A mother and son who spent decades without healthy teeth have got their smiles back - after receiving free dentures from Sheffield medics.
Christopher Roberts, aged 41, began losing his teeth aged 24 following an accident, leaving him depressed and lacking in confidence.
And now his mum Carol, 69, has followed her son’s lead by overcoming her fear of the dentist’s chair and getting fitted with free false teeth at the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital.
The centre, part of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, offers routine treatment to hundreds of people at no cost every year.
Procedures are performed by trainees from Sheffield University’s school of clinical dentistry.
“Before I had my dentures fitted, my confidence was at rock bottom,” said Chris.
“I couldn’t speak to anyone without covering my face with my hand.
“I didn’t want to leave the house and I became very depressed.
“After many years without any teeth I finally plucked up the courage to visit Charles Clifford and I can honestly say it was the best thing I ever did.”
Chris added: “My confidence has shot up. I even recommended my mum, who had a phobia of the dentist and lost her teeth 30 years ago.
“I was nervous before I went but the students really put me at ease.”
Carol said she calls her new replacement teeth her pearly whites. “I look 20 years younger now. I’m so pleased for both of us,” she said.
Mark Bishop, a clinical tutor at the hospital, said: “I’m delighted to hear that our treatments have made such a positive impact on Chris and Carol’s lives.
“One of the most rewarding things our students experience during their undergraduate course is the ability to transform the appearance of patients over a six-week period.”
n Call 0114 2717 992 or visit www.sth.nhs.uk/our-hospitals/charles-clifford-dental-hospital for more information.