Smile makeover: using the right tools to achieve great results at our Glasgow dental clinic

Smile makeover - the right tools for a great result.

Smile makeover – the right tools for a great result.

Creating the perfect smile is often described as akin to painting a masterpiece.

During cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry any artificial aspects must be carefully customised to look and function as a real tooth would.

Ensuring ‘shading’ is natural looking and ensuring the overall effect is as real as possible are important prerequisites and as well as a superb range of dentine and enamel shades, we also use a number of stains to mimic surfaces, stains and anomalies in the outcomes of our tooth restorations.

Recently I received a gift from one of our suppliers Optident – it’s the company’s latest version of a composite staining kit.

This allows us to achieve the correct colouring/shading of any fillings/inlays/overlays we’re working on for patients.

This innovative product certainly goes a long way in meeting our expectations in the work we do to achieve first-class results.

We’re looking forward to trying it out.

Should you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry work at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

MBE award for dentist Liz’s mum-in-law: for her work with elderly in Glasgow

Dentist colleague Liz Glass with her MBE awarded mum in law Sheena Glass

Dentist colleague Liz Glass with her MBE awarded mum in law Sheena Glass

We’re always pleased to share new of our team and any special life moments they experience.

On this occasions we’re delighted to congratulate Sheena Glass on being awarded an MBE for services to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced recently.

Sheena, mother-in-law of our dentist colleague Liz Glass (both pictured above), works incredibly hard in her role as Chief Executive for Glasgow Old Peoples Welfare Association – a charity that serves elderly people across Glasgow with day care, welfare services, neighbourhood visits, holidays, residential care, form filling support and much, much more.

Their motto is, “Adding Life to Years” and Sheena devotes a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm improving the lives of many elderly people in Glasgow.

Her role involves fund raising, organising, visiting homes, setting up day centres, attracting volunteers, speaking to clubs like Glasgow Rotary Club as well as taking groups of older people on holiday twice a year. She is caring, committed and compassionate about older people and their needs. Anyone who has been in touch with GOPWA will realise they have become a friend for life.

The Charity also helps young people – senior pupils from schools throughout Glasgow are welcomed in the day centres and residential homes. This provides the youngsters with valuable work experience and fulfils volunteering requirements for awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh.

The young people are often surprised at the satisfaction they get from helping out with the elderly.

Warmest congratulations to Sheena Glass MBE. If you want to volunteer or know someone who could do with some help from GOPWA, they can be contacted on 0141 221 9924.

If you have any questions about this blog please contact our Glasgow dental clinic reception team who will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0141 339 7579.

Mouth cancer: spotlight on equipment that can help diagnose potential issues.

The Velscope tool can help in an assessment for mouth cancer

The VELscope – a useful tool in assessing oral health.

Our clinic is running a campaign this year to raise awareness of the potential risk signs of mouth cancer.

We’ve posted several blogs about the signs to look out for and to stress the importance of seeking professional help if you’re at all concerned about any abnormality.

We’re also liaising with the team from The Ben Walton Trust, a charity which was set up to raise the awareness of mouth cancer risk factors and encourage people to seek help should they have any concerns. We recently carried a blog by one of the founders Michael Walton.

Today technology and sophisticated equipment can provide us with additional ways of investigating any issues arising from a dental examination.

The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.

It is important to stress that this is used as part of the examination process and that a properly qualified dental professional would use this in addition to the processes used to examine a patient’s mouth, together with assessment of risk and lifestyle factors.

Used in conjunction with the conventional intra-oral and extra-oral head and neck exam, the VELscope facilitates the discovery of mucosal abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light.

The VELscope is the only non-invasive adjunctive device clinically proven to help discover occult oral disease. We have included the VELscope in our equipment inventory for our clinic.

How Does the VELscope Work?

This is the technical stuff – but it’s important as it explains why the VELscope can be a useful additional tool in examination processes.

The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites natural fluorophores from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane (where premalignant changes typically begin) and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. The VELscope’s proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualisation possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Is the VELscope a Diagnostic Tool?

Like other visualisation technologies, such as panoramic radiography, CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound, the VELscope is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic test. However, used in conjunction with the standard oral soft tissue exam, VELscope provides visual information that cannot be acquired in any other way.

Does the VELscope Generate “False Positives” for Oral Cancer?

False positives occur when a diagnostic test mistakenly signals the presence of disease. The VELscope system is NOT a diagnostic test, and does not, consequently, generate false positives. As an adjunctive visualisation tool, the VELscope helps dental professionals discover a wide range of unhealthy tissue in the mouth, including oral pre-cancer and cancer.

If you have any questions arising from this blog or you wish to book an examination please contact our Glasgow clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Glasgow dental clinic’s team summer night out

Our team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry is the key to our delivery of first-class patient treatment and care.

From time to time we organise a special get together for the team to relax away from the clinical environment and enjoy each other’s company.

Last Friday we had our summer night out…which did actually start off in the clinic.

We transformed the patient waiting area into a make-shift stage setting for our team’s newest recruit June Naylor who’s joined the dental nurse team at the clinic.

June is a keen harp player having studied music at Strathclyde university before going on to complete her dental nurse training.

Dental nurse - and expert harpist June who entertained the team on their summer night out.

Dental nurse – and expert harpist June who entertained the team on their summer night out.

June entertained us to a few numbers – a couple of traditional Scottish, a jazz, a Spanish – along with a couple of her own compositions which went down very well.

She also gave us a brief introduction to the history of the harp and answered the many questions we all had about harp-playing.

After our musical section we headed out for dinner and a few drinks to mark the summer’s arrival (tho’ looking out the window currently one could be forgiven for thinking it’s still winter!).

Click on HARP to see and hear June playing on Friday night.

Dental makeover lets patient ‘smile with confidence’

Dental function as well as appearance can be compromised if a patient suffers from dental problems – especially if they’ve started back in childhood and continued into adulthood.

We recently saw a patient who was referred to us from her own dentist. Her issues really began when she was aged just 10 and from her recollection she explained she’d had a lifetime of dental challenges.

The patient – in her early 50s – tells us how her smile and confidence were changed as a result of the treatment she underwent under our care.

Here is a copy of a letter we received from the patient at the completion of treatment…

“To everyone at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry


Thank you so much to everyone for the superb treatment I received at the clinic. My smile and my
confidence has been completely transformed.

I have always been self conscious about my teeth for as long as I can remember. I have large prominent
teeth with an overbite. However I fell at the age of 10 and badly chipped one of my 2 front tooth and from
thereon in I had trouble with that tooth.

Smile makeover - can boost confidence and improve appearance

Smile makeover – can boost confidence and improve appearance

I have attended the same dental practice for over 40 years and had as much treatment as my own dentist
could give me. My back teeth were heavily filled ,crumbing and moving. I had a crown at the side that
kept falling out and a dark line showed at the top and another lower crown that was causing me extreme


I had a few lower back teeth extracted in my 20′s and had gaps there which made eating very
difficult. My front tooth had a veneer on the half tooth I had chipped and the tooth next to it was a different
shape and much slimmer so my smile was squinty looking. I had it all going on with having teeth missing
at the back ,crowns ,veneers and I was really struggling to eat. Worse still at the age of 51, I was in
constant pain with my back teeth, particularly at night.

I had an in depth discussion with my own dentist and he referred my to Dr. Friel as he felt he was the
dentist to sort out the difficulties I was having with my back teeth. he told me that there was no “quick fix”
for me and that I had to be prepared for perhaps over a year of treatment . I trust my own dentist
implicitly. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is highly regarded in the dentistry world so
his recommendation to Dr. Friel was testament enough for me.


I was apprehensive for my first visit to Philip Friel’s Clinic. You get used to the one dentist and I felt my
teeth were so bad and was embarrassed to have someone else looking in my mouth. However I needn’t
have worried. From the minute I stepped through the front door I was put at ease by Karyn and Siobhan.
The surroundings and decor are calming giving a feeling of tranquillity.

Dr. Friel was amazing from my first visit onwards. At first I was only there to sort out my back teeth lower
and upper. My plan detailed everything and I knew exactly what was going to happen over the coming
months. A year or so later and my back teeth were perfect. I had my smile widened which took away from
the prominence/overbite of my 6 front teeth and they were all perfect in size. Throughout the year I had
root treatments, an extraction, crowns and a partial cobalt chrome partial fitted ( in the coming years I will
get implants ) but for now I have a full set of top and bottom teeth. That’s a first since my early 20′s. Pain
free sleeping is a real bonus.


I visited the clinic many times over the year and I actually got to like my visits. I always had a chat with
Karyn and Siobhan who were great with me and they too could explain about different treatments. Root
treatments and an extraction with Ross and Louise was virtually painless and I really dreaded that. Every
time I was in the chair with Dr. Friel I felt very at ease and suffered virtually no pain. Kasia and Pam were
a great comfort.

I was so pleased with my back teeth I decided to get Dr. Friel to draw up a plan for my 6 top front teeth
which this time was more cosmetic work than my back teeth had been. Again I knew exactly what was
going to be happening via my dental plan. I completed that treatment last week and the results are
stunning. That was really painless and that work took about 4 weeks over 4 visits. The amazing thing is
that my teeth look so natural and the changes were so gradual that it really doesn’t look like I’ve had my
“teeth done”.


Thanks again to everyone at the clinic and I would highly recommend Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry to
anyone. I got a complete smile redesign which is more than I could have hoped for. Now at the age of 53
I can smile with complete confidence for the first time. Best wishes to you all for the future.”

If you have any questions about this blog or the treatments/services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Groom-to-be gets smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic ahead of big day

Cosmetic dentistry can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of a person’s smile.

We recently saw a 28-year-old male patient, referred to us by his dentist. Due to be married, he wanted a quick, non invasive smile boost for a brighter, natural smile for his big day. Using simple tooth whitening and aesthetic composite additions we improved the appearance and his confidence in his smile. Here are his own words after his visits…

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note regarding my treatment which you are more than welcome to use although I am sure you are not short on compliments for your work!


“After being referred to Phil from my own dentist and recommended as one of the best cosmetic dentists around, I was unsure as to how much difference there actually would be.

Smile makeover - can boost confidence and improve appearance

Smile makeover – can boost confidence and improve appearance

“I can safely say that I am delighted with the end result and Phil’s team were all superb, from reception to hygienist to Phil himself and I would have absolutely no problem in recommending them to others and can certainly see a huge difference.

“I can understand now why I was referred here.”

We appreciate the patient’s time and effort in sending in this testimonial.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Good dental health = good overall health

National Smile Month 2013 is running until June 20 and throughout the campaign we’ve been posting key information about the importance of good dental health.

Today’s post focuses on important health issues highlighted in the campaign’s website.

The campaign – organised by The British Dental Health Foundation – makes it clear that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay.

The organisers state: “It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions.”

Here are some of the conditions they’ve highlighted – and why dental health is so important.

Heart disease and heart attacks

Gum disease has been linked to many diseases and illnesses within the body, and research suggests an increased likelihood of suffering a heart attack being one of them. This is thought to be as a result of the bacteria from the mouth getting into the bloodstream. The bacteria then go on to produce protein, which can affect the heart by causing the platelets in the blood to stick together in the blood vessels of the heart, making clots more likely to form.

Blood clots can reduce normal blood flow, so that the heart does not get all the nutrients and oxygen it needs. If the blood flow is badly affected this could lead to a heart attack. As a result, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as those without gum disease.


New research suggests that gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes, and its impact is nearly the equivalent of high blood pressure as a major cause of strokes. People are twice as likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke as a result of gum disease, compared to diabetes. The data also suggests its impact is equivalent to people having high blood pressure.

New research is also suggestive that how much preventative dental care you have is linked to the chances of a stroke. Study participants who had ever had their teeth cleaned had a 24 per cent decreased risk of heart attack and a 13 per cent lower stroke risk compared to those who had never had a dental cleaning.

Not only did dental cleanings reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year, meaning that the more often people had their teeth cleaned, the lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.


People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without it. This is probably because diabetics are more likely to get infections in general.

People who do not know they have diabetes, or whose diabetes is not under control, are especially at risk. If you do have diabetes it is important that any gum disease is diagnosed, because it can increase your blood sugar. This would put you at risk of diabetic complications.

Also, if you are diabetic, you may find that you heal more slowly. If you have a problem with your gums, or have problems after visits to your dentist, discuss this with your dentist before dental treatment.

New research has also shown that you are more likely to develop diabetes if you have gum disease.

Pregnancy and oral health

Pregnant women who have gum disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is premature and with a low birth weight. Research suggests bacteria in the oral cavity reaches the amniotic fluid via the bloodstream and can induce early labour. Research also suggests that women whose gum disease gets worse during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to contact our Glasgow dental clinic please call us on 0141 339 7579.

Dental nurse Kasia steps out for charity!

Best foot forward - Kasia prepares to take on the challenge.

Best foot forward – Kasia prepares to take on the challenge.

Our Glasgow clinic dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada has been putting in some training recently for a big charity challenge.

She took part in the Edinburgh Moon Walk which raises money for the Breast Cancer charity.

Kasia completed the 26 miles in seven hours – well done!

Here’s what she had to say:

“I had a great night with all the moonwalkers and supporters cheering us on.

“I think the event attracted about 4,000 participants this year.

“I did the full marathon 26.2 miles in 7 hours including having to wait a long time to queue for the toilet.

“Participants had the option of completing a lesser course of six or 13 miles.

“Some crazy walkers took on the challenge of two marathons back to back – more than 52 miles. They must be still out walking!

“When we started off at midnight it was cold and wet but it improved in the early hours and we had brilliant sunrise and a fresh sea breeze as we were walking along the coast.

“Not sure the total amount of money that will be raised but we were told before we started even walking we had raised half of million pound already!

“My partner Eric said i was overtaking everybody but when i reached 19 miles i started to be impatient and just wanted to finish quickly!

“It’s a great event and would do it again – and I’d recommend anybody to do the same. Roll on next year’s Moon Walk.”

For more information about the Moon Walk see this link.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more information about our Glasgow dental clinic please call 0141 339 7579.

The importance of a check-up: it’s not just your smile to think about…

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, it’s currently the 2013 National Smile Month and the message coming out from the organisers underlines the importance of a regular check-up to ensure your dental health and function are in tip top condition.

How often do you attend the dentist for a check-up?

The British Dental Health Foundation which runs National Smile month emphasises the links between bad oral health and many other health issues.

The campaign organisers write…

“Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success.


“General health is also at risk too as studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, premature babies and other major conditions. With a good oral health routine, most of these conditions are preventable.”

Aside from committing the time and intention to visit your dentist there can be other reasons such as dental phobia that will lead to someone putting off that important check-up appointment.

According to the National Smile Month 2013 website, 15 per cent of adults who have been to a dentist suffer from extreme dental anxiety.

The site also reveals how visiting the dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, closely followed by heights (19%). Nearly 10 times as many people (22%) are nervous of visiting their dentists, compared to their doctor (2%).

Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is experienced in supporting people who suffer from varying degrees of dental phobia. From the moment a patient arrives at our reception, the team will be on hand to extend a warm welcome and give any advice and support you require.

We also have a team focused on helping those phobic patients undergoing treatment via sedation techniques. Our hygienist team is also well experienced in caring from any phobic patients attending the clinic.

Should you have any questions about the points raised in this blog post, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here by phoning 0141 339 7579. We look forward to hearing from you.

The French connection: one of my dental implant articles goes international

The cover of the French issue of Dental Tribune International

The cover of the French issue of Dental Tribune International

From time to time I’m asked to contribute to magazines and publications focused on the dental world.

I just received an email the other day informing me that the team at Dental Tribune International had translated one of my articles for their French issue which was just published.

The article focused on dental implant surgery and the immediate fitting of implants post surgery. As well as the words, I’d provided a series of photos to chart the progress of the dental work in our Glasgow dental clinic.

This is the first time I’ve had an article translated into another language for publication and so am delighted to learn the an even more international audience is reading about my work.

You can see the full article – and practise your French at the same time – by clicking this link.

If you have any questions about this blog please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

If you’d like more information – in English – about dental implants please click here.