Originally Posted by CarolinaWoman
How is the partial working out? At least you got the teeth extracted for free and if the partial doesn't work out you can go to Sexton or Affordable and get a new one.
Last November when they had the clinic in Charlotte, Channel 36 had it on the news. People were lined up everywhere ... hundreds of people at the two day clinic.
With so many people out of work and lacking dental insurance that is a much needed service. I have paid out over $2000 this year in dental work and still have more to go.
My daughter was laid off from her job and needs her teeth cleaned. I need to tell her about this Missions of Mercy.
Maybe I over expected on my partial...?
I tried it, for the first time, today. The teeth are a bit lighter than my others, as far as shade. I saw the paperwork and the periodonist chose 4.3, whatever that color means.
The periodonist who did my impressions also pulled the teeth and fitted the partial.
Since the lab crew had from say 9am Friday to 2pm Saturday to finish the 74 partials, the 74 people could not have any teeth pulled until Saturday and only after their partials were made.
I was impression #45 but I was the 70th one (out of 74) to be called when my partial was finished.
So, they had about 7 dentist doing these impressions-extractions-partials.
So each one handled about 10 patients each. I was the next to last one, done by my doctor.
For some reason he needed to remove the wire anchor on the left side.
I saw the partial for the first time, in a mirror today. I was disappointed.
The color was off.
The main problem I noticed was the 5 teeth were not parallel with the ground.
Maybe my mouth is not straight, or my original 5 teeth were not flat to the ground either.
Also, the 5 false teeth make my lower teeth look too far inward, as if I need braces for overbite.
The partial sticks out further than the lower teeth.
I noticed a little bleeding, so I took it off and will let it heal some more, over a couple days.
I smiled and it appears that one end of the partial is lower than the other, noticeably.
Better than what I had, which was two broken vertically and the other 3 broken off at the gum.
And of course the cost could not be beat.
I had a licensed periodonist who owns 11 offices himself, do my teeth.
I can not get anyone more qualified, or devoted, to the services they offer at these clinics.
I sure can't get anything better at Affordable Dentures or Sexton. They won't entertain the issues I find with my partial.
The only thing I did not understand was how they made the impressions before they pulled the teeth.
Normally you'd have the teeth pulled first. At least that is the way my local dentist-surgeon planned it.
They did squeeze some compound around my teeth and asked me to bite down, and they filled in the gaps. This stuff hardened into a metal like material. This was used by the lab workers to make a mold. After the mold was made, the molds and the impressions were used to create the teeth, etc.
They made one tooth at a time. It was a tedious procedure I'm sure, and each lab specialist made about 10 partials each from the first one around 9am June 29th to mine which was around 1:30pm the 30th.
I can hear the naysayers now, crying, "you get what you pay for."
I had one of the best, or the best, periodonist in the state of N.C., maybe beyond the state.