When the dentist told Xu Feng that she needed 12 crowns, she believed him, and handed over the 1,200 pounds ($1,862). "Once the anesthetic wore off, I was in more pain than I could ever have imagined," Feng said. After dentists removed the faulty crowns, and healed the infections and abscesses that covered her gums, they discovered that Feng's unlicensed dentist had ground down her healthy teeth into stumps, reports the Daily Mail. Now when she opens her mouth, she says her one-year-old daughter cries.
Feng received her treatment in Chongqing city, central China. Unlicensed dentristry is a scourge in certain parts of Asia, and Fiji's Department of Immigration is currently investigating a Chinese couple who had been running an illegal dental surgery near the country's capital. "The council is urging the public to be mindful of such unscrupulous dentists and run background checks on them before seeking their services," Fiji's Ministry of Health said in a press release. "People must ask the name of the dentist who is to perform the procedures on them and also ask to see his or her registration certificate."