The age of your smile can ‘speak’ volumes

Can your smile give away the secret of your age?

With so many TV shows and media reports focusing on age – and how to stop the effects of ageing – we’re looking in this blog post at the types of issues that can be prevalent regarding your teeth and smile as you get older.

We’re looking at the 40+ decades and highlighting some of the issues you may encounter.

Our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic is on hand to help discuss any of the issues covered here and of course can look at some of the recommended cosmetic dentistry solutions – including dental implant surgery – which can help.

40s and 50s

During your 40s and 50s, stains can become much harder to erase with wear and tear and ageing and gum recession can become more pronounced.

As your face starts to age, your teeth can often push forward which in turns leads to causing lower front teeth to crowd.

Regular professional cleanings can help erase minimal stains – and that’s where we would always recommend regular visits to see our dental hygienists’ team here at our Glasgow dental clinic. But if that doesn’t work, then whitening, crowns or veneers may be necessary recommended solutions.

Veneers can offer a solution, providing, in essence, a new outer layer of enamel for the tooth or teeth. They can disguise worn teeth and can look very natural – a key word in any treatment for patients.

Check the surface of your teeth. Is it rough? The rougher the texture, then the more likely your teeth will be to retaining stains and causing your aesthetic issues. Your dentist should be able to smooth out or polish the tooth enamel so it will be less likely to absorb stains.

Into the 60s

Moving into the 60s then the patient could have additional issues facing them…

Gum recession may make your teeth look longer than they actually are. Saliva production may decrease, reducing the protective benefits of saliva and leading to bad breath.

Even if you’re whitening their teeth, your smile could still be ageing you. One solution is to think about ceramic crowns or veneers to enable lighter teeth set up to a bespoke design – and improved smile.

When the back teeth are worn or missing, the facial structure they support tends to collapse or fall in which can lead to deep facial folds. In addition, without the back teeth, far more pressure than is normal is placed on the front teeth which may be to their detriment over time.

Teeth that support the lips and ideally positioned give optimal support to the overlying soft tissue, meaning less obvious folds and creases. The end result is a more balanced, youthful appearance for an overall younger look. Subject to any cosmetic or restorative work being carried out – including dental implants – there would be a full examination carried out and an assessment of the patient’s medical history and status.

Should you have any questions arising from the blog or would like to make an appointment to discuss any of the issues please call our Glasgow clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Kasia embarks on course in dental implant nursing

Our dental professional team at our Glasgow dental clinic is well qualified to carry out the treatments and services we offer our patients.

But, like every other UK-based dental clinic professional, the emphasis for our Glasgow team is very focused on learning more and gaining further knowledge and qualifications in a range of treatments from teeth whitening to cosmetic dentistry and dental implant work.

Continuing professional development is a key priority at our Glasgow clinic and the staff were are often attending seminars or courses. Sometimes our own clinic will be the venue for courses and seminars with delegates coming from all over the country to attend.

Dentist Jillian Clare is currently enrolled on a smile design course which she attends monthly in London.

Our endodontist Ross Henderson has recently completed his thesis for his Masters in endodontics – more commonly known as root canal therapy.

Dentist Liz Glass recently completed studies and subsequent examination to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

Kasia Zawada who's embarking on dental implant nursing course.

Kasia – embarking on further studies in dental implant nursing

And now our dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada is embarking on a year-long course which will see her attending monthly sessions at London’s King’s College Hospital.

Next July she will complete the course and on passing the exam should receive their certificate in dental implant nursing.

As well as being based at our Glasgow clinic, Kasia works with me at the Edinburgh New Town Dental Care clinic when I’m seeing dental implant patients there.

We look forward to hearing how Kasia progresses on the course and we’ll keep you posted on news of any other courses are Glasgow team embark on in the coming months.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or would like to find out more about the services and treatment on offer please call our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.

Dentist Liz’s puppy continues its training: update on Ramsay’s journey

We like to share news on what’s happening on the clinical side of our work here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

We also like to let you know of any new advances in treatments such as dental implant work and cosmetic dentistry.

Dentist Liz Glass with pup Ramsay

Flashback – Dentist Liz with puppy Ramsay shortly before he left Glasgow for training

But we also enjoy giving you an insight into the life our experienced and committed team members share when they’re away from the Glasgow clinic…and that can range in topics from family life, sporting interests and big life milestones to hobbies and courses.

ASSISTANCE DOGS

Earlier this year we shared news about our dentist colleague Liz Glass and how her family’s pet labrador Twiggy had given birth to some pups.

One of the male pups – called Ramsay – was donated by Liz and her family to the excellent charity called Canine Partners which trains puppies to become assistance dogs for people with disabilities. These dogs can make a huge difference to those people who are assigned their canine partner.

Liz has just shared with us an update on how Ramsay is progressing since he headed off from her home in Glasgow for his new ‘working life’.

Liz's pup Ramsay after leaving Glasgow to train with Canine Partners charity

Liz’s pup Ramsay after leaving Glasgow to train with Canine Partners charity

According to the charity team, young Ramsay is making good progress, settling into training classes and is learning to do as he is asked promptly rather than in his own time!

SOUND IN TRAFFIC

The update report added: “With encouragement he settles well both at home and in class when the humans are having coffee.

“He seems sound in traffic and his lead walking is improving. He loads into the car well and travels with no problems.

“At first he was tending to bark at other dogs but now it is the occasional whine rather than a bark which is good. Hopefully the whining will stop as he matures.”

The charity also provided Liz with some new photos of Ramsay…and there’s certainly a big difference in him since the last time he appeared in our blog!

We look forward to further updates on Ramsay’s progress.

Should you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about the treatments and services on offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact our receptionists on 0141 339 7579.

Big brother’s watching you – via your teeth…

There are many reasons you might want to visit the dentist…

Perhaps you would come to our Glasgow dental clinic for a routine check-up, a smile makeover consultation, teeth whitening or even dental implants

The list of reasons is extensive.

But coming to see the dentist and having a tooth sensor fitted?

That’s the latest innovation revealed in the media this week with an article focusing on work that’s been carried out in the National Taiwan University.

The boffins there have developed a prototype of a tooth sensor that can fit onto dentures or braces and has been created by medics to allow them to track whether a person is following the health advice given to them.

SMALL MOTION SENSOR

This tiny piece of electronic gadgetry apparently can also be embedded into a tooth and holds a small motion sensor called an accelerometer.

According to the reports the theory is that the jaw moves in different ways during certain activities such as chewing, eating, smoking or drinking.

Said sensor then amasses this information on the smallest of circuit boards and then transmits the data collected to a smartphone. The patient’s doctor can then download the vital data and determine whether the patient has been following guidelines – perhaps sticking to a diet or has given up smoking.

Our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic enjoy reading the reports about the latest advances in the world of dentistry and teeth-related matters. This topic was certainly one that created a bit of interest in the staff room.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services – not the application of the above mentioned tooth sensor I might add – we do offer then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

What a difference a dental implant can make…

Dental implant surgery is a particular focus for my professional work.

The benefits achievable with dental implants can be key to effective cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry work – all playing part of aesthetic and functional improvements (also more commonly known as a ‘smile makeover’)…

There can be a number of reasons why a dental implant can be the effective solution for a patient.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

I recall looking after one male patient from our Glasgow dental clinic who had suffered a sports injury – he’d been a footballer and in a clash had instantly knocked out his two front teeth. I was able to see him at short notice and assess the damage caused in the accident.

Like anyone the loss of these teeth and the impact on his smile were fairly traumatic factors but it was evident to me on examination that we could achieve a long-lasting and effective solution for the patient by using dental implants.

The treatment took about 15 months in total but during the patient journey we kept him fully informed with what was happening and what needed to happen to achieve the end result.

Much of that time is taken up in the simple healing process post surgery and to allow the titanium implant to become properly secured in the patient’s mouth.

The patient’s own words to us in a testimonial summed up the outcome following completion of his treatment plan.

He kindly wrote: “The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence.”

I carry out dental implant work both at my Glasgow clinic and also at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Should you wish to find out more information about how dental implant surgery could help you please contact us on 0141 339 7579. Our reception team here at Glasgow would be happy to help with your enquiry.

What’s in a name? The story behind our Glasgow dental clinic

Exterior of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic which offers bespoke general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and life enhancing dental implants

Exterior shot of our clinic – with our name displayed.

We’re often asked about our Glasgow dental clinic’s name – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – and why we selected that name to be proudly displayed on our premises here in the West End of Glasgow.

As the founder of the clinic I was more than happy to have my name ‘above the door’ but I also wanted a clinic title that sums up exactly what we offer in terms of treatments and services for our patients.

The title’s key word is “advanced” which, in our view, covers a myriad aspects of our patient care package…

Here are just three advanced aspects that we feel sum up exactly what we’re about –

Advanced care – this is key to everything we do at the clinic. From the moment our reception team receive your initial call or welcome you for the first visit patient care is our number one priority. Our dental care professionals are well qualified and experienced in their fields to deliver the right treatment plans for each patient, whether it’s for bespoke general dentistry, maintenance and hygiene services to more complex services such as cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, specialist orthodontic work or dental implant surgery which is one of our Glasgow clinic’s particular focuses.

Advanced technology – when we were setting up our clinic we scoured the world for the best in cutting-edge equipment to ensure that with our professional skills we were able to offer the patients 21st century advanced treatment. We continue to upgrade/renew our equipment and technology and are constantly researching the latest advances in the dental care world.

Advanced dentistry – we work hard every day to ensure our ‘patient journey’ is right. We consider that our standards of care/treatment are such that we believe our patients are assured of the very best at all times. We consider that our ‘package’ of care/treatment along with our high levels of professionalism, supported by our clinic’s technology and equipment more than earns the label ‘advanced dentistry’.

We are also happy that the name we selected for our Glasgow clinic – Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry at Hyndland Dental Clinic – was approved by the General Dental Council before we went ahead with the official naming back in 2010.

Summing up we believe we offer ‘dentistry with a difference’ and are happy to discuss your dental care/needs.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or would like to discover more about the treatments/services we can offer our patients at our Glasgow clinic then please get in touch with us on 0141 339 7579 or via the contact section of the website.

Dental implants: questions and answers

SPOTLIGHT ON DENTAL IMPLANTS

The clinical team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry has experience of a wide range of implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques – from whitening to complete dental/aesthetic rehabilitation – as well as offering a range of general dentistry services including routine maintenance, check- ups and hygienist appointments.

One of the greatest advances has been dental implant surgery and Philip and his team of dentists and dental nurses are highly trained in this aspect of advanced dentistry.

Implants have transformed dentistry over the last 40 years and are now often the first choice of treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

An implant is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root and is placed into a socket created in the jaw. It is usually inserted into the socket creating an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone on to the implant surface. The internal design of the implant allows a variety of fitments to be attached to it, which support replacement teeth, providing the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

As well as offering implants at his Glasgow dental clinic, Philip also offers dental implant surgery at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Here Philip answers many of the questions that can arise when someone is considering dental implants.

AM I SUITABLE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have good general health and maintain good oral health, then implants will almost certainly work for you.
It is rare to have health problems that will prevent the use of implants although some medical conditions may affect the success rate of implants.
As well as a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth you will be expected to supply details of your medical history.
In addition, full discussion with regards to requirements and expectations will allow us to determine if implant treatment is appropriate.

HOW MANY TEETH CAN BE SUPPORTED?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, the one implant will likely be all that is required – but larger spaces of two, three or more missing teeth will not necessarily need one implant per tooth.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved with an implant retained “over denture” which involves two implants placed at the front of the lower jaw to secure a denture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw which requires four implants. Implants make dentures much more stable and also allow the denture to be smaller which means reduced palatal coverage by the denture.
Like conventional dentures, overdentures should be removed for daily cleaning. There are many implant options available and it is crucial that you have a thorough dental examination to be aware of what treatment would be best for you.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the placing of the first tooth, treatment times can vary between a few weeks to six months. The better the bone the less will be the treatment time. With poorer bone more time must be taken which can extend treatment time beyond six months.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE IMPLANTS?

You will be fully advised on care and maintenance of the implants or the superstructure they support. Instruction will include how to clean adequately. It must be understood that the adequate care and maintenance of the implants requires regular effort on the patient’s part at home for ideal maintenance.
It is recommended that implants be cleaned every three to six months by the dental hygienist depending upon individual case requirements.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last.
Implants, much like natural teeth, will last longer if they are cared for adequately. Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years.

If you have any questions arising from the above blog or would like to find out more information about dental implant work carried out by our team please contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579

Implant retained denture improves patient’s smile

Regular readers of our blog will know that from time to time we highlight the treatment of a patient who’s undergone cosmetic or restorative dentistry work.

In this post today we look at the use of dental implants to retain a denture for a patient at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This 45 year old patient presented wishing to improve the stability and aesthetics of her upper arch.

BEFORE - the patient's smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

BEFORE – the patient’s smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

The patient was suffering from generalised adult periodontal disease, with advanced bone loss around the upper teeth leading to tooth mobility, splaying, tooth rotation, poor aesthetics and functional instability.

EASY TO MAINTAIN

The patient wished an improvement in the look and function of the teeth but required a solution that was easy to maintain and clean going forwards.

As part of the smile makeover process the patient underwent extensive examination and at all times was appraised of what was happening and a detailed treatment plan was given.

A decision was made to remove the failing upper teeth and allow the bone to heal. A conventional denture was placed immediately after these extractions and after adequate healing, four implants were placed in the upper arch and allowed to heal.

After healing of the implants, a milled bar with locators was fitted to the implants and this was then used to retain an upper denture firmly in position. This solution allowed a very stable upper denture even in function, with vastly improved aesthetics. As the denture is removable, both the denture and the bar/implants are ease to clean and maintain.

AFTER - An aesthetically and functionally improved smile

AFTER – An aesthetically and functionally improved smile

MORE NATURAL FEEL

This bar gives great support and retention to the denture and as a result of this, the denture extent/coverage can be reduced meaning that the upper denture does not cover the palate allowing a more natural feel in the final result. The total treatment time for this case was 10 months.

Should you have any questions about this post or the use of dental implants to retain dentures then please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 for more information.

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.