Re: impressions of very loose teeth?
Reading your post was like reading about me! I hadnt been to the dentist in over 20 years either, completely dental phobic, needed loads of treatment, and had loose teeth. I also wanted to get things fixed so that I can smile when i get married too. (oh and i'm also in scotland)
I had immpressions taken last year before having 4 lower front teeth removed, and like you, I was petrified that the teeth would come out in the impression materials. My dentist assured me that this wouldnt happen and said she would pay for my treatment IF it did happen, I was soooooooooooo scared that she had to take the impressions while i was having other treatment done under iv sedation, and was relieved to find that the teeth were still intact.
Not such a lost cause after all :-)