“I was mortified, hurt everywhere as I’d bounced back and forth off the bus and the parked van, but it was my damaged smile that bothered me most,” she recalls.
Monitored by paramedics at the scene in a neighbour’s home for two hours, she was eventually taken to hospital by the ambulance crew.
“My foot was damaged and I had bruises all over, but I was devastated by my shattered front tooth. How can a single tooth cause so much grief?
“I was wearing a large flower ring – costume jewellery – and it was broken in two. They think the impact threw my hand off the steering wheel and my tooth connected with the ring.
“Looking back it had a huge impact on me. I needed it fixed, like yesterday, and vowed not to go out until it was repaired. My confidence just evaporated and I didn’t want to leave the house,” she adds.
Following emergency treatment on her tooth, Esther sought help from North Street Dental in Dudley.
“I just wanted things to be normal, but I had so much sensitivity with the tooth I had to wait a fortnight for things to calm down. Everyone was so supportive and set about fitting a porcelain veneer, but it meant my tooth initially looked worse after the prep work. I just broke down in the waiting room on the way out.
“Everyone was so kind,” she says.
Practice principal Steven Burchell Dip CDT RCS(Eng) GDC108353 adds: “The psychological and emotional association with our teeth is very strong and Esther’s response was a common one. She was distraught and we pulled out all the stops to complete the dental work within ten days.
“The lab people were amazing, with Esther having an appointment to see them to ensure an excellent colour match.”
Adds Esther: “I couldn’t have asked for more. My teeth have at least three gradients of colour and the match is perfect. I can’t thank the team enough.”