Masterclass on implant grafting

In London today for a six-hour, in-depth Masterclass by Michael Pikos, of the world’s leading exponents on grafting procedures in implant dentistry.

Because I have a special interest in dental implants this was a ‘must-attend’ event.
It’s organised by the Association of Dental Implantology…

Their masterclasses are an integral part of the ADI calendar, giving clinicians, technicians and DCPs the opportunity to listen to highly acclaimed dental professionals.

Note from patient about dental implant work

We always appreciate feedback or a testimonial from our patients.

Occasionally patients ask if they can jot down their thoughts and comments – especially after their final appointment if they’ve undertaken a course of treatment such as dental implant work or restorative dentistry.

Here’s a note from one patient who explained the background to her treatment and her reaction to the outcome.

note from a patient who commented on her dental implant surgery at our glasgow clinic

Implant work - one patient's feedback

Poster time: focus on dental implants

I’m currently in Phoenix, Arizona taking part in a major implant conference and event.

The 27th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Osseointegration is a great opportunity to learn all that’s new in the world of dental implant surgery. Around 4000 people will attend this event with delegates coming from all over the world.

I’m making a poster presentation in one of the sessions. This allows me to network with other dentists from all over the world and share with them my experience of a particular implant case.

poster presentation shown at Phoenix arizona meeting of dental implant surgeons and dentists

Poster on show

US meeting for implant dentists

Busy putting the finishing touches to my poster presentation for next week’s 27th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Osseointegration being held in Phoenix, Arizona.
It’s probably the world’s biggest gathering of those involved in the implant world and delegates meet up to share info on all that’s new.

The theme of this year’s collection of educational sessions and events is “Technology to Practice”.
I’m attending to get a first-hand look at the newest innovations in dental implant technology under one roof. With my special interest in implant treatment this event is an important one in my calendar.

“Awe inspiring piece of precision engineering” – how one implant patient described her surgery

We’re always delighted to receive feedback from patients and many have written testimonials which they’re happy to share with others. We appreciate the time these Glasgow clinic patients take in writing their pieces.

Here’s a testimonial we’ve just received from a 66 year old female patient who underwent dental implants surgery at the clinic. She wrote…

“Philip Friel is an outstanding practitioner, an unbridled enthusiast and optimist, and an utterly delightful person in whom one can have absolute confidence; he is well deserving of the many awards and accolades he has received, both at Scottish and national levels.

“Despite setbacks, none of which occasioned by him, during my complicated, implant treatment, he continued to treat me with infinite patience, perseverance and genuine kindness.  His approach has always been unhurried, calm and precise.

“Before the treatment commenced, I received a detailed treatment plan with a precise costing, rather than the more commonly given estimate. It was particularly reassuring to be given Philip’s mobile phone number with instructions to contact him, should I experience any post-treatment problems; following each surgical procedure, I had a phone call from the practice checking on how I was feeling. Such attention to detail, does make a real difference to the overall, patient experience.

“Philip’s dental implant nurse, Kasia, has been a constant support; her friendliness and empathy have been a real ‘comfort blanket,’ as I am definitely not the bravest or calmest of patients, following a lifetime of dental complications, too numerous to mention.

“The finished result is aesthetically very pleasing and an awe inspiring piece of precision ‘engineering’. It has certainly taken time and there have been difficulties along the way, however, thanks to the sheer professionalism and perseverance of Phil, I am delighted to say, mission duly accomplished.    Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry is a dynamic practice, using state of the art technology and the very latest techniques and materials, but for me, it is the genuinely warm and friendly atmosphere and the emphasis on treating people as individuals, in addition to the high quality dental care, that sets it apart from others.

“I cannot recommend Philip Friel highly enough, and sincerely thank everyone involved in my treatment.”

Dentist to dentist: when a fellow professional needs dental work

Yesterday I performed implant surgery on another dentist who’d come to the clinic for new implant.

It’s quite something being asked by one of your peers to do dental work for them – especially when it’s a treatment such as dental implants work.

I considered my fellow professional’s choice of our clinic to be a superb compliment and I was honoured to be asked.

Implant on tour

Implant on tour - Canada 2010

Implant on tour - Canada 2010

I travel extensively throughout the world on training and development programmes, working with some of the best implant dentists in the profession.

By working alongside these people – often in their own surgeries – I am able to pick up the latest and best techniques in implantology.

Wherever I go, I always take a photo of an implant “in situ” at the destination. Here’s the one I took when I recently visited Toronto and Niagara Falls.

Not only does it provide me with a photographic record of my travels but it provides me with a great ice-breaker whenever I’m giving lectures and talks about dental implants.