Dental implant “transformed my mouth” – testimonial from a patient.

WE always appreciate when a patient takes the time to write us a testimonial after their treatment is completed.

On this occasion the lady has told us how much of a transformation her dental implant has been for her mouth and the difference it’s made.

She talks about it being ‘just like a real tooth’ – which is exactly the objective when we’re undertaking dental implant surgery for patients at our Glasgow dental clinic.

We hope you find the testimonial an interesting read.

implant patient sends in testimonial about her dental implant surgery at our Glasgow clinic

Mouth "transformed" with the new implant - says patient

More progress on our new Glasgow dental clinic surgeries

The work continues at a steady pace to transform our new surgeries on the lower level of our dental clinic here in the West End of Glasgow.

The team from Intrafit arrived from down south to start cabinetry installation work.

These workmen are real perfectionists and these are the fifth and sixth surgery units they have installed for me in the last four years.

The original installation work is still solid and fully functional four busy years down the line.

The equipment deliveries are due to start tomorrow.

New installation work at Glasgow dental clinic

The installation work continues in the new surgeries.

Paint job to maximise clinic hygiene levels

We’re working to complete our two new surgeries at our Glasgow dental clinic.

These are located on the lower level of our clinic building. Progress is moving well at a fast pace and we reckon they’ll be completed within a week or so – all going well with equipment deliveries etc.

Painting work is underway in our two new surgeries on the lower level of our clinic building. Using the same ‘special’ paint as we did in our upstairs surgeries to ensure the ultimate in clinic hygiene.

Infection control is a key priority for the clinic team here and the new surgeries will be equipped with this objective in mind.
Whenever the builders move out the team to instal all the new state of the art equipment will be coming in to transform the rooms and create the finished job.

We’re all very excited at the prospect of having these additional surgeries to work with for the delivery of the very best in patient dental care and treatment.
When they’re complete we’ll give you a full pictorial tour and a video presentation.

Work underway at Glasgow Dental clinic - Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry

Painting work underway at our additional new clinic surgeries.

Special paint being used in surgeries

The 'special' paint used in our Glasgow dental clinic's new surgeries.

The Glasgow dental clinic story: from vision to reality PART 2

Here’s the second part of the blog outlining the story of our Glasgow dental clinic int he west end of the city.
We opened our doors in the November of 2010. It was the culmination of a lot of planning and the realisation of a personal dream come true…

Attention to detail

Without question one of the key successes of this project was the planning. I don’t mean the architect’s input, I mean everything from the detail in the financial planning to the planning of deliveries to coincide with the relevant workmen who were required for specific installation work.

Over the period I built up a collection of reference documents and notebooks with scribbled details of pieces of equipment, stockists and all manner of memory joggers to help keep me focused.

We worked hard at ‘future-proofing’ the building…installing its own dedicated power supply, advanced wiring and other hardware which means we can adapt and change the building in the future should the need arise.

There’s a great sense of professional and personal achievement in bringing together the elements of the clinic. As a clinical business we’ve grown from a team of three operating out of our ‘bijou’ temporary clinic to a team of 16 with clinical team members offering a fantastic range of expertise and experience.

Moving forward the clinic will be used to host seminars and courses and I’ve set up a separate company to look after these activities. I want to focus on teaching and lecturing to other dentists in Glasgow – many of our referring dentists in particular – on the subject of dental implant surgery.

My own surgery has been equipped with video cameras so those attending lectures can watch procedures in our lecture room as they’re being performed.

Final outcome

The doors were opened at the beginning of November, 2010, and the response has been fairly overwhelming. The feedback from our patients – old and new – has been great and all very positive.

The team loves the clinic as a work environment and the building itself has proven to be a real ‘magnet’ for new patients.
Their visits, we suspect, have been fuelled by curiosity in the first instance and when the reception team play their part in our ‘welcome process’ they soon help those new visitors to make appointments for consultations and check-ups.

Our patient waiting area has the welcoming feel of a boutique hotel with comfortable chairs and sofa, sumptuous soft furnishing and elegant lighting.

The colours are from a neutral palate which we feel helps generate a calming environment, soothing the nerves of any apprehensive patients.

Our surgeries which are cutting edge in their design with the best of today’s equipment have been created to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

Without question the clinic plays a key part in the patient experience but our dedicated team of highly experienced dental care professionals is the backbone of our daily objective – to deliver first-class treatment and service to our patients.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit more about the background to our clinic.

The Glasgow dental clinic story: from vision to reality PART 1

I’m often asked about the history of the clinic and the building which houses our surgeries.
Here’s a blog all about the evolution of Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry…tells the story about how the clinic came about.

I hope you find it of interest…

My vision for my new clinic was crystal clear.
I wanted to create a leading dental clinic with highly experienced and trained staff working in an environment equipped with the very best in dental technology to ensure our patients receive the highest-level of treatment and care.

I wanted my new clinic to look like no other clinic – to be a state of the art building in which patients would feel 100% comfortable and welcome at all times.
My clinic is about its people – the staff and the patients. I wanted to create a space that would be the perfect background for everyone.

Where it all began

My professional career has resulted from a long held passion for the study of dentistry and especially cosmetic enhancement work.

Having graduated from Glasgow University with degrees in anatomy in 1998 and dental surgery in 2000 I left my home town of Glasgow and headed northwards.

I worked in Inverness taking a two year training pathway in general practice and maxillofacial surgery.
I then opened a clinic in Ayrshire and spent five years building it up, developing its patient list before selling it.

The day after I sold the Ayrshire practice I bought the building that was to become my current clinic, however due to the premises having existing tenants I needed to wait for almost three years before seeing my vision become a reality in its final form.

Over the years since graduating and developing my career I have had a particular focus on dental implants and have travelled extensively throughout the world in my quest to study more about implantology.
I had always wanted to create a clinic where, as well as offering bespoke general dentistry, our patients could avail themselves of the finest cosmetic dentistry techniques and, of course, life changing dental implant surgery.

In the three year period before moving into the new clinic I worked from temporary premises just a few hundred yards from the new building.
This meant it was easy for me to work closely with the architects and subsequently the project manager because I could be on-site in just a few minutes.

Work in progress

I’d known my new clinic premises – based in a traditional Victorian red-sandstone, tenement style building – for many years before purchasing, living as I did at the time in the neighbourhood with my wife and family.

The area has a really good ‘buzz’ to it and is a much-sought after residential pocket of West End Glasgow with an excellent local and outlying patient demographic within easy commute. Neighbouring businesses include hairdressers, doctors’ surgeries, delis, wine bars, bookshops and coffee shops.

The new premises are split over two levels and the ground floor is elevated giving passing motorists an ideal view of the clinic. Located adjacent to traffic lights at a busy junction it means that drivers and their passengers can see the premises and signage – proving to be a great marketing bonus with the clinic name being the most-used keywords on Google searches generating visitors to our website.

The building dates back to late 19th century, is listed and is in the middle of a conservation area and so our hands were rightly tied as to what we could and couldn’t do with it. My aim, however, was to ensure that our makeover was as sympathetic to the original building as possible and I wanted our refurbishment project to create a hugely positive benefit to the street in general.

We worked with and supported the local community council in order that they knew we wanted to be a ‘good neighbour’.

I instructed the architect to not only look after the internal refurbishment but also consider the garden and stairway entrance to the clinic.

I had a healthy concern about the need to adhere to stringent planning laws but thankfully I had a great architect on board and he gave me a lot of confidence about what we could achieve in the new clinic.

The design brief for the new clinic saw the radical transformation of the ground and basement floors of a predominantly residential building to create a 21st century, cutting edge clinic with the latest developments in dental technology and sterilisation techniques.

My brief to the architect was to create a clinic that was “bespoke, dynamic and different” that would create a new benchmark in clinical environments.

The two level clinic houses five surgery rooms with the latest in contemporary technology and equipment.

As well as extensive internal work, I gave the exterior and gardens a facelift too.

Because I lived nearby at the time of the renovaton and I love the area I knew the importance of keeping our neighbourhood looking great and vibrant.

As well as attention to detail inside we mirrored that outside with the design of the new wrought-iron railings incorporating the nice touch of our company logo.

This project was a real dream come true for me and I had spent several years visualising and developing very specific aims and objectives about how the clinic would operate. Today’s patients have high expectations in terms of patient care and comfort and my own standards are high.

I’d done extensive research on how the clinic would be fitted out with input from all over the world – visiting clinics in Sweden, Germany, Canada and the US.

The plans were 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 was endorsed by many of the leading dental companies who associated themselves with the project.

Because I’d had the building for three years before we eventually moved in, I was able to prepare myself mentally for the project. The extra time also gave me the chance to work closely with my accountant who was able to prepare the budget for the project. That extra time also gave me the opportunity to save money for purchasing equipment.

My project manager and main contractor Simon Mullen was excellent. He was a neighbour and I met him at a summer party about a year before we started our work together.

I already had encountered experiences with two other project managers who’d been keen to get involved and hadn’t been impressed so Simon’s arrival was exciting.

He was a great influence on the whole project, spending a huge amount of time on-site, overseeing the refurbishment and being the ideal liaison between the contractors and many of the dental equipment suppliers.

The printing cartridge bomb scare in the middle of 2010 which almost crippled our flights network had an impact on our project. We were awaiting deliveries of the sofa from Spain, the vinyl floor covering from Italy and the ‘no-touch’ taps from Holland. Suddenly everything ground to a halt as deliveries were ‘quarantined’ for uncertain periods of time.

Notwithstanding these unexpected hiccups the project went well. In just three months the major work – the hidden wiring, plumbing, electrical and building stuff that no-one sees but the cheque book sizzles with was done and the fitting and installation work began.

Read part 2 soon….

Courses planned

We’re planning to run a series of course during 2013 that will be of interest to other dental care professionals.

We have a great seminar room and audio-visual links throughout the Glasgow dental clinic complex that allow us to showcase work being carried out in a surgery to an audience in another part of the building.

The courses planned will cover a wide range of topics including the work of a dental implant nurse and dental implant surgery.

Dental care professionals are required to complete a specified period of study to further their professional development and it’s our intention that these courses will be verified as contributing to that study total.

We’re working on the programme at the moment and as soon as it’s complete we’ll release details.

A quick guide to dental implants – and the benefits.

I call them ‘life-enhancing’…

They can dramatically change and improve a patient’s appearance and dental function.

They can play a key role in boosting the smile factor and can also be a major ingredient in a smile makeover.

But how much do you know about dental implants?

In this blog I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is now considered a dental phenomenon.
The team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is on hand if you need any more information or advice about dental implants.

What is a dental implant?

A natural tooth consists of a crown (the part you see above the gum), and the root (the part hidden under the gum). It is the root in the jawbone that actually holds the natural tooth in place.
Dental implants are state of the art modern dentistry.
They are small titanium “fixtures” that take place of the natural root of the tooth. Carefully implanted into the bone, these very tiny titanium roots actually bond or integrate with a patient’s bone, more securely than natural root would.

Dental Implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting forces onto remaining natural teeth. They can be used to support the replacement of a single missing tooth or a complete functional set for individuals who have lost many of their teeth.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

Improved Appearance.

When teeth are lost, ongoing shrinkage of the jawbone occurs making the face look older. Dental implants can stop this for happening. Dental implants look and feel like your own teeth.

Improved Comfort

Dental implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable full or partial dentures. Since dentures sit on top of the jawbone and gums, continuous shrinkage of the jaw bone alters the fit of the denture resulting in slipping or rocking of the dentures. Exposed nerves and irritation of the gum tissue may add to the discomfort.
Implant supported replacement teeth are like natural teeth because they are anchored securely to your jawbone.
Gum irritation and the pain associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

We see many patients throughout the year for dental implant work and we have several testimonials shown on our site.

If you click here you’ll see what some patients have written about dental implant work carried out at the clinic.

Update on dentist colleague Liz Glass and one of her pups

Here’s dentist colleague Liz Glass with one of her six new pups – delivered by Twiggy her golden labrador.

The team all visited Liz at home to see the pups – four ‘boys’ and two ‘girls’ – not long after they were born back in December and we’ve been interested to learn whenever each finds a new owner.

Dentist Liz Glass with pup

Dentist Liz Glass with the pup destined for Canine Partners' charity training programme

This little chap – 8 weeks old on Tuesday – is very special as he’s been signed up by the Canine Partners charity which provides ‘assistance dogs’ for people with disabilities.
He’ll undergo 18 months of training before being allocated to his ‘partner’ and owner…

Liz tells us he had to undergo a short training assessment when the charity people came to visit. He passed!

Liz has given him the Kennel Club registered name of “Glasgow Wish Come True”. Her clinic colleagues know him as Pfad (acronym for Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry).

The team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is looking forward to hear of his progress as he heads off on Tuesday to start training for his role.

The charity site gives you more info on the great work they do…click here

You can see a video of the puppy at our Facebook page by clicking here

Patient’s view on dental implant work: “awe inspiring piece of precision ‘engineering’”

We were delighted to receive this testimonial from a patient at our Glasgow clinic.

We really do appreciate the time patients will take in giving us feedback on the treatment they’ve received. This 68-year-old female patient wrote…

Dr Philip Friel is an outstanding practitioner, an unbridled enthusiast and optimist, and an utterly delightful person in whom one can have absolute confidence; he is well deserving of the many awards and accolades he has received, both at Scottish and national levels.

Despite setbacks, none of which occasioned by him, during my complicated, implant treatment, he continued to treat me with infinite patience, perseverance and genuine kindness. His approach has always been unhurried, calm and precise.

Before the treatment commenced, I received a detailed treatment plan with a precise costing, rather than the more commonly given estimate. It was particularly reassuring to be given Dr Friel’s mobile phone number with instructions to contact him, should I experience any post-treatment problems; following each surgical procedure, I had a phone call from the practice checking on how I was feeling. Such attention to detail, does make a real difference to the overall, patient experience.

Dr Friel’s dental implant nurse, Kasia, has been a constant support; her friendliness and empathy have been a real ‘comfort blanket,’ as I am definitely not the bravest or calmest of patients, following a lifetime of dental complications, too numerous to mention.

The finished result is aesthetically very pleasing and an awe inspiring piece of precision ‘engineering’. It has certainly taken time and there have been difficulties along the way, however, thanks to the sheer professionalism and perseverance of Phil, I am delighted to say, mission duly accomplished. Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry is a dynamic practice, using state of the art technology and the very latest techniques and materials, but for me, it is the genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere and the emphasis on treating people as individuals, in addition to the high quality dental care, that sets it apart from others. I cannot recommend Philip Friel highly enough, and sincerely thank everyone involved in my treatment.”

The team particularly appreciated the patient’s comments about dental implant nurse Kasia whose involvement gave the patient what she described as a “comfort blanket”.
Our thanks to the patient for her kind words.

Dentist Elizabeth Glass increases her clinic presence

We’re delighted to announce the our dentist colleague Elizabeth – or Liz as many know her – Glass is set to increase the number of days she’ll be based at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Elizabeth Glass who has many years of dental experience and has a focus on cosmetic and general dentistry is a well respected member of our team here.

She also has a particular interest in teeth whitening and is a member of the British Dental Bleaching Society.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Elizabeth Glass

Observing changes in her patients’ dentition and appearance over the years has led to Elizabeth developing a special interest in tooth wear, grinding and clenching habits and the accompanying aesthetics changes as well as functional problems that these habits bring. Worn teeth lead to a reduction in the height or “vertical dimension” of the face.

Restoring the back teeth properly – to the correct facial height – can have a wonderful cosmetically enhancing effect – often described as a “non-surgical facelift”.

This can be combined with bleaching, porcelain crowns and veneers on the front teeth – a real complete smile makeover.

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry from basic care to advanced techniques and gets particular satisfaction helping apprehensive patients overcome their fear of dental treatment.

For more information or for appointments to see Elizabeth contact us via the website, by emailing her directly on eg@philipfriel.com or by telephoning the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

You can find out more about Elizabeth’s professional qualifications and background by clicking here.