One woman resulted to drastic measures to ensure she never had to step foot inside a dentist’s office. Apparently, the terrified mom has had a horrific experience with dentists over the years so she took matters into her own hands to fix her teeth. However, her unconventional dental work resulted in grave consequences and her story has gone viral. There’s a shocking reason why Angie Barlow needed to have oral surgery in the first place.
According to Mirror Online, each time Barlow lost a tooth over the years, she would repair it herself using super glue. During a recent interview, she recounted her crafty dental work and why she chose to do it herself instead of seeking the enlisting the help of a professional dentist. Barlow revealed she’d lost her mother to throat cancer at the age of 34.
“I’ve always been scared of the dentist because my mum died at 34 from throat cancer. She had a tooth out, and that’s how they found she had cancer. That fear has always been in the back of my mind… you just get your mind set and you just think, you don’t go. You don’t make that phone call.”
“When the tooth comes out, I just put a little bit of glue and try and hold it in place to keep it…so I don’t have a gap in my teeth. I used glue on the top of the tooth, and then I put it back in place until the glue is set.”
Over time, Barlow’s dental health had deteriorated to the point where she’d lost approximately 90 percent of the bone supporting her jaw as a result of the horrific super glue solution. The daunting reality changed her life. She was so insecure and embarrassed about her teeth, she succumbed to living a reclusive lifestyle to shield her embarrassment.
“I just feel so self-conscious that I don’t do, you know I don’t go anywhere really. Even going in the shop, I feel embarrassed, they’d be like, nudge, nudge, look at her, you know. Even in front of my son I’m embarrassed to like sit and have a conversation with him. So I’ll just turn my head away while I talk to him. Half the time I talk with my hand over my mouth. I know I shouldn’t really because it draws the eye even more.”
As her dental health continued to deteriorate, she had to do something. Barlow had no choice but to seek medical attention. Private dentist Kailesh Salenk stated that 11 of Barlow’s teeth had to be extracted from the top row. She had to have six titanium screws put in place for the 12 new teeth she received.
Although she’s feared dentists for years, fortunately, the surgery turned out to be a relatively positive experience. “Wonderful isn’t it, I feel amazing, and there’s no hands over my mouth or embarrassment, and, the difference people have said in me, noticed in me, my friends, things like that, they’re just like, oh my God, you’re more outgoing.”
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