A breakfast cereal taster and self-confessed ‘dentist’s nightmare’ has had his life transformed with dental implants.
Ben McDavitt blames the wear and tear on his teeth on having a very sweet tooth and on his job of 30 years as a taster of high-sugar breakfast cereals.
As his teeth decayed he went from fillings to crowns to dentures which left him miserable, unable to smile and unable to eat his favourite foods. Ben could not tolerate his traditional dentures and wanted the less bulky, tighter, more comfortable and more retentive option of implant-supported dentures.
Finally Ben, from Wallasey, consulted his brother, a dentist in Scotland, about the possibility of dental implants as a better option than traditional dentures. His brother agreed, did some research and came up with Dr Paul Sherrard’s name as the dentist to go to for treatment in the Wirral area.
Dr Sherrard recommended upper and lower implant-retained dentures, secured by placing six implants. Ben agreed and began the treatment process.
Nine months later Ben can’t stop smiling with his new teeth and says they have ‘revolutionised’ his life.
“I’m absolutely delighted with the outcome. I haven’t been able to smile for a few years but now you can’t stop me smiling. People tell me how happy I look and that I look younger,’ said Ben.
Work friends have started calling him ‘the posh boy’ because his appearance has improved so much and because he can now pronounce words properly again.
His new teeth are also helping him at work because the implant-retained upper denture has no palate so he is able to taste food much better than previously.
The new teeth also mean Ben can now enjoy one of his favourite foods again-corn on the cob- something he had been unable to tackle wearing traditional dentures.
Picture: Ben with implant team members Stacey Collins, Laura Hill and Dr Paul Sherrard