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Dental care in Southeast Asia (anywhere)

Posted by gottagetaway on 22/3/2011 at 06:10

For the last several months I've been gearing up for an epic tour of SE Asia (see some of my previously submitted /travel threads).

Since I'm planning to quit my job before I go I've been making sure I have health checkups while I still have insurance. I went to the dentist yesterday, and they tell me that getting six fillings, two root canals and two crowns, will cost me nearly $3000 USD! My first thought was -- "well there goes my trip!"

I'm going to get a second opinion from another local dentist, but, I remember reading that India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines are fast growing in the medical tourism industry. How can I find out about cost and quality of care in SE Asia, to see if it will be more reasonable than here?

Any personal recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted by goonistik on 22/3/2011 at 07:50

I can ask a friend to be more certain but all those procedures will not cost $3000 in the Philippines.

If you do go to the Philippines, look for a dentist who graduated from the University of the Philippines College of Dentistry. I have several high school classmates who went there.

I came across this website and they have a medical tourism guide.
They list root canals as costing from $87 to $300.

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Posted by exacto on 22/3/2011 at 08:23

Most if not all major hospitals in Thailand have a dental clinic. I've had dental work done in Thailand and the standard of care was quite good while the price, as you've mentioned, was significantly less than in the states. Check the following story for some basic basic information as well as links to a few major Thai hospitals. Cheers.

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Posted by gottagetaway on 22/3/2011 at 09:47

Thanks, I have seen that link, but I was hoping for information on specific doctors, if possible, or at least personal experiences including specifics?

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Posted by sayadian on 22/3/2011 at 15:24

2 years ago I had work done by a dentist in Phnom Penh.Crowns and route canal treatment.The crowns came at $100 each and included the route canal treatment.He is situated back of Soraya Centre PP which you can't miss as it's the only shopping mall near the central market.I've got his number though 023992421.The work was excellent and beats anything I've had done in Europe.
My wife had a filling in Sihanoukville for $7 and it looks a pretty good job.
Dental work in Cambodia is good unlike the medical work

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 26/3/2011 at 11:44

Here's your answer:

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Posted by wanderer143 on 3/9/2016 at 15:48

Thailand is a good choice for a dental holiday. Dental implants and other major dental treatments obviously cost less than what was quoted to us back in the US, even if you include all the airfare and travel expenses. Plus you still get to have a vacation on the side. I had my dental treatments in Thantakit Dental in BKK (root canal, fillings, whitening) and my mom had her dental implants there too which was excellent. Impressive facilities and English-speaking dentists. They also offer warranties and hotel accommodations and transfers in their packages.

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Posted by daawgon on 4/9/2016 at 13:08

In Hanoi, Vietnam, I've been going to Serenity International Dental Clinic, and they have been fantastic! They have recently expanded to the other large cities in Vietnam (Saigon and Danang). The price list for their procedures is on the website (use the menu icon, upper right). Language is not a problem since they speak wonderful English at Serenity.

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