ITV Emmerdale and Corrie star reveals she lost her teeth after battling bulimia
After struggling with food issues, former Emmerdale actress Gemma Oaten claimed she had to have her front teeth extracted.
The actress, 38, who portrayed Rachel Breckle in the ITV serial opera battled anorexia and bulimia, which permanently damaged her enamel.
Gemma shed happy tears after receiving life-altering dental care since she finally had her smile again after roughly 20 years.
The Coronation Street actress, who last year portrayed Isla Haywood, addressed her neurologist Dr. Harry Davis: “You have changed the path of my life.”
She shared her joy with viewers in a touching video she posted on Instagram, along with the tearful moment she witnessed the outcome in his London Harley Street clinic: “My teeth are back. This has been gone for twenty years. My enamel was completely taken away by bulimia, and I’ve always felt self-conscious even though I now have a full set of teeth.”
Speaking openly about her experience In order to urge others to get support if they have an eating issue, Gemma said she wants them to “not feel ashamed.” As he described the operation, her dentist also related her experience.
Not merely an image of before and after, he wrote. “This great patient had regrettably endured severe anorexia and bulimia her entire life.
“Eating disorders have a catastrophic impact on oral health and frequently result in the need for substantial treatment in young patients to help restore function and appearance.
“My team and I put six implants and immediately fixed them with a bridge because the top arch had numerous failing root canals, rot under already-installed crowns, and fractured roots all over it. (This is simply a provisional).
“We next used composite veneers to restore the missing enamel on the lower teeth. This enhances function and appearance and will stop the exposed dentine from eroding faster in the future.
“@gemma.oaten, thank you for entrusting me with your grin,” he continued. I’m so happy to see how it’s affected your life! Gemma, who had a 13-year fight with eating problems that started when she was just 10-years-old, mustered the bravery on Monday morning to post pictures of her radiant new smile as well as “before” pictures of her chipped teeth on social media.
Six weeks following her surgery, she wrote on Instagram, “Finally feel courageous enough and ready to share my new smile.” I would guess that it has been 17 years since I last smiled. I lost it to bulimia and anorexia.
“However, nobody discusses it. Nobody discusses how severely those who are affected by eating disorders are robbed.
Since people are encouraged to feel ashamed, they never discuss the suffering and its physical implications.
“No one talks about eating disorders and the impact they have on teeth, and I wish to God someone had while I was battling because if they had, I might not have had to lose all my top teeth… but I’ll use this like I usually do, to grow flowers where dirt once was in the hopes that it helps others.
“This stigma must end,” Gemma continued. An eating disorder is NOT something you choose. On 2011, the celebrity was cast as Rachel in Emmerdale.
She was released from rehabilitation for the eating disorders that had ruined her life for 13 years 14 years ago.
She currently serves as manager and patron of the eating disorder assistance organization Seed.
“This is one of the aspects of the eating disorder that people don’t mention because your teeth are vital to life and to think that they could go, it’s not something that you want to even imagine,” she said in an interview with hosts Eamonn Holmes and Isabel Webster on GB News.
“An eating disorder makes you feel really embarrassed and is incredibly secretive and manipulative. I am aware because I was repulsed. When I was younger, my dentist made me feel repulsive. When the acid was wearing down my teeth, I can still recall seeing the dentist.
“I felt so much less of a person for so many years,” she added. And I believe that many people who suffer from eating disorders experience this. Because the eating problem takes away their voice and identity, individuals feel as though they have neither.
Although I have a mental health condition, I believe I now have an opportunity to move on with my life. The process is still ongoing, although I recovered 14 years ago, Gemma said as she described it to them. My physical health has been greatly impacted.
“It’s been a huge shock to the system, but many individuals I’ve spoken to about it are going through this,” the author said. The key is early intervention.
“The sooner you receive help, the sooner someone may recover from the verge of losing their life—I don’t just mean physically, but mentally for all these years as well. It’s a very serious condition.