Since my childhood days, i have been hearing about china dentists in India. Perhaps in all the cities some chinese dentist are having ‘dental shops’.
I have nothing against chinese doctors who are qualified in Dentistry and have a professional qualification. However, i have noticed during the last few decades that the chinese dentists (china dentists) who are quite popular in some towns are without any qualifications- they have just learnt the art of dentistry.
But practice of dentistry was never a mechanical job..it can never be! It is all about bio-mechanics. We are dealing with human beings and delicate tissues and surrounding structures.
So-called unqualified but “trained-on-job” type of fake dentists dont know anything about biology…just pulling a tooth, packing something in cavities, and fixing the most crude type of dentures is not dentistry. It is butchery– that’s a mild term. We are seeing such quacks daily on Indian road-side.
A qualified and trained dentists knows his limits, he respects the tissues and treats them gently. He takes all the precautions to ensure prevention of cross infection. Otherwise, non knowing ABC of sterilization and asepsis can be lethal for patients.
Such road side dentists are playing with lives by exposing them to deadly diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV infection – just to name a few!
Problem is educated class in India also shy away from road-side quacks but as I said earlier even affluent Indian are quite Ok with chinese doctors (unqualified quacks, some of them with modern dental clinics).
We must remember that these quacks may be very good craftsmen, but that is dangerous if it not supported by sound knowledge of medical sciences.
Today there was a patient about 27 years old, who fell down 16 years ago and fractured his upper front tooth as you see in this picture. He went to a china doctor in his hometown in Patna and got this crown fitted. This crown became shaky for the last one month and just came out yesterday.
When i was looking at this crown, i was appreciating the workmanship of that china doctor. The crown has some issues (which are beyond the scope of this post), nevertheless, an artificial crown which served this young man for the last 16 years.
I offered to re-cement it for the time being. But the young man wanted some second opinion is some higher dental centre, since it is quite old now!
This post is just to highlight the fact that china doctors can be great ‘mechanics’ but as with any non-qualified doctor/dentist, our overall well-being is at stake. We are exposed to so many hazards when we are in their hands.
Take care! Always go to professionally qualified and trained doctors. Your health is in your hands!
PS…I have nothing as such against any qualified dentists from any country. Just felt like sharing my views on dental quacks which sometimes are quite popular amongst Indian people.