Crazy as it sounds but 49-year-old Charlotte Bateman never wished to have these majestic vampire fangs.
Charlotte suffered a rare gum disease called “severe periodontal disease” that left her with a jagged set of teeth. Despite raising concerns about the fact that her teeth were “drifting” around her mouth, her gums were left to rot.
I was so embarrassed. I didn’t want to be seen in public after that. I retreated into myself and avoided social situations. I work in the wedding cake industry, which is very appearance-orientated. Looking your best is vital. I have lots of face to face contact with clients and struggled to project an air of confidence. This whole saga has had a detrimental effect on my career,” she said.
It was on 2011 when Charlotte’s gum disease was diagnosed after an X-ray was taken during an orthodontic consultation and discovered that some of her teeth were showing bone loss.
When I would visit the dentist my gums would bleed so much during the examinations that they would have to stop and get me to rinse every time an instrument was put in my mouth. One day, when I was flossing at home, a piece of debris got pushed up and lodged in my gum – gums are not meant to be soft like that. I knew something was seriously wrong, ” as Charlotte were recalling.
I had raised concerns about the fact that my teeth were moving around my mouth. My neighbor, who hadn’t seen me in a while, visited shortly after that appointment and was visibly shocked at how my teeth looked,” she said.
Her condition hits her self-esteem to the lowest point and her baking business began to suffer.
I have lots of face to face contacts with clients and struggled to project an air of confidence. This whole saga has had a detrimental effect on my career,” Charlotte said.
And in March 2014, Mrs Bateman sought help from the Dental Law Partnership, who agreed to take on her case and sued her dentists and associates, however, they did not admit the liability during the year-long legal battle.
Finally after 11 months of trial, an out of court settlement was reached in February this year and Mrs Bateman was awarded £25,000. She plans to put her money towards corrective treatment, which will include stabilizing her gums. Unfortunately, the decay was so severe that she will lose teeth in the future. So, she’ll probably need to have implants as an option.
I’d been visiting that dentist since 1988, so I trusted her. I’ve endured pain and discomfort, not to mention shattered confidence. I can’t wait to have remedial treatment and finally be able to hold my head up high again,” Charlotte said.