We had both been promising ourselves to get our long suffering teeth a long deserved overhaul and after extensive research had narrowed it down to Thantakit Dental. Crunch time, so to speak, had arrived and we had been picked up by their driver and taken to their clinic in Phetchaburi where we filled out forms had our passports photocopied and waited for about 30 minutes before being called to our destiny.
The clinic was very swish and modern and before I knew it had numerous hi-tech x-rays taken of my teeth and was seated in the chair talking to the dentist about what needed to be done and what could be done. She had also taken digital pics of my teeth and was able to show me what condition they were in, much to my embarrassment, and how to rectify years of neglect. In my case as a youngster I had been prescribed large doses of Tetracycline which is a broad spectrum antibiotic which does a great job of killing off bugs but also turns forming teeth and bones a lovely shade of yellow. No usual UV or bleaching can make this change as the colour is right through the tooth so the only option is a crown or veneers.
In my case a set of 4 veneers and two crowns was decided as the best antidote as well as a couple of other crowns and a bridge thrown in as well. Being used to Australian dentists where anything beyond a clean and maybe one filling would take a few appointments spread out over a month or so before I knew it I was laid back with a cover over my eyes and numerous needles and implements hanging out of my mouth.
I have got to say that during the whole 4 hours I sat in that chair I never felt the slightest pain, not even from the numbing needles. It was however a marathon for both me and the very slightly built dentist as she called half-time to give me a rest and stretch after a couple of hours. By 4:30 I had some number of temporary veneers, crowns and a bridge in situ and was in a taxi on our way back to the unit.
Jo also had a mouth full of plastic teeth and was amazed at how much work could be undertaken in such a short time. We were both surprised at how quick the anaesthetic wore off as we were used to numb lips and drooling like fools for some hours after this sort of treatment.