How a footballer patient at our Glasgow clinic benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle

Our team at the Glasgow clinic see people from all walks of life.

In this testimonial that we received the patient – a footballer told of the benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle.

This was a powerful testimonial from a sportsman who discovered the the preferred solution to his major problem was dental implant work.

The 39-year-old wrote two us when he completed his treatment as follows:

“I have been a professional footballer for 20 years and suffered a severe blow to the mouth after an accidental tackle, causing me to instantaneously loose my two front teeth.

“The incident occurred on a Saturday evening and being very anxious and in a lot of physical pain, I wanted to seek dental treatment immediately.

“Dr Friel was recommended to me by a friend and after speaking with him late on the Saturday evening, he made arrangements to see me first thing on the Sunday morning.

“PUT AT EASE”

“I was immediately impressed by his willingness to see me outwith practice hours. At this time, I was in a great deal of pain and very concerned about the outcome – I had always taken great care of my teeth and felt very anxious at the thought of possibly no longer having what I considered to be a nice smile.

“After this first meeting with Dr Friel, I was immediately put at ease and left feeling confident that the problem, although serious, could be fixed. My treatment spanned over a 15-month period.

“Throughout this time, the treatment I received from Dr Friel was of the absolute highest standard. From the outset, I felt confident in what was going to be achieved, as each part of the treatment was thoroughly explained to me. Being a very complex treatment, there was obviously pain involved, but I really did feel that this was kept to an absolute minimum.

“RESTORED MY CONFIDENCE”

“Dr Friel‘s attention to detail and his patience continually impressed me throughout treatment. My treatment was finalised two weeks ago with my two new teeth being put in and I am absolutely delighted with the result. The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence. I would highly recommend Dr Friel not only to friends, but also to other professional sportsmen.”

We were delighted – as we always are – to receive feedback from a patient. The entire teams appreciated the time taken to put together a testimonial. And it was particularly good to learn that this patient’s smile makeover – or even smile rescue – had been appreciated so much. The testimonial for this patient was received after treatment completion in 2011 but the sentiment and the benefits to patients from implant surgery still remain the same.

For more information on the benefits of dental implant surgery see our website section here.

The importance of healthy teeth for boosting confidence: how dental implants at our Glasgow clinic helped this lady.

There is no doubt that our teeth play an important part in how we project our image to our family, friends and work colleagues.

How we smile – or don’t smile in many cases – and how confident we are about our teeth being seen when we’re talking can affect us positively and negatively.

The story of this lady’s dental situation is interesting because the state of her teeth were affecting her job.

This case certainly underlines the importance of healthy teeth for boosting confidence and how dental implants at our Glasgow clinic helped this lady.

In her own words she explained:

“My teeth were in very poor health and for several years I had been attending my previous dentist, three times a year for check-ups to try to hold on to my teeth as long as possible. By the time I met Philip’s I had been losing a tooth from my upper arch every six months or so over a period of two years.

My teeth were very sensitive, badly discoloured and my gum line receding greatly. One of my front top teeth had started to move and was now noticeably lower than its counterpart; also movement had started on another tooth. I was aware I would lose my teeth quite quickly and was very distressed by this.

“My occupation as a Customer Service Manager involves dealing regularly with the public and delivering training workshops to my 150-strong staff; therefore speaking is a great part of my job role. Due to the dreadful state of my teeth I became very self-conscious and couldn’t perform as confidently as I had previously.”

At this point it’s important to bear in mind that there could be various treatments available to a patient in this situation. The question of dentures may arise and it’s important for us as dentists to assess the reaction to this proposal from the patient.

Our lady continues with her story…

“I also had to be very careful of what I ate so as not to put any further strain on my teeth. I explained to Philip’s my adverse feelings about having to wear dentures and asked about alternative treatments. He discussed various options open to me, detailing the treatment involved, the probable long-term outcomes and the cost of each treatment.

“I opted to have implant treatment for my whole upper arch – a treatment I had never heard of before. Philip’s gave me lots of literature on Dental Implants and patiently explained in layman’s terms the whole procedure. Due to my fear of the unknown, Philip’s gently talked me through each step he was taking during my operation, which helped me focus on what was happening and not letting my imagination fuel my fear.

“My post-operative care was also excellent, with Philip’s giving me his private mobile phone number to call him at any time if I was concerned in any way. He even phoned me on the Saturday evening of my operation to check I was OK and to re-iterate he was available any time if I needed him.

“The one concern I had after my operation was that when my new teeth were attached to the implants they would be perfect, pure white teeth that would look completely at odds with my mature years. However, Philip’s having taken heed of my wishes, had an arch made to look as natural as possible for someone of my years.

I can’t express the difference this treatment has made to me in my confidence and also in my ability to enjoy normal eating functions after so many years. I even find myself smiling much more and the worry and stress of the appearance of my teeth, a thing of the past.

“Philip’s continues to support me through regular check-ups and makes such a relaxed atmosphere in his surgery that you feel able to ask him anything regarding dental worries without feeling silly or intimidated.
Also the one thing I did learn through this experience, which greatly amused me, was the fact that someone could get so excited and passionate about this type of work. He really is a credit to his profession.”

We were very grateful to this lady for taking the time to write to us and explain in some great detail her feelings about and reaction to her dental implants journey.

For more information about implants please click here.

Dental implant solution for Glasgow clinic patient who lost a front tooth

The trauma that comes with losing a tooth in adulthood can only be intensified when it’s a front tooth.

This female patient visited the clinic having lost her upper left central incisor tooth – see before photo here.

Tooth loss solution - dental implant surgery carried out at Glasgow clinic

BEFORE – the gap left by the loss of the upper front tooth

Following root treatment and restoration with a post retained crown some years earlier, the tooth root fractured and required extraction.

Following this the patient was provided with a single tooth upper denture. The patient reported that while tolerating this, she disliked its movement in function and the effect it had on the taste of her foods.

A single implant was used with some small amounts of bone grafting allowing a single screw retained crown to be used to restore the area with a fixed single implant crown solution.

the smile shown after the dental implant work has been carried out at our Glasgow clinic.

AFTER – the aesthetic improvement is evident.

The after image shows the aesthetic benefits of the implant and of course the functional benefit will mean the patient won’t experience the eating issues she had with the denture.

You can read more about the benefits of dental implants by clicking here.

We have an experienced team with extensive knowledge about dental implants and we’re happy to speak to you should you have any specific questions arising from our dental implant section on the website.

Our Glasgow dental clinic supporting Action for Children charity

Glasgow dental clinic in pledge to help group of young people

Our pledge to help

Today we’ve announced a project to help support a group of young people – in conjunction with the highly respected Action For Children charity.

The announcement was made at the charity’s Women of Influence Lunch 2013 which was held in the Central Hotel in the heart of Glasgow city centre.

The WOI Lunch organising committee is chaired by clinic friend and patient Jo Mickel. We’d worked with Jo to help support today’s lunch.

Part of that support will see us looking after four young people who will be identified by the Action for Children charity team. We will give them the necessary dental treatment to not only ensure the optimum in dental function and health but also to enhance their smiles.

As you’ll read from my letter to the lunch guests today you’ll see more about why we decided to help the charity with this new initiative.

Our Glasgow dental clinic supports a number of charities throughout the year and we’re particularly proud of our involvement with Action for Children.

We will keep you posted on the progress of this project.

Dental clinic team heading from Glasgow to ADI Congress in Manchester later this year

A group from our clinic will be heading south later this year to attend the annual congress of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).

The ADI – of which I’m currently the president-elect – is a registered charity which exists to share knowledge and expertise on the subject of dental implants in Glasgow. This information is available both to patients and to dentists involved in dental implants.

I’ve been a member of the ADI for several years now and have found it a very useful source of up to date information about the newest advanced in the ever changing world of dental implant surgery. It’s also given me the opportunity to attend seminars all over the world and listen to lectures by some of the internationally renowned experts in the implant surgery field.

This year’s congress is being held in Manchester in May. The congress’ main focus is on the question of “How long do implants last?.

Lectures will focus on the potential complications, risk management and prognosis of implant treatment.

Several of the team have signed up to attend this key event in our clinic calendar.

Dental dilemma solved at Glasgow clinic: “I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant!”

As we’ve mentioned before we always appreciate when a patient takes some time to write a testimonial about their care and treatment at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This lady wrote to us after receiving a dental implant which provided a solution to a situation that had arisen all thanks to a baby tooth that had clearly overstayed its welcome.

Her particular words -  I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant! – were well received by all who worked on her treatment plan throughout her visits to the clinic.

The patient wrote…

At the age of 53 I decided it was time to do something about a baby tooth – yes a baby tooth!  The problem was it became ‘wobbly’ and I had to replace it with a bridge a decade earlier.  This always annoyed me, as I have looked after my teeth, but this bridge just didn’t match my other teeth and felt clumpy at the back.

On a personal recommendation of a good friend I headed to the West End and to see Dr Friel.

What can I say?

The patient experience was amazing – from start to finish.

Aside from being an extremely pleasant man, he’s a highly professional, committed and focused clinician who knows his stuff.

And when it came to the decision to have an implant to resolve the issue I knew I was 100% in the right hands.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

A key message

I’d set myself a time deadline of mid November to have it all done and dusted.

On November 1 – eight months virtually to the day we started – my final fitting was completed and I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant!

I’m so pleased about the treatment and service I received.

Nothing was ever a problem and everyone in that clinic – receptionists, dental nurses and a couple of the other dentists who I had to see – are just so switched on and all made me feel nothing was ever a problem.

Thanks to Dr Friel and his amazing team!

I look forward to smiling wider and better than I ever imagined was possible.

 

Free time away from clinic – a rare but important treat

Dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and the art of a smile makeover took a back seat at the weekend when I headed to London with a VIP – a very important passenger…my son!

It was time to deliver on a long standing promise to take Arnold who’s four on his next birthday to the capital for a whistle stop tour.

To say he was excited is perhaps an understatement and he’d been particularly looking forward to our selected mode of transport for the trip south – on the overnight sleeper.

So after closing up the Glasgow dental clinic on Friday evening it was home for dinner with all the family before a late night trip to Central Station to join the train to London.

Our boys’ weekend was a real treat…with me being able to spend quality time with him and show him a small selection of the sights of London. The city is a big deal for us adults so it was key to ensure that the sights we planned and the activities we wanted to do together were all manageable.

The result? A great success of a trip and he’s been talking about it a lot since.

Roll on the next trip – wonder where he’ll select as the next destination?

The Glasgow dental clinic story: from vision to reality PART 2

Here’s the second part of the blog outlining the story of our Glasgow dental clinic int he west end of the city.
We opened our doors in the November of 2010. It was the culmination of a lot of planning and the realisation of a personal dream come true…

Attention to detail

Without question one of the key successes of this project was the planning. I don’t mean the architect’s input, I mean everything from the detail in the financial planning to the planning of deliveries to coincide with the relevant workmen who were required for specific installation work.

Over the period I built up a collection of reference documents and notebooks with scribbled details of pieces of equipment, stockists and all manner of memory joggers to help keep me focused.

We worked hard at ‘future-proofing’ the building…installing its own dedicated power supply, advanced wiring and other hardware which means we can adapt and change the building in the future should the need arise.

There’s a great sense of professional and personal achievement in bringing together the elements of the clinic. As a clinical business we’ve grown from a team of three operating out of our ‘bijou’ temporary clinic to a team of 16 with clinical team members offering a fantastic range of expertise and experience.

Moving forward the clinic will be used to host seminars and courses and I’ve set up a separate company to look after these activities. I want to focus on teaching and lecturing to other dentists in Glasgow – many of our referring dentists in particular – on the subject of dental implant surgery.

My own surgery has been equipped with video cameras so those attending lectures can watch procedures in our lecture room as they’re being performed.

Final outcome

The doors were opened at the beginning of November, 2010, and the response has been fairly overwhelming. The feedback from our patients – old and new – has been great and all very positive.

The team loves the clinic as a work environment and the building itself has proven to be a real ‘magnet’ for new patients.
Their visits, we suspect, have been fuelled by curiosity in the first instance and when the reception team play their part in our ‘welcome process’ they soon help those new visitors to make appointments for consultations and check-ups.

Our patient waiting area has the welcoming feel of a boutique hotel with comfortable chairs and sofa, sumptuous soft furnishing and elegant lighting.

The colours are from a neutral palate which we feel helps generate a calming environment, soothing the nerves of any apprehensive patients.

Our surgeries which are cutting edge in their design with the best of today’s equipment have been created to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

Without question the clinic plays a key part in the patient experience but our dedicated team of highly experienced dental care professionals is the backbone of our daily objective – to deliver first-class treatment and service to our patients.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit more about the background to our clinic.

The Glasgow dental clinic story: from vision to reality PART 1

I’m often asked about the history of the clinic and the building which houses our surgeries.
Here’s a blog all about the evolution of Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry…tells the story about how the clinic came about.

I hope you find it of interest…

My vision for my new clinic was crystal clear.
I wanted to create a leading dental clinic with highly experienced and trained staff working in an environment equipped with the very best in dental technology to ensure our patients receive the highest-level of treatment and care.

I wanted my new clinic to look like no other clinic – to be a state of the art building in which patients would feel 100% comfortable and welcome at all times.
My clinic is about its people – the staff and the patients. I wanted to create a space that would be the perfect background for everyone.

Where it all began

My professional career has resulted from a long held passion for the study of dentistry and especially cosmetic enhancement work.

Having graduated from Glasgow University with degrees in anatomy in 1998 and dental surgery in 2000 I left my home town of Glasgow and headed northwards.

I worked in Inverness taking a two year training pathway in general practice and maxillofacial surgery.
I then opened a clinic in Ayrshire and spent five years building it up, developing its patient list before selling it.

The day after I sold the Ayrshire practice I bought the building that was to become my current clinic, however due to the premises having existing tenants I needed to wait for almost three years before seeing my vision become a reality in its final form.

Over the years since graduating and developing my career I have had a particular focus on dental implants and have travelled extensively throughout the world in my quest to study more about implantology.
I had always wanted to create a clinic where, as well as offering bespoke general dentistry, our patients could avail themselves of the finest cosmetic dentistry techniques and, of course, life changing dental implant surgery.

In the three year period before moving into the new clinic I worked from temporary premises just a few hundred yards from the new building.
This meant it was easy for me to work closely with the architects and subsequently the project manager because I could be on-site in just a few minutes.

Work in progress

I’d known my new clinic premises – based in a traditional Victorian red-sandstone, tenement style building – for many years before purchasing, living as I did at the time in the neighbourhood with my wife and family.

The area has a really good ‘buzz’ to it and is a much-sought after residential pocket of West End Glasgow with an excellent local and outlying patient demographic within easy commute. Neighbouring businesses include hairdressers, doctors’ surgeries, delis, wine bars, bookshops and coffee shops.

The new premises are split over two levels and the ground floor is elevated giving passing motorists an ideal view of the clinic. Located adjacent to traffic lights at a busy junction it means that drivers and their passengers can see the premises and signage – proving to be a great marketing bonus with the clinic name being the most-used keywords on Google searches generating visitors to our website.

The building dates back to late 19th century, is listed and is in the middle of a conservation area and so our hands were rightly tied as to what we could and couldn’t do with it. My aim, however, was to ensure that our makeover was as sympathetic to the original building as possible and I wanted our refurbishment project to create a hugely positive benefit to the street in general.

We worked with and supported the local community council in order that they knew we wanted to be a ‘good neighbour’.

I instructed the architect to not only look after the internal refurbishment but also consider the garden and stairway entrance to the clinic.

I had a healthy concern about the need to adhere to stringent planning laws but thankfully I had a great architect on board and he gave me a lot of confidence about what we could achieve in the new clinic.

The design brief for the new clinic saw the radical transformation of the ground and basement floors of a predominantly residential building to create a 21st century, cutting edge clinic with the latest developments in dental technology and sterilisation techniques.

My brief to the architect was to create a clinic that was “bespoke, dynamic and different” that would create a new benchmark in clinical environments.

The two level clinic houses five surgery rooms with the latest in contemporary technology and equipment.

As well as extensive internal work, I gave the exterior and gardens a facelift too.

Because I lived nearby at the time of the renovaton and I love the area I knew the importance of keeping our neighbourhood looking great and vibrant.

As well as attention to detail inside we mirrored that outside with the design of the new wrought-iron railings incorporating the nice touch of our company logo.

This project was a real dream come true for me and I had spent several years visualising and developing very specific aims and objectives about how the clinic would operate. Today’s patients have high expectations in terms of patient care and comfort and my own standards are high.

I’d done extensive research on how the clinic would be fitted out with input from all over the world – visiting clinics in Sweden, Germany, Canada and the US.

The plans were a real melting pot of bringing together what the patient needs and expects and my vision to create an environment that’s different and state of the art.

The new design was endorsed by many of the leading dental companies who associated themselves with the project.

Because I’d had the building for three years before we eventually moved in, I was able to prepare myself mentally for the project. The extra time also gave me the chance to work closely with my accountant who was able to prepare the budget for the project. That extra time also gave me the opportunity to save money for purchasing equipment.

My project manager and main contractor Simon Mullen was excellent. He was a neighbour and I met him at a summer party about a year before we started our work together.

I already had encountered experiences with two other project managers who’d been keen to get involved and hadn’t been impressed so Simon’s arrival was exciting.

He was a great influence on the whole project, spending a huge amount of time on-site, overseeing the refurbishment and being the ideal liaison between the contractors and many of the dental equipment suppliers.

The printing cartridge bomb scare in the middle of 2010 which almost crippled our flights network had an impact on our project. We were awaiting deliveries of the sofa from Spain, the vinyl floor covering from Italy and the ‘no-touch’ taps from Holland. Suddenly everything ground to a halt as deliveries were ‘quarantined’ for uncertain periods of time.

Notwithstanding these unexpected hiccups the project went well. In just three months the major work – the hidden wiring, plumbing, electrical and building stuff that no-one sees but the cheque book sizzles with was done and the fitting and installation work began.

Read part 2 soon….

A quick guide to dental implants – and the benefits.

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 and can also be a major ingredient in a smile makeover.

But how much do you know about dental implants?

In this blog I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is now considered a dental phenomenon.
The team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is on hand if you need any more information or advice 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.

We see many patients throughout the year for dental implant work and we have several testimonials shown on our site.

If you click here you’ll see what some patients have written about dental implant work carried out at the clinic.