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SALISBURY, MARYLAND -- Several years ago I purchased a full set of the medium grade dentures from Affordable Dentures in Salisbury, MD. I would like to say that the Dentist, the assistant and all those involved gave me excellent service. I previously owned a very expensive full set of dentures from a private dentist. They were alright but the service, the quality and the experience I had in Salisbury MD was that of professionalism and excellent care and one that has kept me referring others to this dentist office.

Recently, my brother, who lives in New York told me he needed a new set of dentures and I told him it would be worth coming to Salisbury to make the purchase. He is considering it. I can not speak for the other Affordable Denture locations but I absolutely can and would refer anyone to the office in Salisbury, MD.
     
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MERIDIAN, MISSISSIPPI -- I went in because of the great price on upper plates, when I got in I found out that price was for the junkie looking teeth, it was twice that price for a natural looking plate.. The price they offer does not include teeth you get to approve of, you take what they give u. I paid the over priced they wanted for the best Plate. When I got them they looked like baby teeth and were crooked, so they made them again and this time they looked great, but within the week they broke and I had to go back and get them repaired they would not remake them, they broke again and this time they put a metal plate in the front behind my front teeth. I will say they look great and wear great but I had to go back so many times to get the fit right.. every time you go in there it is a waiting time of about 2 or 3 hours.

I would never use that company again, GO to a dentist, because in the long run for good looking teeth it will cost you about the same
     
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Anonymous on 04/08/2011:
From what I've heard, this affordable dentures place is like a steal compared to a dentist....so I guess its the "you get what you pay for" line.
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Stay away from these people
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CARROLLTON, GEORGIA -- I have had complete dentures for over 30 years. Three weeks ago my lower plate broke in half. I went tp Affordable Dentures in Carrollton Georgia to have a complete new set made. The girls were very rude and the doctor probably has no idea how dentures are worn. When I went back the next day to get my new dentures I could not believe how much larger they were than my last two pairs. These were horse dentures. When the girl started to fit my lower dentures she had to force them over my gum, leaving a painful sore. The teeth are too big and food gets under the lower plate where it didn't on my old ones. She said I would get used to them. I asked why they didn't go by my old ones as they still fit perfect. She said they don't do that. I wore them for a week and a half and their loose, don't line up correctly and are not comfortable. I went back last Tuesday for an adjustment and was told they are right and get used to it.

I have contacted an attorney. To anyone thinking about going to Affordable Dentures please don't. You WILL NOT be happy. Save your money, get a loan, sell the family jewels and go to a dentist who knows what their doing.
     
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Alain on 03/21/2011:
Sometimes it's worth paying a bit more to get a good product installed by competent people.
lindsay85 on 02/19/2012:
Not all of us have family jewels or are able to take out loans. What we really need is affordable dentists. Every Dentist I have been too has not only sucked all the money out of me but 5 route canals later, needing to pulled now along with 8 extractions, I finally went to affordable dentures. Every single person in that waiting room had only compliments to give out and were so happy compared to all the dentists they have seen. I think every office has there problems, I can name at least 3 Dentists to never go too. At least there is an office making an effort to help people in pain.
James on 08/10/2012:
I went to carrolton in 2009 for upper denture and partial on lower the partial broke in a year and the upper is in my drawer it looks like horse teeth so that 1500 was thrown away went to another dentist for a little more in 2010 got upper and lower parital I wear them every day do problem with them every one says they look like my natural teeth I bought the best affordable offered and they still wasn't good
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North Charleston, South Carolina
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA -- I needed a broken tooth extracted and my health insurance paid very little in regards to dental work and it was the end of the month and it could not wait until the first of next month to be done. I had looked up reviews on line about Affordable Dentures and my goodness the negative reviews, so many of them, if it weren't for me being short on money I would not have gone but I had to take a chance and boy am I glad I did. Every person I had contact with there was very polite and helpful. Dr. Kilgore did a wonderful job as did his nurse in helping me to relax due to me being nervous for I hate to have teeth pulled and felt no pain during the procedure. The following day I was barely sore at all and really did not need any pain medication which he prescribed just in case. All my fears are relieved and I will not hesitate going back should I require their services again and will tell anyone of my friends how good they were to me. Also if you put a $25 down payment which will be applied to your total bill in the end they will set you up an appointment so you do not have to wait in line for services, that is a plus! With so much negativity being said about Affordable Dentures I thought someone should know this location is a good one and that not all of them are bad. Glad I took the chance and will do business with them again in the future.
     
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Affordable Dentures - South Hill, VA Dr. Michael Shawn Smith
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SOUTH HILL, VIRGINIA -- I've read a ton of negative reviews regarding Affordable Dentures, and I was scared to go because of these reviews, but like most of us, I don't have a billion extra dollars to go to a "normal" dentist. I first went to the branch in Colfax, NC (because that office is close to home) a couple of times for some extractions. My experience there was very poor and I don't recommend it. I had to get extensive extractions and so started researching on the web for an Affordable Denture office that had good reviews. The only one I found was in South Hill, VA, so I decided to give it a shot.

I am so incredibly grateful to have found them. The entire office staff were pleasant and kind. Dr. Smith was extremely compassionate, caring and fast! He was very skilled. He actually gave me a suggestion that ending up costing less money than what I was intending to spend. I had 6 teeth extracted and a partial on the same day and it was all done with professionalism and compassion. And my new teeth look wonderful. If you need to have denture work or extractions go here, even if it's a commute - I drove 2.5 hours to get there, and I'll do it again happily. A lot of these places are more like butcher houses than professional medical facilities, but they are all individually operated, and I will recommend this office to everyone.

Most of us find ourselves in this position due to money issues, or dental phobias, or just plain neglect, but whatever the case, we're still people with feelings and deserve respect. Don't go to one of the "butcher houses", make the drive and go to South Hill, it is absolutely the best.
     
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Alain on 10/30/2010:
From the reviews, it looks like the service at Affordable Dentures varies a lot depending on the location. Thank you for letting us know about a facility that treated you well.
highhatsize on 05/31/2011:
Ditto Alain, above. From the reviews that I have read, the quality of service at branches of this franchise is a crap-shoot. Thanks for taking the time.
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Dr Ryan Flemming Affordable Dentures Columbus, Ohio
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COLUMBUS, OHIO, OHIO -- I wish I had gone to a more professional dental practice. There are no shortages in the Columbus area. The staff can be Very rude especially the receptionist. The young girl that does adjustment and re linings is rather rough and so is her work. Flemming is only seen on the first or second visit, after that you are on your own.
Just went in for a second soft reline, gee I thought that they would remove the previous lining. Not at Affordable... they just slapped on some more goo and shoved it in my mouth. After my first re lining I told them that the lip support was way too high. I was told that I had to tell them before the lining was put in. It was not too high before the new lining. By dinner the upper denture had cut the skin between the gums and lip about an inch and a half. I am not a dentist, but I am pretty sure that my mouth should not bleed! It was beyond painful. Thank God I am a jeweler and have much of the same equipment as a dentist. I cut the lip support down considerably and it fit without blood. It took all of about 3 minutes to do, they don't seem to have the time.
There are some other SERIOUS problems with my dentures, but to list them here will identify me. I have six months left before I receive my Premiums so I am stuck with Affordable. $4000 to be treated like crap and shoved out the door every time. Don't think for one second that Premium means anything to these folks, it does not!
During extractions, Dr. Flemming was rude and basically called me a liar while I was in the chair. It was painful and he seemed to think that it shouldn't be. He only uses Novocaine and I am here to tell you it did hurt like hell.
In short, Dr is rude, Staff is rude, if you do not feel rushed through I will be shocked, expect no extras, dentures may not be straight (like mine), and if you wait for a while there may be a drive-through around back. Just lean the car seat back and hold your money out.
Do not let impulse guide your decisions. Choose your dentist very carefully. I did not and do I ever regret that decision. Once they have your money, you are OWNED! Anywhere else will be more friendly and professional. I had high hopes. Saved for years. Got screwed.
     
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Not even able to talk about!!
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EAST MOLINE, ILLINOIS -- I went in to get talk with the doctor about getting the denture before I had my teeth pulled and the doctor was down right rude.. I have spent so much time and money on my teeth but due to genetics it was a lost cause and the doctor told me that me losing my teeth was all my fault.
The first plate they made for the immediate denture was great no problems, looked good felt good, and I was able to eat. when the made the lower partial they didn't ask what type I wanted or anything. The tech only held down one side while it was casting so the fit came out totally wrong. I was not even able to wear it at all. When I went back in a year later for my permanent top plate they made me wear the lower partial that didn't fit in order to do the mold for the top. Because that the bottom didn't fit the final upper plate does not fit at all either. If I put the top plate in I can't close my mouth or even rub my lips together. They ended up looking like I could carve a tree with the front teeth.. The main office for Affordable dentures said I had to deal with the dentist himself. So here I was no teeth, and no money for new ones that actually fit.
There has to be a way to get at least part of the money back from the no good teeth. All this has totally shot my self esteem. I am only 34 years old and I won't leave my house because of my self esteem.
     
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JPMarrow on 11/26/2009:
I had a great experience in South Hill, VA! I am so sorry, I wish you well!
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Stay Away From Here !!!
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Affordable Dentures - Uneven denture bottomI have been a denture wearer for 7 years now. Full upper, partial lower. Having no Dental Insurance since the company I worked for went out of business, my last few teeth on the bottom were in need of being pulled.

On the 18th. of the month I had my dentures made by this company. On the 21st. My Oral surgeon pulled the remainder of my teeth. I tried keeping the teeth in after the surgery but they were so HUGE and ill fitting that I never wore them and I just used my old denture.
Then on the 18th of the following month I returned to Affordable Dentures and explained to the gal there, that the teeth did not at all fit. I was told, Well you may have to use the adhesive. I replied that there was No way I could keep them in my mouth even if I used all the denture adhesive in the world.

She did refit the upper somewhat but stated that the bottom of my mouth was still healing and they would not do anything to the bottom denture until at least a month or so had passed.
I tried wearing the upper only but that was still not right. So I went back to my old upper denture once again.

So now almost 4 weeks later I returned to this place to have both the upper and the lower fitted.

The upper denture is pretty good. The bottom is the worst ever. My right back teeth and the ones in the front are even, all in a row. Then you get to left side of my mouth after the front teeth and they suddenly drop down. It is VERY noticeable.

And where your gum area would be, the acrylic part of the denture,mine is huge and when I smile you can't even hardly see my bottom teeth just all the pink of the denture.

I asked the dentist about this and he replied "Welcome to the world of Dentures." I asked if there was anything that could be done about the unevenness of the teeth and the large amount of the pink denture base showing, I was told it was because of my jaw line and I had a very full chin. HA!

I asked again is there anything you can do about this? His reply was "Do you want to eat, or have it look nice? I said I would prefer it to look nice. So basically he has no intention's of fixing the bottom denture. So next week I will be up there again arguing with this rude doctor, and he will get a choice. Either fix the bottom denture right, or I will dispute the claim with my credit card company, go to a Dentist who knows how to do his job, and you can sue me if you like.
Wish me Luck!
     
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jktshff1 on 03/14/2008:
ya get what ya pay for. these cut rate places are for dentists that couldn't go it in a regular practice.
Lizabug1 on 03/14/2008:
I guess your right! Others I spoke with before going here said they had a positive experience. I only googled this place after today and found that in many states, others are having the same issue's as I. I don't believe that the dentist could not go into a regular practice (OTHER THAN BECAUSE HE IS RUDE AND HE WOULD HAVE NO CLIENT's) but after reading some of the post I think this company is just making a quick buck from those of us who have little money but would still like to have teeth. They make it sound so.....good, "We have cut out the middle man, and we make your denture right here in our lab, and that's why we can charge such a reasonable fee". When in fact they sell an inferior product and give you inferior service. You can bet I will get no where with this business and will be seeing a reputable dentist who has been around here for a while.
Anonymous on 03/15/2008:
Thanks for the visual aide
old fart on 03/15/2008:
Those are the worst dentures I have ever seen..how could they make such an error on the rear of the plate?
dblknoyspy on 03/16/2010:
so......
jktshff1 on 03/16/2010:
so what on a 2 yr old post?
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Bad experience, poor quality of work
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- If you are thinking about multiple extractions and new dentures, think about seeing a good oral surgeon first. Then get a recommendation for a dentist doing denture work. I had only six teeth removed on lower front. It turned into a nightmare. There were a lot of sharp edges left on top of jaw and gums pulled up and sutured over them. They cut through gums within two days. Dentist put me off for five days with a flap hanging and raw bone exposed. Then he resutured them borrowing tissue from inside my lower lip. That lasted overnight. Unbearable pain. Had to seek help of an oral surgeon. I lost most of my tissue from front and top of jaw in area of extractions. Having to wait months to grow new tissue and will need more surgery to correct where too much bone (sharp edges) was left. May be four to six months or more from time of surgery until I can wear a bottom denture. Top denture was to replace older one. Have had top plate for forty years and never had to use adhesives until now. My denture that was replaced had some broken teeth but fit well and stayed in place with no adhesives. This dentist told me this is the best fit he can give me! Not! I'll bet someone else can. If you are thinking about using this firm, hang around the waiting room and listen to the compalints of the people waiting for "adjustments". There are more dissatisfied customers than there are satisfied. Don't do it. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE.
     
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mountainman on 09/24/2007:
Rolyat:
Your expectation for having your lower denture work as well as your upper denture is totally unrealistic. You were certainly informed to that effect several times. Is this not the case? Apples and oranges.

Having the bone smoothed over after multiple extractions is common, but many forgo this and rely on an extended healing period in order to save money. The procedure carries a considerable additional expense. Sometimes some people require multiple bone smoothing and bone spike removal procedures to get a satisfactory healing and fit.
It is unfortunate that your stitches came out and exposed the bone. This happens with the best of surgeons. Any chance you did not purchase a new denture wearer package? This comes with unlimited soft liners to cushion the wounds and improve the fit as your gum shrinks rapidly after the extractions. Did you decide to forgo elective bone trimming that was suggested?
mountainman on 09/25/2007:
mountainman Affordable Care is not only required to care for the "easy" patients (the "rule" as you put it)but also for those who have problems. In any healthcare setting there are those who pass through without a problem no doubt, but there are always people who have difficulties. I think you greatly underestimate how difficult and traumatic it is to go from natural teeth to dentures and I would bet you have not experienced it yourself.


You are mistaken here. Affordable Care is not required to treat anybody. Like all dentists, they select cases that are within their scope of treatment. Difficult patients are quite often referred to specialists. Also, I am well aware of how difficult and traumatic it is for patients to go through just what you are talking about. By now you should too, and should reflect it in your comments. Rather than complain because you are not satisfied, perhaps you should recommend preservation of natural teeth and encourage anyone going through extractions to be patient and accepting of the real difficulties. Whining just makes you come off as a crank.
Anonymous on 09/25/2007:
mountainmanman writes: "By now you should too, and should reflect it in your comments. Rather than complain because you are not satisfied,"

Huh? I am not complaining about the service, I have not used the service. My main complaint is with your patronistic attitude toward the original poster and his pain and concerns about the lack of care he experienced. You act as if he/she deserved it and they should suffer in silence...that is just lack of understanding on your part.
Affordable Care IS required to treat a patient whose money they take. The time for cherry picking the "rule" consumers is at the beginning, prior to taking money or contracting to provide a service not after.
rolyat on 09/25/2007:
Thanks AmaniR for seeing beyond this guys rhetoric. I have blocked him from posting any further on this discussion. He is echoing the statements made by Affordable Denture employees and investors "we are able to help very many people by our services" I've heard it all before and that's why I believe he is actually an investor, owner or close to someone who is. Who else would know the date and location of their annual convention. This organization is a "chain' of independently owned affiliates. The one that I had the bad experience is owned by the dentist who botched my surgery. I have been told by two other dentists, the oral surgeon who I am seeing to correct this mess and an independent denture studio that it is standard practice to trim the tops of the tooth sockets and smooth out the jaw bone before closing in order for a patient to wear a denture. It has been nine weeks and I still have exposed bone jutting through my tissue that should have been trimmed at the time of surgery. I was told that some dentists who are not oral surgeons do not have the equipment or the expertise to do this and they just take their chances. I maintain that if they don't have the experience or skill or equipment that they shouldn't be doing the surgery. They take xrays at the time of consultation and should at that time refer these kind of cases to an oral surgeon. Also they shouls actually see their patients after surgery and not trust their fledgling techs to do the post-op for them. This guy didn't do the impression, didn't see me on the day of my post-op visit and didn't see me until there was a problem and then he still didn't refer me to an oral surgeon but tried to resuture over the exposed ridges of untrimmed bone again! I am not saying that all Affordable Denture practices around the country operate this way but I am trying to warn people about this one..
karyll on 09/28/2007:
Blocking comments different than your own makes you seem less credible in your complaint—maybe you didn’t listen to options that could have made your recovery easier.
rolyat on 10/05/2007:
I blocked this guy because he failed to see any other view than his own. What options would have made recovery better from sharp edges of bone at top of tooth sockets, not trimmed by this dentist as is standard practice. There were no options given to listen to. I didn't bite down on anything or do anything to cause my gums to come apart. It was poor quality of work, plain and simple. What could I have done that would have made up for the impressions made of my gums not being done correctly. They should have offered new impressions and new dentures, I met people in the waiting room who were on their second and third remake and still didn't have a good fit. I don't care if some might think that I am less credible. I am only trying to warn others who might be considering using this particular practice. If they heed my advice or not I cannot control.
rolyat on 01/09/2008:
It has now been six months and I still can't have a new bottom denture made as the area is way to sensative. I have had three trips to the oral surgeon for trimming of bone and extraction of dead bone pieces that have worked their way through the gum and I still have more working their way out, which is why my gum is so sensative. So, my opinion still stands, this guy new I had an abcessed tooth, and did the surgery anyway, then when he got in there and found that the infection was more than he might have thought, he continued anyway. Definite malpractice on his part
Dinerokid on 05/23/2011:
I am scheduled for tomorrow at 10:00 am to get fitting on new dentures that I had made in Canada
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Don't Do it
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COMMERCE, GEORGIA -- I went to them, because of a salesperson on the phone, thinking I could accomplish this for less money. After all day sitting there, and getting the service, and feeling like a cow in a cattle auction being processed through, I was given a partial, it was very uncomfortable and I told them, they said it would pass. I went back next day and told them my teeth were not meshing. I did not expect to be attacked, but I sure felt I was. The 'Dentist' yelled at me, told me I did not know what I was talking about, that it was the way it was supposed to be. I went to my regular dentist, he told me what they had sold me as a permanent device was what they call in the industry as a 'flipper', a temp device until the real one comes in, Affordable Dentures said that it was permanent. It is most uncomfortable, like having a wad of wax in my mouth, and this is the midrange, not the economy version. Bottom line is, I still have to get the ones that I avoided for financial reasons, they (Affordable Dentures) won't adjust or fix the ones they sold me, and are about the rudest people I have ever met.

So not only do I have to spend what I originally had to spend, but I am out $750 to them. The only good thing is that their extractions are very cheap, if you can handle the pain, where they give you a small shot similar to Novocaine, and then pull the teeth with an instrument that has been laying out for at least 15 minutes, and then given unsterile gauze pads for the bleeding and all that in a dirty office.

Again, avoid these guys, if they could deliver what their salespeople promise, life would be good, but they are only interested in your money, not your well being
     
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Dawana on 02/02/2007:
I was at Affordable Dentures in Madison WI today and had dentures made. I told them they did not fit right and that I was not happy. They told me that I would have to get used to them. I have worn dentures for 27 years and these are poorly made, fit horribly, look like billy bob teeth. I already have a call into them to refund my money. If I don't hear back I will stop payment on my credit card and ship them the teeth certified mail. They are a total rip off.
Darth Grenadier on 02/04/2007:
My wife just had the same issues, her dentures looked like the fake prank teeth from Spencer's, and she is still bleeding after five days. She couldn't even wear hers due to the discomfort, never mind the horrible appearance. We got a refund for them the next day after much heated debate and the PROMISE of legal action. Even so, there is going to be legal action as I did not promise to drop any case against them. My wife is now unable to eat much at all, aggravating the fact that she is underweight and a borderline diabetic. Our regular dentist has promised to correct this mess and is going to assist us in any action taken against them. STAY AWAY from the Lenoir City, TN location of Affordable Dentures.
readytosue on 04/05/2007:
Your post made so much sense to me. I told my husband the day he took me there that I felt like a cow getting ready for the slaughter. Every seat in the waiting area was taken. I should have run!
The dentist who pulled my tooth was so angry when I told him I felt pain. He said there was no way that I should be numb. He was angry when he had to give me another shot of novacaine and wait for it to take effect. He finally got the tooth out (so I thought), stuck my partial in and then told me I had a cavity on the tooth next to the one he pulled. He said get it filled as it is an important tooth to have in my mouth.
The partial looks like something I could have made with clay. They are so misaligned I hate wearing them and there is only 2 teeth on them!
I went to another dentist to have that one tooth filled. This dentist told me that:
1. I have a lot of bone fragment left in my gum. Where the tooth broke and it was just left in my gums.
2. My tooth has a trauma injury to it caused by an instrument that extracts teeth.
3. There is no way this tooth can be saved because of the trauma to it.
4. I will have to go to an oral surgeon to have it taken out.
5. The front teeth around it could start shifting due to it being an anchor tooth.
The tooth that dentist told me was so IMPORTANT to have in my mouth. I have to get pulled because of him!
THANKS a lot AFFORDABLE DENTURES.
My dentures are not so affordable at this point.
Affordable Dentures won't give me my x-rays that they took. I found out today by law they have too.
So if anyone else has a problem with getting their own x-rays, the law is in your favor not theirs!
Skip Affordable Dentures. Especially the one in Kentucky!
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