Affordable Dentures - Stay Away They Are A Ripoff
FRANKLIN, INDIANA -- On June 19 and 20, 2013, I visited Affordable Dentures, Franklin, Indiana, to receive same-day partials. From the clinic published offerings, I selected what is termed “The Premium Package,” at a cost of $1780. The Package consists of a set of full or partial dentures, with the promise of being allowed to return at any time during the first year of wear for repair and adjustments. A final set is then placed in the patient’s mouth. The words “at any time” echo throughout the clinic as the patients are being fitted for teeth, and again, as they leave: “You may come back any time you need to.” That promise turns out to be a lie, particularly for purchasers of The Package.
At the time of my visit, I had eight teeth remaining, with only the two upper teeth to be extracted. I had been wearing partials and bridges for 17 years. The price schedule the assistant put in my lap showed extractions at $75 each. I was charged $105 for each one, and not told of the inflated price until after surgery. Dr. Philip [snip]made the dollar amount out of whole cloth. This is bait and switch.
Patients are given two prescriptions and are told these have to be filled immediately or surgery will not be done. At the beginning of my visit I completed a medical history revealing a thyroid condition. The medication Dr. [snip] prescribed came with a printed indication of potential death to those with thyroidism. The prescription is given to every patient, no matter their medical condition. This is malpractice.
Over fifty patients were seen on the day I was. They were herded through the clinic, with their dentures made as fast as credit cards can be swiped, and regardless of quality. When mine were placed in my mouth, a definite elevation on the upper right was noticeable; the length of the right side teeth was pronouncedly shorter than the other side. I noticed this after I went to my car and called in the message. The hateful assistant Rose, left a recorded reply, “Your teeth were made the way they are supposed to be, so I don’t know what your problem is.” No mention of “We’ll fix it any time.” Certainly, no consideration for the pain of the patient was forthcoming.
I went back anyway. When looking into my mouth, Rose told me, “Nothing is wrong with the partial. It’s you. You have a lip like Elvis. You snarl like Elvis and that’s why you think the teeth look funny.” I am 61 years old and never in my life have I been told I look like Elvis. I have never had elevated teeth on one side, either. I asked to speak to the dentist and in came Dr. Linda Wick, owner of the practice. She looked at my mouth and told me I shouldn't criticize her work and I should leave. I asked her to take the partial and make the teeth the same length. She stormed out of the room shouting at me, “I’M NOT GOING TO DO IT. I DON’T HAVE TO DO IT.” I told Rose that Dr. [snip] had better do it. Rose grabbed my arm (I was still sitting in the exam chair) and shook me, saying, “You don’t talk to US like that.”
In a few minutes, Dr. [snip] returned and added length to my teeth, so that miraculously, after 61 years, I no longer looked like Elvis! And then she said, “We added lots and lots to your teeth!” The same teeth that minutes before didn't’t have anything wrong with them, according to her. One month later, her crummy addition to the partial is now crumbling off, and I again have lopsided teeth.
The lower partial was three times the size it needed to be. It wouldn't’t fit into my jaw, particularly the right side. Dr. [snip] continued to tell me my mouth would “adjust” to a denture so big that my tongue wouldn't’t lay flat. I could not chew, couldn't’t talk, and couldn't’t get the partial into my jaw.
The week after this bizarre act of dental malpractice, I called for an appointment to have the lowers decreased. I was told that no one could come back until two weeks post-op; even those of us who had no gum swelling, and who had paid for The Package.
The shoddy work of Drs. [snip] and [snip] resulted in blisters, lesions, sores and bleeding in my mouth. All caused by Affordable Dentures’ defective product. The lowers would not allow my mouth to rotate or chew. And I was expected to be tortured like this for no less than one year and up to two years! Subsequently, I was examined in an emergency room and by a dentist in federal practice, all advising me to contact Dr. [snip] for adjustment.
Work was done to make the partials smaller, but still do not fit my mouth and are completely unusable. Sores and lesions continue to form on my gums due to the defective workmanship of this garbage for a product. Parts of the upper partial have chipped off during normal wear, leaving a gap between the teeth. I called again (“You can come back anytime!”) in early August for repair. The nasty Rose told me I could only come on a Tuesday between 1 and 2 o’clock. She then said, “You come when I tell you to, or you won’t get an adjustment or repair.” So I haven’t been back. I live with the worse excuse for a set of partials ever made. The chewing surfaces are almost non-existent. The lowers cannot be worn. The uppers continue to chip. These substandard, inferior teeth are causing pain and suffering as well as embarrassment by not being wearable.
Most new denture issues are caused by gums adjusting to extractions and the placing of artificial teeth. These are not problems particular to me. My gums were ready for permanent partials, yet Affordable Dentures refused to provide them. At one point, Dr. [snip], in an effort to deflect responsibility for her inferior work, pointed to my natural tooth #22, and said, “It’s this one that’s causing all the trouble. This tooth gave us FITS!” Tooth #22 had nothing to do with the creation or placement of her shoddy partials. My #22 is perfectly normal and was not in the way of anything. Dr. [snip] simply had to divert attention from her fraud by projecting away from herself.
Affordable Dentures, Franklin, Indiana, should be closed and prohibited from operating in the state. An investigation of this office and the qualifications of its staff are imperative.
When I paid $1990 on my credit card to the assistant named “Dana”, I asked for a copy of my file. Dana’s reply was, “What do you need it for?” I said I have the right to access my medical records. She said, “We don’t do that.” Affordable Dentures willfully violates HIPPA law.
Two weeks prior to submitting this complaint, I sent an electronic message to the corporate office of Affordable Dentures, Kinton, North Carolina. The narrative here reflects that message. I allowed corporate ten days to provide an answer and nothing has been received, nor have I heard from the Franklin office.