Minor Oral Surgery Service

Bikram Bal
BDS (Lon), LDS & FDS RCS (Eng)
Specialist in Oral Surgery

Bikram qualified from King’s College Dental School, London in 1992 obtaining a BDS and subsequent LDS RCS qualifications. He spent one year in general dental practice before entering into Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery training in a hospital environment. He passed the FDS RCS exam in July 1997. In March 2000, Bikram was placed on the special list held by the GDC in the UK.

Bikram has also been working in private oral surgery practice since 1996 and is a visiting specialist based in St.Albans, London and Cork. He currently works as a Specialist Oral Surgeon and Clinincal Lead of Specialist Dental Services for Hammersmith and Fulham PCT.

Implantology has been a great interest over the last twelve years and Bikram has been involved in their placement in both hospital services and in general practice. Bikram exclusively uses the Straumann Implant System in both the UK and Ireland. He is also able to offer a full range of Oral Surgery services.

He is a member of the BAOMS, SAAD, and ITI. Additionally, he is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons.


Lena Vakil
BDS (Wales) & FDS RCS (Eng)
Specialist in Oral Surgery

Lena qualified from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1991. She commenced hospital based Oral and Maxillofacial training and obtained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1994. She entered the GDC Specialist Register in Oral Surgery in 2004.

Lena has worked in many hospital settings carrying out all procedures in Oral Surgery. She also ran an Oral Surgery Unit in Sydney, Australia and was formerly a lecturer at St Bartholomew’s, Royal London Hospital and at Whipps Cross University Hospital where she clinically supervised postgraduates. Lena has also been involved with teaching via an e-learning platform.

In 1996, Lena established an Oral Surgery referral service in Docklands with Tower Hamlets PCT. Her referral base covers approximately 30 practices.

She is a member of the British Association of Oral Surgeons and is currently completing a Diploma in Implant Dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons (Eng).


Meenal Karania
BDS (Hons), MFDS RCS (Eng),
MClinDent (Lond) & MSurgDent (RCS)
Specialist in Oral Surgery

Meenal graduated in 1999, proxime accessit to the University of London gold medal, after which she spent four years as a hospital trainee in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. In 2007 she completed a three year higher specialist training programme in Oral Surgery at Guy’s and Kings College Hospitals London, during which she became expert in all aspects of dento-alveolar surgery and obtained Master of Clinical Dentistry (Surgical Dentistry) as well as Intercollegiate Membership in Surgical Dentistry. She has also completed the Straumann Advanced Implantology Course and has many years of experience in the surgical placement and restoration of dental implants as well as bone grafting.

As a Specialist Clinical Teacher in oral surgery at Kings College Hospital, she has been actively involved in clinical teaching of both undergraduate and post-graduate trainees as well as being an examiner.

She has a very caring and gentle approach to all of her patients and has worked for dental charity organisations in Brazil, The Philippines and Kenya.

She remains committed to continued professional development and is a member of the British Dental Association (BDA), British Association of Oral Surgeons (BAOS), Association of Dental Implantology UK (ADI), International Team for Implantology (ITI) and Society for the Advancement of Anaesthesia in Dentistry (SAAD).

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