School cook Sheena Thomas has got her best Christmas present ever- her confidence back.

The 52-year-old from Prenton suffered for years with painful periodontal disease which caused her teeth to deteriorate.

About eight years ago she had to have four top teeth extracted. Not wanting a denture, she inquired about dental implants but was told she was not a suitable candidate.

She persevered with the denture which made her self-conscious, but her remaining teeth continued to deteriorate, so two years ago she inquired again about dental implants and was referred by her dentist to Dr Paul Sherrard.

After stabilising her gum condition, he was able to provide implant treatment for her-new upper and lower arches of teeth permanently secured by implants.

A delighted Sheena said: “It has completely changed my life.  It’s been an emotional journey and I just wish I could have had it done years ago,” 

Sheena is now thrilled to be able to eat steak and apples again.

“I used to be terrified of going to the dentist, even to have my teeth cleaned because it was so painful. But here I’ve been made to feel at ease right from the start. Nothing has been too much trouble.”

She added: “I would recommend anyone with gum problems and is scared of the dentist to come here. It’s given me my confidence back. I feel like I’ve got back the teeth I had in my 20s.”

Dr Sherrard said: This was a massive decision for Sheena and it’s been a privilege guiding her through it to a happy conclusion.”