Ivor’s journey to restoration really began nearly two years ago when he visited North Street suffering with a sensitive tooth.
“I didn’t like two of the options that were presented – I certainly didn’t want a full clearance of my teeth or dentures, or for that matter, dentures fixed on implants. But I was more comfortable with the restorative dentistry route and after weighing things up decided to start my treatment with Polly 10 months ago,” says Ivor.
Before the procedures were completed Ivor realised he was “speaking though a small hole.” Subconsciously he was holding his lips closer together. “People were often asking me to speak louder or complained that I was mumbling and I wasn’t even aware of it.
“Now it feels really odd as my lips are beginning to move properly again – but I’m getting more used to it and I’m really happy with the teeth,” adds the crown green bowls enthusiast.
Polly, who joined the team in Dudley after working in Michigan, USA, at a prestigious cosmetic dental centre, says: “When we fitted the final crowns there was a marked change in Ivor’s facial features and his speech is now definitely clearer.
“He’s been a great patient – ten months of dentistry and I’m a fairly fast worker – and the results are excellent. The restorative work looks so natural and he will gain normal function with speech and eating more and more as time goes on.
“Key to this therapy were the good, healthy gums Ivor has. They were not infected, so I was able to proceed with a lot of restorative work.”
And what of the North Street and Dental Clinic care? “At no time did I feel excluded from what was going on. I always felt in control myself and Polly instilled so much confidence in me as she took me through all of the work.
“It was first class – the nursing and everything – and it was all as pain-free as it possibly could be, even the injections.
“She used an ultra-fine needle to administer the anaesthesia and all I felt was a little pressure of the anaesthetic going into the tissue.”
Ivor is now planning to replace his missing molars with implant teeth, which will be carried out in North Street in due course.