Website upgrade to protect patient information

At our Glasgow dental clinic we put our patients at the top of our priority list in our delivery of both treatment and service.

Recently new guidelines covering every dental clinic in the UK were introduced by the General Dental Council.

As all our Glasgow-based dental care professionals are registered with the GDC we are required to adhere to the new deadlines.

As part of the changes we decided to upgrade our website and in particular focus on the method of receiving emails from patients and about patients being referred to us by other dentists.

We have introduced a new secure message system which means that any patient now contacting our clinic about anything from an initial appointment to a query about more advanced treatment such as dental implants or crowns in the knowledge the message will be encrypted until I access it via a secure password system.

We researched the best solutions to meet the new guideline on secure messaging and opted for Valident.

We opted for Valident to implement our online secure messaging

We opted for Valident to implement our online secure messaging

Nigel Knott who launched the software is a qualified dentist so he understood the clinic’s needs.

He added: ” Valident is a unique online personal data protection mechanism developed to fulfil all of the regulations set down by the General Dental Council (GDC) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Dentists have a special responsibility for ensuring that they fulfil their duty of care to protect patient confidentiality at all times including the use of the Internet and e-communications for data transfers/data sharing.

“The Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry website sets an example of best practice in adding the very latest secure online communication technology to bring the necessary confidence and trust to all practice patients and referring practitioners, safe in the knowledge that patient confidentiality and personal data security is being protected at all times.”

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to know more about the dental services and treatments we offer our patients, please contact the reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579 or use our secure messaging service by clicking here.

My 3-day trip to South Africa in pursuit of advanced implant training

One of the most important advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the last century was the dental implant.

Here at our Glasgow dental clinic we pride ourselves in our knowledge and expertise in the field of dental implant surgery and fully appreciate the aesthetic and functional benefits implants can offer our patients.

I have a particularly keen interest in this field of dental work and have travelled extensively in pursuit of the newest advances in implant surgery.

AWE INSPIRING

I was delighted to be invited recently to the Branemark Clinic in Johannesburg for an advanced implant training course.

Philip with Professor Howes at the institute in South Africa

Philip with Professor Howes at the institute in South Africa

This course was run by Professor Dale Howes and Dr Greg Boyes-Barley. This surgeon and prosthodontist are leaders in their field, carrying out many and varied functional and aesthetic rehabilitations for patients who have lost their dentition and function.

In addition to this, their work involved the complex reconstruction of patients who have lost cast areas of their faces from disease or trauma (most notably gunshot wounds). This work is awe inspiring and the dedication of Professor Howes and Dr Boyes-Barley is palpable.

DEDICATED TO EDUCATING

Despite their skill and reputation, they are both humble down to earth individuals who are completely dedicated to educating and passing on their knowledge.

This advanced work is made possible with the use of angular end and zygomatic implants which we have available in the clinic as part of our expanded treatment offerings.

The angular implants in particular allow the more predictable and immediate replacement of front teeth whilst allowing a temporary crown to be placed immediately in many cases meant no need for cumbersome dentures. There are also options available for molar teeth.

The three-day trip to South Africa was tiring because of the travel but the benefits accrued from seeing the professor and doctor at work were immesurable.

If you have any questions about this blog please contact our clinic team on 0141 339 7579 or you can send a secure message via our website by clicking here.

Spotlight on ‘father of modern day implantology’

The man who discovered dental implants and the benefits of osseointegration is Professor Per-Ingvar Branemark, an orthopaedic surgeon originally from Sweden.

Professor Branemark - the 'father' of modern day implant surgery. (Image: www.branemark.com)

Professor Branemark – the ‘father’ of modern day implant surgery. (Image: www.branemark.com)

Now 84, he’s known as the ‘father of modern dental implantology and heads up the Branemark Osseointegration Center which was first founded in Gothenburg in Sweden in 1989.

Today the Branemark clinics operate in a global network – with locations in South Africa, Greece, Dubai, Germany, India, Spain, France, Brazil, China and Japan.

SIGNIFICANT SCIENTIFIC BREAKTHROUGH

It was in 1982 at a conference in Toronto that Professor Branemark’s pioneering work in the biological fusion of bone to a foreign material (titanium) was presented and is seen as one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs in dentistry since the late 1970s.

One of the key parts of his research had focused on titanium posts being placed into the lower leg bones of rabbits and the discovery that they could not be removed after a period of healing. His work then turned to inventing a type of dental implant using pure titanium screws and from then on the dental world embraced his invention.

Branemark’s clinics are regarded as centres of excellence in education and the professor has acknowledged the need to share that knowledge throughout the dental profession.

The professor’s own words state: “I fully know and respect that osseointegration in dentistry and medicine, is the result of decades of international, open minded, unprejudiced cooperation and communication, a willingness to share results, problems and ideas.”

The Branemark Institute - globally known centre for implant knowledge

The Branemark Institute – globally known centre for implant knowledge

INTENSIVE TRAINING

It was my own recognition of the pioneering work done in these centres that turned my attention to the clinic in Johannesburg and my decision to sign up for a three day intensive training course with leading experts in their field.

I will share the experience of my visit to the South African clinic in a future blog.

If you have any questions about implants or any other aspects of this blog please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 or by secure email messaging here.

London ADI visit en route from South Africa to Glasgow dental clinic

I flew back from South Africa overnight and after landing in London first thing this morning I headed straight into the capital for some important meetings today.

I’d been in South Africa for a three-day intensive implant course at the world renowned Branemark Institute.

Coincidentally the topic on the agenda for today’s meetings is also implants as I wanted to spend the morning in the offices of the Association of Dental Implantology UK.

The ADI was set up as an educational charity, now in its 25th year, and established specifically for the advancement of education in the field of dental implants.

Their site offers information and advice for both dental professionals and the public alike. You can find out more about the ADI by clicking here.

Because I have a particular interest in implant surgery, I’ve been involved actively with the ADI for eight years now and next month will be honoured to take on the role of president.

There’s been a lot of hard work in preparation for my succession to the presidency and today will be more of the same before I head back to see the team at the Glasgow clinic.

I’m sure they’ll all be keen to know what I discovered during the three day course in South Africa.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to know more about the treatments and services we offer please contact us on 0141 339 7579.

Denture solution delivered for Glasgow dental clinic patient

We often see patients coming to our Glasgow dental clinic with issues regarding their dentures.

I recently saw a 67 year old male patient whose upper denture had been causing him problems and he asked if I could help.

He’s just completed his treatment at the clinic and wrote a testimonial which we’ve included in this post. It tells the story of his clinic experience and I’m delighted to read how positive he feels about his new upper denture and his adjusted lower denture.

Here are the patient’s own words…

PROBLEM SOLVED

“Came with a problem – left with a solution.

I went to Philip with a badly fitting top denture which other dentists had attempted to reline, remake to no avail.

The patient's original card with his words of feedback about his visits to our Glasgow dental clinic

The patient’s original card with his words of feedback about his visits to our Glasgow dental clinic

Aftr a consultation he advised on what he saw as the way forward by adjusting the bottom denture – never before adjusted – and remaking a new top denture.

Due to Philip’s patience, perseverance and tolerance with the back up of a highly skilled technician – Alex – the insoluble problem was solved with excellence.

EATING WIHTOUT EMBARRASSMENT

I now have a very comfortable, well fitting, good looking denture which doesn’t move. I can enjoy eating anything without the embarrassment of teeth moving up, down and sideways.

Many thanks to Philip Friel and all his colleagues including the lovely ladies on reception.”

We really appreciate the time a patient takes in writing a testimonial and the whole team is delighted to hear his feedback.

If you want to read more information about the ways we can help patients who require dentures then click here.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out if our clinic can help you with our range of treatments and services on offer please call our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Patient feedback always welcome at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always appreciative of the time our patients take to give us feedback about their time and experience at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Whether by email, card, letter or word of mouth it’s beneficial to our entire team to hear their points of view.

Special delivery - a batch of cakes dropped off by one of our patients today.

Special delivery – a batch of cakes dropped off by one of our patients today.

Those of our patients who are happy to share their feedback often give us permission to then share their words on the reviews section of our website or on our Facebook page.

Today one of our patients delivered a batch of home-baked cakes to the clinic…a gesture that was hugely appreciated and enjoyed by the entire team during our afternoon tea-break!

Should you have any questions arising from this blog post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via the website contact page or by phoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Media spotlight on ‘cheesy’ cure for sensitive teeth

From time to time on our blog we spotlight some of the media stories from all over the world that are focusing on teeth and dental issues.

Many of the stories relate to research – some of which may not be 100% conclusive and some often in its early stages.

Yesterday the focus was on sensitive teeth issues and a study being carried out in a Taiwanese medical university.

If you have issues with sensitive teeth, consult your dentist.

If you have issues with sensitive teeth, consult your dentist.

CLAIMS OF REDUCTION IN SENSITIVITY

The medics have been working on creating a toothpaste containing an ingredient that’s found naturally in cheese and meat which they claim may reduce – by almost 80% according to the reports – the incidence of teeth sensitivity.

This ingredient is called arginine and the researchers used a study group of 43 patients. They found that the paste reduced sensitivity by 61% in the first four weeks and 78.1% after using daily for eight weeks.

The team from the Chung Shan Medical University – states the Daily Mail – point out that arginine can play a role in wound healing and is found in dairy product, fish and meat.

GUM RECEDES

Tooth sensitivity can occur for a number of reasons but particularly if the gum recedes and exposes a sensitive later called dentine. The arginine is believed to reduce the sensitivity by helping to form a protective later over the dentine.

Should you have any issues with teeth sensitivity it is always worth having a dental check-up to ascertain the reason.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about all our services and treatments please call our clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Two day dental implant course for dentists starts today

We’ve mentioned before in our blog about the many courses our Glasgow dental clinic team participate in as part of their continuing professional development.

These range from courses for our dental nurses and our hygienists to courses in areas of cosmetic dentistry and dental implant surgery.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Two-day implant course for dentists gets underway at our Glasgow dental clinic

Today and tomorrow our Glasgow dental clinic will be welcoming a group of dentists from all over the UK and Ireland who are participating in a course taken by fellow dental implant focused dentist Stephen Jacobs and Philip Friel.

The particular focus of the course will be sinus bone augementation for dental implant rehabilitation. Those dentists participating will already have fairly extensive experience of working in the field of dental implant surgery.

Stephen and Philip will be conducting the course in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic here in Glasgow’s west end and also at Glasgow University’s Department of Human Anatomy.
We will update you with how the course progressed and also share news of any future courses the clinic is planning.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out about the benefits of dental implants please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or contact us via the website by clicking here.

Caring for children’s teeth: prevention better than cure

For children starting the regular dental check-ups is of paramount importance and we often welcome youngsters at our Glasgow dental clinic.

My eldest son, who’s four, popped in for his six monthly check-up just the other day with his mum who’s a paediatric dental specialist.

Six-monthly check-up for children is key part of dental care.

Six-monthly check for children is key part of dental care programme.

His clinical and x ray examinations showed a healthy, well maintained dentition and some fluoride was applied for good measure.

Even the children of dentists enjoy sweet treats from time to time, but with thorough brushing twice per day and regular check ups, the potentially destructive effects of these treats can be controlled.

BRUSH REGULARLY

If your child enjoys sweet treats or drinks, ensure that they brush their teeth regularly (even straight away after the treat if possible).

And aim to limit the intake of sweets and fruit or carbonated drinks to meal times.

Prevention is always far better than cure.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we can offer at our Glasgow clinic then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or via our online email by clicking here.

Glasgow dental patient gets smile boost with implant retained denture

At our Glasgow dental clinic we see a number of patients who are encountering issues with dentures.

The benefits of using dental implants can greatly improve the functionality and appearance if the patient opts for dental implant retained dentures.

This 61 year old patient visited our Glasgow dental clinic complaining of a loose and poorly functioning upper denture which was retained in place by two loose teeth.

The patient had lost her remaining upper arch teeth many years previously and following the loss of these teeth, had lost a great deal of bone height and width in the upper arch.

The patient's denture was no longer functioning well and its appearance was not pleasing the patient.

The patient’s denture was no longer functioning well and its appearance was not pleasing the patient.

After a full examination and on presentation of all of the options available, this patient elected an implant retained denture on the basis of the stability of the final solution in function, the aesthetics of the solution and its affordability.

In addition, she felt that the removable denture option would be easier to maintain in years to come.

Four dental implants were placed in the upper arch. Given the bone loss, this was a fairly difficult case which required bone grafting and sinus elevation. Following healing the implants were uncovered and restored with a milled bar and locators which were used to retain the new upper denture.

Treatment completed and the patient was happy with her new smile - both in terms of function and appearance.

Treatment completed and the patient was happy with her new smile – both in terms of function and appearance.

The final solution looked great with the patient giving our team input in the design of her new smile, and this together with the stability of the solution in function restored the patient’s function with and confidence in her dentition and smile.

The retention of the implant retained denture by the implants means that there is less need for coverage of the palate and as such, the palate is largely uncovered.

Should you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the benefits of dental implants if you are a denture wearer, then please contact our Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579. We look forward to hearing from you.