Like many cities around the World, developed cities at the very least, finding a dentist in Bangkok is a relatively simple task but if you are in pain or looking to get some cosmetic dentistry done you will want to make sure that you find the right dentist. Although all dentists need to be fully qualified in order to practice, some are naturally better than others. Everywhere you turn you will a dental clinic in Bangkok so start by looking for one that appears busy. Some clinics may have fancy writing and expensive signs, but is this really a fair reflection on the quality of the dentist working inside?
One of the important things to look for is if the equipment is up to modern standards. Modern standards mean that equipment is changing all the time and a good clinic will have up to date equipment meaning that they can carry out modern procedures easily and to the correct standard. Sadly, older clinics and older dentist in Bangkok may not have the equipment, maybe due to the fact that they can’t afford it or perhaps because they are unwilling to move with the times. Unfortunately, the old adage that a ‘bad workmen blames his tools’ is not true, as in reality it’s the modern equipment that makes some procedures possible.
A good dental clinic in Bangkok will have experienced dentists and experienced nurses. It is great having modern training and being straight out of medical school with all modern methods fresh in your mind but would you really want to be the guinea pig for a newly qualified dentist carrying out a procedure for the first time? Surely, it is much better to have dentist that are up to speed with modern techniques but also have a few years experience behind them.
On top of experience one thing that is important is that the staff all receive regular, up to date training to ensure that they are aware of any new techniques. A dental clinic in Bangkok may carry out in house training, especially if they have a number of dentists working at the practice. Others may choose to send their dentists away for additional training. Which ever method they choose it is not vitally important; the most important thing is that the training is carried out on a regular basis. Ask to see certificates, or perhaps ask when was the last time the dentist received extra training if this will put your mind at ease.
Thailand has come a long, long way in recent years and this should not be understated but sadly in some cases there can still be issues with reliability. There can be nothing worse than been let down for an appointment especially if that is by your dentist and you are in pain. If possible, try to seek recommendations about the clinic that you are looking to visit. Perhaps you can get this from friends or family or if you are new to the city perhaps you may need to revert to internet. Simply do a search using a search in a search engine such as ‘dentist Bangkok’ and you will reveal a number of options to choose from. Check the references!