Frustrated by the appearance and function of her teeth – they seemed to be set too far back, Vicky says – she started researching her options.
“I’d grown tired of living my life around my teeth. I never really stopped going out, but when I did, I was always thinking ahead where I could go to take my teeth out. They were just so uncomfortable.”
A self-confessed lover of travel overseas – “it’s my hobby” – Vicki saw an article in her local newspaper about Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng) and his work at the Denture Clinic in North Street, Dudley.
“I’d seen a piece about suction dentures and implant retained dentures and there seemed to be a solution for me,” she says.
After seeing Steven and implant surgeon Dr Owain Rees BDS, DGDP (UK) DIP IMP DENT (UCL), Vicki’s treatment included two implants to stabilise a lower over denture and the prescribing of high quality traditional upper dentures to help support her facial features.
“From start to finish it took 14 weeks, but it was worth the wait. When I first saw my teeth in the mirror, I thought they looked just like real teeth and . . . they feel like my own teeth.
“My husband, Terry, couldn’t believe they were so good. Not to have to keep thinking about my teeth when I’m out is such a relief,” she says.
Steven says: “Vicki needed dentures that would offer proper support to her facial features.
“These days the term ‘facelift’ dentures is banded about. The claim is spurious, but with the correct setting of teeth, the effect is to lift the facial structures in the same way natural healthy gums and teeth support tissues and muscles.
I’m very please to have been be part of giving a new birth the Vicki’s smile.”