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.

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.

Charity Chat

We supported The Journalists’ Charity recently with a donation of a bespoke teeth whitening programme. The event was very well attended because of the guest speaker – David Cameron, the Conservative leader. With the election looming I think people here in Scotland were keen to see him perform “live”.
Our donation was hugely popular with bidding fierce during the auction.

Sterile focus

STERILE FOCUS

Plans for the new clinic are progressing and getting to the stage of some major decision-making.
Working in the world of dental implants, cosmetic dentisty and general dentistry in the 21st century means one extremely important decision….and that’s the what and the how when it comes to decontamination and sterilising procedures.
I’ve just had a top-level meeting with Jim Fraser of DB Dental to put together the detailed specifications for our  decontamination suites for the new clinic.
Like all dental clinics, we give the highest degree of importance and commitment to maintaining the utmost levels of sterilising and decontamination.
Our new clinic will be state of the art in all ways and will be governed strictly from the initial set up.
We can help to achieve our aims by selecting specific product materials/ fabrics to be used and by the introduction of laminar air flow which eradicates any air borne germs.
The whole topic of decontamination is not something that patients may ever question but at our clinic they can rest assured that it is an exceptionally high priority.

Expert view

From time to time life throws many things at us – and some are not so pleasant or at all welcome.
Many people find themselves involved in assaults, sports injuries or road traffic accidents which can all result in damage to their teeth, dental function. aesthetics and stability.
In many situations court cases can emerge – both in the criminal and civil courts.
Compensation claims can also evolve and in these, like the court proceedings, I am often called upon to give my professional opinion.
Part of my role in such cases is to determine what effects the trauma has had on the patient and what treatment may be required to rehabilitate the patient and restore their dental condition.
This takes the form of expert reports and, although time consuming for all those involved, these investigations and assessments can often be the start of the road to recovery – and a more positive outcome – for these patients.

Ongoing education

In the world of implant technology, dentists need to keep abreast of new developments. I’ve travelled the world attending conferences and lectures with some of the internationally renowned experts in this field.
In February I’m attending a major symposium in Cologne and one of the duties I’ll be involved in is seeking to earn the accolade of “expert in implantology”. This involves a lot of study and assessment work and my spare time is spent immersed in highly detailed papers and reference documents.

2010′s Busy Start

First off I’d like to wish all of my clients and referring dentists a very happy and healthy New Year.
I hope 2010 is an exciting and positive one for us all.
I’ve started the new year with a busy diary and appointments book so the team and I are back to full speed in welcoming patients to the clinic.
I’m also looking at fitting a couple of other key activities in the next six weeks or so.
One is a whistle-stop visit to London to meet designers involved in creating our exciting new clinic in the west end.
The clinic will be based in a traditional building but we’ll create a state of art design to complement the architecture. We’ll also introduce some real cutting edge clinical and sterilisation technology.
We have exacting standards in terms of how the clinic will look and operate – and we believe today’s patient also has high expectations.
High levels of patient comfort are also on our design brief.
Watch this space for more updates and we’ll bring you as much news and information about the new clinic as and when it emerges.