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Hate aspen dental

Aspen Dental #861424
1. Why do you want to extract your teeth? I do not understand.
2. Did you have an appointment, or did you merely walk in and want to be treated immediately? If the latter, why did you expect to inconvenience other patients who had regularly scheduled treatment?
3. How can you tell if instruments used on you were unsterilized? Do you have a camera attached to an electron microscope?
When you choose to go to a *** corporate dental chain clinic that advertises on TV, you should not expect much at all. Advertising this way virtually guarantees a place will have a very high patient turnover rate, and for good reason.
In our consumer society, there are all levels of service quality available to patients. You could have chosen a dentist who owns his own practice, with many years of experience, that would have treated you punctually and professionally. You chose a sleazy corporate clinic owned by private equity investors where dentists are mere employees on commission, with a well known reputation for shady dealings with the public. (Don't take my word for it, read a tiny fraction of the 900+ other comments on this forum.)
You chose wrong. I hoped you learned your lesson, and will choose right next time.
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Anonymous
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Funny, I have been to many of you so called Professional Dentist and you did a terrible job. Where did you get your training or were you just born with a natural ability to be the best?
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Affordable Dentures - Dental Appointment Review

Affordable Dentures #860982
How much money do you save if you get a cheap set of dentures you cannot wear?
How much money did you save having your hours away from work wasted?
A good set of dentures made with quality materials can be relined many times and easily last 20 years. Over the long haul, this is what will save you money. Like anything else, get it done right the first time, and you won't be paying to do it over again.
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Permanant teeth

Aspen Dental #860801
I think in business this is call "lowballing" to hook the customer for a sale.
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Review from Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Aspen Dental #860389
You do know that no matter what they tell you, it takes a minimum of five appointments to construct a good set of dentures, right? And that anything less entails shortcuts that compromise the final result?
You do know that it takes a good amount of time after graduation for a dentist to get really good at constructing dentures, and that this particular clinic recruits mostly recent grads right out of dental school?
You do know that good dentures require excellent lab support, and a former lab technician on this forum has testified much of theirs is from China, and anything but excellent?
Knowing all this, and knowing how much time you have wasted waiting, do you really think getting dentures made at this outfit is a good idea?
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Anonymous
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Sounds to me that you worked for Aspen and was fired for being incompetent. Why don't you start your own blog and stop whining about losing patients in your practice if you are a real dentist
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I visited Aspen in my area, from the beginning I was told after I picked out my dentures that they could submit they were not honest

Aspen Dental #860283
It is common to reduce the fee for dental procedures a little if the patient will do all the legwork filing the insurance claims. There is nothing wrong with that. But your problem was you intended to pay it all, and then have the insurance reimbursement come to you? And you paid it all, and they got and kept the insurance reimbursement? That is the problem?
Lady, I sympathize with you being seriously ill and needing to economize. But corporate chain clinics owned by leveraged buyout groups, that employ inexperienced young dental graduates under pressure to produce billed revenues, is NOT a good place to seek dental treatment.
Here is a shocker for you: Boards of Dentistry only have disciplinary powers over dentists and dental hygienists. Managers and the non-dentist owners of clinics like this cannot be punished in any way by your state dental licensing agency. Think you can sue them? They have legal dream teams that can defeat any suit you file against them. That is why states have opposed non-dentists owning dental practices. There is no way to protect the public against them.
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Aspen dental is not very helpful in a pinch

Aspen Dental #860121
Why do you have no option but wait until Tuesday? Why do you not call a dentist in private practice to find a Friday, Saturday, or Monday appointment? Then cancel the one you made for Tuesday.
Most of the dentists I know can see emergencies the same day or the next day. Of course, they do not sign up for *** PPO and DMO lists that necessitate herding patients in like cattle to turn a profit.
And they do not work for a sleazy corporate chain clinic like you went to.
Wise up! Break the corporate clinic habit and receive better health care!
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This is what I posted to Angie's List

Affordable Dentures #860118
It is impossible to fabricate a good denture in two visits. The bare minimum is five. It is possible to fabricate a denture inaccurately in two visits, but it is virtually impossible that it will fit well and look decent.
It is impossible to fabricate any sort of denture that attaches to implants in two visits. Implants add quite a bit of complexity to the case.
The lesson to learn is one Mark Twain spoke about over a hundred years ago. "At the beginning of a man's education, he should be able to pick up the newspaper and dismiss all the advertisements as lies. At the end of his education, he should be able to dismiss most of the rest is what is printed in the newspaper as well."
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Aspen Dental - Refund Review from Rochester Hills, Michigan

Aspen Dental #859423
As months go by, why don't you up the ante and demand interest as well?
Perhaps when you finally get the refund many years from now, you can use it to help pay for your great-grandchildrens' college educations.
Gosh, it would have sure been easier to choose a dentist based on a reputation for honesty and competence to start with, rather than to go through all this hassle.
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Aspen Dental - Unprofessional Service Review from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aspen Dental #859422
They do have an idea what they are doing. Their goal is to separate patients from as much as their money as possible and frequently they succeed. Thank goodness you were smart enough to avoid them succeeding on you.
It is so tempting, isn't it? A nice new clinic with late and Saturday hours. Their name appears on most every *** insurance list. Advertisements by a pretty NASCAR driver must mean it is an up and coming concern, right? What could go wrong?
Plenty. Dentists need to own dental practices, not private equity groups. When young dentists fresh out of school and laden with thousands of dollars of student debt go to work for corporate executive shysters that want higher and higher revenues billed, it is a recipe for disaster.
Tell all your friends!
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Aspen Dental - Dental Cleaning Review from Sioux City, Iowa

Aspen Dental #858942
And the sad part is that it is not just this chain. There are many others like it that use the same crooked tactics.
How do they keep getting away with it? These corporate chain clinics are operating illegally anyway, because they are owned by non-dentist investors. Boards of Dentistry harshest remedy is revoking dental licenses. What can they do about crooked corporate executives who never had dental licenses to start with?
Lucky you had your wits about you and walked. Yet for every wise patient like you, there are ten others that fall for it and are overtreated.
Please, please, please go only to dentists with a reputation for honesty and competence in your community who own their own practices.
If ever you needed to write your state legislator about anything, it is this public health menace. Tell them you want your State Board of Dentistry to crack down on corporations illegally operating dental practices by means of utilizing a sham-owner dentist for hire! As you found out, the threat to public health is very real!
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False Advertising

Aspen Dental #858938
It is quite ridiculous to charge a "prep fee." That is the main part in making a crown!
To be honest, other sleazy corporate clinics quote a low fee, then charge extra for the temporary. Or they quote a low fee, and charge the patient a laboratory fee separately! No honest dentist does any of these things!
The problem with these corporate clinics is that they are breaking the law to start with. In most states, only dentists can own dental practices. State boards are powerless to discipline outfits like this, as they have no power over corporate executives. They can only revoke licenses of dentists.
If you really want to stamp out abuse like this, write your state legislator, demanding their Board of Dentistry formulate legal, ownership tests so corporations cannot claim their offices are owned by crooked dentists who pose as front men fake owners before State Boards.
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BAD DENTAL EXPERIENCE

Aspen Dental #858934
Yep, you got it figured out perfectly. Unfortunately, you learned the hard way.
I only wished you had saved four or more teeth so you could have had partial dentures, instead of full dentures.
Making quality dentures that fit right, allow good pronunciation, are naturall-looking, and allow chewing is one of the most difficult tasks we dentists do. To be honest, I went to a very good dental school, and students only had to make four dentures to graduate.
It takes years of practice for dentists to get good at making dentures. Some never get good at it and quit. But one thing you can be sure of: good dentists who have learned to make good denture right by the textbook way will NEVER be found working at a corporate dental clinic like you went to. And you will never get quality dentures for a measly $500 or so.
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Aspen Dental - Dentures Review

Aspen Dental #858400
Next time, try a reputable dentist who owns his practice, instead of a *** corporate clinic owned by a leveraged buyout group.
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Had all my teeth removed

Aspen Dental #857838
1. Why did you decide to extract all your teeth? This was a very poor decision. It is very rare that I cannot save at least two tooth roots in each arch, and put dentures OVER the roots. This is called an overdenture, and it beats a regular dentures any day of the week. PLUS you can use magnetic attachments on the roots to help hold the denture in.
2. To do an immediate denture well, which is what you had, the BACK teeth should be extracted first. At least 3 months should be allowed for healing, leaving stable ridges for the new denture. When the denture is delivered, ONLY THE FRONT TEETH ARE LEFT TO EXTRACT. Was this the way it was done for you? With this *** dental chain, probably not.
3. Patients think that this extracting teeth and placing immediate dentures is so easy a chimpanzee could do it, and they should just shop for the cheapest price. Let me tell you, it is one of the most difficult and demanding tasks we undertake. It takes years for a dentist to get really good at it, and labs must be excellent. There is little chance a crumby investor-owned corporate dental chain clinic like the one you used could do this well for you. Heck, if I worked there, I could not even do it, with the *** lab work I would be handed.
You made a big mistake by having your teeth pulled. Wise up and find an honest, competent dentist to reline your denture when the time comes.
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Deceived by saying your insurance covers everything

Aspen Dental #857833
Insurance companies are often bigger crooks that corporate dental chains. I am only speculating what went wrong here, but dental benefits plans often give you a card that says "Preventive Services- 100%" to make it look like you got a great plan. When in reality, it is 100% based on extremely low fees that no dentists charge in the communities. You might have been billed the difference between the fairy-tale low fee and the corporate clinic's fee. If so, this is a legitimate charge.
However, look on your bill and see if x-rays were charged. If advertisements abounded claiming "free x-rays," and you were charged, this would seem unethical. However, if you read the mouse print, it might say, "Free x-rays for uninsured patients." I contend this is unethical; they probably would dispute that.
Look, I don't know how you came to take your family to a dishonest, slimebag corporate clinic like this, but wake up and realize that it is your family's health you are dealing with. This outfit has a long track record of recommending unneeded treatment. (See posts by an ex-employee all over this website.) Please find a reputable dentist who owns his own practice that you can trust.
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Aspen Dental Negative Experience Medical Trauma

Aspen Dental #857684
I don't understand. You think because your tooth had no pain, it could not have had a cavity? Cavities never hurt until they get very close to the nerve. I cannot say whether it did or didn't. I am just saying the presence or absence of pain says nothing about whether the tooth was carious.
Are you saying you would not have wanted anesthetic before a filling? This would be unusual and hurt a lot. I don't usually ask patients permission to give an anesthetic, as almost everyone want their teeth numbed for fillings, root canals, crowns, and extractions. The few patients who do not want to be numbed tell me plainly before the appointment.
I once worked in a clinic with a TV and hated it. It was supposed to be for the benefit of patients, but it badly distracted the assistants. TV has no place in dental operators. I agree, it is very irresponsible for a dentist to be watching TV while he is treating patients.
I very much doubt your facial nerve problems are due to a dental anesthetic. I have been injecting patients for 36 years, and never had any. Bell's Palsy and Trigeminal neuralgia are fairly common ailments, not caused by dental treatment.
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Working at aspen with the t.v. on isn't that bad or distracting as long as you like Jerry Springer, divorce court, judge judy , day time soaps and all the other pathetic trash t.v. shows blasting in your ear all day long while your trying to work in a patient's mouth. So glad I don't work in this hole any longer!
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Disappointed

Aspen Dental #857468
Corporate clinics staff with young dentists right out of school desperate for any job to pay back their student loans. Those with any skills at all quickly leave these horrible places to work, and either start their own practices, buy practices, or work for honest dentists as associates.
Do you remember the name of the dentist you liked? If so, contact the Wisconsin Dental Association to see where he is practicing now and go there.
If his new location is not convenient, find a dental WHO OWNS HIS OWN PRACTICE with a reputation for honesty and competence in your community. Kick the corporate dental habit. No decent dentists work for investor-owned chain clinics for long.
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Fantastic Dentists!!

Rio Dental #856746
FRAUDULENT POST TIPOFF: A dental clinic in Mexico, with the cheaper labor of Mexicans, would NEVER use a US Dental Laboratory. Beside the cost, the logistics of getting lab deliveries across the border and paying customs would be too much trouble.
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i got an email that someone had posted here on my comments. From all your posts it seems you are trying to help but in all fairness ....yes my crowns came from the US and yes they are still good today. I have had no more need for crowns at this time so I havent been back so I do not know what they do now concerning crowns. I will say They did a good job. If you think this post is fraudulent , please email me at any time. I will post my name and email, feel free to look me up on facebook and just take a look at my perfect smile anytime.
Anne Hosfield
Murfreesboro TN
annehosfield@***.com
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PATIENT EXPERIENCE

Rio Dental #856743
Why on earth did your wife waste money have silver fillings replaced?
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Same complaint one person over and over again.

Rio Dental #856738
I only counted 4 from Indianapolis. Two were from Albequerque, which was a little odd.
Don't let it bother you. You sound like a sheep who WANTS to be sheared. Go ahead and go; it is only your health at risk.
Just don't come back crying to American dentists begging them to fix the problems that are created.
By the way, I have a very competent dentist friend in Romania who does excellent dentistry as cheap or cheaper than you will find in Mexico. And he actually knows the content of casting alloys he uses.
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There are good dentists in Juarez, just not Rio. We go to Nucleo Dental, look at their webpage. In business 29 years, excellent quality and all dentists are licensed & certified specialties in house.
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Customer Service

Aspen Dental #856729
I send x-rays to patients' home addresses frequently, and don't think it violates any HIPPA laws. Sounds like the runaround to me.
Gosh, for $6500 your wife could have saved two canine roots on the lower jaw by root canals, had the extractions, and had top-notch dentures made by a competent dentist using a great dental lab using quality materials. Wow, you paid a sleazy corporate clinic that much to get second or third rate prostheses. (Read comments about lab work by a lab technician elsewhere in these complaints.) Incredible!
Advertising must be so convincing a force in your mind. And you drove an HOUR to go to a clinic like this? Why on earth would any sane person do that? General dentists in private practice are plentiful everywhere I have traveled in the US!
Don't think customer service counts for anything in these investor-owned clinics. The name of the game is over treating patients and extracting as much cash as possible from them. Remember, office managers are on commission bonuses.
But don't listen to me, a dentist who examines their former patients quite frequently. Read the other 894 complaints against this operation on this website.
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Anonymous
#857959
Your comments are quite annoying. I'm assuming you have a private practice, but you spend way too much time on these websites to look like you actually have patients. While some of your comments are correnpct, please get a life and stop trolling. Some people are forced to see these types of clinics and you bashing them makes you no better than anyone else. So take a breath, calm down, and turn off your internet for awhile. I guarantee I would never want a dentist with your attitude, and I'm super thankful mine avoids social media drama.
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Aspen Dental - Tooth Extraction Review

Aspen Dental #856725
Why are you so in love with *** corporate clinics?????????? First you go to one and are disappointed, then you figure you will try another sleazy one. Did visiting the office of a private dentist ever cross your mind???????? What attracts you to corporate chain clinics own by investors instead of dentists? Is your mind a prisoner of their advertising hype?
Many general dentists, including me, have plenty of experience extracting wisdom teeth and rarely need to refer to oral surgeons. We general dentists charge a lot less money, too. There are plenty of us that extract difficult teeth- it is a skill widely taught to any dentist who has been in the armed forces.
Know why the corporate chain clinics want to refer you? They are staffed with young graduates with little or no surgical experience.
Wise up, man! It is your health you are dealing with. Quit the corporate clinic habit and find a competent dentist who can serve you well.
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This is what I posted to Angie's List

Affordable Dentures #855735
Let's review your case. You had implants placed, which complicates the construction of dentures considerably. Even without implants, constructing upper and lower dentures that fit well, look pleasing and natural, and allow good pronunciation and chewing is a daunting task that requires a lot of work, superb impressions, and excellent lab support. In my practice, at least 5 appointments, and usually 6, plus several adjustment appointments.
Dealing with the implants requires expensive transfer copings and analogues, to reproduce implant position accurately in the impression. Add to that the fact that you had extractions the same appointment, which adds inherent inaccuracy to the procedure.
And you tried to get all this complicated work done as cheaply and quickly as you could, without regard to how well it was done. You did not even think to question them about how they were going to accomplish all this.
Denture patients like you are simply incredible. I cannot believe how gullible they are. The only three things they want is cheap, cheap, cheap. Then they cannot understand why the result is mediocre at best, and write complaints on websites like this.
Going to cheap clinics like this for such a complicated case virtually guarantees you treatment failure. Next you will have to pay a reputable dentist to do the whole thing over right.
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Anonymous
#860052
Henrius:
The TV ads for Affordable Dentures promise same day service. I got that and I have not complained about it. Their business model is Bait and Switch, however and I will complain about that and their uncaring attitude to an injured patient.
If I could afford the sort of work you are discussing, I would do it. The implants I have cost thousands of dollars but I no longer have that sort of money.
All I want is for the dentist to actually do what their ads and websites say they will.
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Can't do "FREE" cleaning of teeth because a more severe "DEEP-CLEANING" has to be done;recommended by Doctor/Dentist.

Aspen Dental #855721
I am surprised they are so blatant. A different corporate clinic near me was putting hygienists on commission not only to sell unneeded periodontal treatment, but other unnecessary treatment as well. They were doing the treatment planning, instead of the dentists!
Fortunately, the state board lowered the boom on this den of thieves, after a periodontist friend of mine ratted them out. But since the state board cannot discipline corporate executives, the chain will no doubt just recruit new hygienists and force them to do the same.
Patients just do not realize the danger they are putting themselves going to corrupt corporate clinics. Thanks for taking the time to second my warnings!
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Affordable Dentures - Dental Appointment Review

Affordable Dentures #855179
Why not try going to a reputable dentist in private practice who respects the value of your time? Might work, you know!
You probably went to this place thinking you would save a buck or two just because of the franchise name. Most of the time patients find they get mediocre dentures at best, and find that after they have your money, obtaining adjustments is difficult. Many patients find that for a little more money, they could have gotten an excellent set of dentures, with 6 months of adjustments included.
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#860939
To henrius you are loaded with cash does not mean everyone is. I believe a company should give what they advertise or big brother should shut them down. Poor people can't.
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Permanant teeth

Aspen Dental #855155
If you had your last teeth pulled at the time your denture was inserted, this is inherently inaccurate, and dentures become loose very quickly. However, I usually put a soft material called Tissue Conditioner in them for several months, before I finally reline them with hard plastic. (And yes, the reline always costs extra.)
The ideal way of making a denture is to extract all the teeth, let the ridges heal for at least 3 months, then start taking impressions. Doing it any other way is a compromise.
Most dentists include adjustments for a specified period of time in the price of the denture. Some dentists adjust them free for 1 month, some for 3, some like me for 6 months. Really cheap dentures include no free adjustments!
Gee, I cannot believe how much patients pay in some of the sleazy corporate clinics. For just a little more, you could have gotten a pair like I make, with the finest denture teeth on the market, and esthetic setup to mimic what you looked like in your youth. For some reason, denture patients are the most gullible patients in dentistry.
Look, even an experienced dentist like me could not make dentures at a sleazy chain clinic, because they use the che
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Can't do "FREE" cleaning of teeth because a more severe "DEEP-CLEANING" has to be done;recommended by Doctor/Dentist.

Aspen Dental #855147
So you are happy with the crown, but not the cleaning salesmanship? I don't understand if yours is an "attaboy" or a complaint.
Whether you needed a regular cleaning or an expensive scaling and root planing I cannot tell without x-rays and probing depths. All you have to do is read some of the other 890 complaints on this website and see how many other patients were sold overtreatment by this chain.
If you have uncontrolled gum disease with pocket depths, a regular cleaning will do you about as much good as having a transmission overhaul when your car's real problem is a broken connecting rod.
Some gum disease patients are so fragile, then need cleanings every 3 months. Others gather tartar so slowly they can have a cleaning every 2 years and suffer no disease progression.
Look, I know TV ads with a famous NASCAR driver impress some people, but you really made a mistake going to a chain dental clinic owned by a private equity group. They employ young dentists, many deep in student loan debt, to bill all the revenues they can, or they are given the boot. Does this business model sound like a good place to seek health care? It doesn't to me.
Find an honest, reputable dentist who owns his own practice, and stick with him. There are plenty of guys and gals that fit that description in every US city I have visited, not just in Boise.
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#868001
My dental insurance (through my employer) has very few independent dentists to choose from. I would say 90% of the dentists listed on the "Find a doc" list supplied by my insurance company were affiliated with chain dental clinics.
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Aspen Dental - Bad Customer Service Review

Aspen Dental #855144
1. Why did you have your grandmother drive 1 hour to go to a sleazy corporate dental chain clinic owned by private investors instead of dentists??? Wherever you live in the US, except perhaps rural Montana, there are plenty of reputable dentists experience in constructing good dentures. Why did you not seek an honest guy or gal closer to her?
2. It takes about 6 appointments to make decent dentures, and an average of 3 appointments of post-op adjustments. I average 5 to 6 weeks start to finish fabricating new dentures for patients. You are not knowledgable about dentures if you think they can be constructed in a jiffy in 1 or 2 visits.
3. We don't just "file dentures down" when we adjust them. Very often, the problem is the ***, and we must mount them in plaster on an articulator to adjust that. In the mouth, we apply disclosing cream, adjust high spots, and then repolish the plastic. All this takes time. What makes you think your grandma can walk right in and disrupt other patients' appointments to get a denture adjustment? Every good dentist makes appointments for things like this.
All this aside, you made a very poor decision taking your grandma to a corporate chain dental clinic. Maybe it was TV ads that impressed you. You only have to read the other 891 complaints to see what sort of money-centered business model this is.
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Prices and timing for receiving dentures

Aspen Dental #854389
OK, right off the bat, it is impossible to construct decent dentures in two visits within 24 hours, or even 72 hours. Good dentures take 5 to 6 visits to construct correctly, then 3 to 4 visits of adjustments afterwards. Anything less than this involves compromises. By the time a patient is perfectly comfortable with their new dentures, I have usually spent over two months on the project.
If you think you can get a decent dentures for $1100, much less $475, you are living in Fantasyland.
Would you expect to get a prosthetic leg for $475?! No? A set of dentures is much more difficult to construct.
Look I know your beloved mother is 90 years old and you don't want to spend any money on dentures because you don't think she will be around much longer. It is doubtless also very difficult to transport her to the dental office. A smarter move would have been just to reline the dentures she had. That is a lot easier and costs a lot less money.
I am not sure why you chose a corporate dental chain clinic owned by a leveraged buyout group for your precious mother's care. Why did you think they would have truthful advertising and competent care? It is all about rushing the young, i
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I hate the partials they made me! I Paid my money upfront for poor Quality 1,100 and the insurance paid the rest, I'm very pissed too, I'm still wearing my temporary untill I can get more, I will never pay upfront again, what a waste of money
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VERY BAD TREATMENT AFTER EXPRESSING DISLIKE OF BAD FIT AND LOOKS

Affordable Dentures #853634
Yep. You wanted a bargain and got one. A decent denture will cost way over $1000. My fee is $1700 and it is worth every dime.
Fabricating good partial and full dentures is amazingly complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Yet people like you want them cheap and fast. You see what that got you.
Better luck with an experienced older dentist that owns his own practice.
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YEAH well if you ask me..i think dentist are a dam rip off. Even when you have insurance the teeth you get are still cheap made. I paid 1900 for just an upper plate and the idiots that put my permanent teeth in did it in 4 weeks. 6 or 7 months later the teeth were falling out everytime i spoke. I took them back to get a refit...2 times...cause that was thier limit of visits after you get your dentures. And STILL dont fit. They had the gall to ask me for another 300 to refit. I laughed in thier face. So my 1900 dollar teeth set in a cup on my bathroom shelf. Pitiful. As much as they charge...they should make the customer happy. But then again, they are only out for the money.
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Affordable Dentures - Unfitted Dentures Review

Affordable Dentures #853633
You made a mistake having your second set fabricated so early. Should have waited at least 6 months.
You could have gotten your temporary set relined or lined with a tissue conditioner while you were waiting. Probably did not offer you this service, did they?
Next time, have a real dentist who owns his own practice make your dentures, and not some sleazy cheap denture clinic.
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Affordable Dentures - Gums In Pain Review

Affordable Dentures #853630
An allergy like yours is indeed rare. Fortunately it is possible to make dentures out of a nylon material.
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Affordable Dentures - Disrespectful Customer Treatment Review

Affordable Dentures #853629
You will be better off. A good removable lab tech can find better places of employment than a cheap denture clinic.
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The worst of the worst, do the dentist even have a license?

Coast Dental #853199
Whew! You dodged a bullet! You are more perceptive than 99% of the other complainers on this website!
Yes, you are right! These chains recruit young dentists with high debt burden right out of school. Yes, they all have licenses. Then non-dentists pressure them to bill all the revenues they can, and are threatened with job loss if they don't. Can you imagine how devastating job loss would be to a young graduate with a quarter million dollars worth of student loans?
The sad part is, there are few experienced dentists at these places to mentor the younger ones. The "mentoring" is done by high-school graduate office managers who are seeking production bonuses.
You were smart to walk. Warn all your friends!
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Out of credit and no permanent teeth.

Aspen Dental #852023
Here is the problem. Honest dentists only bill procedures and take money as the procedures are completed. As a former employee has noted, this chain's strategy is to bill ALL procedures up front, so the patient is committed to completing treatment at the chain's office. If you change your mind, they make it very, very difficult to get any refund.
My advice to you is to kick up a ruckus, threatening them with a State Dental Board complaint, if you are not refunded money for any services not completed.
Then go to a REPUTABLE dentist who owns his own office, NOT A CORPORATE CLINIC, and have your temporary denture relined. This should not cost much more than $400 and will make them fit very tightly.
Not sure from your post where your remaining teeth are. If on bottom, you have a lower partial. If all plastic, these are not practical to reline. Under no circumstances have the final partial denture made at this chain. A lab tech chronicled how they are made of thin metal by Chinese dental labs. A decent partial denture can be relined and last for over 20 years, if the teeth are taken care of!
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Aspen Dental - Dental Insurance Review

Aspen Dental #851478
Had a patient in today that believed the same as you. He thought he would magically save 40% by going to a network provider. Unfortunately, it never works that way, as you found out. Nobody could take that big a hit in fees and stay in practice for long. Overhead is just too high, and Obamacare made it even higher. What happens with Prostituting Providers is they just upcode procedures and overtreat patients to make up the difference lost in fees.
Glad you liked your old dentist, but no dental society ranks dentists as the "Top 5 in the state" or anything like that. That is marketing BS. But who do you believe- your honest former dentist who said your gums were healthy, or the corporate-investor owned clinic who said you need $1500 worth of "gum restoration." The answer is clear to me, and should be to you.
Look, here is what to do. Drop the joke of a PPO dental plan, and put the premiums you would have paid into a savings account (maybe a FLEX plan) to pay for family dental expenses. Cut the visits down at your former dentist to once every 9 to 12 months. Going to an honest dentist with that frequency beats going to a dishonest chain clinic every 6 months.
Prescribing overtreatment for you is bad enough. Imagine them doing it to your precious children!
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I had a great experience

Aspen Dental #851468
To Actual Dentist: The only way I can can explain your ignorance is you work for a corporate chain clinic. I am talking about magnetic heads on tooth roots or implants, NOT opposing magnets in dentures. Hmm, does someone with a doctorate make two spelling mistakes in one post?
I have presented table clinics on magnetic system at an ADA meeting, a Hinman meeting, and a Chicago midwinter meeting.
If that is not enough, there are TWO books on the subject. (No, I did not write them.) I will get the titles if you are interested.
Guess thousands of Asian dentists who use magnets are foolish. When you get a chance, Google Aichi Steel Magfit magnets.
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Dental Health Associates

Dental Health Associates #850869
Ever hear of going in a hospital for an operation and getting an exact estimate to the dime of what it will cost you? No? Then why do expect these impossible standards of dentists? Things can change. A cavity can unexpectedly go into the nerve, to name one of a number of unexpected things that can happen.
Why did YOU not call Delta Dental to get an idea of coverage? After all, it is YOUR insurance. Why not call and be put on hold for 30 minutes by the slimebags who run Delta Dental, and see what dental offices put up with?
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Poor quality and service

Affordable Dentures #850867
Since you like the looks of your old denture, why don't you have it relined? Typically it will only have to be in the lab for one day. It also costs only about a quarter to a third of what having a new denture constructed would cost.
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Affordable Dentures - Dentures Review

Affordable Dentures #850864
What to do? Only one thing:
Instead of going to a sleazy dental chain advertising cheap dentures, go to an experienced older dentist that owns his own practice and is good at fabricating dentures. He will look at old photos when you were young and had your teeth, take accurate *** records, and spend at least one appointment playing around with tooth position so you can speak right. When you are totally satisfied, the quality lab he uses will turn the wax setup into a plastic completed denture.
All this will probably take six appointments to get everything right. Probably you will need at least 3 adjustment appointments.
Will this be cheap? No. But if you really want it done right, you will pay the price. The only other alternative is go to a dental school and have it done by students. This takes even more appointments, and some will be as long as 3 hours.
By the way, you don't have any sort of case you can sue for. Chalk this one up for a lesson earned the hard way.
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Dentures have ruined my life!

Aspen Dental #850762
Over and over again I hear the same story: patients don't take care of their teeth, figuring they will have them all pulled on day, and life will be a bed of roses. Then 99% find out reality: dentures are a poor substitute for teeth, and sometimes cannot be worn at all.
I think those "comfylites" they peddle as the best thing since sliced bread are made of some sort of flexible nylon instead of polymethylmethacrylate. My experience is they are tougher on the gums, and teeth come out of them more easily. They are also harder to repair and reline.
Never heard of an allergy to the material, however. Did your allergist test it? Could be you are malnourished as well.
I have only met a couple of patients in my life that could not wear correctly constructed dentures. My advice is to find a good older dentist who owns his own practice and does dentures. A lot of ex-military guys do this. STAY AWAY FROM CORPORATE DENTAL CHAIN CLINICS which you seem enamored with. After having all your teeth pulled, going to one of these sleazy outfits was your biggest mistake.
A couple of implants in each arch make all the difference in the world with dentures. My favorite trick is to top impla
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I believe many go to places like aspen, because they offer dentures for $800 . Buyer beware.
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I had a great experience

Aspen Dental #850661
I am happy you had a good dentist at this clinic. One thing I can guarantee you: he will not be there for long. These chain clinics are a horrible place to work and dentists stay there only until they can find something better or open their own practices.
If you notice, I divulge no personal contact information in any of my posts. That is because my intention is not to market my practice, but to help patients understand what a mistake they are making with their health when they go to corporate chain clinics owned by investor groups instead of dentists.
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Of course the dentist will move on with experience. Same with Lawyers and Doctors. What bothers me is as I read it seems people just give up and don't demand that they get fixed to fit and be comfortable and this is from corporate and private practice
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I had a great experience

Aspen Dental #850652
There are many ways to attach canine (and other tooth) roots to dentures. Most guys use something called "Locator" attachments which are like miniature snaps found on clothing. The bad part about these nylon snaps is they need replacement about every year. The good part is they are very cheap attachments to replace.
For 25 years, I have been using magnets as my preferred overdenture attachment. The ones from Aichi in Japan are the best ones out there, lasting 5 years and longer, but must be imported directly from Japan.
Expect any sort of cast attachments to fit the roots of teeth to cost about $1000 per tooth. But they are worth it.
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To Actual Dentist: The only way I can can explain your ignorance is you work for a corporate chain clinic. I am talking about magnetic heads on tooth roots or implants, NOT opposing magnets in dentures. Hmm, does someone with a doctorate make two spelling mistakes in one post?
I have presented table clinics on magnetic system at an ADA meeting, a Hinman meeting, and a Chicago midwinter meeting.
If that is not enough, there are TWO books on the subject. (No, I did not write them.) I will get the titles if you are interested.
Guess thousands of Asian dentists who use magnets are foolish. When you get a chance, Google Aichi Steel Magfit magnets.
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I had a great experience

Aspen Dental #850542
A common mistake in dentures is to place the denture teeth where they ended up after periodontal disease, instead of in the more ideal position. When most people smile, the lower front teeth are either not visible, or just barely above the lower lip line.
In deep *** cases or after years of periodontal disease, the lower teeth extrude, giving an unnatural excessive display of lower teeth.
Instead of correcting this in you denture, it appears the lab techs just duplicated the unnatural tooth position. Either that, or you have a very strange way of retracting your lower lip when smiling, that few other patients have. Thank goodness these are temporary dentures. If you find a dentist and lab tech at this chain with any sense, they can make the lower tooth position in the lower denture more ideal. But don't count on it.
Few patients realize the challenges in making good dentures which make the process so difficult. We dentists have to guess, through studying photos when the patient was young, where the denture teeth should be ideally placed. It is not enough to know where the position is before extraction. Then when plastic teeth are placed in the ideal position of youth, we s
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What purpose could you possibly have in posting your obvious self-serving derogatory comments about this understandably proud gentleman's new dentures?!? You certainly are not going to offer to replace these perfectly fine dentures with your much more brilliantly designed ones at no charge to the patient. Sometimes it's so simple, as our Mother's used to tel us, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything. You should have listened more to your Mother.
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I had a great experience

Aspen Dental #850430
Sure seems like the lower denture teeth are mighty short and you show a lot of pink plastic when you smile, but if you are happy with the looks, more power to you.
Sure glad you saved the lower canines as this will make a tremendous difference. I like to put magnetic attachments in the denture that attach to the lower canine roots, but a chain clinic will not know how the heck to do this.
I don't understand. You said you kept coming back for adjustment appointments until they fit, then in the same paragraph you said you never needed any follow-up appointments.
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To answer the top post, you are seeing the plastic because I am not smiling naturally but rather trying to show entire denture. As the question about coming back for adjustments I meant that they hurt and had to be re-lined but I never had to make an appointment, just walk in to have it done. I do agree that by saving those lower teeth is a big help because they allow the denture to lock on to something. I can understand that if there was nothing to hold it I am sure there would be many problems. Can you have posts put in for the denture to snap on to and hold in place?
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Aspen Dental #846428
You do know that Aspen is owned by a leveraged buyout firm, right? You know they only managed to open clinics by having sham owner dentist pose to authorities as the real owners, when they are not. Unfortunately, the one thing they do have plenty of is expensive lawyers that protect it from successful patient lawsuits.
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Aspen Dental #846400
You will receive an e-mail from me through an intermediary, to protect me from that firm's lawyers. Are you thinking of suing? Just curious what is on your mind. A am a dentist who has been in practice for 34 years and see considerable abuse from corporate clinics like the one you are talking about.
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Invisalign - don't waste your time or money!

Invisalign #846362
A biomechanical fact: teeth don't care how force is applied. They respond to force the same, whether it is applied by brackets and archwire or aligner. Thus, there is not inherent savings of treatment time with aligners. But admittedly, when a patient breaks a bracket and does not get it recemented soon, a lot of time is lost in treatment.
Nickel-titanium archwire in brackets applies a gentler force to teeth. Plastic aligners apply a stronger force to teeth, which is why teeth hurt so much with a new aligner.
Even it teeth are moved into the perfect nirvana of straightness, small amounts of growth occur throughout life. It remains nearly impossible by any means to correct teeth to perfect alignment, and keep them there the rest of a patient's life.
By the way, I am a general dentist who has done orthodontics for 27 years.
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Wow.... would you reccomend Invisalign???
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AFFORDABLE DENTURES VINELAND...RIP OFF!!!!

Affordable Dentures #846331
It is great you realized what happened, and learned that you really don't save any money at this types of places. For your info, no decent simple cleaning can be done in 15 minutes, much less a scaling and root planing. For a patient with only 11 teeth, we would schedule 50 minute for a regular cleaning and 1 hour for a scaling appointment.
Also with this few teeth, many dentists reduce the fee for regular cleanings and scalings.
If your appliance look this bad, after healing is completed, I would just fabricate new partials instead of relining your originals. Expect to pay at least $1400 EACH for a cast partial denture, and as much as $2000. (My fee is $1850.)
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Not for children

Aspen Dental #845998
The dental screening required by schools has nothing whatsoever to do with a dental cleaning. My office does school screenings all the time without doing cleanings at the same visit. A screening is a brief cursory exam of the mouth without benefit of x-rays. This should eventually be supplanted by a complete exam including analysis of growth vectors and future orthodontic needs. Hardly anyone take x-rays of a child this young unless serious problems are noted.
Truth be told, I have had 4-year-olds that were so poorly behaved we could not do cleanings. Might not have been anything this clinic did wrong.
But when it is all said and done, taking your child to a corporate dental chain clinic was a massive mistake. Take him to a real dentist, as you say, who owns his own practice and has a vested interest in long-term patient satisfaction.
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