Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby scarab1169 » 10 Apr 2010, 08:41

To anyone living in Kaohsiung,

After also having some "bad" luck at some dentists, I seem to have found a fairly good clinic.
It's called Art Dentistry and is situated on Tzihou between Dashun and Mingchen roads. Most of the doctors speak some English, and they seem to listen when you ask them to do something. You may have to wait the first time you go there, but after that you can just make appointmenst as needed.
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Dentist advice...

Postby Skyfae » 28 Jun 2010, 21:31

So I live in Hsinchu and I haven't been to the dentist in over a year, as I've lived in Taiwan the past year. I now have a cavity and it's hurting alot. I wanted to know how much dental care costs here in Taiwan and if anyone has had experience having cavities filled...

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Re: Dentist advice...

Postby TheLostSwede » 28 Jun 2010, 23:15

If you got health insurance, NT$150 per time, including fillings and x-rays.
Most dentist here are clean and good, just pick one that looks new and I think you'll do ok.
Only ever been to one dentist here though and he's really good imho.
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Re: Dentist advice...

Postby CraigTPE » 29 Jun 2010, 05:58

TheLostSwede wrote:Most dentist here are clean and good, just pick one that looks new and I think you'll do ok.

Wish I could say the same thing. I've been to 3 different dentists, two of which were recommended by people on this forum, and I'm still looking for one who spends more than 10 minutes on a cleaning and will fill a cavity before it becomes a root canal. At two different dentist (New York Dentist on Roosevelt Rd and Summit Dentistry in Xindian) I've pointed out visible decay, they said it didn't require filling yet. At NY Dentist I had to insist and they finally filled it. At Summit, they said it was just coffee stain.... In the mean time, that tooth has now chipped where the "coffee stain" was.

Sorry, but I've not found any dentist here I can recommend.
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby sandman » 29 Jun 2010, 11:07

Summit Dentistry on Beixin Rd, Xindian is one I recommend. Just had a chipped tooth dealt with, no questions asked, along with a cleaning that lasted 25 minutes (I timed it).
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby TheLostSwede » 29 Jun 2010, 13:42

Maybe I've just been lucky then.
My dentist is here http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=25.0 ... 29,,2,3.87
The number is 0223-418118
The receptionist doesn't speak English, but the dentist does.
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby Optimus Prime » 02 Jul 2010, 17:16

After reading this entire thread's 15 pages, I'm rather disappointed that there's not a substantial amount of information regarding plain 'ol regular dental cleanings, i.e.: teeth scraping for plaque removal, dentist flossing, basic x-ray, fluoride treatment. It seems as though most people posting are in need of substantial dental work (i.e.: crowns, root canals, tooth replacement, etc.).

I just need a nice, THOROUGH, regular dental cleaning. I am an American who is anal-retentive about tooth cleanliness and oral hygiene; the type that goes every six months for regular cleanings. Like others have noted already in this thread, I have found Taiwan dentists to be severely lacking in their attention to detail and level of shoddy "routine cleaning" service.

I live in the Da'an district, near Ren'ai circle. The Aria clinic that someone had mentioned at 37 Dong-Fong is total garbage, and Harvard educated, English speaking Dr. Jerry Lin in fact doesn't work there; he simply takes Aria's referrals for more heavy-duty dental work. My personal experience at Aria is thus: They take 15 minutes (tops!) for the total appointment, and do not do teeth scrapings for plaque removal. When I asked why (I'm natively fluent in Mandarin), the dental hygenist there said that it is not common policy for National Health Insurance (Jian-Bao insurance coverage) to provide this. Additionally, the dental hygenist stated that teeth cleanings using the metal hook-like scraper were only used for "deep cleanings" in cases where the patient had "several dental decay". WTF?!??! :loco:

I researched Jerry Lin, and liked what I found: he in fact does take appointments for routine cleanings, he does the "American full cleaning" routine, and he takes a good 40 minutes to an hour for appointments of this nature, with an emphasis to the abovementioned tooth scrapings. The downside? He doesn't take National Health insurance. This boosts his cleanings cost to between 3500-6500 NTD, with the following cost breakdown:

1500 NTD for new patient x-ray and review (kinda BS, but whatever)
2000 NTD for the abovementioned THOROUGH teeth scraping
1000 - 3000 for "wet sand" tooth polishing (for stain removal, etc.)

I was advised that the "wet sanding" is only for those with some serious stains, hence, the potential for only a 3500 NTD cost. Dr. Lin's office address is:

Fuxing S. Rd., section 1 (between Ren'ai and Zhongxiao), #200, 2F.
Dr. Jerry Lin 8771-3302

I'm scheduled for a July 12 cleaning, and will provide an update here afterwards, if I don't forget. Does anyone else have a recommendation for me to a Dentist (preferably close to Ren'ai circle) that provides a similar service to Dr. Lin for less $$$? I am willing to pay for quality service (clearly!). :D
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby Optimus Prime » 13 Jul 2010, 13:40

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To all readers of this thread, I wanted to simply update everyone on my experience at Dr. Jerry Lin's dental practice last night (see above for relevant info):

This guy is LEGIT. Let me repeat. LEGIT! He gave me an incredibly thorough deep cleaning, including: x-ray + review of x-ray w/ you, teeth scraping (done by him, not some assistant-in-training), "wetsand" stain removal & polish (I've never experienced this before in the USA, and let me tell you: its results are very impressive), followed by the tried and true professional electric toothbrush + toothpaste polishing.

Quick rundown of pros and cons of the experience:

Pros:
-insanely thorough
-friendly, fluent english speaker* (*Caveat: he didn't get his DDS at Harvard, but rather, a specialty dentistry certification there)
-very high-tech, modern, clean, professional office
-not hurried to make a buck; takes his time with you. You feel as though you got your money's worth
-Explains EVERYTHING
-gives referrals to other english-speaking, quality dentists/specialists/orthodontists (I discovered my first bloody cavity yesterday....:fume: )
-open late (to until 9-10 pm)
-hot assistants :D

Cons:
-No National Health Insurance taken.
-Expensive. My visit cost me $4500 NTD.
-Harder to book (I booked 2 weeks in advance)

Bottom Line:

You get what you pay for. This guy is the real deal. My teeth haven't EVER felt this clean (even comparing it to top dentists in the USA). I give a hearty endorsement. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby SophieEd » 23 Aug 2010, 06:08

Does Jerry Lin also do fillings for cavities as well? I just came to Taiwan and I am now starting to receive pain that is associated with cavities. I have no National Health Insurance card, and I am just looking for a routine clean and cavities to be filled at a good price. Any recommendations?
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Re: Dentists in Taiwan: FAQ and Resources

Postby rharris45 » 25 Oct 2010, 15:56

I went to visit Image Dentist on Minquan E. Road. I need to have 2 crowns with accompanying posts as well as a route canal. Does anyone have any experience with Dr. Chen from this clinic? Also, does 25000 per ceramic crown + 5000 per post sound reasonable?
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