Adds John: “We take so many things for granted. We’d been walking a good few hours and we were all ready for something to eat.
“We came across a cafe serving bacon sandwiches. But they hadn’t got any normal bread and the bacon was served with baguettes.
There was no way my teeth could have coped with the crusty bread so I ended up with a piece of cheesecake. I just so wanted a bacon sarnie, but my teeth had restricted my choice.
“That was it. At that point I decided to sort out my teeth.
“Too many times I’d go to a restaurant and look at 20 things on the menu and was only able to manage four of the choices. I’d really want steak, but I couldn’t chew it; sometimes I just wouldn’t go and eat out and I was always on my guard about smiling.
“And the toothache, the impact on daily living . . . it just drags you down and confidence wanes,” he says.
After having six implants in his upper jaw to support a complete arch of teeth and undergoing other remedial work, John is now able to live his life without teeth worries.
“The implant teeth are great and I can eat what I want, go out for a meal when I want and more than this . . . I’ve got my life back,” says the keen carp fisherman.
Explaining he could have changed his car, John adds such an investment would be lost very quickly. “This [the implants] has been a lifestyle investment for me and the difference it’s made to my life is remarkable. It’s a new kind of freedom.” he says.
And his dental phobia? “All the staff were fantastic, I felt so much at ease.”
The surgery was carried out by North Street’s implant dentist Owain Rees BDS DGDP (UK) Dip Imp Dent (UCL) GDC 61576. Owain was in the vanguard of UK implant dentistry, placing his first in the late ’80s.