All pensioner John Giblin wants for Christmas is to get rid of his new front tooth. After more than 50 years without any teeth the 82-year-old was amazed when he discovered he had grown a new one at the front of his mouth. Retired postman Mr Giblin moved from London to Sommerville Close in Faversham two years ago for a quieter life. After eating too many sweets, all his teeth fell out in his 20s and he was fitted with dentures.
But a new tooth was lying in wait, and several months ago it decided to put in an appearance. "My dentures became incredibly uncomfortable, and started to cause me quite a bit of pain," said the poetry enthusiast. "Then I felt my gum and discovered something sharp. At first I thought it was a bit of my jaw bone poking through, never did I imagine it would be a new tooth."
A visit to the dentist and an X-ray later Mr Giblin was told he was the proud owner of a new incisor but is now due to have it removed. He said: "I'm still waiting for the damn thing to be taken out. It is all a bit embarrassing, especially as it is in the dead centre front of my mouth. I've never heard of anything like this before, I didn't even know it was possible.
"When I lost my teeth all that time ago, I certainly didn't think I would be growing a new one 50 years later. My family have joked that I'm going through my second childhood. The whole situation is extraordinary and the sooner it is removed the better. When I look in the mirror it is just there staring at me. If it isn't taken out soon I'll knock it out myself."