AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I have seen mixed reviews for Affordable Dentures. I have little to say about them that is bad. It is a franchise and you may have different experiences but overall I think that the quality and value are out standing! I agree that you should read the information on their website prior to going in, and ask questions if you aren't sure about something. I couldn't have afforded any of this dental work anywhere else but I am kind of thankful for that. I purchased an economy denture in 2005 and it still looks great. I am having the implants done now that the bottom is ready for the permanent denture and to match it am redoing the top but have no doubt that I could have gotten several years more out of the top one I already have. Dr. Alexander, and his staff are friendly, efficient, and for being a trip to the dentist, it is actually enjoyable going there. Even knowing that this type of office can often have a long waiting period, this office really gets you in and out in a reasonable amount of time. It is a shame that now that I finally found a great dental office, I won't need them anymore. They worked themselves out of a job with me. Thanks!
TYLER, TEXAS -- My friend went to Affordable Dentures in Tyler TX because he couldn't afford to go to a dentist. The last dentist he went to, Dr.[snip], of Tyler charged him $6,000 to pull 5 teeth and make uppers for him. Less than a year later, the plate split in half and Dr. [snip]'s office to do another one for full price, and would not stand behind his product. So we went to Affordable Dentures. It is over 100 miles round trip and takes the day, not something an 87 year old man does easily. Doing everything in one day was important to him. No extractions, just a new plate. We have now spent 6 entire days going there, not to mention the cost of gas and the last two trips were because the teeth keep falling out of the denture.
When we go to get a single tooth glued in, we still have to wait the entire day!!!
When I complained about all of the above, the receptionist told me to shut up.
They are so accustomed to dealing with meek senior citizens who feel that they have no other choice, they feel entitled to treat them abusively. Maybe they are preparing them for nursing home abuse????
A verbal beating is a beating all the same.
ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- This was absolutely the worst you 100 dollars that I've ever dropped in my life. The absolutely most rude of personnel I've ever dealt within my life! And God forbid do not interrupt their lunch hour. Oh it was going to be so wonderful, according to them. Then, after you figure out that the crap they put in your mouth, is exactly that, crap! now it's time to make you feel stupid for not spending the extra 1000 dollars to begin with, HM I'm professional, and I absolutely would advise if anyone can never step foot through that door in North Carolina then they will be better off!
LAKELAND, FLORIDA -- I first purchased dentures from Affordable Dentures in 2008. I had to make so many trips and had so many problems that when I finally got my lower denture, I did not go back.
Later, I broke my lower denture, and had to get it repaired for $75.00.
Several months later while brushing lower denture it broke. I decided to get a full set of new dentures and an economy set for spare. I went back to Affordable Dentures because of their prices.
Remember, you get what you pay for.
I went in, got impression, waited several hours, went back and dentures weren't ready, they were short of help. I had to come back next day, although same day service is their advertisement.
Next day I drove 20 miles to get fitted. After tech worked with crooked teeth and other problems on impression, I again had to wait several hours. When I returned I wasn't happy, but I took teeth because I didn't want to be without teeth and didn't want to travel back to Lakeland.
However, I still had to return for the economy set. At that time I explained my unhappiness and Dr.[snip] told me that they didn't understand what I was saying. My upper was too high, which was trimmed and my lower just sat on my gums. I do have bone loss, but I had no fit at all and he said I had to use adhesives. I have to use adhesives many times a day, no matter what brand I use.
My economy set were like Horse Teeth. Dr.[snip], threw them in a bin after tech told him how bad they looked.
He told me he would keep the dentures, but I felt I did not want to walk around without teeth so I took them. That was a mistake!!!!!!!!!
They do not fit and I am now paying 600 plus dollars @ 14% interest.
I wrote Affordable dentures about poor fit and was given no recourse.
If you want bad fitting or ill fitting dentures and a less than caring doctor, go to Affordable Dentures in Lakeland, Florida. You will not be disappointed. I am now having to get more dentures made.
Beware and Be Aware.......................
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.
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.
KINSTON, NORTH CAROLINA -- I have been taken for $2,500 by Affordable Dentures and still don't have a set that is worth anything. I have had to go out and hire a lawyer to handle this matter for me. I sent in a complaint in the main office in North Carolina and was talked to if I were stupid. I went from being nice to angry. I think the public should know about this company before they spend their hard earned money and get treated like an animal. My dog got better service at the Vet's office. The materials they use is of poor quality and are made terrible. The replacement teeth are usually on the side of your mouth and when you bite down the material bends, making it imposible to eat a meal in peace, What I would give to eat a regular meal. The metal partials have sharp edges that cut into my gums and the inside of my jaw. I have gone in countless times to get adjustments. this was a total waste of time. I have pictures of these partials and have shown them to another dentist, needless to say they told me I should get every penny back that I spent. They said how can anyone expect someone to try to eat with these things. The also said they have never seen garbage being passed off as dentures. They also pulled a tooth for me that was nightmare. I was sent home without antibiotics or pain meds, had bone fragments left in my gums that were sticking out through my gums and I can't even describe the pain I had from the DRY SOCKET that developed. I denist that pulled the tooth got angry that I kept coming back and torchered me even more by cutting into my gums and filling on my bones to get the fragments gone, but made a long incision in my gums then placed these extra long stitches in my gums. I was horrified when I looked in the mirror. I took pictures of course. I took me a long time to get past this extraction horror. I amletting the legal system handle this issue.
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.
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.
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