My wife is from Ukraine and I love her deeply. We have a daughter from her first marriage (her husband died due to a medical error) and we have one daugher now 3 from our own marriage. As I said, I love my wife and I am prepared to do anything for her but this is something that men who will marry a Russian or Ukrainian woman should be prepared for. The level of dental work in the USSR and later in the independent republics is on the level with the 19th century, not even the 20th century! Root canals were treated by putting arsenic into the tooth to kill the nerve. Crowns are one size fits all and most work ws done so poorly as to have been worse then never seeing a dentist in the first place. So it is in April that my wife will undergo the start of $45,000 of reconstructive dental work here in the USA. This will take about 2 years and the results will be beautiful with most of the affected teeth replaced by implant technology. My wife is a rare beauty and certainly deserves a beautiful smile. I spent nearly this much on my first wife for alternative treatments for her terminal cancer and believe me, as expensive as the dental work is, I know my wife will still be around when it is finished. However, those who are going to marry a Russian or Ukrainian woman should be prepared for this very real possibility.
you will find that kind of old school dentistry only in some really out of the way places of FSU. In Russia, particularly in the big cities, you will find dentists using the latest western technology. My wife was a dentist in Russia. She is originally from Siberia, but was working in Moscow when I found her.
They were using even the same brand equipment at the clinic where she was practicing as our dentist uses here in Florida. But she would agree with you that if you go to some out of the way village in Uzbekistan, you will find what you described in your post.
While I would certainly agree with you that there have been many improvements with the availability of western medical technology in Russia, I feel this is confined to major cities such as Moscow, St. Petersburg or in Ukraine, Kiev. While I do not doubt your wife's comments, I have seen the evidence of the poor dental treatment of my own wife right in her X-rays. She was not from a village but a city of half a million in Ukraine, about 4 hours from Kiev. Most of her work was done between 16 and 8 years ago. We have been married for six years in the USA. She has had dental work done here, including 2 root canals but our regular dentist was not aware of the type of treatment, (arsenic to destroy the root and nerve) used in Russia and Ukraine. When her existing root canals began to fail early this year, we obtained the information on the type of treatments she had from dental web sites that pertained to Soviet era dentistry. The reading was pretty appalling. The root canals fail because the "treatment" is almost always incomplete, allowing the tooth to decay at the bone level. In addition, her X-rays reveal broken pieces of dental instruments still in several teeth and a support post sticking out the side of one tooth. My wife's friend, also from the same Ukrainian City is a doctor and is undergoing similar dental reconstruction in Canada. Another friend who married and moved to France was asked by a French dentist "if someone had done this to her on purpose" and that he had only seen such quality of dental work in pre WW 1 photographs. Better dental work in the FSU may be now available but my wife is now 39. I am sure that also makes a difference.
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