham

Hawthorne Dental

4511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland

Hilltop Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics

1436 Molalla Ave
Oregon City

Holland, Dr. John W.

1717 NE 42nd Ave
Portland

Indy Training, Inc.

7608 SE Johannesen Rd
Corbett

Jerry Winchell DDS

843 12th Ave

Kirkland Dentistry

2079 NW Town Center Dr
Beaverton

Kuhl, Dr. John W.

16780 SW Upper Boones Ferry Rd
Portland

Kwon Dentistry

1201 SE 223rd Ave
Gresham

Kyle Valentine DMD

21435 Miles Dr
West Linn

Laird, Dr. Carrie B.

454 A Ave
Lake Oswego

Lake Oswego Smiles: Colin L Smith DMD

16699 SW Boones Ferry Rd
Lake Oswego

Levy, Dr. Jay H.

511 SW 10th Ave
Portland

Meadows, Dr. James F.

527 SE Baseline St
Hillsboro

Miller Orthodontics

1460 Commercial St SE
Salem

Montrose, Dr. Alan M.

2405 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton

Oak Grove Dental Center

2250 SE Oak Grove Blvd
Oak Grove

Orchard Hills Dental

3307 Evergreen Way

Otteson, Dr. Randy E.

5312 SE 52nd Ave
Portland

Portsmouth Dental Care

5228 N Lombard St
Portland

Radiance Dental

19301 SE 34th Street

Rose City Acupuncture & Massage

3806 SE Belmont St
Portland

Sandy Family Dentistry

17471 Shelley Ave Ste A
Sandy

Sherrard, Dr. Patrick A.

9053 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy
Portland

Smile Dental

12450 SW Pioneer Ln
Beaverton

Smile Designers

1867 NW Civic Dr
Gresham

Smiles Northwest

2405 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton

Solutions for Smiles

1238 SE 122nd Ave
Portland

Springwater Dental | Paul Chung, DDS

8325 SE Harney St.
Portland

Tender Care Dental - North Plains

10395 Nw Glencoe Rd
North Plains

Thompson, Dr. Fred

1867 NW Civic Dr
Gresham

Tigard Tendercare Dental

11960 Southwest Pacific Highway
Portland

Tualatin Dental Care

8375 Sw Warm Springs St
Tualatin

Tualatin Modern Dentistry

7017 SW Nyberg St
Tualatin

Van Gordon, Dr. Brock A.

30045 SW Parkway Ave
Wilsonville

West Hills Family Dental Center

4455 SW Scholls Ferry Rd
Portland

West Linn Family Dental

1830 SW Blankenship Rd
West Linn

West Vancouver Dental

117 E 39th Street

Westlake Family Dentistry

16016 Boones Ferry Rd., Suite100
Lake Oswego

Willamete Dental

6950 NE Campus Way
Hillsboro

Willamette Dental Group

6950 NE Campus Way
Hillsboro

Williams, Dr. Greg V.

8308 E Mill Plain Blvd

Winston Family Dental

2324 SE 47th Ave
Portland

Wolfsehr, Dr. Brian M

1433 NE 69th Ave
Portland

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