Well, after a life time of dental horror shows and bad teeth it looks like I am a candidate for some new choppers. I have been waiting to see a new dentist for the past three weeks and in that time I have had at least four major tooth aches and have been eating over the counter pain killers like candy.
Thursday noon I had an appointment that included exam, evaluation and x-rays free of charge. This appears to be a top notch outfit and I was very impressed. I had never seen digital x-rays before, they even had a machine that did one of all your teeth at once in a sort of panorama! All your x-rays, charts and data are available on a 17" HD monitor mounted on each dental chair. As the Dr. does the exam there is an assistant that enters the information directly into your computer record and it appears on the monitor with everything else. If the Dr. needs to refer to anything while talking to you she has it all right there in front of both of you.
After the exam you meet with the office manager who in my case was the young lady that was acting as the Dr.s assistant entering my data during the exam. She explains all your options to you as far as types of dentures and financing and all that good stuff. All said and done after having my last sixteen teeth extracted, some surgically, some normally, I would eventually have two pairs of their premium dentures. The first set would be ready the same day they extract the teeth. After your mouth has a chance to recover they make the second set. When those are done the original set is sent back and relined to the last set of impressions they made for the final set.
Total bill is just shy of $5000, soup to nuts. I went into this with the thought that if I could get all my teeth taken care of for $5000 I would be darn lucky. The last time I had an evaluation like this done the guy wanted to do upper and lower partials and caps and crowns on everything else. He was talking $10-20,000!
If you have dentures I am curious what you think of them? How were they to get used to? I know they are not perfect and will take time to get used to but they should be a great deal better then what I have now. Living down here in Florida I am sure a large part of our population has them but with todays technology you have a hard time telling by just looking at someone and I never hear of people complaining very much about them. I would love to hear from my family here on the forum that has dentures what you think of them. I'm just curious, I do not have other options and am running out of teeth to eat with and am in way to much pain to stay the way I am.