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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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Angie's Answers

 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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Tmj Specialists in Salt Lake City

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Anderton Dental Group

1860 Skyline Dr

Apex Family and Cosmetic Dentistry

12391 S. 4000 W.

Bountiful Dentistry

625 E 500 S

Broadbent, Dr. Justin H.

1344 S 800 E 220

Casacade Dental Spa

588 E Main St

Cascade Family Dental - Payson

1392 W Turf Farm Way

Cascade Family Dental - Springville

1795 W 500 S

Centerville Dental Group and Orthodontics

331 W Parrish Ln

Comfort Dental of Clinton

2207 W 1800 N

Craig Van Alfen, DDS, PC

7001 S 900 E, Ste 350

David H Cannon DDS

1060 E 100 S
Salt Lake City

David O Smith DMD

5 S 700 E
Salt Lake City

Dr Jerry F Maymi & Associates

3672 W S Jordan Pkwy
South Jordan

Dr. Jim Ellis, DDS

1220 33rd St

Faddis, Dr. Kelly A.

11760 S 700 E

Falling Creek Dental

112 East 12450 South

Gary G Shaw DDS, PC

597 E Main St

Granger Medical Clinic

3725 W 4100 S
Salt Lake City

Hart Dental

3566 Pony Express Pkwy
Eagle Mountain

Invisalign of Utah

1377 East 3900 South
Salt Lake City

Jackson, Dr. Brett R.

1868 N Hill Field Rd

Jeffrey Broadbent DDS

3590 Harrison Blvd

Jeppson Dental

86 North University Avenue

Jessen Oral Surgery

1508 E Skyline Drive # 800

Johansen, Dr. Stephen F

7370 Creek Road

John Green DDS

1256 S State St

Johnson, Dr. Robert H.

6017 Fashion Point Dr

Jordan D Davis DDS

469 Medical Dr Ste 200

LaFeber, Dr. Nicholas B.

8941 S 700 E

Losee, Dr. Blair I.

3098 North Executive Pkwy

MacKay Dental Care

280 N 200 W

Masterpiece Dental

186 S 1100 E
American Fork

Midvale Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics

1144 E Fort Union Blvd

Myles A. Preble, DMD, PC

3311 N University Ave

Neighborhood Acupuncture & Healing Arts

12582 south Fort St.

Newey, Dr. Mark L.

938 University Park Blvd

Northview Dental Associates

2201 N Washington Blvd
North Ogden

Olympus View Dental

4110 S Highland Dr.
Salt Lake City

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah

6710 Blackstone Rd #104
Cottonwood Heights

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah

156 E 2000 N Ste 200

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah

4775 W Daybreak Pkwy #104
South Jordan

Oral Design Dental

4802 South Holladay Blvd.
Salt Lake City

Paramount Dental

11447 S 700 E

Parkway Dental

7001 South 900 East #340

Parleys Creek Dental

2725 E Parleys Way
Salt Lake City

Pinecrest Dental

463 W Murray Blvd.

Platinum Dental Care

2520 N University Ave

Prince, Dr. David M.

210 E Main St

Pristine Creations

163 N. 400 W. SUITE A1

Procare Dental of Salt Lake City

1345 East 3900 South #112
Salt Lake City

Reason to Smile Dental - Andrew Vernon DDS

715 E 3900 S
Salt Lake City

Ridge Park Dental

2307 N. Hillfield Road, Suite 101

Salem Smiles Family Dentistry

601 North State Road 198

Skinner Dental

622 East 4500 South

Smile Dental Studio, PC

1400 Foothill Dr
Salt Lake City

Smile Dental Studio, PC

1400 Foothill Drive, Suite 36
Salt Lake City

Smile Wide Dental Care

5629 W 13100 S

Smith Family Dental

6065 S Fashion Blvd
Salt Lake City

Smith, Dr. Steven

6065 S Fashion Blvd
Salt Lake City

Spainhower, Dr. David L

2112 N Hill Field Rd

Summit Dental Roy

4902 S 1900 West Ste 2

The Dental Studio

6440 S Wasatch Blvd
Salt Lake City

The Sugar House Dentist - Theurer Family Dental

1955 S 1300 E Ste L2
Salt Lake City

Thornell, Dr. Rodney J.

5629 West 13100 S

Utah Smile Care

9271 So. Redwood Road
West Jordan

West Jordan Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics

7632 S Campus View Dr
West Jordan

Wilkins, Dr. Ronald G.

4020 S 700 E
Salt Lake City

Zimmermann, Dr. Tom C.

3855 W 7800 S
West Jordan

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