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 1 pm, 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. **) 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.
MYRTLE BEACH, SOUTH CAROLINA -- Let me start by saying a extreme lack of money brought me here to start with. I had to have a new set of dentures since the temps. no longer fit. I didn't have $2000 more for new ones. After checking around in Oct.07 I went to Affordable Dentures so excited about getting new dentures (my first set was made in March after extractions). The teeth they made that day looked beautiful but they didn't fit that way. From the start the upper dentures were nothing but problems. There was a gap under the top that let air and saliva in.
I had such a difficult time because saliva and the adhesive continuously poured down over my top teeth. The times I went back I kept trying to explain but they are REAL short on patience if you have any kind of problem. They kept taking more off of them (it just seemed to me they needed something added to fill the gap).
After several months of frustration I went and had them relined. This made it even worse. The upper or lower would not work together. In utter misery, I did not have the money to go buy more somewhere else, I sent a letter to the main office. They gave me a call and said to go back to the Myrtle Beach office. I did but the first thing thing he let me know is this was all he was going to do for me. They first attempted to add something to the original denture, then came back in and told me they WOULD have to be remade. When they came in with the new try-ins the teeth looked horrible they were much longer than the original ones and also are not even (they line up slightly sideways).
By that point, #1 my MAIN concern was that they fit comfortably and #2 they had me so upset I was scared to complain about anything. This I know is my fault, I should have made them do something, but when you are in a situation where you know the people do NOT want you there it affects your feelings. When they brought in the finished product it was so thick and would NOT seat in my mouth but never less they said they were fine and I shouldn't be needing to come back. Well I haven't. I have worked on them myself with a Dremel tool at least trying to make them tolerable to wear.
They are better now than when they sent me away with them but the EXACT same problem is with these. They will not suction and air, saliva and adhesive constantly run over the tops. When I close my mouth or try to swallow I have difficulty.
I finally figured out with my mouth shut my tongue is bound, there is no room for any movement. I have NO idea what to do, I CANNOT afford new dentures, even from the dollar store! I would NOT recommend going to the Myrtle Beach office if you need dentures to wear ALL THE TIME.
You don't realize how drastically it affects the quality of your life. You can't go anywhere without teeth and go very little when the teeth you do have are so unbearably uncomfortable. I only go out when my little boy absolutely needs me to go somewhere. PLEASE SPEND WHAT MONEY YOU HAVE WISELY. The quality and the attitude of this business is in definite need of help. If one person reads this and it helps them to go somewhere else, then God Bless!!!
I just wanted to add a note: The only reason I went to A.D. to start with is lack of money. MY ILLNESS THAT COST ME MY TEETH TO START WITH AND I STILL HAVE HAS TAKEN ALL WE HAD SAVED OR COULD SCRAPE UP. Yes, now I am paying for it in spades!Believe me if I had the money I would have a new set tomorrow.
MADISON, WISCONSIN -- Usually dentist and I do NOT get along. My gums are very sensitive and had problems with getting them numb. This dentist in Madison, I am so thankful for him. He monitored me cause he could tell I was VERY nervous (thinking about if he wouldn't be able to get me numb). I mentioned to him about my concern and he said he would take care of it. AND HE DID. I could've cried. I was so happy with the extractions. I just want to say thank you Donald A. Kraut, DDS. You are the best...
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE -- Same experience here. State wide sounds like to me. Ugly, jacked up top denture. Looks like baby teeth on a grown adult mouth... Then told I had to pay full price for redo their mess up!!! And paid for top of blibe denture!!! STAY AWAY FROM AFFORDABLE DENTURES.
CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA -- I had to have all my teeth pulled and a full set of dentures made. Being frugal, I decided to check out Affordable Dentures. I am glad I did. The only bad experience about the whole thing was when the Dentist got to a hooked molar. Dentists are pleasant and patient. The staff is helpful and courteous and they really listen to you when you express your opinion on an adjustment. I would recommend to anyone. They saved me money and I have a beautiful smile once again.
SHEPHERDSVILLE, KENTUCKY -- My dad needed new dentures because the old ones he had, kept having teeth that fell out. I took him to my dentist and they wanted $1600 for a full set. I called around and other places charge $1500-$5000. He's in his 70s and I'm a student, so we don't have that type of money. I noticed a place called Affordable Dentures offering full dentures for $435 while looking online. I thought it was a scam and thought their dentures might be generic. I was so scared to take my dad, but I prayed about it and took him. Well I'm going to tell you all about it.
Make sure to visit the website and look at the price list. 2. Don't go by the website or 1800 number for office hours. You need to call your local office for the real hours of operation because the Dr sets his own hours and days of the week.
I bought the Economy (cheapest) full set (upper and lower) for dad for a total of $435. This included office visit and fitting, no other hidden fees. This is for someone that was already a denture wearer. They are able to give cheaper rates because they have their own lab on site, so they don't have to pay for sending out the dentures or a lab off site. If this is your first time as a denture wearer or you need teeth pulled also, it will cost more money.
The Economy is a strong material. You pick the color of the gum and color of teeth. So don't worry that they will give you yellow teeth.
There is only two differences between Economy and the other more expensive ones. One, you get to try on the dentures and decide if you want them to change it. Two, the gum area looks more natural. The teeth on dad's Economy look natural, but the gum is a little glossy looking so that part is not as natural looking. But you can't tell unless you get really close and he's smiling so hard that you can see he's gum area, which doesn't really happen.
The bad thing is the Dr doesn't have good bedside manner. He came in the room, didn't say hello, and quickly started the procedure without explaining anything. He's a little rude and harsh. So be ready for that. The good thing is that they are clean, I see the nurses and Dr wash their hands between procedures.
Conclusion, very worth it! Good economy dentures. Good quality. Can't beat the price.
BOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY -- I went to Affordable Dentures in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 2011. The employees were very nice and helpful at this time. I bought their full economy set for new wears. I got my temporary set before I got my teeth extracted. They worked out great, had no problems with them. After a year, I went in to get my permanent set. That's when the trouble started. While eating frozen yogurt one day, with CRUSHED UP, powder like candy bar, my lower denture broke in half. I went into Affordable Dentures that day, to see what could be done, since they have a year warranty.
They said that they could repair them for no cost. I thought wonderful. I came back the next day to get them. They did repair them by adding a very small, thin metal piece and melted them back together. They put them back in, and checked my bite. And sent me my way.
No more than a month later, I was eating a salad. Nothing hard or crunchy!!! Just lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. I felt my dentures splitting half again. This time, the metal piece was holding the dentures together. So I went back to the office, and was told there was nothing they could do. Because I was eating hard food. I thought to myself "hard"? And walked out. And told myself, well the metal is holding it together pretty much, maybe they will be OK.
Well, I was wrong. For the next 3 months this lower denture caused me so much pain. While talking and eating my tongue would get caught in the split, which caused sores. I had a big gap that people could see, which was embarrassing. And it was hard to talk, and eat. So my husband decided to make me appointment to go in and see what they would do.
Just got home from the appointment. They are going to "repair" them again to be NICE. Even though I still have a warranty for 4 more months. But I was informed, that eating even ice cream, YES ice cream could break the dentures again. Let see how long this repair last. They said this will be the last time they will fix it, matter what.
The employee at this office, are very kind and helpful when you are looking into getting dentures, but once they get your money, watch out they are not there to be nice or helpful. And very disrespectful!!!!! They talk to you like you are scum. They don't stand behind their warranty, or their dentures. BEWARE!!! Wouldn't recommend Affordable Dentures to anyone!!!!
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.