Dental Tourism In Bali

Are you thinking about going to Bali for some dental work? Are you not sure what to expect? Keep reading to find out about my personal experience with major dental work in a developing country.

I would have never thought I will be a medical tourist when I was learning from that type of travelling while still studying tourism and hotel management in Uni. There is a lot of fear and general distrust when it comes to any medical procedures in the developing countries and for a good reason. This is why I have put together this article about my experience, to help you feel more comfortable about your decision to go to Asia for your dental work.

As long as I remember, I’ve had bad teeth. This always comes as a surprise to others as they seemingly look perfect-if you only knew how many fillings and root canal treatments I’ve had during my 25 years! It’s not a secret that dentistry is extraordinarily expensive and even more so in Australia. For the work I needed, a dentist in Sydney quoted me a whopping $6.5! No wonder I started considering alternatives.

Tip! Get a quote with the work needed and an x-ray from your dentist and e-mail it in for a quote from Bali!

I had learned about Bali 911 Dental Clinic from my mother-in-law, who has spent months each year in Bali. If all her friends trust to see Dr Olivia why wouldn’t I? A quick quote of around $2K was much more pleasing for my wallet than coughing up half a deposit on a house for my failing smile. The deal was even sweeter, when StudentFlights together with Travello paid for my flights over there. Win!

Are you thinking about going to Bali for some dental work? Are you not sure what to expect? Keep reading to find out about my personal experience with major dental work in a developing country.

The practice in Kuta at Mall Galeria seemed to be a professional one, flooded with Australian tourists getting their dental fix. I was in the right place! With one dentist and plenty of dental nurses spread out in different rooms where the doctor jumps in between for the bigger jobs, I was in good hands.

After the initial consultation, a plan was made and two hours in the dentist chair begun. I needed nine fillings, three crowns, root canal treatment and an extraction. I told you it was bad! After getting my teeth cleaned, I was prepared for the crowns-something that in Australia would have cost me an outrageous amount of money considering the dentist in Oz only wanted to fit me with one for $6.5K.

Time went quick and relatively painless and before I knew it, I was done for the day.  I was due to return the following day for my fillings and wisdom tooth extraction. All my fillings were going on the surface so the dentist proceeded to drilling into my teeth without any anaesthetic. By the time she got to the last of nine, I had tears in my eyes while squeezing the chair. “Did you want a needle?” finally came out of her mouth. YES PLEASE! I am not sure why I didn’t ask for it before!

With the fillings in, I got another two injections for the extraction and before I knew it, it was all over! Now all I had to do was to return in a week for my brand new teeth-or so I thought! I had a whole week to enjoy and explore around Bali before having to return to Kuta. Only two days into the waiting game and I was having some difficulty eating as my teeth were overly sensitive. The fillings weren’t filed down properly and one of the tooth’s prepared for a crown became unbearably painful when trying to eat.

I could have always gone back, but as we were a fair way out of Kuta and my teeth weren’t hurting me when I wasn’t eating, I decided to wait until my appointment for the fitting. As it came out, the tooth giving me grief was in need for a surprise, surprise-root canal treatment. Never a dull moment! As the dentist had finished on me, the nurses moved in for the fitting and to file down my fillings. $2,5K later and I was finally able to eat with both sides of my mouth! For someone used to only eat with one side, it was as good as having a TimTam for the first time or like seeing sunlight after a long dark winter.

My overall experience with dentistry in Bali was great. I got two extra crowns and a root canal treatment together with a clean, nine fillings and a wisdom tooth extraction for two and a half grand in total with three visits over a period of one week. The quote from Australia only included one crown, clean and fillings for $6.5K. I have had no trouble with my teeth since, I never got an infection (I was always provided bottled water to rinse my mouth) and the crowns appear to be of good quality as well.

I have also met people getting major dental surgery (quoted $50K in Australia) done in India for $2K, and have heard of cheaper prices in Thailand and Cambodia. If you have any questions for me about dental work in Bali, just leave me a comment and I’ll try to help you as best as I can.

I went to Bali 911 Dental Clinic - Kuta branch
Address: Mall Bali Galeria 2nd Floor No. 2C-58/59 Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai, Kuta, Bali
E-mail: bdckuta@yahoo.com.


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