A woman who claims to have undergone a botched veneering procedure at a Turkish dental clinic says she was awarded £30,000 to have the damage repaired in the UK.
Melissa Davies, 35, from Coventry, wasn’t happy with her smile, so she spent £6,000 to have a veneer fitted at a Turkish clinic she found online.
She claims she was under general anesthesia for seven hours while dentists removed five of her teeth and performed fourteen root canal treatments.
She woke up with a nosebleed, her ether shut down and her aunt cried and screamed as she asked ‘what have you done to her?’
Melissa Davies, 35 after getting her teeth set at a dental clinic on the Turkish coast
Before and after: Before the dental procedure, Melissa said she always struggled with her teeth and they looked so ‘terrible’ that she was willing to travel across the sea and pay £6K to have them sorted – and claims that she is now left in ‘excruciating pain’
Melissa Davieshas has quoted up to £30,000 to get them repaired in the UK and has already spent £6,000 on the procedure
Melissa said, ‘My teeth have been bothering me all my life, they never looked straight and always looked awful and I had no confidence.
“I did some research online and watched videos to see if any celebrities had been there and I decided to go.
“They kept me under bed for seven and a half hours and when I came to my aunt yelled ‘what have you done to her?’
“My nose started to bleed and my ether started to close. I had what I would call a Tampax in my nose to stop the bleeding and a tube in the back of my throat to help me breathe.
“It felt like I had been punched in the face for a week. I heard a bang as they pushed up one of my teeth.
“I felt a sharp spot (on the way home) and looked for a hairline crack on one of my back molars.”
Melissa after the procedure. Dentists recently warned those seeking pearly whites not to travel to Turkey to get their dream smile
Melissa opened up on TikTok and the video went viral with 14 million views and over 8,000 comments. She’s not the only one on the social media site with a tooth-related horror story
The 35-year-old, from Coventry, West Midlands, said she had to lie down for seven and a half hours while dentists removed five of her teeth and performed 14 root canal treatments.
Weeks after the procedure, Melissa has a hairline crack along the back of her teeth and feels like someone “shot her in the mouth.” Due to the damage, she still can’t eat or drink anything cold.
She went to her dentist in the UK and was told she would likely need specialist care, which could cost up to £30,000.
Melissa added: ‘I’ve tried to see three dentists, but no one wants to treat me. I smile even less since I went to Turkey.’
“It’s like pain, but as soon as you drink something cold, it’s like someone shot me in the mouth. I couldn’t drink cold water during the heat wave. I’m terrified.’
Melissa claims the dental clinic has offered to re-examine her teeth, but said she would have to pay all costs, including treatment and travel.
She posted about her experience on TikTok last month, where it was viewed more than 14 million times.
After posting on TikTok, Melissa was thanked by those who considered the procedure, and people who had also gone through the same experience contacted them to say it was “the biggest mistake of their lives.”
The post also attracted more than 8,800 comments from viewers who were shocked by the clip.
One said, “Thanks for sharing, I was actually going to do this… I’m not doing it now. I’m sorry this happened to you.’
Another wrote: ‘I totally agree. It’s the biggest mistake of my life, I’ve been in pain for five years and no British dentist will touch them.’
A third said, “Wow, I’ve been thinking about getting mine done for ages. Thank you so much for helping me make my decision, it would be one I would regret.’
A fourth added: “Thanks for speaking out.”
This isn’t the first time a Turkish dental clinic has come under scrutiny for botching a procedure.
One woman said she was left ‘traumatised’ in April this year after spending £6,850, only to have her gums ripped to shreds leaving her feeling ‘beaten up’.
Dentists have also recently warned those seeking pearly whites not to travel to Turkey to get their dream smile.
Experts have warned about the dangers of invasive oral surgery.
A report from the British Dentist Association recently revealed that 86 per cent of British dentists surveyed reported treating cases that arose after problems abroad.
Dental tourism is on the rise, as is surgical tourism, as the temptation of affordable prices tempts Britons to pay the plane to have expensive procedures performed at a fraction of the price in the UK.
The clinic has been contacted for comment.