Mum faces £20k dental bill after teeth crumble
PUBLISHED: 09:25 02 June 2014 | UPDATED: 09:25 02 June 2014
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A WESTON mother-of-two is unable to chew food properly and is facing a £20,000 bill to fix her teeth after ‘errors’ by NHS dentists meant they crumbled.
Emma Tait, aged 30, says even eating salad leaves her in agony after her molar teeth fell out.
Her teeth were in such a bad state by the age of 13, every tooth had been filled.
But she has been told her crumbled teeth could have been saved had she been given crowns rather than fillings in the first place.
Emma said: “When I was in my mid-20s a dentist said to me that it was a shame dentists didn’t give me crowns when I was younger.
“They probably just assumed I wouldn’t have wanted to pay for them because I was quite young, but it could have saved my teeth.
“It normally takes me a good half an hour to eat my dinner - usually everyone is still waiting for me to finish.
“It gets to the point that my jaw is so painful I just give up eating.
“Salad is the worst because you have to chew it so many times. Eating anything like tough meat is pretty much completely out of the question.”
Dentists have told her the remaining teeth will need work to save them at the cost of £11,000 before a £4,000 brace realigns them.
Experts are then hopeful she can be fitted with two implants at a sum of £4,600, allowing her to chew food once again and enjoy family meals.
Emma claims that the treatment will not only enable her to eat a meal with her loved ones again, but it will also boost her diminishing confidence.
Though excited about the prospect of being able to smile for the camera, Emma says she is worried about financing the treatment.
She said: “Paying is going to be a problem. I can’t afford it but at the same time I need teeth really.
“The aim is to get the work started next month getting all the root treatments and stuff done - hopefully that will put my teeth in a temporary state of health ready to have a brace fitted.”
Emma said she has considered taking legal action against the NHS but will not as she is fearful what will happen if she loses.
She added: “I don’t really want to take them to court because I know then I’ll have to pay for a solicitor.
“It could be that I lose my case and I’ve then wasted money which could be spent on new teeth.”