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People with sore or infected gums often see a periodontist, a dentist who specializes in gum diseases. The most serious gum condition, periodontitis, can cause the teeth to fall out if left untreated.

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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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Periodontists in Hudsonville, MI

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A Life of Smiles

515 Michigan St NE
Grand Rapids

Aspen Dental

4391 Canal Ave S W

Bartoszewicz Family Dental

2003 Burton St. SE
Grand Rapids

Bolt, Dr. James R.

2350 32nd St
Grand Rapids

Boone, Dr. David A.

1525 E Beltline NE
Grand Rapids

Bowman, Dr. Robert

6650 Crossings Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Brennan, Dr. James B.

3152 Peregrine Dr NE
Grand Rapids

Brian Cilla DDS,MS

3145 Prairie St SW

Brouwer, Dr. Todd

971 Butternut Dr

Burton, Daniel J DDS PC

555 Mid Towne NE Ste 104
Grand Rapids

Cannon Family Dentistry

6785 Myers Lake Ave

Casey F Bruhn DDS

16930 Robbins Rd
Grand Haven

Christopher Hier DDS

9595 Cherry Valley Ave SE

Comfort Family Dentistry of Zeeland

156 E Cherry Ave

Contemporary Family Dental

2005 Breton Rd SE
Grand Rapids

Crete, Dr. Michael J.

3514 Rivertown Point Ct SW

David Long DDS

1697 142nd Ave

Della Vecchia Dental Services

430 Wiley Rd

Dental Associates of West Michigan

6208 Kalamazoo Ave SE

Dental Expression

6809 Cascade Rd. SE
Grand Rapids

Dr. D.J. Edgerle DDS, PC

751 Kenmoor SE
Grand Rapids

Dr. Shaun Williams

9041 N Rodgers dr


400 136th Ave.

Erik J. Lee DDS

597 Baldwin St

Glen Valley Dentistry

9041 N Rodgers Ct SE

Grand Haven Dental Care

17064 Robbins Rd
Grand Haven

Grandville Dental Health Center

4050 Del Mar Dr SW

Great Lakes Dental Care

933 3 Mile NW
Grand Rapids

James R Donley DDS PLC

166 N Causeway St

Jay Blackburn DDS

105 W Merchant St
New Buffalo

Jonathan Eagle, D.D.S.

2872 E. Beltline Ave. NE
Grand Rapids

Juli Wemmer DDS

455 Cherry St SE
Grand Rapids

Kathleen Eisin DDS,MS

6677 Crossings Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Kobicak, Dr. Randy J.

935 W Norton Ave

Kobs, Dr. John

203 W 30th St

Meade Zolman Family Dentistry PC

11301 Commerce Dr

Metro Dental Associates

900 52nd St SW

Michael Rak DDS

455 Butternut Dr

Miller, Dr. Jacob S.

6785 Myers Lake Ave

Nagel, Dr. Dennis W.

2100 Raybrook St SE
Grand Rapids

North Ottawa Dental Services

50 Main Street

North Park Family Dental

422 N Park St NE
Grand Rapids

Ona, Dr. Suzzette L.

2021 44th St SE
Grand Rapids

Ottawa Smiles Dental

971 Butternut Dr

Palmer, Dr. Sarah

3484 44 St SW

Peiffer, Dr. Joshua A.

3767 28th St SE
Grand Rapids

Port, Dr. Suzanne Kristen

291 W Lakewood Blvd

Rivertown Dental Associates

3514 Rivertown Point Ct.

Ronald Olszewski DDS

6640 28th St SE
Grand Rapids

Sanford, Dr. Susanne M.

971 E Sherman Blvd

Vaughan, Dr. Robin

9041 N Rogers Ct

Weaver, Dr. Gregory L

2554 Woodmeadow Dr SE
Grand Rapids

Wildern, Dr. Kent R.

4701 Plainfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids

Yankee Springs Dental

12715 W M 179 Hwy

Zuidema & Hess Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

6677 Crossings Dr SE
Grand Rapids

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