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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
Dear jacknd... I was very sad to hear about the problem you had with your dentures, but not surprised. The fabrication of dentures is actually a complex treatment, and requires many steps to create comfortable, functional dentures. That is why well made dentures are usually expensive. It is not always true that 'you get what you pay for', but certainly, if dentures are inexpensive, that means that many critical steps in the treatment are omitted to reduce cost. Most people are unaware that the most expensive part of making dentures is the time that the doctor spends working on them. A denturist is a techincian, not a doctor. They can make moulds and set teeth in plastic, but they are unqualified to deal with the complexities of muscular function, and proper esthetics. To complicate things further, modern dental schools are spending much less time educating doctors about how to make dentures, since dentures are becoming a less common treatment. The emphasis is now on saving teeth. I would recomend that if you seek further treatment, you seek a dentist who went to dental school no later than the 1970's (like me). We spent a long time perfecting our denture skils when I was attending  University of Oregon Dental School. All the best, Dr. Stern (Philadelphia, PA)

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Periodontists in Tullahoma, TN

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Abernathy, Dr. Rusty

382 Tennessee Ave N

Allison, Dr. Susan B.

313 W High St

Baddour III, Dr. Jim

426 Hwy 51 S

Bryant, Dr. Jerald A.

220 N Washington Ave

Castle Dental - Tullahoma

2111 N Jackson St

Chaney, Dr. Paul J.

334 South Hwy 92

Culley, Dr. William L.

166 Murray Guard Dr

Glenn, Dr. Clayton B.

129 North Star

Hooie, Dr. Donald G

788 S Main St

Howard, Dr. William S.

415 Veterans Memorial Dr
Tellico Plains

John Petty DMD

2118 N Jackson St

Matthew L Thurman DDS

211 E Lincoln Street

Miller, Dr. Mark A.

111 Murray Guard Dr

Monroe, Dr. Steven J.

156 W Broadway Blvd
Jefferson City

Monterey Dental Center

400 W Crawford Ave

Petty, Dr. John E

2118 N Jackson St

Rana, Dr. Manish

520 W Ave

Roberts, Dr. William L.

176 W University Pkwy

Stavely, Dr. Teresa

1911 Cook St

Steven J Harpole , D.D.S.

1200 Bishop Street Medical Arts Bldg
Union City

Stringer, Dr. Myron B.

121 S Jefferson Ave

Sullivan Dentistry

1007 E Reelfoot Ave
Union City

Thomasson Dental

106 E Due West Ave

Tipton, Dr. Walter S.

1205 George Ave
Jefferson City

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