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CHESTER, VIRGINIA -- On February 15th I had thirty teeth pulled and an immediate denture placed. I researched Affordable Dentures thoroughly before taking them my business. The Chester, VA office has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureu and no complaints within the past year.
I was very anxous and fearful - thirty is a lot of teeth. I made a lot of phone calls to the office and every time my questions were addressed with patience.

The dentists treated me respectfully. They had gentle hands, my extractions were painless after all the lidocaine took effect. The injections were painful - they are injections after all. But the fear that pulling my teeth was going to be awful was quickly put aside.

My mouth was filled with cotton and I was immediately fit with a temporary full set of dentures. I was prescribed appropriate pain control and a prophylactic antibiotic.

I consider my course so far as better than expected. No dry socket, pain controlled, no infection. I use adhesive on my dentures as instructed and am slowly learning to speak more clearly and eat soft foods. My dentures look just like the teeth I lost and I am going in for my first adjustment on the 21st day after the extractions. The office was clean and the staff wore appropriate gloves and masks. They washed their hands upon entering my area and cleaned up soil with the proper solution. Cleanliness and infection control are key to my returning for care. I've been an RN for 27 years.

Up to this point I don't have any complaints. Nor do I expect any based on my previous experience.


     
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Alain on 03/07/2012:
Like most franchise businesses, reviews vary from location to location. Looks like this office is right for you!
Teresa on 07/18/2013:
I also used affordable dentures in Tupelo .Ms
It has been the worst thing I have be though. Teeth don't fit and the staft os every rude. Want give me back my money. Spent 47 hundred with them and still can't eat. I beg anybody to make sure you know what you are doing before you use affortable dentures. It could cost you a lot more money.
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Worst Teeth Ever
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN -- I went to the office in Oregon. I have been wearing dentures for 45 years so I know when the fit isn't right. They would not listen to me, the patient and these teeth were like wearing razor blades. The dentist was rude. I got my money refunded and ran out of that office. Pain doesn't begin to describe it. However, I decided to fly to Georgia to visit with my sister and go to the Macon, GA office for some dentures. The people were polite, friendly, and knew what they were doing. The upper denture fit the very day I left the office and the bottom denture is coming along. The difference is like day and night. Thank goodness to find a place to make a good set of dentures. In my view, the Oregon office should be closed.
     
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Alain on 11/27/2011:
You might want to report this to the State via both http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/guide/spec/probmddds.htm
and http://datcp.wi.gov
April on 11/27/2011:
I'm sorry to hear the OP wasn't happy with their dentures but why should they report it? They were given a refund and were able to go elsewhere.
Alain on 11/27/2011:
The pain was unusually bad and the fit was not right, April. The reason it gets reported is because that indicates substandard dental work.
Kimberly on 07/26/2012:
We also had an experience in the Oregon office where the dentures were too big I think its because they took the impression off the healing dentures not his mouth (then denied it) the technician said she filed too much off so suction was lost. Much to my surprise, the denist said it was the best he could do and gave back the money for the top denture and said we should go somewhere else.
Aramay on 01/02/2014:
I also had the misfortune of being in the Oregon office. The initial impressions were fine, and the bite was correct. However, when I came back (3day wait for top tier denture) for the finished denture it was either severely damaged or someone else's upper plate. The overbite was so bad it covered my lower lip. After another 2 day wait , the final product didn't fit at all. Kept falling out and there were weird ridges on the palate like folds. They told me to try them for a week and come back. I could not bite on the front because the back would fall, If I bit on either side, the opposite side would fall, if I drank any liquid, the whole upper plate fell down. Not at all workable. I went back in a week and they said would put in a liner for an additional $140. Why should I pay more when they didn't fit to start with!! Then the dr came in and started screaming that he had my lab work ??? (never had any labs done) and I was in such poor health that he wasn't going to fix the teeth. He told the technician to take my plate and give me a refund. I am in good health with no dental problems or abnormalities and told him I wanted to see this mysterious lab report. He ignored me and stomped off. As I was leaving, I heard him screaming at another patient that his implants were failing because he must be in really bad health! Seems to be a cop out for shoddy dental work. Avoid this place like the plague!!
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Do Not Use Affordable Dentures
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SUN CITY, ARIZONA -- In August of 2010 I went to the Tempe Affordable Dentures location to obtain consultation and to get an upper denture. We live in Northern Arizona and that was the closest and was 5 hours south. He did an extraction on 8 teeth and gave me a temporary denture.

After days of severe pain and swelling, I developed a fever of 102 and called the emergency number he had given me on my sheet of instructions. It took hours to hear back from him and then he just called in an antibiotic and suggested it may be dry socket.

After 10 days on the antibiotic I was no better at all. I developed sores inside my entire mouth and the gums were so painful I could still only consume liquids weeks after the extractions. I drove back down and told him I couldn’t stand the pain anymore. At that point, he examined me and informed me the sutures had not dissolved but had grown up into my gums. He removed them and advised me it should heal fine.

I went back down after the gum swelling had subsided and he did a soft reline (even though the package I purchased called for a regular reline). I went back home with the denture fitting better. However, by the beginning of 2011 it was again quite large due to more swelling subsiding and I called and found out that the Tempe branch location was closed. No word from Affordable Dentures as to why, but I was told my files were transferred to the Sun City, AZ location. I went there and was given a reline and told that I was ready for my permanents. In the beginning of March I went in for a permanent denture.

Now, almost a year after my initial visit with Dr. Acosta, I have some protrusions on my gums which lead me to believe there may be other foreign things in my gums. I’m not sure if it’s additional sutures or pieces of teeth or what is causing it, but want to get it taken care of and do not believe I should be financially responsible for an exam/x-ray. I feel it is Dr. Acosta’s responsibility. And NOW, not even 6 months after receiving my permanent denture a tooth fell out. And I purchased the "exact duplicate" pair they advertise and it is NOT a duplicate. It looks like wax teeth. DO NOT fall for this business' advertising. It has been—and is—a continuing nightmare.
     
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At Your Service on 08/09/2011:
I'm sure sorry to hear of all the problems you seem to be experiencing. The most important aspect to keep in mind is getting better, so you can live a happy life. I would consider the expense of x-rays or extra work you or your insurance providers cost until such work proves otherwise. If it later shows that something was done improper, then you would be entitled to seek restitution from the original surgeon.

Best of luck and stay well.
Venice09 on 08/09/2011:
What a terrible experience. I think you should get a second opinion. You may have grounds for a malpractice suit.
Skye on 08/10/2011:
Yes, please get a second opinion from an oral surgeon.

Sorry you've had such a miserable experience, but it's surgery when you have teeth extracted and you cannot foresee what may happen, as to how your body responds and heals.
MillieNeon on 12/02/2011:
Very sorry to hear of your pain. However, you only get a soft reline until your gums are healed, because the gums change every month during that process, and the soft relines make it easy to keep up with that. Hard relines you get every year or two when you have the permanent dentures. I'm about 7 months out from first getting my temp denture, and I get a soft reline done about every 6 weeks for a good fit.
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Dr Iris At Affordable Dentures, Columbus Ohio
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COLUMBUS, OHIO -- OK, first off I was TERRIFIED to visit affordable dentures based on some of the reviews I read on here. This is the main reason I am posting this. I need to have several teeth pulled and dentures placed. I went to a couple other dentists, one said I would need bone work first, the other said I could get the dentures without an issue, but charged WAY TOO MUCH. so I tried affordable dentures. I read reviews on here of the old dentist at this location and almost decided not to even give it a shot. Well, I'm glad I decided to go!! Dr Iris was great. not only was she very understanding of me being a big chicken, but she RELAXED ME!! can you believe that, relaxed at the dentist??? Well, I will admit its an all day process, but you do not need to be in the office all day. I started out at 745, was seen by 810ish, and was out of the office before 9. I did have to come back at noon. took the medication I was given when I got there at noon, was seen by 130, and was on my way home, with new dentures, by 3ish. Dr Iris was very gentle, yet firm. she really made me feel like she was concerned more about my being nervous then she was about my money. I am praising her a bit I know, but this is more for the people that are researching affordable dentures to decide if they should give them a try. I won't say my visit was PLEASANT, I am a chicken, but it was no where near the nightmare I expected!! I do recommend going to Dr Iris. As far as affordable dentures, so far I have no problems other than the initial discomfort getting used to them. And yes, you will notice that they push out your top gum a bit, but it is not as bad as people make it sound on here. NONE of my friends have noticed it at all, only I have. OHHH I also noticed a complaint about the receptionist. well, I personally think she is great.

She not only talked to me in detail about what to expect the night before, but she too was very understanding about me being scared to come in. Over all, I would rate my experience an 8. OK, might be more, but I'm not giving a 10 to ANYONE that pulled all my teeth until I can eat steak again!! LOL
Basically, give them a chance people.
     
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Alain on 07/14/2010:
It's good to see you're happy with them.
Venice09 on 07/14/2010:
Excellent review. It was nice of you to share your experience and even have a sense of humor about it. I'm sure you'll be eating steak in no time!
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A LIVING NIGHTMARE!
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ZANESVILLE, OHIO -- In January of 2007 I went to Affordable Dentures in Zanesville, Ohio to have my teeth extracted and get my first set of dentures.
I paid for the best package and what I got was a nightmare.
I was told they can only extract half your teeth at one time, which is not true. Many places do them all at once, I found out later, but here's what happened.
They extracted my top teeth and sent me home with a prescription of pain medication that I was allergic to, even though I informed them repeatedly about this beforehand. When I tried to contact them in severe pain that Friday as soon as I got home, they didn't get back to me until Monday.
I was scheduled to get my top teeth done on Monday. They called me in the correct pain meds and then rescheduled me for Wednesday due to the 2 inches of snow they got, they were closing. Wednesday they called me and rescheduled me for Friday stating they were playing catch-up due to being closed Monday and Tuesday from the 2 inches of snow.
Friday they finally seen me, but due to the medication in my system, 4 of my front bottom teeth wouldn't numb. I insisted he wait and let me stop the meds for a few days and let me return, so they could be numbed.
The Dentist told me NO, he couldn't stop now!
So he pulled 3 teeth that were not numb while I screamed and cried and fought him and then cut the last one out that was also NOT NUMB!
When I walked out the door, I had blood all over my face, I was shaking in shock, crying and collapsed into my sons arms, who had to physically carry me to the car.
The Doctor was insane, the women working there were witches and the whole atmosphere was a terrible environment.
I had to go back to that horrible place for my fittings as the swelling went down and these people were awful.
They violently force the dentures into your mouth, even an 80 year old man and a woman in her 70's in other rooms moaned and cried while only getting replacement dentures!
These people are heartless and cruel!
I recently received a notice that they have a new Dentist there now.
No doubt the old one lost his license, I hope! BEWARE, the same evil women probably still work there!
I should have sued, but instead I settled for my money back and was given it from their corporate office happily after my story!
BEWARE PLEASE, YOU WILL WAIT, WAIT AND WAIT SOME MORE, THEY WILL BUMP YOU AND BUMP YOU SO THEY CAN MAKE ROOM FOR NEW PATIENT MONEY, THEY WILL TREAT YOU VERY BRUTALLY AND LEAVE YOU WONDERING HOW THEY'RE STILL IN BUSINESS.
DON'T GO THERE UNLESS YOU WANT A CHEAP FIX AND CAN ENDURE THE PAIN AND ABUSE FROM THESE PEOPLE AND END UP WITH DENTURES THAT ARE TERRIBLE AND PLAN ONGOING BACK 50 TIMES UNTIL YOU GIVE UP. THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING!
I FEEL BAD FOR THE NEW DENTIST- HE'S IN FOR A SURPRISE WITH THAT STAFF!!
HE'D DO WELL TO FIRE MOSTLY ALL OF THEM AND HIRE NEW PEOPLE!!!
     
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oldisgood on 05/05/2010:
Why, oh why, did you ever go back!!! If my dentist was going to pull my teeth WITHOUT them being numb I would physically hit him, get up and leave. I would have found another dentist to finish. My god, it must have been awful.
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Ripped Off By Affordable Dentures West Palm
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WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- Went in for consult and exam. Was talked into purchasing the New Denture Wearers Package. This consisted of a full set of temporary dentures and several months later fitting and dispensing of permanent dentures.

The Temporary dentures never fit, despite having to go back to the office and wait for hours to be seen and refitted, only to return and receive dentures that did not fit any better at all, after the time and aggravation of returning for adjustments.

After only a week or so of trying to wear the temps, I decided to just wait a few months for the fitting of the permanent dentures.

Upon returning six months later, as advised, I was fitted, if you can call it that, and had to wait several days for the supposedly 'premium' dentures to be made.

Then, you are called to come in for a final set of impressions and fitting.

Upon insertion of the full set of dentures, I immediately noted and stated that the dentures did not fit well, and looked terrible.

I was told to wait a wek and come back in for yet more adjustments.

And, BTW, I paid these crooks up front...about 1400 dollars...they have my cash, and I have absolutely nothing of any value to me...the dentures they fitted and sent me home with are terrible in both fit and looks.

When you complain, they give you a lot of BS, and in addition one particular dental tech, I don't know if she is even licensed, is absolutely a lying, obnoxious young lady. Very obnoxious and not helpful at all. And totally unprofessional, as is most of the staff at this business. They are in it just to make money off of people with no regard for the finished product, a very poor quality medical dental device which they are very bad at fitting and creating.

I am going to go back and ask for a refund, and if they do not comply, I intend to report the dentist and this business to the State Dental Board / Board of Health, the State Attorney Generals Office and the BBB.

Stay away from this place. They are dis-honest, unprofessional and a total rip-off.
     
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MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
OK, let's take a step back...NEVER accept temporary anything while waiting over 6 months for your regular dentures. It doesn't take that long. This is a hustle or scam plain and simple and I'm sorry you fell for it. I would suggest filing a complaint, checking to see if they have the appropriate credentials, sounds like they aren't even licensed...but just a guess...and I hope you have insurance so you can get the proper dental care.
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
Since I took 2 patients with HIV to have full dentures fitted I learned a little along the way.

Usually patients who require tooth removal prior to getting dentures get temporary plates for about a year or so, due to gum swelling and shrinkage over the course of several months. Then they are fitted for their permanent dentures.

The temp dentures can be fitted and worn the day the teeth are pulled even and in fact both patients that I took wore them home!

So, while its not a scam, you need to let them fit and adjust your new teeth to your face and mouth. They can file them and correct them to fit better. Don't just give up. Let these people finish their job.
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
There can be additional circumstances however both my parents had their teeth pulled and were fitted for dentures prior to leaving the dentist's office. They had to go back a week later to make sure the dentures were fitted correctly but had their properly fitted dentures by week 2. I've had several friends follow the same process. Not doubting you in any way Boki, but in my experience I've seen many folks taken care of in a couple of weeks...not months or years. Again, circumstances can definitely play a big role in the process.
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
Affordable Dentures offers 3 different kinds of dentures..they use an immediate economy model when they extract the teeth and from there, patients have upgrade options.

They can do dentures in a day. Its when you upgrade that the time factor comes into play.

The way it was explained to me was that you want to let the tissues in your mouth settle before getting fitted for the upgraded versions, as they are more expensive.

From their website:

When you have had extractions, remember that the healing process takes time…often at least six months, and sometimes more. Each person’s physical health and oral conditions are unique, and the healing process will vary from patient to patient.

The New Denture Wearer Package is available for first time denture wearers and offers a significant savings to patients who have had extractions and require an immediate denture. For one package payment you will receive an immediate denture, a final denture and all the other services needed to help you adjust to wearing dentures for the first time. Our staff will be glad to explain the details of the package and the related savings that you will enjoy.

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I just don't want to give the impression that this OP is being scammed. I am hoping, that for her/him, its just a matter of some fine tuning to make them happier with their new teeth.

BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
MS, I'll tell you something too, my mama has taken beautiful care of her teeth, thank gawd..but both of her parents suffered from the pain and the shame of bad teeth and I just wish I could go back and get them fixed.

They've been dead for years, but it just bothers me even now. I'm glad your parents are taking care of themselves!
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Thanks for the info Boki...I didn't read up on their website and should have before making premature statements. Good for your Mama!! My Mom passed a few years ago but my Dad's going strong. He's was a big WUSS with his teeth but my Mom was eating steak the day she got hers!
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
Hahaa! I had steak the day I had my wisdom teeth out! :D

I'm sorry you lost your mama, and glad you still have your daddy.
PepperElf on 06/17/2009:
steak?
O_o

when I had mine pulled out... I could barely eat pizza. I had 3 slices and it took me 30 minutes a slice.


steak..... *shudder* :-)
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
I swear my Dad ate mashed potatoes for 6 months and you would have sworn they had razor blades in them...LOL
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
I was so stoned on the pill they gave me I could have eaten rocks... :D

It was the day AFTER that I paid for it..
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
AW!@your daddy!!
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Tee Hee...I know it's not funny but it is...I can tell you when I had boob surgery...good lord...sledge hammer to the chest...that was the absolute worst I've ever hurt in my life...that includes 2 child labors, 4 wisdom teeth, broken leg, crushed arm...14 surgeries...boobs are the absolute worst.
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Girl, I'm sorry, my Dad is a big wuss! I laughed at him for months. His teeth didn't fit the first few days and when he talked he gagged which made me gag between gales of laughter...It was awesome. My Mom laughed so hard I almost peed my pants every time I talked to her. She called him Brer Rabbit...
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
My best friend had her's done and she wore this elasto-stretchy thing forever..we called it the Uniboob cause it mashed everything together into one solid lump.

She was in pain like that, just horrible pain, but now that it's over they look just slammin'! Its all I can due to get her to keep her shirt on.. :D
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Girl, I love them now...but that ugly bra...I didn't think that thing would ever come off. You are so right...they were one big lump! I was so po'd at my plastic surgeon. He was like, oh it's going to be great! 14 days later I'm still in the ugly bra hating his guts. I love him now though!
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
ROFL@your dad's Brer Rabbit routine. Poor guy!

I won't say all men, I'll just say my husband, but I mean all men when I say that "my husband can't deal with pain the way a typical woman can". :D
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
OK you crazy ladies have kept me up til 2:20 am...great getting to know you! Sweet dreams.
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Well my husband's like your husband. Wouldn't you love to see them have a baby? If we taped it, we'd win America's Funniest Videos. I have 2 sons and they aren't any better. They want their momma when their hurt or sick. My oldest son lives in NC and he called me at 3 a.m. telling me he had fallen and cut his head open, had to go to ER and get stitches. He wanted me to talk to him until he fell asleep. Once he did his GF said night Mom and hung up the phone. Boys! OK, or Men!
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
You to Boki...by the way...what is a BokiBean?
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
Always little boys..especially with mama..and that's sweet. :)
BokiBean on 06/17/2009:
Its a combination of pet names! I have a dog named Butterbean and one that we called Boki (passed on).
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Okee dokee. Night ladies...I've got to work tomorrow...from home thank goodness. talk to ya'll tomorrow.
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Aww Pepper...was it really that bad? I love pizza so I'd have taken that 30 min per slice.
PepperElf on 06/17/2009:
don't know much about dentures myself but.... I do know that sometimes it's best to get some word-of-mouth about a dentist ... especially for important stuff like that.


my parents moved to a new city and found a new dentist and ... hated him.

they talked to a few others and found out about another one who had a good reputation. they went to him and ended up having some of the best dental care they've ever had



well... it was a long time ago now... I must have been 17 or 18 I think, so almost 20 years.

I just remember getting sick a lot the first day because of the general anesthesia. and I was being light with the pain pills because I read on the bottle that they could be habit forming. (ended up giving the leftovers back to the pharmacist even)

I did finish the pizza tho... I just had to nibble it to death :)
MSCANTBEWRONG on 06/17/2009:
Oh, did you only have a tooth or so pulled? When I had ONE pulled I was a big wuss. I ate ice cream. My Mom was DA MAN> When I got a tongue ring I ate ice for 2 days before I could eat anything.
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Affordable Dentures, Scam, Theft, Intimidation
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CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -- I ordered the custom dentures from the company. The day they gave them to me I informed them the dentures did not fit. They told me it was fine and come back in 2 weeks and they would do a remake if needed, and adjust it otherwise. ''

I used my old dentures for the 2 weeks and when I returned they told me they would only fix any sore spots I may have and replied 'I dunno what to tell you' when I said they didn't fit. Then a man came in and said the new teeth were same as the old and I said 'no look there man, its the gum that's too high'.

The man then turned and bent over about 12 inches from my face and shouted 'DON'T CALL ME MAN! YOU CAN CALL ME SIR WITH RESPECT'. I could smell alcohol on his breath and was very nervous about his aggression because he was a very tall large man. I said 'man is just an expression, I didn't mean it with disrespect, just trying to show you the problem area on the denture'.

The man then continued shouting and said 'Get up and get out of here! GET OUT! HIT THE BRICKS BUDDY!' I was afraid to say anything else because he was red in the face and obviously drinking so I got up and left. As I left I noticed there were at least 2 other customers in the cubicles beside mine who heard the exchange. Also my fiance was there with me. At the front we asked them to put in writing that they were refusing to make the adjustment and the receptionist stated 'I ain't giving you nothing in writing, bye'.

There were about 12 customers in the lobby who heard this exchange as well.
I have never been treated this way in my life and I cannot remember being that afraid for my safety. He frightened me so much that after I left when I realized he still had the teeth the company made that did not fit, I was afraid to go back so I just called and asked. I was placed on hold then the line went dead.

I will tell you that after having thought about this overnight I am getting very upset. I paid for custom dentures that would fit, and I was given something that I cannot wear at all. I want custom dentures that fit...

I paid for it. I do not want any drama about it, I did not pay for drama and intimidation. The part that unsettles me most about all of this is that I am 26 yrs old but I noticed many of your customers are senior citizens and I should really hope and pray that this office is not treating them the same way they treated (attacked) me if they try to get them to stand behind their quality promises.

I have looked online and found quite a few testimonials from consumers that are almost the same as mine. Very unsettling. I am hereby demanding in writing that Affordable Dentures refund my money because they not only didn't provide dentures that fit, but they kept them when I tried to get them to make them fit. I will cc my attorney on this email in case Affordable Dentures decides to outright scam me.
     
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Anonymous on 04/13/2009:
These outfits are regulated and inspected by state Boards of Dentistry. They would take a dim view on intoxicated, abusive staffers. You may have to consult with a dentist to evaluate the fit of your dentures. If they were improperly fitted or made, this would be a valid issue to bring to your state board and also a potential small claims case. Good luck.
jamie999 on 04/18/2009:
ty for your advise, didn't know about the state board, but I know someone going postal over calling them "man" had to be on something.
Margie M. on 09/24/2009:
The clinic down here suggested I go to the Lakeland Office to get my dentures done. After reading these reviews- I'm going to prepare myself for the office by bringing my video camera & cell phone. This way IF the doctor is rude, drunk, abusive or otherwise uncooperative- I'll have proof of it. And if he's intoxicated & becomes obnoxcious with me I'll call the Police on em! My dentist uses their facility to do the dentures but charges $400 more to be the middleman! I may go to a different branch but we'll see.
soon2bebride on 06/03/2010:
Oh my!! I almost went there! Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I too am fairly young with bad teeth. A lot of dentists have treated me poorly and I even had one who outright accuesed me of drug use and that is not the case. Even if it were, they are in business to take care of our teeth, that is why we pay them!!!
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Affordable Dental Care - Think Outside Of The Box
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WACO, TEXAS -- Despite the fact that I have very good dental insurance, I have not been able to afford the extractions and upper dentures I desperately needed. Every time I thought I had saved enough, I would receive another estimate from a dentist with designer office furniture and gorgeous wallpaper and carpet that was several thousand dollars beyond my budget as a public school teacher. Finally, I discovered Affordable Dentures and their out-of-the-box philosophy. There are no bells and whistles. They simply do what needs to be done for a reasonable price. The office is very clean and pretty, but not "designer" quality. The people are very polite and nice. Do you have to wait? Yes. One way the practice saves money is by not scheduling appointments. I made it a point to show up well before the office opened. I was one of the first to sign in. I was seen about an hour later. They immediately took a panoramic x-ray, and I was examined. My options were then discussed. I had done my research, so I knew that I wanted 9 extractions and an upper denture. I chose the non IV conscious sedation.

When the plan had been decided upon, I was given two prescriptions to have filled at my pharmacy. One for pain and one for antibiotics. I was told to return at 1pm, so I went out to lunch. When I returned, I was given a Valium-type pill and the receptionist and my ride kept an eye on me in the waiting room.

About an hour later I was given an additional amount and thirty minutes later, a little more. I was feeling comfortable, but I didn't really feel drugged at all. Just calm. At 3:20 or so, I was taken back, and I have no real memory of the procedure. The next thing I know, I am being wheeled out of the office by my ride and going home. I had the upper denture in and careful and complete instructions about how to care for myself and my dentures. The dentist (Dr. Powell) even called me a couple of days later to check on my progress. It was a good experience overall, and I am very pleased. They did not file my insurance. I paid it all upfront, and I am filing my own paperwork. They provided the paperwork I needed to do that.

The denture I purchased was the economy package. This is the least expensive option. I was given a temporary denture that looks very much like some permanent ones I have seen, and I will receive my permanent one in about six months when my gums have healed. Yes, there will be follow up visits, but I did have it all done in one day. I had my first adjustment and the woman who did the adjustments was very nice and she did a great job. If you do your research and know what to expect, you will be very pleased. Affordable Dentures in Waco, TX provides a safe and affordable alternative if you need dental care and struggle to afford it.
     
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madconsumer on 03/04/2009:
this is a great review. I have heard mixed reports of them, and yours sounds like one of the best experiences. I think I would have asked for another valum!

very helpful.
StarringU on 12/30/2010:
Good to see another good review. I had heard NOTHING but good good good reports about them all round the tristate area (IN OH KY MI) and when I reviewed the different teeth they all looked VERY VERY realistic!@! Something I had been so afraid of , the main reason I had put off because my teeth have always been so beautiful! Florence KY office have excellent friendly knowedgeble staff and they go out of way to help and assure you!!! So those of you who are now LEARY of your experience...DON'T BEEEEE!!!!! OF COURSE do your research but don't go by ONE or TWO disgruntled souls. I love it !!!
poor richard on 04/25/2012:
They did an excellent job for both my wife and I. We recommend them to everyone needing care or dentures.
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Here's The Rub About "Affordable Dentures"
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I have been periodically checking into this forum to see what sort of feedback people are relaying about the concept of one-day "affordable" dentures, and the service they receive from such a practice.
From what I have read, it's not at all good.

First of all let me tell you about what qualifies me as one who can advise about said topic.
I am a registered denturist in Canada, and have been authorized to do so by the College of Denturists in my province.

I have been in private practice for just over fifteen years, and I have other members of my immediate family in this same trade.

Here in Canada, and in some American states Denturists are a "direct to the public" resource for people who need our services.

We specialize in the fabricating and maintenance of denture prosthesis for the general public.
In other words, no dentist referral is needed.

You can walk in right off the street into a denturist practice/lab and have one made from start to finish with additional adjustments included after the service. You work with the builder of your new dentures directly.

In most Dentist's offices, if a Dentist is to make you a set of dentures, he would have to take the impressions and send them to a dental lab who in turn would have to make the dentures without seeing the person who was to wear them. Not very personalized an experience is it? You can see how making dentures in this way leads to a LOT of issues.

Don't get me wrong, there are a LOT of really fantastic dentists out there who are very skilled and well trained at what they do. However the art of making a set of "good" dentures requires a SEPARATE set of technical knowledge from that of the Dentist.
A dentist is still a VERY important part of your denture treatment, the extraction of any teeth and the care and management of your remaining teeth/supporting tissues still require the skill of a good dentist.
Here in Canada Denturists consider your treatment a "team effort" involving our skills and the Dentist's.

When making a personalized set of dentures, there are NO shortcuts. Proper construction means taking the time to do it right in every step.
INCLUDING the processing of the denture itself.
A proper curing time for a heat cured denture is approximately 4 to 9 hours. From what I have read, these "quickie" labs use what is called a Pour n' cure type resin. It's a cheaper, softer, more porous resin which is weaker and isn't nearly as good as the heat cure resin.

Furthermore, the most important part of your treatment is the period AFTER you get your dentures. Adjustments are always needed, and in most denturist practices are included in your treatment.

Just remember that you really do get what you pay for. There are no "quick" fixes, and there are no shortcuts.

     
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Anonymous on 10/24/2008:
Although I'm not currently in the market for dentures, I do find this post quite interesting.

Ponie on 10/24/2008:
First time I've heard this so thoroughly explained. Thanks.
deb young on 08/19/2012:
I understand everything you have said, but the comment about "you get what you pay for" got to me. My husband is end stage liver disease with an added blood disease. I
Miffed on 07/01/2014:
Inferior quality, break easily, created serious problems to good teeth. You verified what I noticed from the beginning. Your arrogance (get what one paid for) is a bit over the top. I lived in England and had excellent dentist and partials for free. I never expected so much pain, suffering, and excuses. Lower Premium Metal Partial is like having foil to bit down on. Poor alignment pounding away and few good teeth I have. Took months to save for this nightmare. All money upfront I thought was illegal until the service has been provided. I've been back so many times I've lost count. I've lost days waiting to get in for 3 min. minor adjustment that never gets it right. Only to now have more dental problems than when I began. Shop around, this company is quackery.
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Upper Denture Repair
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WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA -- I have been to Affordable Dentures once before, little more than a year ago and had the initial treatment $80.00 x-ray and had my denture repaired. Then recently I went to them to repair a small tooth that had fallen off the denture, I called them to see if I can have it repaired and they said I needed to have an x-ray before repairing the denture of a tooth that fell off. Even though I have a partial on my lower jaw with six teeth only, they still said it is policy to get an $80.00 x-ray before repairing the one tooth that fell off my full upper denture. I tried to make sense of it all and asked why would I have to have an x-ray in order to repair my upper denture to repair the one small tooth that fell off? They replied that is the policy here and they were very rude, the customer service really sucks. I also asked for a copy of everything even the x-ray and the receptionist said that would be $25,00 for a copy, so I said OK she also asked why I would need a copy of the x-ray and I replied I needed to show someone what was charged for the services. Then she said well! I have to see if the doctor would want to see you or to work with you, after waiting a while she called my name and said the doctor will not see you. The day before I had called the corporate office and also called them on the day the doctor refused to see me, I was going to go to channel news where I live to let them know what they charged me for and what work I had done. Since I had not received such services I thought I would express it here, so it turned out good for me I looked up for another dentists in my area and found one that does not charge for x-rays if you are 21 and older with no insurance and would just repair my denture, they also were courteous and very good customer service.

Enter affordable Dentures at your own risk literally.
     
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