I must confess that the only time I visit the dentist is when I have some serious problem with my teeth. Though i proud of the fact that my last visit was almost a decade ago, I was not looking forward to the appointment as i suspect that there may be more problems lurking beneath the surface that the single cavity that I feel when I rub my tongue against the base of the tooth. I already lost one of my molars and I had no intention of losing another anytime soon.
The dental clinic is located on the second floor of a shophouse, the first floor is occupied by a medical clinic. Like most shop house in Johor Bahru, the staircase leading to second level is narrow, steep and dimly lit. It makes me wonder if it is some fly-by-night business. I only came because it was recommended by a friend.
When you reach the entrance at the second floor, there is a large glass panel that gives you a good idea of what is on the other side of the door, guess the dentist wanted to reassure first timers that the place is not an illegal gambling den..or worse. The waiting areas is similar size to a hall of a 3 room HDB flat. The place looks clean, tidy and organise. The small and simple layout gives a homely feel, guess it help calms the nerves, it also give the impression that it is not a high class place that will burn a hole in my pocket. Good that they have the large glass pane as it makes the place bigger and less claustrophobic.
Registration was a breeze, you can use your passport or Singapore I.C. There's two Malay nurse cum admin staff who can converse in basic english.
Taman Pelang is mainly a Chinese enclave, most of the patients are Chinese, patients appeared every 15 min . Unlike Singapore, patients do not call for an appointment, they just walk in and wait. Seems like they can afford the luxury of time, unlike in Singapore.
They are very punctual with their appointment schedule. I went into the surgery room on the dot. Dr.Yang is a graduate from the University of Malaya. He is the sole dentist in the clinic. He first started practicing in Muar before shifting to Johor Bahru. He said that he left Muar because there were just too many patients. He claimed that he could have up to 50 patients waiting in line as there was a lack of dental services in Muar. The flip size is that he could not diagnose each patient thoroughly as there were just too many to see.
He said that my tooth filling had broke exposing the large cavity. Initially he suggested a root canal treatment followed by crowning. (Total cost Rm 2000+) but after the X- ray he said that the affected tooth is still alive (i.e. the nerves are not damage) and there is no need to kill the nerves. He suggested that I just fill the large cavity, and three more smaller cavity that he spotted. The procedure took about 20 minutes. First the polishing then the filling of one large cavity and three small cavity with a silver inert alloy. Everything was very efficiently done and there was NO PAIN at all.
I took only a few photo as Doctor Yang told me politely not to take any photos of the surgery room, x-ray room and other off limit areas.
Total costs RM 600. The breakdown: Scaling (RM$100), X-Ray (RM$50), Filling -Large (RM$150), Filling -Small (RM$100 X 3). No consultation charge.
34a Jalan Harimau Tarum, Taman Abad, Johor Bahru.
(Opposite Plaza Pelangi)
Monday to Saturday
9.00 am to 1.00 pm & 2.00 am to 6.00 pm
They have not added their business details in Google Map yet.