Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Easter.
If you’re heading off for a break, have a safe journey and enjoyable time.
Best wishes from the team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow.
In London today for a six-hour, in-depth Masterclass by Michael Pikos, of the world’s leading exponents on grafting procedures in implant dentistry.
Because I have a special interest in dental implants this was a ‘must-attend’ event.
It’s organised by the Association of Dental Implantology…
Their masterclasses are an integral part of the ADI calendar, giving clinicians, technicians and DCPs the opportunity to listen to highly acclaimed dental professionals.
From time to time we offer school students the opportunity to attend the clinic for work experience placements.
Obviously with something as specific as dentistry these students spend their time observing what happens during consultations and other appointments.
We’re sending congratulations to our former work placement pupil Kirstie Malley who has received an unconditional offer to study dentistry at Dundee University. She is overjoyed.
Our team – especially Liz Glass who’s also Kirstie’s dentist – is pleased that our decision to let the young people experience dentistry as part of our education programme at our clinic has led to a student progressing into the profession. Good luck to you Kirstie and enjoy your studies in Dundee.
We always appreciate feedback or a testimonial from our patients.
Occasionally patients ask if they can jot down their thoughts and comments – especially after their final appointment if they’ve undertaken a course of treatment such as dental implant work or restorative dentistry.
Here’s a note from one patient who explained the background to her treatment and her reaction to the outcome.
Implant work - one patient's feedback
Busy putting the finishing touches to my poster presentation for next week’s 27th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Osseointegration being held in Phoenix, Arizona.
It’s probably the world’s biggest gathering of those involved in the implant world and delegates meet up to share info on all that’s new.
The theme of this year’s collection of educational sessions and events is “Technology to Practice”.
I’m attending to get a first-hand look at the newest innovations in dental implant technology under one roof. With my special interest in implant treatment this event is an important one in my calendar.
Our colleagues Pamela Wood from our Glasgow dental clinic has great cause for celebration today.
She’s just heard she passed her dental nurse examinations! We’re all very pleased about her news as we know how much commitment she’s made to her studies and we’re aware of how hard she worked to achieve that goal.
We’re absolutely delighted for you Pam!
Dental nurse: Pamela Wood
Meet Andrew McGregor, latest team member at the clinic. Andrew is a specialist orthodontist.
He’ll be offering adult orthodontics at our Glasgow clinic.
He graduated from Glasgow University in 2002 with degrees in Pathology and Dentistry and attained Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgeons in Edinburgh in 2004.
In 2005 he began a two year stint lecturing in Oral Surgery at Sydney University.
Once back in the UK he commenced three year training in orthodontics at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, passing his Masters degree and Membership in Orthodontics exam in 2010.
Andrew McGregor: Specialist orthodontist
Now as well as the full range of general, cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry and dental implant surgery, we can offer range of orthodontic treatments and braces including aligners, lingual and ceramic appliances.
When planning the Glasgow dental clinic, we decided to install the Ewoo Pax Duo Cone Beam CT Scanner. We have been using the system for some 14 months now and have noticed a growing number of referrals for these scans from colleagues who feel its use may benefit the patients under their care.
In addition, with more scans being taken we provide a facility for the reporting of these scans where appropriate – and this is carried out by our consultant colleague Mr Neil Heath.
The Ewoo system has many advantages: the variety of field of view options means that only the areas of interest need be exposed to radiation and the software planning element is superb.
Together with Ewoo and given the success of our previous open evening in June last year, we have organised a CBCT evening in the clinic. The evening will be relatively informal, free of charge and will comprise a general introduction to CBCT scans in dentistry, followed by valuable input from Mr Neil Heath, Consultant in Dental Radiology, and Mr Paul Taylor from Ewoo. Verifiable CPD certificates will be provided for those in attendance.
The evening is planned for Thurs 2nd Feb from 630-830pm in our clinic at 154 Hyndland Road, Hyndland, Glasgow, G12 9HZ. Please contact 0141 339 7579 to reserve your place .
We hope that this evening will provide an ideal opportunity for referring dentists or colleagues to gain further insight into CBCT scanning in dentistry, commonly detected anomalies and what we should be reporting. In addition, it will be a good informal networking evening with opportunity to discuss any relevant cases.
I am often asked to make presentations on a number of dental related topics – especially implant work.
I’ve just been in Manchester on a course to help hone my skills in presenting.
The course was run by the impressive Ashley Latter and it was a fantastic day.
Leaves me in good stead for what I see will be a vastly increasing lecture commitment in the coming 18 months.
We’ll be doing many of the courses and seminars in our own Glasgow clinic.
We’re absolutely delighted to have been awarded two major accolades in the prestigious Private Dentistry Awards in London.
The clinic was named the UK’s Most Attractive Practice and we were very happy that all the planning and refurbishment work have been recognised with this award.
And we’re also chuffed to have been named Practice of the Year in Scotland – and this is a tremendous achievement for each and every team member.