Pogues frontman Shane MacGowan unveils new teeth after undergoing extensive dental work 15:18, 19 Dec 2015 Updated 16:12, 19 Dec 2015 By Edward Roberts The 57-year-old musician ended up losing all his gnashers after years of drug and alcohol abuse The 57-year-old musician ended up losing all his gnashers after years of drug and alcohol abuseHe has finally treated himself Christmas has come early for Shane MacGowan after getting a new set of teeth. The Pogues frontman - whose hit Fairytale of New York dominates the radio during the festive season - has famously suffered with severe dental problems during his career. But his troubles are now firmly behind him after he was fitted with twenty two new teeth - including a gold incisor. Shane's oral issues were the result of years of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as constant fighting. Back in 2009, he was forced to have his final tooth removed before being advised to wear dentures in future. Just in time for the festive season However the 57-year-old decided to treat himself to implants after being persuaded by his girlfriend Victoria Mary Clarke. Read more: Shane MacGowan breaks pelvis after complication dance move He previously told the Irish Sun: "Victoria had hers done last year and I thought they were great, so I decided to go with the same dentist, Darragh. "It was a bit swollen for the first few days but I’m feeling good now. I’m getting used to them now." Mark Large / ********** / Solo Syndication Shane with long-term girlfriend Victoria All in all Shane needed to attend numerous consultations before undergoing six operations over the course of six months. Girlfriend Victoria has revealed that his new gnashers were actually based on those of actor Michael Fassbender . She also said that the procedure has taken years off Shane's appearance. Appearing on The Ray D'Arcy Show, she said: "He already looks so much younger. I think he looks about 20 years younger." VIPIRELAND.COM The musician has struggled with dental problems for decades Shane's transformation is set to be detailed in a new documentary - titled Shane MacGowan: A Wreck Reborn - that will air on Sky Arts on Sunday. The documentary will include the moving moment when Shane tucked into an apple for the first time in decades.