ritual only to get the shocker of your life when you’re done. That is
what happened to Nikki Stanley, 46, when she visited the dentist to have
her crowns replaced.
didn’t expect to be left with no upper teeth at all.
is exactly what happened and six years later, Ms Stanley says she is
still too embarrassed to leave the house.
was going in to get my teeth done and a couple of crowns fitted and
ended up with no teeth.’
I was horrified,’ she said amidst tears, ”I thought I was going to wake
up with my teeth crowned or at least my teeth filed down ready to have
the crowns fitted the next week but instead, she’d just removed my
learning support assistant so much that she was too frightened to get
help when she began experiencing problems with her bottom teeth – and
now has just five left in total.
dental plate but Ms Stanley says she wasn’t told how to use the device
and says wearing it is ‘alien’ to her. Ms Stanley became so
self-conscious about her unsightly teeth, she is afraid to leave the
house – a problem made worse by cruel bullies who insult her looks in
at home. The one time I stop thinking about my appearance and what I
look like is when I’m in my garden, gardening.
interact with anyone. I don’t have to put my hand in front of my mouth
when I’m talking to my plants.
to speak of. I’m happier at home than I am going out because I haven’t
got to face people.’
anyone or being with anyone like that,’ she says. ‘Who’d want to be with
someone like me? I haven’t got a life. I exist but I don’t live.’
when Ms Stanley was offered a reconstruction operation by Harley Street
surgeon, Dr Anthony Zybutz, who specialises in tooth implants.
teeth and remove rotten stumps from her upper gums but, after eight
hours in surgery, successfully completed the operation.
has been life-changing. ‘It’s unbelievable,’ she beams. ‘It’s just nice
to go out and hold my head up and smile and not look down when people
look at me.
happier now that at the end of the day, my cheeks hurt from smiling so
much. There’s nothing to stop me doing anything now,’ adds Ms Stanley.
‘Having the surgery has just changed my life. It really has.’