Inside and outside

Work on the new clinic in the west end of Glasgow continues and progress is being made on the plans for the interior design and layout that will give patients a positive and rewarding experience.
And there’s also a focus on the outside. We’ve been looking at the exterior of the building and ensuring that our gardens will also look great.
We’re considering a couple of landscaping options to ensure that not only the work enhances the building but also improves the appearance and in turn boosts the neighbourhood.
All in all it means there’s a lot to think about in terms of the design for every single aspect of the new clinic.

Sharing Toronto focus

Toronto-based Steve Bongard is one of the world’s experts on a specific system for work on tooth implant restoration.
As part of my ongoing research and learning about the latest techniques in implant work, I was lucky enough to spend the day with him recently.
I will also visit his clinic in Toronto to see at first hand his implantology work in action.
This technique involves a fixed implant solution with four or five implants positioned in such a way to avoid the need for any invasive sinus elevation work or bone grafting techniques. The process allows patients to leave with fixed teeth at the time of the surgery.
Implantology is constantly changing and I enjoy researching the latest techniques and processes in order that I can offer these to my patients.

New team guide

As part of the plan to move into our new clinic I’ve been working on compiling a staff handbook. The task is now complete and I’ll be sharing the document with the team members.
The team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry is very important as part of the process of ensuring that our patients – whether coming for check-ups or for implant work – have a positive experience.
We want them to think that the clinic deserves 10/10 if they’re talking about us to their friends and family members.
Staff welfare is extremely important and as well as knowing what each of us is responsible for in the clinic it’s all part of a great recipe of ensuring that the team functions as a team.
When we’ve been designing the new clinic we’ve looked at each of the team members’ roles and ensured that the new facilities are created to ease the patient journey from appointment scheduling to eventual recall.

Implants lecture to dentists

I’ve been on the lecture circuit again – this time in Glasgow lecturing to dentists who are training in implant dentistry. This was organised by Stephen Jacobs, implantologist and President of the Association of Dental Implantology.  My topic was computer guided surgery. I was very honoured to be invited to conduct the lecture.  Back in 2004 I  was one of the first surgeons in the UK to be trained in the Nobel Biocare guided surgery concept.  I underwent this training in Philadelphia at the renowned Balshi/Wolfinger Prosthodontics Intermedica Clinic.  Computer guided surgery can offer a quick and accurate method for the predictable and atraumatic placement of dental implant fixtures.