“People would ask what was wrong with me. I confess it affected my mind. It was an horrendous journey,” Andy recalls.
An unlikely breakthrough came on a motorbike training course, where Andy met fellow two-wheels enthusiast, Robbie Domokos.
“We just hit it off and I was chatting about the problems I’d had with my teeth. Robbie told me about North Street Dental and Implant Clinic, where his father-in-law, Steven Burchell, is the principal.
“I made an appointment for a consultation and from the moment I walked in I knew this was meant to be.
“I have stringent standards and admit I’m a hard person to please, but it was so obvious Steve had a great team of people around him and the experience was faultless.” Andy says.
“With his dental nurse, Ann, he explained to me my options, but was told the four teeth had to come out. I’d not been told that before. I had periodontal disease and needed treatment for my gums . . . I’d not been told that either.
“I’m a terrible patient. I gag easily and wretch at hardly anything, but they were amazingly patient with me and just went at the pace I could manage. They were so generous with their time during the treatment.
“I decided to have a bridge to replace the teeth and the result is first class. The teeth look totally natural. You just can’t tell there’s a bridge there . . . the colour match, everything is perfect,” adds Andy.
On completion Andy celebrated by munching his way through a bag of apples. “Even my diet had changed. I couldn’t eat what I wanted because of the pain. I came back here [work] and the first thing I did was to ask for a bag of apples,” he says.
“I’m hard to please, I know, but I was so impressed with North Street my whole family is now signed up to their patient plan and for the first time I’ve even learned how to clean my teeth properly,” he concludes.