Reality TV star Danny Bennett reveals how his teeth fell out, before Sheffield dentist saved his smile

Television personality Danny Bennett's rotten teeth fell out, before Sheffield dentist saved the day
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A Sheffield dentist has finally ended a reality television star's nightmare, after he spent £80,000 over two years getting his rotten teeth fixed.

Danny Bennett's ordeal began in March 2021 when his jaw got infected, which meant he had to have all his teeth removed. He assumed he'd quickly be sorted with a new set.

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But Danny, 39, who was known for appearing on the show First Dates, says he had "peg things" fitted by a dentist in the UK - which remained for 14 months.

Danny's teeth after having his first set of cosmetic teeth removed in 2021 follwing an infection in his jaw. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNSDanny's teeth after having his first set of cosmetic teeth removed in 2021 follwing an infection in his jaw. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS
Danny's teeth after having his first set of cosmetic teeth removed in 2021 follwing an infection in his jaw. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS

He then decided to jet off to Turkey to get his smile fixed - but he wasn't happy with those results either.

Danny, a late-night hospitality worker, has since had his teeth fixed by experts from Sheffield after reaching out on TikTok.

But he wants to wants to warn other people over his dentistry woes - and says it can be expensive.

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He said: “It has been years of agony, pain, and mental torture. I still don’t understand how it all happened.

Danny's teeth as of November 2023, after a year of having individual crowns fitted with Harley private dental, in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNSDanny's teeth as of November 2023, after a year of having individual crowns fitted with Harley private dental, in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS
Danny's teeth as of November 2023, after a year of having individual crowns fitted with Harley private dental, in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS

“I couldn’t even talk to people at work. I’d be in a heated discussion and my teeth would fall out.

“I have to laugh about it now but it was horrific - I’m still not fully in a good place mentally. It’s ruined me. It’s horrible”

Danny is a former cocaine addict.

He says the abuse ruined his teeth in his 20s so, in his 30s, he decided to get them fixed.

Danny has restoration work done on his teeth at Harley private dental in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNSDanny has restoration work done on his teeth at Harley private dental in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS
Danny has restoration work done on his teeth at Harley private dental in Sheffield. Picture: Danny Bennett / SWNS
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An initial treatment in 2021 all went well. But then his jaw got infected.

Danny got in touch with a new dentist who said he could redo his teeth after the infection had been treated.

But after some several appointments in the UK, he was told he would have to look elsewhere to sort out his smile.

By this point he had been living for a year with just "peg things", he claims. His entire diet was reduced to "soups, shakes, and soggy bread" - while his romantic life was non-existent and he had very low self-esteem, he said.

Danny said: “They looked and felt terrible."

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He then went to Turkey in July 2022. But when it came to the final day of fitting, he was informed after the operation that he had been fitted with teeth all connected together, and not individually.

Danny said: “I kicked off. I don’t know why they did that and didn’t listen. I was furious.”

Once he got home he began ringing them constantly and they agreed to re-do the op a few weeks after the previous one. But he was again disappointed.

Danny said: “I got to the point where I was really upset but at least I could eat properly and actually use them.”

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But within three days of getting his second set of teeth, Danny brushed his teeth and went to bed, only to wake up to find they all fallen out.

“I was in total panic,” he said.

He then had to resort to gluing his teeth on manually, which he had to re-do every three hours.

Danny said: “My mental health was awful, I had always suffered with anxiety, but this was making it even worse, my head was totally gone.”

In a pit of despair, Danny said he was on the brink of having a breakdown. Danny got into bed one night in tears, but had a lightbulb moment.

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He said: “As a last resort I thought I’d see what powers of TikTok have got.

He published a video describing his ordeal, and begging for a dentist to take him on.

The video attracted three million views, and lots of people got in touch.

He finally got treated by Harley Private Dental, in Nether Edge, Sheffield, having to visit every other week to put in new, individual teeth.

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Danny said: "I had to have lots of photos taken, preps for operations, x-rays, route canals, and have my gums pulled back."He finally has individual crowns which don’t fall out and don’t hurt, with the final operation taking place three weeks ago.

Danny now has a strong social media following which he uses to talk about mental health and addiction recovery.

“I’m so glad it’s all over, but I think it will take years for me to feel fully myself again,” he said.