Dentists, Fillings and Teeth in Malaysia

So a while back….I had a photoshoot lined up for a Sunday morning 3-4 models, make-up artist, location was set and everything was ready to go..

I was pretty tired from the previous day of shooting (10+ hours straight) but I crawled out of bed, ready to rock again.

I felt something in my mouth, a foreign object, I spat it out and it looked like a lentil, I thought where the fuck had that been hiding? I hadn’t fully woken up yet so I didn’t realise what it was…until I’d stumbled around for a while then I thought it might actually be a filling. Right enough I bit on it and it was hard as rock, definitely not a lentil!

I checked my back tooth (I have a cavity on the side) and sure enough there was a hole there, damn it, my goddamn filling had fell out.

It wasn’t too painful unless I ate or drank anything, which was unfortunate..I canceled the shoot and took some painkillers and went back to bed for a while.

I couldn’t find a dentist open on a Sunday in KL for quite some time, I did find one but it was only open until midday and by that time it was past 12 so I reluctantly waited for the next day. I was a bit worried too as I’d never been to a dentist in Malaysia before and hadn’t in fact been to a dentist for 4 years since I left the UK. The dentist back there said my teeth were very healthy and I should just have a check up every 2 years. I forgot about the 2 years thing, I’ve had very few problems with my teeth since I started a proper dental hygiene regime with an electric toothbrush.

Anyway the next morning I asked around a few people to see if anyone knew a dentist, KY suggested one in SS2 which I went to the next morning but it so happened it was closed on Mondays. I found another on Google but they had no places…sorry but I can’t really wait a week to get my tooth sorted out, don’t you allow any space for emergency appointments? Obviously not..

I found another clinic too, which Suan had also mentioned in SS25 (very near my office) by the name of Tiew Dental Clinic.

I went along there and the dentist was free in the afternoon, so I made an appointment for 2pm and went back later on.

I was nervous, but I couldn’t be doing with a huge hole in my tooth..thankfully the dentist was very professional and competent and gave me confidence in her work.

She said that I had some tissue damage and a little decay as it looks like the filling that fell out might have been loose for a while (I had noticed that my tooth was a little sensitive to hot/cold but thought nothing of it) and that I should have a temporary filling called a dressing which contained clove oil (Eugenol) and was a lot softer than a full hard filling. This would allow the tissue damage to heal and the area to get itself repaired before sticking a rock hard filling in.

I had to have an injection as I have very sensitive teeth and some drilling was required to remove the decay, the injection always hurts like hell..but it’s better than feeling the drilling. I also had scaling and polishing done since I was there.

The whole procedure was pretty quick and afterward my mouth tasted a little spicy like cloves, I made another appointment for August 29th (when I returned from UK) and went on my way. In total it cost RM115 (RM40 for the dressing, RM5 for the injection and RM70 for the scaling/polishing) or something like that..can’t remember exactly.

The temporary filling lasted just fine and I went back today to get the proper filling put in, it was very fast all done in 15 minutes (it was a buccal composite as it was against the cheek). There was a little bit of pain when she was removing the dressing as I didn’t have a jab this time, but it was bearable, it cost RM50 for the filling.

All in all I have to say private dental care in Malaysia is better than the crap NHS service we have in UK.

I fully recommend Tiew Dental Clinic!

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16 Responses to Dentists, Fillings and Teeth in Malaysia

  1. Dr. Tan August 29, 2008 at 4:01 pm #

    Related to Suan arr?

  2. Maddie August 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm #

    I thought u are suppose to go to the dentist twice a year?

  3. steph August 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm #

    haha. what a nice ‘welcome back’ experience. =)

  4. yothemans August 29, 2008 at 10:35 pm #

    NHS are always crap dont you think so?

  5. Huai Bin August 29, 2008 at 11:53 pm #

    RM 115 for a procedure like that is pretty reasonable. I remember dentists in New Zealand charges ridiculous prices for their services.

    Lentil. Haha! Love that bit. 🙂

  6. suanie August 30, 2008 at 12:42 am #

    excuse me, my name is not tiew kthxbai

  7. Acey August 30, 2008 at 4:46 am #

    Teeth or fangs, Tiger?

  8. Xander August 30, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    hmm..reminds me I need to ‘fill’ up my hole on my front tooh..arrghh..trips to dentists..I hate it when they take out long and/or large syringe and say “Ok, don’t move”..??..who would?!

  9. Suertes August 31, 2008 at 3:42 pm #

    Yeah, I think dental care in Klang Valley is pretty good and affordable.. but make sure to go on weekdays; popular dentists are usually so packed on weekends it’s useless even with an appointment; they just back up for hours.

  10. grace September 1, 2008 at 4:54 pm #

    guess it’s time for me to search for a dentist too…. oOOopsss…

  11. Erna September 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm #

    Yeah, I second your recommendation. Had wisdom tooth extraction there. (Near my house so I could collapse in bed right after! Haha)

    I was so surprised it was pretty cheap, considering I had to have a bit of an operation due to my impacted tooth.

  12. ShaolinTiger September 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

    Maddie: Once every 6 months is normal yah, but the dentist said I have a good immune system and healthy teeth so I only need to go once every 2 years.

    steph: Well I knew it was coming, I set the appt date before I left.

    yothemans: Yup, complete bollocks.

    Huai Bin: Yah I found the prices very reasonable.

    suanie: Already told him that loh.

    Acey: 0_o

    Xander: Yah 6 inch needle and then they say “Don’t be nervous”

    Suertes: Yah I found the same, that’s why this one is good as it’s near my office.

    grace: Yah, dental care is important!

    Erna: It’s a good place, I’d recommend it to anyone.

  13. vss3tv September 4, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    oh, you just reminded me! freaking 3 times visiting the NHS in Newcastle for bloody 6 hours for my turn! plus, I need to act as if I am in such pain or else they wouldnt even admit me into the dental hospital.

  14. Gerald September 8, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    If you were in France, the dentist would have told you … “Yes, of course, I am free next year”
    We are very lucky to be in Malaysia !!!

  15. Adam September 15, 2008 at 6:52 am #

    I have to disagreee about the dental service here. The dentist I go to is quite good – the only problem is that even a simple scaling can cost a bomb. Fortunately it’s free for the kids.

  16. ShaolinTiger September 15, 2008 at 2:20 pm #

    vss3tv: Hahaha yeah, NHS is bad news generally.

    Gerald: Yah, private health care has its upsides.

    Adam: In UK? Well I thought it was good until I went to a dentist here – now I know the difference. It’s bloody expensive there too.