Getting dental care in Cambodia: A visit to Roomchang

I have a confession to make. I hadn’t been to the dentist since I moved to Cambodia two and a half years ago. Even at home I dread the dentist. But in a country like Cambodia, which is renowned for the low quality of its medical care, I’ve managed to put it off. Until now, that is.

Friendly receptionists at Roomchang in Phnom Penh

Let me see yo’ grill: Smiling receptionists at Phnom Penh’s Roomchang

As part of a wave of new year’s remorse, I decided to head straight to the dentist for a consult, cleaning and a couple of x-rays to see what sort of damage I had wrought. I can’t pretend I wasn’t nervous–after reading the bit on medical training in Cambodia’s Curse I vowed to never get any sort of medical care in Cambodia. But I’ve heard many, many times that the dental care in Cambodia is outstanding, and that there are a few clinics with high-tech equipment that’s more advanced that what you’ll often find at home, and technicians that are internationally-trained and gentle.

So I decided to give it a shot and go to Roomchang, a dental clinic in Phnom Penh that is both highly recommended by expats and ridiculously cheap by Western standards. To give you an idea, consultations are free, cleanings are $20, x-rays, which include a panoramic x-ray and bitewings cost $15, and it costs $20 or $25 for a filling, depending on the severity of the cavity.

Best of all, I rolled in with no appointment but since the ten-story building is filled with more eager young dentists than they can provide work for, walk-ins are welcome. I went with a friend and we were each were in a chair with our mouths open within fifteen minutes of arriving.

The outside of the Roomchang Dental Tour

Ten floors of dental heaven in Phnom Penh.

I initially went in for just a cleaning and x-rays, but was told I had a cavity in exactly the spot a previous dentist told me I would be unable to avoid getting one (a deep crevice in a back molar). The dentist told me she could see it from looking at it, and the x-rays confirmed it. Although I had decided I was not going to get any work done beyond a cleaning before I went in, by the time the cleaning was over I trusted her enough to let her do the filling as well.

The cleaning was excellent — very professional, gentle and remarkably fast. Much less of the scratchy scratchy scraping, they were using some sort of electronic scraper that did the job faster and with less head-wrecking noise.

In the West, my dentists usually spend a fair amount of time berating me for not flossing enough or rolling their eyes at my overwrought grimaces of pain. In Cambodia, on the other hand, my dentist was delighted with the fact that I manage to brush my teeth twice a day and congratulated me several times about it.

A view of the equipment at Roomchang, Phnom Penh

Your throne at Roomchang Dental.

The facilities themselves were immaculate, with a gorgeous view of Phnom Penh. In all of the Western countries I’ve spent time getting dental work (USA, UK, Ireland) this was by far the most impressive clinic and most advanced-looking equipment (whether it is actually advanced is impossible for a layman like me to judge).

The filling was quick and they emailed me my x-rays in case I wanted to have another dentist look at it. They also gave us free Roomchang t-shirts and calendars because it was our first visit. My friend later went back for a wisdom tooth extraction that cost him $150. He said the care he received was outstanding — both the surgery and the after-care.

Overall, despite the fact that I’m terrified of the dentist and terrified of getting medical care in Cambodia, I was very pleased with my visit to Roomchang and would highly recommend the place to other expats.

Roomchang Dental and Aesthetic Hospital
4 St 184, Phnom Penh
T: 023 211 338; 011 811 338 (Emergency)
W: roomchang.com

12 Responses to Getting dental care in Cambodia: A visit to Roomchang

  1. danijela says:

    Hi,
    i have a question for you;
    I miss the six tooth and ill would need to attach the bridge to the next two healthy tooth, so
    how much money you charging for a ceramic bridge ??

    thank you in advance
    sincerely Danijela!!

  2. Klara says:

    Hi all, I am living in Cambodia since six years. I do not totally agree that roomchang is that good. You still can have professional treatment from expat dentists here in Cambodia to a reasonable price, compare to Europe or elsewhere. I had a really lovely Japanese dentist. Her clinic is smaller than roomchang, but she gives you excellent service in perfect English to a fair price on Japanese professional level. All equipment is brand new. The clinic is called malis dental clinic and based in phnom penh tower. The website is http://www.malis-dental.com just have a look.

      • Klara says:

        i do like it more personal. not clinics they are just after the money and do not care about the patient anymore. the patient is just a product for them.

        beside one of my friends had problems after roomchang he went back to NZ the doctor in NZ was not that amazed about the quality.

        cheap and quality comes not together that is the reason that a Mercedes cost more compare to an Toyota

  3. Mike says:

    Hi Lina thnaks for your review of roomchang, i travelled from Australia to Cambodia last month specifically to get dental work done at Roomchang based on what i read here and elsewhere and you’ve saved me a small fortune. I had 4 implants done and the price was roughlywhat one would have cost, even with flights accomodation etc i still spent less than half what i would here. Roomchang were very good, like you say very modern and profesional, felt at ease the whole time i was there. Highly recommend them,

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