Scanning expertise

I’m due to visit the world renowned Eastman Dental Institute in London to undergo further training in CBCT (Cone beam computer tomography) scanning.  The justification for dental radiology scanning and interpretation of the results is strictly controlled in the UK.  This forms one of the core areas of further professional development for dentists and with a new CT scanner due to be installed it’s an essential piece of ongoing training for me.  This will allow the efficient use of CT scanning as an extremely useful tool in planning and performing dental implant planning and surgery.

Top 50 new appearance

Some great news to share with everyone…
I’ve just discovered that I’ve been named among the UK’s Top 50 most influential dentists and my position at 26 in the poll makes me the highest-ranking Scots-based dentist.
The prestigious Dentistry magazine issues its Top 50 every year and votes come from within the dental profession.This is my debut appearance on the list.
In their citation about me, the Dentistry Top 50 organisers said I am “regarded as one of Scotland’s finest implants surgeons” and added that I have “a deep knowledge and understanding of implantology from intensive study both in the UK and internationally”.
Their kind and generous words made me blush a bit but obviously I’m absolutely delighted with the placing in the Top 50 list. It’s always good to get recognition from your peers – especially from the many dentists with whom I work on training and mentoring sessions all over the country..
Dentistry has been my passion since my teenage years as I feel very privileged to work in a profession which can transform people’s lives by helping to recreate  the natural beauty and impact of a smile.
I also work a lot with people who have experienced sports injuries or other dental traumas and the difference we can make in improving their lives is significant.
It’s a great accolade – and I’m also delighted for the team at the clinic.

Keys to new clinic

It’s the big day…
Keys handover day for the building that will house the new clinic.
Several big site meetings are scheduled with architects, interior designers and associated professionals as we get the green light to proceed with the radical transformation of the premises.
This is a real dream come true for me and I have very specific aims and objectives about how the clinic will be. Today’s patients – whether in for a check-up or for an implant – have high expectations in terms of patient care and comfort and my own standards are high.
I’ve done my research on how the clinic will be fitted out with input from all over the world. The plans are a real melting pot of bringing together what the patient needs and expects and my vision to create an environment that’s different and state of the art.
The new design has been endorsed by many of the leading dental companies who will in their own way associate themselves with the project.

One little tooth – one big moment

Big smiles all around and great excitement in the Friel household as baby Arnold’s first tooth emerges!
With both parents dentists you can imagine the anticipation of our baby’s dental debut…
And of course as more baby teeth emerge we’ll keep a close, careful watch on their development and as soon as Arnold’s old enough we’ll begin the process of teaching him how to clean his teeth properly.

Poster presentation

The British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry (BSSPD) is one of the oldest of the specialist dental societies in the UK and was founded in 1953. The worldwide membership is approaching 500, and the society is always actively pursuing new members who have an interest in fixed, removable, implant or maxillofacial prosthodontics (technical terms for more advanced dentistry techniques). They held their 2010 annual conference at the Stirling Management Centre. This year’s speakers came from all over the world. I took part in presenting a poster to delegates. This involved a presentation of a particular area of my work to showcase the benefits achieved in a particular technique of cosmetic dentistry.
One of the highlights of the weekend was a dinner held in Stirling Castle – it was a fantastic opportunity to network and discuss the latest in the world of implant and cosmetic dentistry techniques.