Many visitors are surprised when I tell them that there are many good dentists in India. For some reason, there is this idea that all dentists in India operate under primitive conditions like the village dentists pictured below. Actually, it’s not that hard to find competent dentists with hygienic offices—at least in bigger cities. Don’t just pick one, though. Get recommendations. You may also want to to the office in person before you commit.

Sidewalk side dentists are common in India, but I obviously don’t recommend them. Nevertheless, they do make for a good photo. Photo credit: Simon Taylor (Creative Commons license)

I was in Rishikesh and decided to go for an exam and cleaning because my teeth were bothering me a bit. Not much, but I’m seriously into prevention, having had one root canal several years ago, which was more than enough for one lifetime. This dentist, who was recommended by a friend, had a squeaky clean office, but the prices were really high by local standards: Rs100 (less than $2USD) for and exam and Rs800 for a cleaning. The dentist I usually go to in Delhi is cheaper and better. Well, no matter. Problems averted, so I’m happy.

A close friend of mine was got a terrible toothache while he was up in Uttarakhand recently , so on the recommendation of a friend, he went to a dentist in Almora or maybe Naini Tal. The bill for a root canal and ceramic crown? Rs4,000 ($75USD)! And he said the dentist had a super clean office and was really good. No wonder more and more people are coming to India as medical and dental tourists.

Tooth Stall

Dentures made to order from recycled teeth, anyone? Photo: Arti Sandhu (Creative Commons)






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  2. fabions on 02 Dec 2012

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