Adds Dave: “She was upset and I felt utterly helpless. The guilt of it all . . . I wanted to help, but couldn’t. I could eat whatever I wanted, but she couldn’t and every day – every day – there was a new problem to address.”
Shelia, who specialised in wound dressings, admits she felt trapped, having been assured her jawbone density would be too poor to support implants.
“My dentures seemed to be rotating and rolling around and I hated the denture glue. I’d use it and as soon as I’d try to eat something, within 15 minutes my teeth would be unstable again. I was mortified by having to use it over and over again. I was not coping.”
Taking advice from her daughter, who had received a recommendation from a work colleague that the Denture Clinic could help, Sheila headed for Dudley.
“Within 15 minutes of walking into the surgery Steven [practice principal Steven Burchell DipCDT RCS(Eng)] was helping me,” she says.
As a temporary measure, an oral impression was taken and her painful dentures lined with a soft material that would help ease the discomfort and improve fit.
Sheila was prescribed a traditional top prosthetic and a lower over-denture, retained on two implants. The surgery was carried out under sedation by North Street’s clinical lead, Owain Rees BDS DGDP(UK) Dip Imp Dent (UCL) GDC61576.
“All I can say is that it has completely changed my life. There’s nothing I can’t eat and the implant prosthetic doesn’t feel false. It’s comparable for me to my own teeth. When I first saw my new teeth in the mirror, I thought who’s this person? They looked natural, just like real teeth,” says Sheila.
Dave, a former civil engineer, adds: “She’s completely different. It’s been life-changing for me too and we can now get on with our retirement.”
Both keen gardeners, they agree the financial investment is in a quality life choice.“It’s the best thing she’s ever had done,” adds Dave.