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Published January 26, 2011, 03:53 PM

Local dentist office takes custody of AllCare medical files

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - New developments tonight in that All-Care Dental fiasco one month after All-Care in Fargo shutdown, leaving thousands of patients without care they already paid for. A local dentist office has taken custody of all the medical files and this will pave the way for patients to begin having their dental work jump-started. This as a nation-wide class action lawsuit against All-Care has been filed.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

74-year old Don Duval is beside himself.

“Oh, you don't know how much I have been screaming over there.”

After slapping down 47-hundred dollars for new teeth, fixed income, just retired, Don still sits in his South Fargo home waiting to hear when he and thousands of others will get some answers following All-Care's move to shutdown and pull out of Fargo.

DON DUVALLost Money to AllCare: “Very criminal, if they fried that many all over the country.”

With all but a few of his teeth pulled, Don has been waiting months to get his dentures. All he can do is eat mush.

“I am tired of munching.”

Who is left to pick up the pieces? State officials and All-Care have selected Evergreen Dental in Fargo to take over all the files and filed calls from patients who have lost money and their teeth.

“A guy came in and put 48 hundred down on the last day they were open and they closed shop the next day.”

Inside Evergreen Dental off Main Avenue are boxes full of 5-thousand All-Care Patient files. Dentists here have custody of them.

DR. CASEY FINES/EVERGREEN DENTAL: “All I can say is we are picking up the pieces and go from there.”

Meantime, patients are now calling here, trying to get in and get their dental work finished, but at a cost to the patient.

“We are on a case by case basis.”

Not yet resolved? The thousands of dollars so many patients each shelled out for dentures and dental care. Months later, most still don't have their teeth, and they are out the cash. Evergreen Dental in Fargo has plans to phase in its program for caring for all these patients. For more on this, go to the website: