After an odyssey, which had taken me from Wimbledon to France and back to the UK, I found myself in the hands of Harpal Chana at St George's Hospital, Tooting. And thus ended a tale of woe - inflicted on me by careless and insufficiently skilled practitioners of dental surgery and implantology. I have since followed Mr. Chana to his own practice, first at Esher and then at Elmfield House in Teddington.
Over the past ten years Mr. Chana has restored and looked after my teeth, enabling me not only to again indulge in the pleasures of the dining table, but also to confidently respond with a smile - and not a hapless grimace - when greeted by a gentle soul. The visual impact of good (or bad) teeth should never be underestimated! I have so far also been treated very capably by both other dentists and hygienists at Elmfield House. Having had ample occasion to talk to and watch the ladies at reception, I am happy to say that they are unfailingly polite, obliging and, no matter how busy, always ready to listen to or reassure patients.
As to the relatively new science of dental implantology, I must add that I was first and with disastrous consequences introduced to this at the - albeit famous - Hôpital Saint Antoine in Paris. What followed was the most dreadful night of my life, and afterwards weeks of intense pain. Mr. Chana has since replaced nine of my teeth with implants - with excellent results, as described above. Implant surgery is not, however, the sort of "easy fix" as which it is being sold in certain adverts nationwide. This is why I am glad I eventually listened to a personal recommendation, which is how I met Harpal Chana.