Testimonial from a patient undergoing dental implant treatment: “Excellent result”

We always appreciate feedback from patients who undergo any treatment at our dental clinic here in Glasgow.

Here we are showing an image of a handwritten note from a female patient who had dental implant work carried out.

As you’ll read she was happy with what she calls an “excellent result”.

We thank the patient for taking the time to write this – and we hope you enjoy reading it too.

Should you have any questions about dental implant work or any of the other treatments or service at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Photograph of testimonial from female patient at Glasgow clinic of Philip Friel

Testimonial written by female patient for Glasgow dental clinic

Win a Philips Sonicare toothbrush and air flosser – perfect for maintaining your dental hygiene.

Philips Sonicare toothbrush and air flosser

Prize pack – electric toothbrush and air flosser

You can win this fantastic prize by Friday afternoon in a competition which is being held on our Facebook page.

All you need to do is guess the number of Oral B mini toothpaste tubes are contained in the glass bowl photographed below at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Here’s a clue to help you in making your guess – each tube measures 9cm long.

Post your answers on the Facebook page under the photo of the bowl.

We’ll be in touch with the lucky winner who gets it right!

Good luck.

Guess the number of toothpaste tubes in the bowl.

Dentist Liz’s labrador has six pups – so far!

WE like to share news about our team and what they’re up to away from the clinic from time to time.

Today we got new from our dentist colleague Liz Glass to say her labarador Twiggy had given birth to six puppies – four males and two females.

Knowing how much people enjoy seeing photos and reading stories about man’s best friend we decided to share with you the photo Liz sent us all when she shared the news.

Our dentist colleague Liz Glass' dog has puppies

Twiggy and her puppies - six so far!

Success at the awards – clinic staff named “Best Team – Scotland”

Our Glasgow dental clinic team here is very pleased to have been named “Best Team – Scotland” in the prestigious UK Dentistry Awards in Leicester.

The team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry works tirelessly to ensure we have a cohesive and focused team delivering the very best in patient treatment and care and I am delighted for the team to be recognised.

Internally we always believe we work with a great team so it was good to get recognition from an external judging panel.

Dentistry Awards 2012 logo - marking Glasgow clinic's success

Dentistry Awards 2012 – Glasgow clinic named “Best Team – Scotland”.

Dentures V Dental Implants – the great debate…

It’s a question I’m often asked…should a patient go for dental implants or dentures?

I will often refer a new patient to your website or our in-clinic testimonial book to read what our past patients have had to say about the dental implant decision.

Some of their own words make for really powerful reading.

This is a testimonial from a lady in her early 60s who’d had three decades of denture wearing. Then she decided to opt for the dental implant solution when she came to our Glasgow dental clinic.

“I lost my teeth when I was in my late 30s and was never comfortable wearing dentures. I rarely smiled, as I was self-conscious of my dentures looking false.

“As I am a vegetarian who enjoys healthy eating I had trouble eating certain foods such as some breads, fruits, nuts and pulses, this problem restricted my choices when I was eating out. It was a major decision for me to go through with the treatment for implants.

“Philip put my mind at ease by explaining from start to finish the procedure, any potential complications and what post treatment I would need to receive.

“He explained this in a jargon free way, which helped me to talk to my family, who were uncertain and worried about dental treatment that seemed pretty complicated and almost like a major operation. Immediately after my treatment when I returned home I received a phone call from Philip to see how I was feeling, which reassured me very much.

“Post operation I was in a little discomfort, which lasted around seven weeks, but by following the advice given by Philip I have had no further problems and it has been a great success. I have no regrets and psychologically feel more confident and assertive when speaking and eating. My daughter mentioned this year that I looked different in the holiday photos, happier and younger looking, which I was pleased to hear.

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.

“Although at times it was a lengthy process, I would advise anyone who feels self-conscious about wearing dentures to consider implants as an alternative. I received first class information, treatment and post-operative care, which have made a huge difference to my way of life.”

We were very pleased to receive such a positive reaction from our patient. It is clear that her life has been greatly enhanced by her new dental implants.
We all smiled especially when we read her quote…

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.”

Eating for many is of course a simple – no thought required – process. For this lady it had been problematic in the past when she didn’t have the implants. We were delighted with her specific mention about the difference it had made to her when dining.

“Life enhancing” dental implant work – a dentist’s viewpoint

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 in cosmetic dentistry or reconstructive dentistry.

But how much do you know about dental implants? I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is a dental phenomenon.
We’re on hand here at our Glasgow dental clinic if you need more information 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.

No matter what is your question about dental implants may be please let us know. We’ll be delighted to answer your questions and explain more as necessary.

Answering dental questions: Teeth whitening and scanning

On a regular basis I answer questions for a feature called The Clinic which appears every week in the Daily Record newspaper.

The paper focuses on a range of professions seeking their advice and knowledge on questions and provides information to the readers.

My most recent ‘appearance’ in The Clinic was on Monday and the two teeth-related topics covered were teeth whitening and scanning.

Here is the information carried in the feature..

Q
I used to get my teeth whitened in a High Street studio but it closed down. Someone suggested it now has to be in a dental clinic. Is this true?

A
Teeth whitening must be carried out by a dental professional. There have been other EU regulations brought in meaning the use of particular strengths and preparations of whitening solution are no longer permitted. Currently the only option is to use home whitening trays, which provides a reliable and successful way to whiten the teeth. It’s important that your dental health is checked before carrying out any tooth whitening treatment.

Q
In discussion with my dentist, I became concerned as he said I might need a scan before I get some implant work done. Should I be worried?

A
If you have any concerns, you should discuss these with your dentist. In some dental implant cases, a CT scan will be undertaken to allow planning of the implant surgery using a three dimensional representation of the remaining bone , nerves and vessels. This is a fantastic tool, however, its use is not always essential and all scans must be adequately justified.

I do hope you’ve found the information above of some use – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with dentists in  Glasgow here at the Glasgow-based clinic should you require more details about any of the topics touched on in the questions.

Patient’s view? Dental implant work – “totally pain free and straightforward”.

One of our dental implant patients who came to our clinic in Glasgow wrote a glowing testimonial for our website.

They summed up their experience as “totally pain free and very straightforward”.

The patient is a 60 year old female who’d had a gap in her teeth since her teens.

Here’s what she had to say in full…

“I contacted Philip some months ago as I was keen to have an implant to deal with a gap in my teeth where I‘d had a tooth removed when in my teens.

“I‘d had a bridge fitted in this gap but it had never been entirely satisfactory and I wanted to deal with the problem in a way that would be as much as possible like my original tooth. The treatment involved enlarging the space to allow for the implanted tooth and some bone grafting.

“The whole experience was totally pain free and very straightforward and the result excellent.”

We always appreciate when we receive patient feedback like the above. We recognise it takes a lot of time to write to us so we value that response.

Testimonial from a patient: implant secured denture work carried out

Feedback from patients is always appreciated – both in the time they take to write to us and also the information they’ll share with us in that process.

This gentleman tells the story of how his dentures didn’t give him good dental function and how dental implant work carried out at our dental clinic here in Glasgow produced a much improved solution for him.

Please take time to read his testimonial – shown here in the image.

Should you have any questions about dental implant treatment or any of the other services we carry out here at the dental Glasgow clinic please contact us – we’re happy to answer any queries.

Dental implant patient gives us feedback on treatment carried out at Glasgow clinic

Image of testimonial from dental implant patient

Team festive outing

The dental clinic team donned our gladrags and headed out on Saturday for a festive lunch party in the centre of Glasgow.

Eighteen of us got together for some relaxed downtime and enjoyed the chance to catch up in a non-clinic environment.

Carly our PA had organised our ‘Secret Santa’ gift swap which went down a treat with the team.

Among the more unusual gifts – purchased to a strict £20 budget – were a tin of multi-flavoured Vaseline lip balms, a fake fur headband, selection of scented candles and a support bandage!
Santa had been very creative for the team!