A smile in Phnom Penh often reveals a glittering flash these days. False teeth, made?
SV Phnom Penh streets PAN TO Sidewalk dentist's tent
SV ZOOM IN TO CU Metal teeth in display case
SV Metal heated on block
SV & CU Man files down false teeth (2 shots)
SV & CU Dentist fitting teeth to patient (3 shots)
SV Crowd watching
SV & CU Female patient being fitteD (2 shots)
GV Patients waiting for treatment
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Background: A smile in Phnom Penh often reveals a glittering flash these days. False teeth, made from artificial gold. are all the rage. The vendors are dentists whose surgeries are generally little more than a tent on the footpath.
But they're not dentists in the accepted sense of the word; they're unable to extract or fill decayed teeth, or otherwise treat their patients for toothache. Most have learnt the craft of making artificial teeth from Chinese practitioners. The teeth are placed in showcases outside the dentist's "surgery" as a form of advertisement. A new tooth costs about 70 British pence ($1.68 U.S.), and the street dentists say they're earning about GBP200 sterling ($480 U.S.) a month - a good wage in the Khmer Republic.