In less than a decade, Roy had lost more than 16 teeth and his diet had changed dramatically. Embarrassing gaps meant he was able to chew on only one side and his healthy vegetarian diet, including his favourite apples, celery and grapes, was limited to soft food choices.
“My gums hurt, food impacted between my remaining teeth resulting in sideward pressure and more loosening, and I had to make conscious decisions not to stay in.
“There was no Pizza Hut for me and even a simple piece of toast I had to cut into small pieces. I was no longer really chewing food, just swallowing it and was experiencing stomach problems,
“ I’d be chewing and a tooth would just fall out . . . I was not sleeping, had a partial denture I couldn’t get on with and all I could think of was ‘what on earth am I going to do?’. I was desperate,” he says.
Inspired by testimonials published in his local newspaper, he sought help with Steven Burchell DipCDT RCS(Eng), principal of both North Street Dental and the Denture Clinic.
“What an eye-opener! He spent an hour with me on my first consultation,” says Roy.
Roy’s treatment involved the placing of four upper and four lower implants to fix over-dentures.
Totally secure, hugely functional and natural looking – we were able to help him return to the spontaneous lifestyle he enjoyed before his troubles set in.”
Life with Guide Dogs
Guide Dogs puppy walkers Roy and wife, Sue, are committed to changing lives in their work for the charity. For more than seven years they have been the “the foster parents” of puppies which later became fully trained guide dogs.
Currently, the couple from Dudley, have a beautiful labradoodle – Vonnie – the “diva of the house,” says Sue.
Vonnie, who suffered retina damage in an accident, had her guide dog career cut short but was adopted by the Philpotts. Roy and Sue were family to Dudley, the celebrity Labrador puppy who was sponsored by the mayor’s charity. The practice has also supported Guide Dogs.