Day 1,... after the morning-rain stopped I walked the short distance from my hotel to "Pattaya Smile Dental Clinic" opposite K-Bank on South Pattaya Rd.
I had booked my appointment at 11:30, but was already in the dentists room at 11:20, which was great because I hate waiting-rooms!
Small simple room with dentists chair, and a happy smiling female dentist without a mouthcover on greeting me!
I immediately got some nice vibes from her and this place, she told me her name was Dr Jay.
She spoke perfect english and directly gave me a feeling of confidence, seemed like a fun and joyous person and all my anxiety and nervousness disappeared!
No heavy cloth was put on my face as in the other place, and during the examination she told me very clearly what she saw and showed me in the mirror.
Before she even had diagnosed my problems, I knew this was it, I had found my dentist at last!
I have been checking my own teeth before my trip to try to get a picture of what is wrong and what could be done, I'm ofcourse no dentist, but I was very happy when her diagnosis was identical to my own!
So this is what is going to be done:
I will be having 6 new Zirconia Crowns, one rootfilling and some minor fillings.
Crowns will be done for 13000 baht each all incl.
Rootfilling will be at 6000 baht, but I will not have time to have the crown fitted this trip so
she will do a temporary filling until my next trip next year.
She counted on 2 weeks to have the job done this trip, she doesn't want to do all the crowns in the same day.
She expects the total costs to be around 85000 baht, which is within my limits of max 100000 baht.
I could have opted for the cheaper Nickel-Chrome based crowns at 7000 baht each, but I prefer the best and longest lasting quality Zirconia.
If I was a retired pensionist or older I might have gone for the cheaper standad crowns, but I expect to live at least 20-30 years more! Hopefully!
Only some minor complains about todays visit:
Aircon in the room was freezing cold!
X-ray is obviously not included in the free exam, but that is probably the same for the other cheaper clinics as well.
She didn't mention or notice that I have some minor stains at the back of my lower front-teeth, and
also didn't say anything about my upper front teeth that has chipped edges and also scratched and worn enamel.
She also didn't mention anything about cleaning of toothstone, although I brush and clean my teeth every day there should be something to clean off after not going to the dentist for 8 years!
Maybe she saved it for my first real appointment tomorrow, will also ask her about guarantee.
So tomorrow the "work" starts at 10:30 in the morning, I'm in for X-Ray, Tooth impression and small filling.
Another dark,gloomy and very humid day in Pattaya.
Stayed in last night, hard to sleep and nervous for the coming visit to the dentist today!
It went better than expected!
I was the first patient of the day at 10:30, they are open 10:00-20:00.
Started with the X-Ray, Dr Jay didn't notice anything new on them than she already knew.
Made 2 jaw impressions one upper and one lower in some kind of fastdrying "clay".
Then she drilled and filled a smaller cavity on a premolar in lower jaw, changed the old filling to white composite that looked much better and more natural than the old Amalgam!
She then continued to drill out and clean the tooth that she expected to do a root canal treatment on.
I didn't feel a thing even without anesthetic, and since it looked much better after removing the caries and since I didn't feel any pain, she came to the conclusion the nerve and pulpa was still intact and alive without infection and hence I would probably not need a root filling after all!
She filled the tooth with a temporary filling and said just in case that we should wait about 2 weeks and if I haven't had any pain during that time she would fix the filling permanently and I wouldn't need any rootfilling or even a crown on that tooth after all!
She said that after a root filling the tooth is dead, and might sooner or later get loose and fall out, so better to try and keep it alive as long as possible.
Will also save me 13000 baht + 6000 baht, so I keep my fingers crossed!
I finally asked her about my chipped front teeth, but she didn't think it was too much, and also said a filling wouldn't last long, she simply polished down my teeth a little bit at the chipped edges, and although slightly shorter than before they still look OK and natural!
This visit lasted about an hour and total cost was 2000 baht!
Tomorrow is going to be a hard day though!
The Dentist will do the teeth that needs crowns on one side, 2 downstairs and 2 upstairs!
Drilling and removing of caries, then some rebuilding to support a temporary crown.
She counted on at least 2 hours work.
Then she's off for a few days Holiday, so my next visit will be 5 days later, when she will do the two last teeth for crowns on the other side.
Then maybe wait another week to get the permanent Zirconia crowns fitted.
I forgot to ask about how long I will wear the temporary crowns, will know tomorrow.
I might take a few days "holiday" as well and go to BKK 11-13 of May!
Will see how I feel after the visit tomorrow!
Edited by plahgat, 2012-05-10 18:54:50.