Teething trouble: Nicki was horrified to wake up to find she had just five teeth left
A woman had all her teeth removed without her consent while she was knocked out in a dentist's chair.
Nicki Stanley, 46, had been plagued by poor dental health for years and expected to have new crowns fitted.
But when she woke up, instead of having new coverings over some of her decayed teeth she was missing every tooth from her upper gum.
The mum-of-one said: "I had tried everything to keep my teeth in good shape. I had special fluoride toothpaste, I visited the dentist as often as I could - but nothing worked.
"I only had six teeth left on the top but it was enough to keep crowns and not need dentures - that was my worst nightmare.
"When I left the surgery I was still a bit confused from the sedation - when you're in that state you haven't got a clue what is going on.
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"It was only when I got home and came round after three or four hours of sleep that I realised what had happened.
"The horror when I started feeling my mouth and found nothing was unimaginable.
"Although I went back a few weeks later to have a dental plate fitted they were uncomfortable and almost impossible to do anything with.
"She did her best but nothing could make them stick in my mouth.
The teaching assistant was left with just five teeth, which led to her losing confidence.
She added: "For five years I barely left the house and I was never photographed - I'd never been so embarrassed.
"And I was so scared of going back to the dentist that I haven't been able to get my bottom teeth sorted either.
"I had no quality of life and I constantly cancelled plans so that I didn't have to interact with other people and expose my fangs.
"I rarely spoke if I didn't have my hand covering my mouth.
Despite being forced to have all her remaining teeth and the rotten stumps from her upper gum removed, Nicki now has a complete set of pearly whites.
She endured an eight-hour operation worth £30,000 and now Nicki couldn't be happier about the life-changing surgery .
She said: Nicki, from south London, said: "When I lost all my teeth, it was like losing my personality.
"I couldn't even bring myself to go out in public - with my new smile; I'm a completely different person."
"The difference having tooth implants - I've never been happier.
"I'm out every weekend celebrating my new smile.
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"I've never been able to go around my head so high until now."
Dr Anthony Zybutz performs over 80 dental implant procedures a year.
Dr Zybutz said: "Nicki had all of her remaining teeth removed - and she didn't have that many left - and a full set of dental implants.
"For someone so young to have all her teeth removed is quite rare - it's really much more common for people in their 70s or 80s who would have had all their teeth removed preventatively.
"This is not a simple procedure and but we're a specialist clinic.
"It's absolutely brilliant to see the difference it has made to Nicki.
"Her new confidence is incredible and I'm so pleased to see how life-changing it has been for her."