It’s been a while since we heard a crazy story of an unsatisfied denture patient. And this one takes the cake! A Florida man was arrested after making detailed threats to come down and shoot the dentist’s office. He couldn’t post his $10,000 bond and was sent to the county jail.
But what makes this situation different from most of these stories is that the dental office was doing the right thing: they were following proper procedures, and there was no reason why he should have threatened them.
The Source of Conflict
It’s hard to know exactly where the conflict started, since employees at the dentist office say the man has been threatening in the past. However, the current incident began when the man sent his sister to the office to pick up his dentures.
The dentist’s office refused to turn over the dentures to his sister. After trying to persuade them to give the dentures to her, the man issued his threat:”I ought to come down there and shoot up all you motherf—–s.”
Why You Need to Pick Up Your Own Dentures
However, in this case, the dentist office is right: you need to pick up your own dentures. This isn’t something somebody else can do for you. No matter how much you trust someone to pick up your prescriptions and other medical supplies, they just can’t pick up your dentures.
That’s because dentures are custom appliances. They need to be precisely fitted. Dentists need to check the fit when they give you your dentures, and for that they need your mouth, not your sister’s!
Although a dentist should have the fit of your dentures very close, they might need to tweak it a little to make it fit perfectly. Failure to achieve proper denture fit can make your dentures uncomfortable. It will make them loose: more likely to fall out and less able to chew properly. Poorly fitting dentures can be more likely to break or wear down.
That’s why you want to make sure you–and no-one else–are picking up your dentures.
Maintain a Good Relationship with Your Denture Dentist
There are many reasons to maintain a good relationship with your denture dentist. First, dentures need frequent adjustments. It will be more pleasant to get those adjustments if you like your denture dentist. Not only that, but you’ll get better results if your dentist isn’t just trying to rush you out of the office. If your dentist takes the time to do good work on your dentures, you are more likely to be happy with the results. Not to mention that you–and they–will have a better experience.
Perhaps most importantly a dentist who has a good relationship will be more honest with you. In particular, they will let you know when traditional dentures are not a good match for you, when and how you might benefit from alternatives like FOY ® Dentures and implant dentures.
So it’s a good idea to maintain a positive relationship with your denture dentist and not, for example, threaten to shoot them.
If you are looking for a denture dentist that is competent, compassionate, and easy to like, contact a local FOY ® Dentures dentist today.