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    Chiang Mai - Dentistry

    Felt a bit of a hole in one of my upper molars - so while I was in Panthip - popped into Elitre Smile (on the corner of Panthip Plaza, Chang Klan Road) to get it looked at. Was asked to come back following day and after a 3 min check up - was told that tooth was broken to the root - this maybe true but I'd like to get another opinion - anyone have any recomended dentists here in Chaing Mai. [Quoted cost for a filling was 600/2000 Baht which lept to 20,000 Baht for what I apparently need having done!]
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    ^ the one you went to has a good reputation but i use Empress which is right next to Yummy Pizza/golf driving range at Maehia.

    I think their work is as good as any and certainly as cheap and not far from home with no traffic or parking hassles.

    Just call the number off the link and make an appointment

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    ^ Thanks Lew.
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    I also have a dental issue Kev... broke a tooth in Phnom Penh... had someone do the root canal there because I was in pretty severe pain, then told myself 'I will just do the crown in CM when I get back'... went to the exact same dentist you sspeak of... he looked at it and asked what happened. I told him I cracked a tooth while on vacation in Phon Penh. He then said (I sh!t you not) "why did you have the root canal done?"

    I paused, then said "because I was in a lot of pain?" as if I were unsure why a normal dentist would ask why someone would seek treatment when they're in pain.

    He just seemed completely uninterested in doing any work that might follow up another dentist. Well, I wasnt going to sit in constant pain and unable to eat for my final 3 days of the trip just so this dude could get exclusive work rights... I finally gave him a way out and said "well, my normal dentist wasnt working today, so I thought I would ask you, but it sounds like it will be better to wait a day and have someone else look at it"... his agreement was so quick that to me it confirmed that he just didnt want to finish the work the other guy started. Fine.

    Unfortunately, because I did have the root canal done already, and I'm not in any pain now, I find myself dragging my feet about dropping the 10-12K for the crown...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Loop View Post
    ^ the one you went to has a good reputation but i use Empress which is right next to Yummy Pizza/golf driving range at Maehia.

    I think their work is as good as any and certainly as cheap and not far from home with no traffic or parking hassles.

    Just call the number off the link and make an appointment

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    Seconded. Dr (Mrs) Jarunee (sp?) provides 1st class care and speaks perfect English. Don't be fobbed off onto another dentist.
    Cheers, Rob.

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    Thanks for the recomendations Lew and Rob - just back from an hour with Dr Jarunee (who qualified in Germany) - very impressed indeed: first time I've had live vdo to monitor showing what the problems are as well as full dental x-ray direct to the monitor (500 Baht).

    Need a fair amount needs doing - price of no dentist for 5 years and think pricing is reasonable (if not rock bottom cheap).
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    ^ i would have said she is rock bottom cheap too but have only had experience with one other dentist here so not in the same position to comment.

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    Have plenty of work to be done - so will hold off making further comments until the work is completed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by K2 View Post
    Have plenty of work to be done - so will hold off making further comments until the work is completed.
    I'm sure you'll be happy with the end result, Kev. My impression, after several treatments and free follow-up by phone and consultation, was of a Professional who actually 'cares' about her work.

    Elite was ok, 1/4 the price of Oz, but the fees started racking up after our (Jo & I) initial visits .... and no follow-up !
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    Have to go to a dentist myself very soon, so will give her a try.
    Thanks guys

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    Wisdom tooth extraction there yesterday evening by specialist surgeon ... first class job for 1030 Baht.

    Need 2-3 more vists to finish everything else that needs doing but along with Dr Morgan (GP) - this is the best healthcare I've ever found anywhere.
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    I have found with Dental Care that the trick is to find someone that is passionate about the treatment they provide and not merely retail professionals. If you can find that, you should be fine. The world is a small place now and where a dentist was trained is less relevant now than say15-20years ago. With air travel, internet and just about mandatory further education everywhere, the latest advances/training are accessible for those with passion. It comes down to the professional; how do they want to treat, are they healthcare providers or retail ($$$$)?

    Word of mouth in my view is still the best way of finding a dentist. Keep in mind personalities will come into play and that is sometimes why some relationships work and others don't.

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    I'm not too sure of Chiang Mai's reputation in terms of dental services but why not travel to Bangkok and have your treatment there just to be safe? Check out Thantakit International. It has been my go to place and most of my friends who are on a dental holiday go there. The dentists were trained in the US and I never had any problem with communication. Be very wary in picking a clinic. So many untoward incidents in dental treatments happening on small, dubious dental places around already.

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    ⬆️ A bit late (again) big fella, this was done nearly 2 years ago, 5555, WTB BTW.

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    Having a TG involved now in the dental industry here in CM, I know a few places in CM where the docs were educated in the west. BKK isnt the only place with western educated dentists.

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    I think you get superb medical care here for less money than almost anywhere on the planet, balancing quality of experience, level of machines and tech, and education of the doctors.

    Chiang Mai university (Suan Doc) is the countries top medical research and education center, hence the educators and professors are very often the top people in their fields in the country. The fact that Suan Doc hospital sits 500m from RAM means they can consult and work for the top tier money in a private hospital outside of educator hours. So you can choose between high quality, but longer wait times and room standards at Suan Doc (or multiple others around the city) or pay for the instant service and more attentive nursing in RAM. I know many of the same surgeons operate in other cheaper hospitals also so if yours is not an emergency operation, some research and consultation can really slice and dice which service you feel like paying for. I personally am really impressed by the symbiotic way RAM and the university both operate together.

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