Today was a day of first. Today was my first day in a Beijing city bus (built as nice as American mass transit, and less scary co-riders), my first day with sour yogurt (like American yogurt, except with a tangy kick), and my first day as a medical tourist. But would orthopediatry with Chinese characteristics be able to save me money on my dental bill?
Read below to find out!
And while the hoi polloi busily lined up for a standard session.
The third floor gives a notice for “Special Department of Dentistry”
And a a first-class waiting room. (I was the only American there, and most of the fellow waiting patients were Chinese.)
With a nice view!
The dental hospital is run by Peking University, one of two big universities in town (and also the parent of Beijing University Press). Service was prompt and efficient. After checking in, I waited about 20 minutes to see a dentist. She checked my teeth, and noted one area where I would need a filling soon. (While not painful, the area was definitely more sensitive than my other teeth.) I told her to go ahead with the work, and the entire business was finished about 30 minutes after I sat down. My new filling actually looks nicer than my old one (white-colored instead of metallic), and it’s hard to beat the price.
Some closing thoughts: The dentist spoke fine English, but without the idioms I was used to. For instance, instead of “bite down,” she would say “close your mouth.” However, I’m not sure if the dental jargon I’m used to is confined to the upper midwest, so perhaps I’d run into the same minor mysteries in other parts of America, too. I also noticed that the dentist was less ostentatious. I’ve always had weak enamol, and it was nice not be to be scolded for “grinding” (read: normal wear and tear on feeble teeth). Additionally, unlike back home the work was actually done by the dentist, with the (quite attractive) nurse playing a secondary role.
I’m happy with the service, happy with the cost, and happy with my filling.
Thanks, Peking U!