My husband has been refusing to have his wisdom tooth pulled for months saying that American dentists are too expensive. Excuses. So here we are in China getting his tooth pulled. Through a little guanxi, he’s getting it pulled for around $10.
So how are dentists in China?
The dental industry is not very developed, though it is a common destination for dental work for people from other parts of Asia. When I lived in Japan years ago, I broke a tooth and my host family almost took me China to have it repaired because it is more affordable. Years later when I broke the same tooth again, I had it repaired in Xi’an. The dentist was great, he’s the reason I can understand Sichuan hua. The office was very clean and they imported all of the materials for quality. He told me that most of the people who come in for cleanings are foreigners. The majority of Chinese people simply don’t think about dentists until it’s too late. The Chinese patients that do come in are generally older and have major dental issues. My husband certainly had never visited a dentist until he met me.
If something happens in China where you need to see a dentist, rest assured that the dentists are clean, professional, and affordable.
I’m not entirely convinced it’s worth buying a ticket to China for dental work though. From what I’ve seen, the dental technology in China doesn’t keep up with America so some of the procedures are a bit dated like the type of crowns they use. Even with dental insurance in America, Chinese dentists are often cheaper, but I feel American dental work still comes out as a better value.
For my husband’s extraction, I must admit that I am impressed with the hospital. It is probably the cleanest public hospital I’ve ever seen in China.
It was a simple procedure, but they found out he has two lower wisdom teeth that are impacted. I’ve heard that can be a pricy procedure in America, but I personally trust American dentists a little more. Perhaps not so much trust as it is a concern about liability. If we were still living in China, I would be ok with him getting the operation in China, but since we have the choice, I chose from him to wait and have it done in America.