Dental procedures have come on leaps and bounds over the last 50 years. Just a few years ago most people had fillings, a bridge, enamel work, cleaning or dentures. Now dental work has crossed over into the area of cosmetic surgery. You can get implant related dental work that will improve your smile; not to mention make eating more comfortable. The only catch is that in the West implant procedures, veneers and even bonded crowns are expensive and not available under most national health schemes.
As a consequence those looking to improve their looks through a dental procedure often go abroad to get surgery they cannot afford at home. In 2013 this is very common. It is, however, fraught with hazards.
First there are language difficulties. The patient is never filled with confidence when he or she cannot understand everything the dentist is saying. There is a worry that miscommunication can lead to a botched procedure.
Secondly, there is the possibility of picking a ‘cowboy’ operator that has a bad track record. This is a problem in all countries but there are certifying bodies that you can consult in the US and Europe to weed out potential cowboys. Moreover, suing is fraught with expense, cultural confusion and general pitfalls in developing countries where dental procedures and dental lab work is cheap.
Lastly, it can be very nerve-wracking going to a developing country and getting a cosmetic operation. You are taking yourself out of your circle of friends and family. This circle can also be an effective group to mobilize if something goes wrong.
These three considerations need to be weighed against the cheaper price of going to Bangkok for a dental operation. Of course, if you live in Thailand then the choice is easier since you already have experience of Thai culture and also you probably have had some good tip of where to go.
If you have decided that you really want to visit Thailand and get some dental work done then doing plenty of research is vital. It is a good idea to check plenty of big forums like Thai Visa, Lonely Planet, Agoda and Travel Forum. It is also a good idea to look at Google Reviews.
The safest bet is probably Bumrungrad International Hospital in Sukhumvit. It is a multiple specialty medical centre and the biggest of its kind in South East Asia. The hospital attracts some of the best doctors and dentists in the region. They have been open since 1980. Since opening its doors Bumrungrad Hospital has had consistently good reviews.
Another big plus with Bumrungrad is that many of the staff speak good English. They are used to dealing with foreigners. The hospital also does a variety of dental procedures at prices comparable with other dentists in Bangkok.
In short, Bumrungrad Hospital is the closest thing to a safe option for cosmetic surgery and dental surgery in Bangkok. And if they can’t do what you need they will able to give you some good advice.
That is the humble opinion of the authors of www.bangkokboutiquehotel.info, and it is only our opinion.