Fast forward a few weeks .... tooth ache! And not the 'never caused a problem' wisdom tooth but the maybe some time get it 'seen to' tooth. I self diagnosed an infection and was taking a few antibiotics and a lot of nurofen but by this afternoon decided that dire action was required. Well, that and the thought of "better here than in India!"
So the appointment was made and the fear began. My friend P (not her real name but much easier to spell) drove me to Chalong Town. Upon arrival at said dentist the fear increased.
The exterior didn't exactly fill me with confidence.
And the bike seat shop next door didn't help!
But with thoughts of Indian dentists in my mind, I headed on in. I filled out a raft of paperwork for some bizarre reason and took my place in the chair. Note the hands gripping the arm of the chair - an indication of my state of relaxation.
A bit of poking, prodding and banging my teeth (and an xray) by the chick in the stained blue coat and my self diagnosis was confirmed.
I have an nasty infection in my gum caused by the tooth that needs to be 'seen to' at some stage. The quite sweet dentist suggested a root canal which I was happy to have, but then she told me I wasn't going to be here long enough to have it done.
So P and I headed back to Rawai happy that no drilling was required. I have a bag of strong antibiotics and a bag of ibuprofen and am only 250 baht out of pocket. Yes that's correct, about $8.50 for an examination and the bags of drugs.
I think I'll pop to the pharmacy and stock up on those drugs before heading to India. My first stop once I hit Japan will be a clean, well trained dentist!
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