A dentist in Kota Tinggi, Johor Bahru has taken to social media to warn the public about fake or unlicensed dentists after he discovered a recent patient’s very badly-made dentures.
Dr Arif, who works at a government clinic in Johor shared that a 52-year-old patient came to see him one day and complained that his teeth felt very loose and that they hurt whenever he ate.
After taking a look at the teeth, he immediately notice something was wrong and wondered where the patient got his dentures fixed.
"Demi Jodoh, Aku Relakan"— A J 🦷🧚🏼♂️ (@ArepJawa) June 7, 2022
Seorang lelaki berusia 52 tahun datang ke klinik untuk cabutan. Katanya gigi dah goyang sangat kalau makan sakit.
Apabila diperiksa, aku nampak sesuatu yang janggal.
"Encik, gigi palsu ini buat di mana?" pic.twitter.com/Gq6Kn8vLfR
At first, the patient said he had the dentures done at a private clinic in Kuala Lumpur but didn’t know the name of the clinic.
Sensing that the patient was not telling the truth, Dr Arif asked if it was done at a hotel, a house or a rented room to which the patient admitted that it was done at a hotel.
“The dentures were definitely done by a fake dentist,” said Dr Arif.
“I was shocked to see the condition of this patient’s teeth. I thought there were only fake braces and veneers, but turns out, there are also fake dentures!”
Dr Arif then slowly found out that the patient had the dentures fixed about 2 years ago because he wanted to get married.
The patient said he was embarrassed about missing some teeth, so when he saw a dentist doing dentures for RM500 at a hotel, which he thought was a cheap offer, he immediately went for it.
"Kenapa encik pasang & dah berapa lama pasang?"— A J 🦷🧚🏼♂️ (@ArepJawa) June 7, 2022
"Saya pasang sejak 2 tahun lepas sebab nak berkahwin. Seganlah takde gigi. Bila dapat tawaran murah begini saya sambar terus". pic.twitter.com/hilO2DvHmy
Unfortunately, the patient’s condition was at a irreversible state and Dr Arif had to extract all his teeth.
Dr Arif explained that the fake dentures and bad oral hygiene left a lot of damage that could lead to gum diseases. He added that the dentures didn’t restore the patient’s normal bite and there were metal wires everywhere.
Following the sharing, Dr Arif said that getting full dentures done – both top and bottom jaw – in a government clinic only costs about RM100, while partial dentures cost much less.
He also reminded everyone that maintaining good dental hygiene from a young age, getting regular dental check-ups and avoiding fake dentists will keep our teeth and gums healthy in the long run.