Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

If you are missing one or more teeth then the team of dentists at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow may suggest dental implants as a means of replacement. But why should you consider dental implants, and why are they so good?

Dental Implants are better for Your Oral Health.

Natural teeth help to keep the surrounding bone strong and healthy, as the forces produced during eating are transmitted down the root into the bone. This prompts the bone to continue producing new cells. When a tooth is extracted this stimulation is lost, and the bone will no longer be prompted to maintain its growth and turnover. The bone in the jaw will gradually resorb, and the bony ridge that once held the teeth will become flatter and shallower. This can make it difficult to retain a denture, or could mean that teeth adjacent to the gap will become less stable.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

After the necessary examination and assessment, your dentist in Glasgow (Philip Friel can also look after dental implant patients in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic) may suggest dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth to improve the function and stability of the dentition.

Dental implants function in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root, and this is why they are often considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth. They will help prevent the jawbone from being resorbed heloing to maintain the support for the facial soft tissue overlying.

Dental Implants Don’t Negatively Impact the Remaining Teeth

The alternative methods of tooth replacement are to have a full or partial denture, or to have a bridge fitted by your dentist. A bridge is a popular method of replacing teeth, and it can produce very nice results, but one thing to bear in mind is that it does impact the teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge consists of one or two crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are used to support the replacement tooth which is called a pontic. The pontic, or pontics, are attached to the crowns, providing a stable restoration. However the teeth that are crowned will need to be prepared or ground down, and once this healthy tooth structure is lost it can only ever be replaced artificially. In some cases, where these adjacent teeth are already filled or crowned, then the bridge option may be more suitable as it will require less loss of healthy tooth tissue.

A partial denture is held in place with clasps that are fitted around the remaining teeth. These teeth may need to be modified to hold the clasps, and the clasps can place additional stresses on the teeth. In contrast dental implants placed by your dentist will not require any preparation or stress on the adjacent teeth.

If you would like more information about dental implants and their benefits please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Can anyone have a dental implant? Our Glasgow dental team answers a key question.

Can Anyone Have a Dental Implant?

Implants can look so good that no-one need know you have lost teeth, and dental implants are becoming far more popular.

Most people will be suitable for this treatment, but it isn’t right for everyone. Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is on hand to advise…
Having a Check-Up to Assess Your Suitability

FULL TREATMENT PLAN

You will need to have a full check-up at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow’s West End to assess your suitability, and this is a great chance to ask any questions you might have about dental implants. Philip Friel can also see clients for dental implant work in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic. Following this appointment, a full treatment plan together with estimated costs will be provided for you.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

A check-up is essential as you do need to be in good oral health, and any existing dental problems will need treating before implant surgery can be scheduled. You also need to be in FAIRLY good general health, as some medical conditions may impact on the success of dental implant treatments.

Do You Have Sufficient Bone?

For successful Dental implant surgery in Glasgow and Edinburgh, you will require to have adequate bone to retain the implant(s).

STRONG AND STABLE UNION

This is important as it will enable your new implant to integrate with the bone (known as osseo integration), creating a strong and stable union that can support your crown, bridge or denture. Not everybody will have enough quality bone, especially if they lost teeth a long time ago.

This is because the bone gradually reabsorbs after a tooth has been extracted, as it no longer receives any force stimulation from the tooth root. Lost bone is something that can be replaced through having a bone graft. If you do need bone grafting then it is certainly nothing to be concerned about, as even through it sounds dramatic, it is a fairly straightforward, routine procedure.

If you have any questions about dental implants please contact the team here on 0141 339 7579 or contact us via the website.

UK implant role ahead: ADI President’s postion from November

AS many of you may know I have a particular focus in my clinical work on dental implants and the benefits of implantology on smile makeovers and restorative dentistry.

It’s a subject I’ve focused on for many years now and throughout my professional career I’ve always been impressed by the amazing results that can be achieved for patients who choose the implant route.

I have travelled throughout the world in pursuit of the latest and newest advances in the implant world and have had the opportunity to network with many of the leading lights in the implant field.

As a result I feel I’m then in a stronger position to share with our patients here at our Glasgow clinic and the Edinburgh clinic where I also offer implant treatment to patients.

As part of my interest and focus on the implant world I’ve been a member of the Association of Dental Implantology UK – a charitable organisation which is set up to provide information both to patients and to dental professionals working in the implant world.

I often attend as a delegate or as a lecturer some of the ADI Study Club meetings which are held throughout the UK. These are invaluable sessions which bring together groups of implant dentists to share knowledge and expertise.

EXCITING AND INTERESTING CHALLENGE AHEAD

We recently held our final ADI meeting in London before I take over the role of UK President – an exciting and interesting challenge – which lies ahead from November onwards.

It’s a two year term of office and within that two year period we’ll be holding our major ADI congress which will see delegates coming from all over the world to Glasgow for the event.

The congress dates for your diary are May 13-16, 2015. I will be assisted by the ADI team and by my scientific co-ordinator Stephen Jacobs who is also a past president of the ADI.

I’ll share with you the story of my presidency as it unfolds – and I’m happy to take any questions you may have about my involvement with the ADI.

If you have any questions about the blog content or the benefits of dental implant surgery in general, please don’t hesitate to ask – feel free to to contact us here at the Glasgow clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Gaining new techniques in dental implants for our patients

Dental implants are my particular focus in dentistry and I’ve travelled all over the UK and the rest of the world in pursuit of the latest techniques and understanding of what is, I believe, one of the greatest advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the last 40 years.

For many years now, we have been using the all on four technique with Nobel Biocare implants to restore the dentition in those who have lost or are loosing all of the teeth in one arch.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Recently I travelled to Essex to spend two days with fellow implant dentist Andrew Moore who uses a different implant system to carry out this technique with many benefits that I wanted to see first hand.

Since qualification in 1988 Dr Moore expanded his clinical experience by taking the post of Honorary Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at Basildon Hospital. He then completed a 2 year Postgraduate course in Orthodontics at Southend Hospital.

Like me, Andrew’s main interest is in the field of Implantology, which he has pursued with a commitment to postgraduate qualifications in this field, including a 1 year course in Implantology at The Centre for Reconstructive Surgery, Harley Street, London.

SUPERB OPERATOR

He was one of the first dentists to be awarded The Diploma in Implant Dentistry by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at The Royal College of Surgeons. Andrew has now been placing dental implants since 1997 has extensive experience and takes referrals for implant treatment from other dentists in the area. Andrew now teaches Implant Dentistry to other dentists at the practice and at the Royal College of Surgeons.

It was good to see Andrew at work – he’s a superb operator – and interesting to see another clinic in full swing, especially when dental implant surgery is underway.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our focus on dental implant surgery then please contact the Glasgow clinic via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

If you’re based in Edinburgh I also offer my dental implant surgery services at the New Town Dental Care Clinic.

Rolls Royce’s dual role as ‘mobile dental surgery’ in WW1 days

We like to hear unusual stories about the dental profession…

This one came to us via our friends at Dentistry Scotland magazine and its editor Heather Podbury had posted about it on the publication’s Facebook page.

It centres on the forthcoming auction sale of a classic Rolls Royce – but this vehicle had a very unusual history and an even more unusual link with our dental world.

Apparently during the time of the First World War the car was used as a mobile dental surgery, equipped with a dental chair and complete with drills.

One can only imagine how basic the equipment would have been then – and a million miles away from the sophisticated equipment and technology we have at our fingertips for cosmetic dentistry and dental implants surgery.

According to the history of this vehicle – estimated to sell next month for as much as £800,000 – the then owner wanted to do his bit for the war effort and so transformed his vehicle accordingly.

To read more about this interesting story please click here.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we offer our patients, please contact us via the website or by telephoning 0141 339 7579.

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.

ADI Congress: great experience for the whole team at Glasgow dental clinic

Meeting key members attending the ADI Congress 2013

Meeting key members attending the ADI Congress 2013

Last week a group of us from the clinic travelled south to attend the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) Congress 2013.

The event was a special one as it marked the 25th anniversary of the ADI which as its mission statement declares is a “registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants”.

I’ve been an active member of the ADI for many years now and I’ve gained great benefit from being able to share knowledge and expertise from many of the speakers invited by the organisation to address its members.

I firmly believe that the ADI is a real bonus for all those involved in the world of dental implants and our group that travelled to Manchester included two of our dental nursing team – Pam and Kasia.

FANTASTIC SPEAKERS

During the event I was invited to moderate one of the sessions and was delighted to be able to introduce some fantastic speakers who’d flown in from all over the world for this special occasion.

The speakers were were Dr Christian Coachman (from Brazil), Dr German Gallucci ( from Boston) Dr Zeev Ormianer( from Israel ) and Professor Urs Braegger (from Switzerland). All were presenting on implant complications and their management – a key message of the Congress 2013.

The photo at the top of the screen shows me with Dr German Gallucci, Professor Cemal Ucer (ADI president) Dr Christian Coachman and Dr Koray Feran.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Through our ongoing involvement with the ADI we’re able to enjoy specially organised education sessions during which we can network with others involved in dental implant surgery as well as hearing from some of the leading lights in this part of the dental profession.

FINEST TREATMENT

That means we’re able to keep right up to date about all the latest developments in the dental implant world and ensure that when it comes to looking after our patients we’re able to offer what we believe is the finest treatment and patient care.

Should you have any questions about this blog or if you would like to learn more about the dental implant treatment we can offer please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Step by step process of dental implant work at our Glasgow dental clinic

In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.

Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.

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Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.

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Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.

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Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.

The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.

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In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.

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Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.

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In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

You can access more information about dental implant work carried out here at our Glasgow clinic by clicking here.

Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.

Glasgow dental implant patient feedback: “…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”.

A 55-year-old female patient has recently undergone dental implant and crown work as well as adult orthodontic treatment at our Glasgow clinic.

She’s written us a testimonial which we’re delighted to receive especially as it’s clear her treatment has helped enormously in her smile makeover – and as she says she’s now smiling with new-found confidence.

We always appreciate the time taken by patients to give us feedback about treatment they’ve had done at the clinic.

Here are this patient’s own words…

“I…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”

“I have just completed a year of treatment at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry and am absolutely delighted with the results.

“In March 2012, I had my first appointment with Philip to discuss straightening my bottom front teeth and replacing 20-year-old NHS bridge work.

“From the start, I knew I was in excellent hands. Andrew McGregor, orthodontist with Philip Friel, fitted a brace to my lower teeth and within 8 months, I had straight bottom teeth for the first time in my life!

IMPLANTS AND CROWNS

“Meanwhile Philip started work on the upper front teeth. 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.”

For other patient testimonials please click here.

Should you have any questions arising from the above testimonial or would like addiitional information about cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover work, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Team from Glasgow clinic heading to key dental implant congress in month’s time

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

In just a month’s time a team from our Glasgow clinic will be heading south to attend one of the most important events in our dental world calendar.

It’s the Association of Dental Implantology’s Team Congress, held in Machester from May 1-3 and a magnet for dental professionals working in the dental implant sector.

Speakers are coming from all over the world and will share their expertise with the delegates.

I have been a member of the ADI for several years now and am very active in its work throughout the UK. Indeed I am currently the president-elect and will assume the role of president later this year – something exciting and challenging to look forward to…

The event will also mark the organisation’s 25th anniversary so it’s a special occasion too.

Several of our team are booked in to attend this important event.

Aside from the opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers, it’s also a first-class networking event.

OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE

Camel Ucer the ADI’s current president tells us:

“We have invited some of the world’s most eminent implantologists and researchers from Europe, Asia and the USA to lead the Congress. In this respect, I am indebted to our Scientific Chairman Eddie Scher and the ADI staff for working hard to plan the congress so meticulously in every small detail, from the choice of experts to developing highly focused learning objectives for each lecture and constantly negotiating with our speakers to ensure coherency and consistency throughout the congress. Needless to say, I am also grateful to all our speakers for accepting our invitation to participate – we can all imagine how busy they must be.

“We trust that it will be an outstanding conference fit to celebrate our association’s 25th anniversary. Frankly, there will be so much to learn and debate for all of us; from the most experienced clinicians placing thousands of implants to novices hoping to get involved. To cap it all, John Wibberley, Simon Wright and David Speechly have put together one of the best line ups for the whole implant team: the nurses, practice managers, hygienists, therapists and dental technicians.”

If you’re a dental professional reading this and would like more information about attending and for booking details then click here.