I have just completed my treatment with Carl, having received 2 implants, with an abutment covering 3 missing teeth and I am over the moon.When you have, for all manner of reasons, a mouthful of fillings, and many missing teeth, you are fairly used to the permanent dent in your confidence and you can feel that you don't 'deserve' to have long term helpful solutions.From the moment you meet Carl and Kate you feel like there are options, that of course you do deserve to be able to eat properly, it's ok to want to have a better smile and that there are solutions for you. Carl is calming, non-judgemental, reassuring and gives you hope! (This may read as dramatic, but if you have mouth issues you'll be able to relate, I know.)Having had painful dental experiences in the past, like so many people, I was a bag of nerves on the day of my implants. The team are so kind, continuously reassured me throughout the procedure and I couldn't believe it was over so quickly. I found root canal treatment (and one particularly horrific extraction that went wrong) much worse than having 2 implants! My face was a bit tender for a few days but nothing paracetamol couldn't sort out and the healing process was very straightforward.I think the whole process, from first consultation to having my new 'teeth' has taken less than 6 months and I am beyond delighted.If you're wavering over making the decision to have implants, just go for it. You won't be in better hands.
How microsurgery restored my painful teeth and gums
Retired head of English Gail embraces the privilege of retirement with enthusiasm. As the bubbly 60-something-year-old confesses to enjoying every moment of her ‘my time’ experience, it’s hard to imagine that anything would ever stifle her appetite for life.
But a long-standing issue with gum recession finally left her with ultra-sensitive teeth and the need for a clever dental solution. “The sensitivity was a real problem and they didn’t look good,” she says. Hot and cold drinks became a painful challenge and eating food proved an unpredictable experience.
“Extracting the teeth was not a real option,” says her dentist Carl Horton. Although much of the root of her upper teeth was exposed, they were not mobile and otherwise relatively healthy. Microsurgery seemed the best solution.”
Gail’s treatment plan involved a highly skilful skin graft procedure to rebuild the eroded gums. “I am very lucky to have found Carl. I cannot speak highly enough of him. He tackled the gum recession at the front of my mouth using microsurgery, firstly doing the offending tooth on the right-hand side, waiting for it to heal, and then tackling two teeth on the left.
“By using a graft from the roof of my mouth he has lowered the gums on my teeth on both sides of my mouth. They look really good and my problem has been resolved. The surgery took about a couple of hours for each side and Carl was so patient with me.
“Carl has the most lovely, reassuring manner with both his patients and his staff. He’s everything I would want a dentist to be and would highly recommend him,” she adds.
Explaining the technique, Carl says: “Modern microsurgical principles, with knowledge and technology borrowed from medicine, means we can increase the scope of periodontics.
The effects are remarkable in delivering a more predictable clinical result, much quicker healing, improved cosmetic outcomes, less invasive procedures and not least, less patient discomfort. It’s the equivalent to keyhole surgery.”
“My experience with Carl was unbelievable. I had suffered from bleeding gums and my front teeth had become loose. My own dentist referred me to Carl who has treated my gums. The problem came out of nowhere. I was very nervous about seeing him, but he was so reassuring and calm. Both he and his staff made me feel very at ease. “The treatment is still ongoing, but already things are improving.”