Gum disease clue to dementia? Researchers raise major questions.

A number of media reports have been appearing this week raising the questions about links between gum disease and dementia.

Most of the reports state that research is suggesting that brushing your teeth regularly and properly could stave off dementia with the studies claiming that people with poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research work has been carried out at the University of Central Lancashire and the scientists there focused on 20 people in their study.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all to help achieve good oral hygiene.

Half had dementia where the products of bacteria P. gingivalis, associated with chronic gum disease, were present.

One of the scientists, Dr Sim Singhrao is quoted: “Continued visits to dental hygiene professionals may be more important than currently thought.”

The university’s dean of dentistry, Prof StJohn Crean, said: “The bacteria could be a trigger that sets off a chain reaction in people pre-disposed to dementia.”

To see more about this study please click here.

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s message is always that good oral hygiene is of paramount importance for everyone to maintain not only good oral health and function but also to reduce other health risks.

As well as brushing properly and regularly we also recommend dental flossing on a daily basis.

Our hygienist team can share advice and guidance on how best to achieve the best oral hygiene.

Our book of testimonials: for patients at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always delighted whenever our patients here at our Glasgow dental clinic take time to give us feedback on their experiences.

Over the months we compile selections of the testimonial messages we receive from the patients and put them together in a book which is on display in the reception area of our clinic.

Reception and waiting area in the new clinic - showing the reception area in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic on Hyndland Road, Glasgow

Reception and waiting area – ready to welcome our patients

Throughout the pages we share some of the patients’ own words – many of the words are very poignant as they chart the story of their patient journey…some of them having undergone dental/aesthetic rehabilitation work to transform their smile appearance.

In this blog we’re sharing just a few lines from some of the patients we’ve seen since we set up the clinic. We hope you’ll find their words of interest.

From an orthodontic patient –

“I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!”

From a dental implant patient –

“I had decided on 2 implants and 4 crowns rather than a replacement bridge.
Throughout all treatment, I received superb care and friendly, professional advice – all in very pleasant, state-of-the-art surroundings.
When I look at the “then and now” photos, I barely recognise myself and find myself smiling with new-found confidence.”

From a patient who underwent major restorative dentistry the following from the testimonial in which she highlighted various team members…

Ross Henderson for his deft, intricate and precise root canal work, executed brilliantly, with his steady and congenial manner.
Jill Clare for her superb white fillings, and her mastery in extracting a tricky impacted wisdom tooth- with immense care, she has a heart of gold.
Glen Frew, a great Ambassador of Dentistry, wonderful in a crisis , and is extremely kind .
Dental nurses Kasia, Louise and Pam for their; empathy, understanding, who cannot do enough to ease any discomfort, and are always ready with a reassuring arm.
Dental Hygienist Jennifer, for her pristine thoroughness, recommendations ,and cheery disposition.
Siobhan, Karyn and Carly, always with a welcoming smile , who are accommodating and professional at all times. They create a great first impression and give continual ongoing friendly advice if required.

Last and most importantly of all, Philip’s Friel himself has amazing dexterity, skill and artistry when fitting crowns for me. He makes well- calculated decisions without ever compromising his Professional reputation. His knowledge is phenomenal, he instills confidence , exudes calm, pays fine attention to detail and is always focused. His teamwork and overseeing of my treatment was second to none. He ensures his clinic has a lovely relaxing ambience and is beautifully appointed, with immaculate state of the art equipment.”

We appreciate the efforts of all those patients who take the time to share their views and opinions about their experiences. You can read more of our reviews by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about our treatments and services please contact our dental reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Meeting dental supplier contacts at our Glasgow clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic


As you can probably imagine with the range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments and services we offer, our Glasgow dental clinic has established key links with a large number of leading dental equipment suppliers.

When we were first opening we carried out a huge amount of international and national research to establish which companies were at the forefront in supplying the best and most up to date materials and equipment. These ongoing links are vital to ensure our patients get the very best in terms of treatment and care whether it’s routine dental maintenance or more advanced treatment such as dental implants, veneers, crowns or bridge work.

Recently it was great to see Roman Schelling (manager international sales) and Kalah Arnold from Geistlich Pharma AG Biomaterials during a visit to Glasgow.

The meeting provided me with an ideal opportunity to catch up with their team and have some interesting discussions about our future plans for upcoming collaboration and clinical research.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

If you are missing one or more teeth then the team of dentists at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow may suggest dental implants as a means of replacement. But why should you consider dental implants, and why are they so good?

Dental Implants are better for Your Oral Health.

Natural teeth help to keep the surrounding bone strong and healthy, as the forces produced during eating are transmitted down the root into the bone. This prompts the bone to continue producing new cells. When a tooth is extracted this stimulation is lost, and the bone will no longer be prompted to maintain its growth and turnover. The bone in the jaw will gradually resorb, and the bony ridge that once held the teeth will become flatter and shallower. This can make it difficult to retain a denture, or could mean that teeth adjacent to the gap will become less stable.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

After the necessary examination and assessment, your dentist in Glasgow (Philip Friel can also look after dental implant patients in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic) may suggest dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth to improve the function and stability of the dentition.

Dental implants function in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root, and this is why they are often considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth. They will help prevent the jawbone from being resorbed heloing to maintain the support for the facial soft tissue overlying.

Dental Implants Don’t Negatively Impact the Remaining Teeth

The alternative methods of tooth replacement are to have a full or partial denture, or to have a bridge fitted by your dentist. A bridge is a popular method of replacing teeth, and it can produce very nice results, but one thing to bear in mind is that it does impact the teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge consists of one or two crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are used to support the replacement tooth which is called a pontic. The pontic, or pontics, are attached to the crowns, providing a stable restoration. However the teeth that are crowned will need to be prepared or ground down, and once this healthy tooth structure is lost it can only ever be replaced artificially. In some cases, where these adjacent teeth are already filled or crowned, then the bridge option may be more suitable as it will require less loss of healthy tooth tissue.

A partial denture is held in place with clasps that are fitted around the remaining teeth. These teeth may need to be modified to hold the clasps, and the clasps can place additional stresses on the teeth. In contrast dental implants placed by your dentist will not require any preparation or stress on the adjacent teeth.

If you would like more information about dental implants and their benefits please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Can anyone have a dental implant? Our Glasgow dental team answers a key question.

Can Anyone Have a Dental Implant?

Implants can look so good that no-one need know you have lost teeth, and dental implants are becoming far more popular.

Most people will be suitable for this treatment, but it isn’t right for everyone. Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is on hand to advise…
Having a Check-Up to Assess Your Suitability

FULL TREATMENT PLAN

You will need to have a full check-up at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow’s West End to assess your suitability, and this is a great chance to ask any questions you might have about dental implants. Philip Friel can also see clients for dental implant work in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic. Following this appointment, a full treatment plan together with estimated costs will be provided for you.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

A check-up is essential as you do need to be in good oral health, and any existing dental problems will need treating before implant surgery can be scheduled. You also need to be in FAIRLY good general health, as some medical conditions may impact on the success of dental implant treatments.

Do You Have Sufficient Bone?

For successful Dental implant surgery in Glasgow and Edinburgh, you will require to have adequate bone to retain the implant(s).

STRONG AND STABLE UNION

This is important as it will enable your new implant to integrate with the bone (known as osseo integration), creating a strong and stable union that can support your crown, bridge or denture. Not everybody will have enough quality bone, especially if they lost teeth a long time ago.

This is because the bone gradually reabsorbs after a tooth has been extracted, as it no longer receives any force stimulation from the tooth root. Lost bone is something that can be replaced through having a bone graft. If you do need bone grafting then it is certainly nothing to be concerned about, as even through it sounds dramatic, it is a fairly straightforward, routine procedure.

If you have any questions about dental implants please contact the team here on 0141 339 7579 or contact us via the website.

Orthodontic patient gives feedback on treatment: “most impressive”

Regular followers of our Glasgow dental clinic blog will know that we often post testimonials from patients who are happy to share their feedback on the experience of treatment and services we offer here.

Today’s testimonial comes from a lady in her early 20s who opted to see our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor (pictured below) for treatment.

Adult orthodontics are more common than many people think and that’s one of the reasons we’re delighted to have a specialist orthodontist on board in our team.

Specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor based at our Glasgow dental clinic

Our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor

The patient wrote the following:

“Many thanks to Andrew and the team at Philip Friel’s clinic. Despite being generally happy with my teeth, I wanted to discretely fix the few lower teeth that were crossing at the front.

I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!

MOST IMPRESSIVE

Andrew was confident in his abilities which were reassuring throughout the treatment and the same can be said for the nurses who were all lovely.

The few times I needed something fixed on my brace, Philip was able to stand in for Andrew so I was seen as soon as possible. The ability to be so accommodating was most impressive considering how busy the practice is.

All in all, my experience at Philip Friel dentistry can only be described as a pleasure. The stylish practice and the pleasant receptionists only added to the friendly and professional service.

RECOMMEND

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the practice to anybody.”

We’re really grateful to the patient for sharing this feedback.

If you would like to find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer patients or about our services in general please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

We will be delighted to help you with any enquiries.

Spotting the phobic patients – and caring for them at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Caring for phobic patients is something that we take seriously here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Our dental hygiene team of Jen and Viv recently penned an article about the signs to spot in a phobic patient and how that patient is cared for from our team’s perspective.

It will give you an insight into the whole topic of dental phobia – and more importantly the things that can be done to help someone who is afraid of coming to the clinic.

Here are their words…

Now we’re all used to hearing the words “I hate coming to see the dentist”, ” I hate this, my last hygienist was worse than the dentist” or even ” I’d rather have a baby”!

While the latter may be a little extreme it does, at least, give a small indication that this particular patient is not overjoyed at the prospect of time in the dental surgery.

Our hygienist team - Jen and Viv

Our hygienist team – Jen and Viv

So what about this one – “I’ve got phobia of the dentist”.

Paramedics are taught that in emergency situations it will usually be the quiet ones who need most help and attention – different situation but same theory should be applied.

While more vocal patients give us the chance to quickly tailor our approach so that during their time with us we can accommodate for and hopefully allay their fears, it is the silent type that can be far more difficult to spot and it is often these patients who are truly phobic.

So how do we know if the patient doesn’t say? We’re not mind readers after all. Well, give yourself some credit here – you’re probably far better at reading a person in a short space of time than even you realise.

From the first call of their name in the waiting room when they look at you like a deer caught in headlights – but only for a split second – before regaining their composure, through to all the little things when actually in the chair such as pallor, sweating, tightly clasped hands, finger wringing, skin pulling (usually of the hands) and breath holding.

I once saw a patient who held her breath for as long as she possibly could during treatment and continued to do so even after a long, gentle discussion on how this was not the most sensible course of action as breathing really is quite important! The event that changed her behaviour was when she almost fainted through lack of O2. She now carries on – and breathes – normally!

As these are only a small example of some of the many, many signs that all is not quite right with someone we all must remember to pay a huge amount of attention to all aspects of our patients behaviour, then something out of the ordinary will be easy to spot.

So, how do we treat these patients effectively?

Well, if they fall into the first camp then they can be relatively easy to treat; the most important thing can be to calm them down and make them feel at ease, so a good conversation about something other than dentistry is a good distraction. We try to keep our own voice steady, calm and even and patients will subconsciously follow suit.

We empathise and try to find out what it is exactly that they really don’t like and cater for this…

Is it the ultrasonic scaler? Hand scale. Drilling noises? We provide headphones or suggest to the patient to bring in their own music. It may take a little more effort and imagination sometimes but is it not worth it for happy, relaxed patients who want to tell the world what an amazing dental practice they go to?

One of the things consistently mentioned as a dreaded part of any trip to the dentist is ‘THE NEEDLE!’ even people with tattoos complain about it! We must explain to the patient that although they have the impression that this nasty, sharp needle is the sore bit, this really isn’t the case – the worst part is more likely to be pain felt when the anaestheitc liquid is inserted into the soft tissues.

One piece of equipment trying to combat this is the wonderfully named The Wand from DPS (Dental Practice Systems). This is a pen-like syringe, synced to a specific computer programme, which automatically delivers the anaesthetic at a slow, constant rate therefore reducing any pain felt.

Admittedly this sounds like a pretty cool gadget to impress your patients with (and we all know that we love our gadgets…) and it probably works very well, but is it neccesary?

SEDATION

How about just using lots of topical gel and actually leaving it on long enough to be effective (10-30 seconds) gently heating the anaesthetic cartridges, which has been shown to reduce the patients awareness of delivery and most importantly…..OUR DENTISTS WILL TAKE THEIR TIME!

So how about the genuinely phobic patients? In our view and experience most can be treated successfully using many of the same techniques used with nervous patients but may require more time spent at each visit or spreading out appointments, whatever is going to work better for the patient. We believe it is important to know your limitations though. Certain patients may only manage to get through treatment with the help of sedation, whether oral or I.V no matter what you try first, whereas some may even have to call on outside help such as hypnosis or acupuncture.

So we don’t rule out anything that may help our patients and we certainly don’t underestimate the power of fear!

If you have any questions arising from this post then please contact our team on 0141 339 7579.

UK implant role ahead: ADI President’s postion from November

AS many of you may know I have a particular focus in my clinical work on dental implants and the benefits of implantology on smile makeovers and restorative dentistry.

It’s a subject I’ve focused on for many years now and throughout my professional career I’ve always been impressed by the amazing results that can be achieved for patients who choose the implant route.

I have travelled throughout the world in pursuit of the latest and newest advances in the implant world and have had the opportunity to network with many of the leading lights in the implant field.

As a result I feel I’m then in a stronger position to share with our patients here at our Glasgow clinic and the Edinburgh clinic where I also offer implant treatment to patients.

As part of my interest and focus on the implant world I’ve been a member of the Association of Dental Implantology UK – a charitable organisation which is set up to provide information both to patients and to dental professionals working in the implant world.

I often attend as a delegate or as a lecturer some of the ADI Study Club meetings which are held throughout the UK. These are invaluable sessions which bring together groups of implant dentists to share knowledge and expertise.

EXCITING AND INTERESTING CHALLENGE AHEAD

We recently held our final ADI meeting in London before I take over the role of UK President – an exciting and interesting challenge – which lies ahead from November onwards.

It’s a two year term of office and within that two year period we’ll be holding our major ADI congress which will see delegates coming from all over the world to Glasgow for the event.

The congress dates for your diary are May 13-16, 2015. I will be assisted by the ADI team and by my scientific co-ordinator Stephen Jacobs who is also a past president of the ADI.

I’ll share with you the story of my presidency as it unfolds – and I’m happy to take any questions you may have about my involvement with the ADI.

If you have any questions about the blog content or the benefits of dental implant surgery in general, please don’t hesitate to ask – feel free to to contact us here at the Glasgow clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Scottish dental schools top the UK Uni guide – and Glasgow in No1 spot

Interesting article in the latest issue of the Scottish Dental Magazine this month which focuses on The Guardian’s 2014 University Guide.

When it comes to offering dentistry for students the Guide has placed the Glasgow dental school in No1 position.

Second place goes to Aberdeen Dental School and Dundee takes the fifth position.

All three Scottish establishments have moved up the rankings from last years – a great reflection on the standards of education offered to the students in these three universities.

We’ve worked with a number of students from Glasgow and Dundee in the last few months – offering them work placement periods in the clinic and it’s always a great experience to meet these young students pursuing their professional goals in dentistry.

As a graduate from Glasgow I’m particularly proud to see the School taking the prime position in the UK-wide list but also pleased to see all three learning centres making their mark on the UK dentistry map.

According to the Scottish Dental Magazine article, MArgie Taylor, the chief dental officer of Scotland, is quoted as saying:

TESTAMENT TO THE STAFF AND STUDENTS

“These ratings reflect the quality of courses available in Scotland and are testament to the staff and students at all three schools.”

We couldn’t agree more!

IF you have any questions about this blog or wish to find out more about the services and treatments we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or email us via the website contact section.

Glasgow dental clinic strikes sponsorship deal with Milngavie team

Onside - with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys' football team

Onside – with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys’ football team

Recently we concluded an arrangement with the organisers of the highly popular Milngavie Boys’ Club football team to sponsor one of the teams.

Team 1999 (the year determines the age group of the team players) now sports new tops with our Glasgow clinic logo. We’ve always been impressed by the enthusiasm the organisers have for organising the team training, the home and away games and the general support they give the youngsters showing an aptitude for the game.

We were pleased that the organisers planned all the kit printing with professionalism and we’re grateful to their Kirsteen Watson for liaising with us and sorting out everything to make it happen.

DENTAL CLINIC’S BACKING

We look forward to meeting the team at one of their matches in the next season – and we also look forward to hearing how they’re performing. We’re confident that with out dental clinic’s backing they’ll do really well.

Kirsteen sent us this kind letter introducing our new team members to us and giving us a little update on how the boys have played recently.

Team update - words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

Team update – words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

We wish them all the very best for the Summer League and of course for the new season ahead.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like more information about the dental treatments and services we can offer patients please contact us via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.