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Clear Choice costs much higher than other practices

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I liked everything about Clear Choice except the cost. Although they have an aggressive sales pitch similar to a time share sales pitch, I did like the customer service and the dentist with whom I spoke. When I heard the $22,000 price tag for my dental implants, I decided to see some other implant dentists. It was not surprising to me that the cost was significantly cheaper. I still have to decide who I will let do the work. Denise

Denise – Thank you for your review.

Your review about the Clear Choices sales methods is common. Clear Choice costs are typically significantly higher than other practices. But that is to be expected because they have more personnel and overhead costs than the average practice.

You did well in seeking additional opinions. It is in the best interest of anyone considering dental implants to get two or three opinions before making a final decision.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Should I get a second opinion on Clear Choice implants?

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For the past 6 years I have worn a partial denture. It’s uncomfortable, ugly, and I am sick of it. My dentist told me he can get someone to do the implants for me. I also went to Clear Choice to see what they had to say about the implants. They said I have gum disease and they want to pull all of my lower teeth and replace them with implants. I was in shock trying to figure out how we got from two missing teeth to pulling all of the lower ones. With a price tag of $22k it is really outrageous. I am wondering if I have any other options. – Alec

Alec – You are wise to seek another opinion, and if needed, a third opinion, until you are comfortable with your treatment options and the implant surgeon.

You will need verification of the extent of periodontal disease that you may have. If it is progressive, it needs to be treated before you can receive dental implants. Most dentists will make the effort to save your natural teeth. Although dental implants are the most effective treatment for missing teeth, it is preferable to keep your natural teeth.

When you receive a second opinion, you will likely be given multiple options for tooth placement. Be certain to find a skilled implant dentist for your second opinion before you begin treatment.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

 

Mixed feelings about mixed Clear Choice dental implants reviews

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I am writing with mixed feelings. I need dental implants but I am torn about the provider I will use. I have an associate who got her dental implants from Clear Choice. There are some things that she didn’t like about Clear Choice (she though the sales staff was too aggressive) but overall, she is very pleased with her dental implants. When I can get first-hand experiences on a decision I have to make, I listen. The problem is, my associate is the only person that I know who has been to Clear Choice. So I have started doing some online investigation. I have read tons of reviews and found that, depending on what website you go to, the reviews are mixed. Then I wonder how many of the reviews have been planted by Clear Choice for the positive, or by their competitors for the negative reviews. Your thoughts? Much appreciated.- Dagmar J.

Dagmar –  Conflicting opinions can be confusing. We have received many critical reviews regarding Clear Choice, and we’ve received some positive ones too. But if you’ve read a volume of reviews and are still undecided, another review wouldn’t help.

We suggest that you begin the process of selecting a provider for your dental implants. Review the credentials and experience of providers first. After you narrow your selections to three or four providers, schedule consultations, exams—whatever you need to help you make an informed choice.

Prepare a list of questions about your concerns regarding the procedure, cost, post-treatment, the protocol to ensure your satisfaction—all of your concerns. Ask them of each provider, and take note of the responses. In addition to the implant dentist’s experience and credentials, ensure that you are comfortable with dentist and the care he or she will give you.

After your consultations, you will feel more comfortable making a final decision. If it’s Clear Choice, be sure to let us know about your experience.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board-certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca. Dr. LaVacca provides dental implant second opinions.

Another opinion after seeing two Clear Choice dentists?

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Clear Choice has a good reputation among several of my colleagues who have received dental implants. I travel quite a bit, so I went to two different Clear Choice locations just to compare the recommendations. Both doctors recommended All-on-4 implants for me, which I prefer not to receive. In each case, when I expressed my preference, I receive a “how dare you have a different opinion” look from the dentist. I am uncomfortable. I was pleased with the service, but I am uncomfortable with All-on-4. My preference is standard implants with bone grafting. Should I trust their judgment, or seek another opinion, perhaps with a dentist who will consider mine? Thomas S.

Thomas – You are likely a good candidate for All-on-4 dental implants, but if you don’t want them, and you prefer and are a candidate for standard implants, the choice is yours.

Another opinion from an experienced implant dentist outside of Clear Choice will help you make a final decision. As you likely know, the All-on-4 process is used to eliminate the need for bone grafting. But if you prefer bone grafting and want standard implants, your preference should be respected, as long as the treatment you want will meet the needs of your case.

We don’t know where you live or work, but you can schedule a consultation with Dr. LaVacca to discuss your concerns. If you want to proceed, he will perform an exam and the necessary diagnostic studies to determine your options. Dr. LaVacca is a board-certified prosthodontist and national and international lecturer. You can have confidence in his opinion.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

My Clear Choice Review is positive

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Just wanted to let you know that my experience with Clear Choice was nothing but positive. I know that sometimes they get a lot of negative reviews but from the I walked in the office I was pleased with the way I was treated. The surgery was successful. It’s been 2 months since I had the surgery and my teeth look and feel good. I’m pleased. J.H.

J.H. – Thank you for submitting a review of your experience with Clear Choice. We are happy when patients have positive outcomes for dental implant surgery.

Dental implants can and should last a lifetime and have a positive impact on your quality of life. Thanks again for your review.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

 

 

Clear Choice Chicago disappointed with the service

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I can’t review the actual implant placement work that Clear Choice does. I never received the treatment. I was disappointed with the customer service. I had an appointment but had to wait almost an hour for the free x-ray. I felt rushed through the tour and the sales pitch. I thought the cost was way above average for 4 implants, but at that point I didn’t dispute it because I knew I would not return. When I finally saw the doctor, he seemed uninterested. I had a lot of questions and he seemed annoyed. I received a follow-up call but never returned it. I won’t go back. I just will go with a dentist in a traditional office who cares.  J.S.

J.S. – We are sorry to hear about your experience with Clear Choice. While some patients have good experiences, others report their disappointment with the impersonal service and the sales methods.

You will be able to find an experienced implant dentist who provides personalized cares and reasonable fees.

This post is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

 

What about Chrysalis Dental Implants in Canada?

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Do you have any feedback from Chrysalis Dental Canada patients? Their website is dentalimplants123.com. Can’t for the life of me find even ONE independent (not on their site) patient review other than this https://chrysalisdentalimplantspatient.blogspot.com/ Thank you.

(Note – the above mentioned review website is no longer available.)

Answer:
We really haven’t heard any feedback from Chrysalis patients. Their website has been up since late 2009, and I see they have locations all across Canada, from Vancouver to Halifax.

Their marketing approach, just on browsing through their website, seems to have some similarities to the approach of Clear Choice here in the Chicago area. They have one basic procedure that they emphasize for people who have lost all their teeth, though they are not clear about what that is. They call it the Chrysalis Teeth in a Day technique. Clear Choice also has one technique for edentulous patients, which is the All on 4 dental implants technique.

The page on the Chrysalis website that bothers me the most is the one listing the dental implants services they offer. They list three options for complete teeth replacement, and pour cold water on two of them, while singing the praises of their technique. The truth is that there are variations to each option and all have pros and cons. So it’s deceptive what they are presenting to the patient.

At Dr. LaVacca’s office, we believe in customizing the treatment for each patient. While we can do everything that Clear Choice or Chrysalis can do, and in some cases this may be the best option for a patient, there are often better options, and the patient is best served by offering choices and frankly explaining the pros and cons of each procedure.

My advice to you would be similar to what I advise people who have been to Clear Choice. I would strongly recommend that you get a second opinion to get a clearer idea of your options.

This blog is sponsored by Naperville implant dentist and board certified prosthodontist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.

Strong Sales Pressure Tactics

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Very strong sales pressure tactics. Very little face time with dentist – about seven minutes. Salesperson spoke very rapidly, jumped from topic to topic, and often did not answer questions unless they were repeated. Very difficult to pin down the process, as we were told several times that detailed questions would be answered at the follow-up appointment.

Both salesperson and dentist were scornful and dismissive about other dentists’ practice of doing bone grafts: “We NEVER do bone grafts and don’t believe they are necessary.” Most common treatment they appear to offer is to pull all teeth, implant four, and fill the remaining space in with acrylic, bolt-on dentures…for $50,000. Seems high if the service is provided over the course of only one day. Salesperson claimed they would fix anything that went wrong, but there was no written policy provided (what if all teeth are pulled, then the implants are rejected?). We were shown a lengthy infomercial, which dumbed down the info for the audience. For example, they really pushed the wonder of their 360 degree imaging device — mentioned it multiple times — and they also pushed the fact that all resources necessary for the service are onsite.

They faked a “news” story, with a Fox newscaster set and a “story” that was too lengthy to be a true news story. When confronted, the salesperson stated it was a “special situation.” At the end of the hour-long consultation, the salesperson tried to force us to sign a statement that, among other things, claimed the dentist described a wide range of medical and dental information to us, which she did not. The salesperson grew visibly angry when we refused to sign, repeatedly insisting we do so, then angrily writing “refused to sign” on the form. She also pressured us to start the treatment that day, and they wanted full payment up front. Their service may be a viable option for some patients, but the high-pressure sales tactics and lack of medical information scared us off.

– Suzanne from Virginia

Suzanne,
Your experience is similar to others we have heard about. We do believe that clinically they do good work, but we have received this frequent complaint about high-pressure sales tactics, and the treatment recommendations being presented by a sales person rather than the dentist.

And they have a strong inclination to want to take out all the remaining teeth and do the all-on-4 dental implants procedure, which avoids needing to do bone grafting and other labor-intensive services. There may be cases where that is the best treatment for the patient, but we believe in presenting more options.

Please see Dr. LaVacca’s page where he offers second opinions about Clear Choice dental implants. If you have your own experience to share, please see our Chicago Clear Choice reviews page.

An unpleasant experience at Clear Choice

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My experience was very unpleasant. After my free exam I was told by consultant that infection in my gums was so bad that I would die. And she didn’t even know why I was still alive today. But we can fix it for 52 thousand dollars. I only went there because was told they have payment plans. Sure they do for they very rich. Not for working class people. I have since my experience with clear choice been on depression meds afraid i am going to die at anytime. I left that place in tears. I would never recommend them to anyone who is not already rich.
– Ruth from Texas

Ruth,
Your experience was unfortunate.

We have heard a number of complaints about high pressure sales tactics at Clear Choice, and about their fees. I think that clinically, they probably do a good job.

I hope that our office staff would never insult a patient like this. And we do try to provide affordable dental implant care.

Do you have an experience at Clear Choice? You may submit your comments on our Clear Choice Reviews page. Or, if you would like a second opinion after visiting them, we would be happy to see you.

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