Clinic back in full swing…

We’ve had a busy start to the new year – always a good sign.

After the holiday break the Glasgow clinic dental team returned full of renewed enthusiasm and motivation – and spurred on by our success as recipients of the Best Team Award (Scotland) in the UK Dentistry Awards in December.

Team work is vital in a clinic and we’re fortunate to work with a group of focused, experienced and well trained dental care professionals who know what team work is all about.

I’ve had some focus also on my role as president-elect of the ADI UK (the Association of Dental Implantology UK). The organisation exists not only to inform the public about the ins and outs of dental implant surgery but also to help dentists involved in this work. I’ve found membership a huge advantage as we get to find out a huge amount of information about the latest and newest advances in the dental implant world.

If you’d like more information about the ADI and its work you can click here.

More questions about dental issues

Last week in one of our blogs I spoke about the questions and answers column I am often asked to contribute to for The Clinic feature in the Daily Record newspaper.
When I’ve written about certain topics I often find that people will email me with other questions on these topics or indeed other issues which concern them about their dental health.
Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us here at our Glasgow dental clinic or via the contact page on our website or on Facebook or via Twitter @dentistglasgow.
We’re only too happy to assist you on any issues that worry you.
Here are more examples of the questions and answers that have appeared in The Clinic section.

My 34-year-old partner is phobic about needles so a visit to the dentist is off the cards. Is there any help for him?

He’s not the only person who suffers in this way. We see many patients who are uncomfortable about a visit. A clinic offering various forms of dental sedation can provide a solution. Sedation techniques can allow patients to access first-class, advanced dental treatment without them being aware of the treatment being carried out. There are a number of techniques that can be used – acclimatization, hypnosis, de-sensitisation, or a form of sedation that avoids the need to use any injection. Indeed, in many cases a combination of these techniques can be used.

I’m a 37-year-old bride to be and hating prospect of wedding photos because I’ve so many old, metal fillings. Is it advisable to have them replaced?

White fillings are a first-class way to return both the stability, colour and shape to the teeth. By bonding composite resin restorations, we can match shades, translucency and texture of your own teeth. The end result far surpasses the old amalgam fillings which can be unsightly and unnatural when you smile.
Make it a white wedding in all aspects – even your smile!

Answering key dental questions: topics from dentures to flossing and more

From time to time I’m asked to provide answers to questions for readers in the Daily Record’s features section of the paper.
The particular feature is called The Clinic and in it there’s a chance we can cover any topics from dentures to dental implants and from flossing to fillings.
I looked out some of the questions and answers which we’d worked on previously and thought by sharing them you’ll perhaps find them of interest.
We’re always happy to answer any questions via the website, our Facebook page or on Twitter @dentistglasgow

My 65-year-old mum has worn dentures for 25 years but is now fixated on having dental implants. Is she right to change?


She’s correct to consider changing if she requires an improvement in the function she has at the moment. Implants can be used to improve denture anchorage so that the dentures are still removable but are held more firmly in function. Alternatively, depending upon many aspects of the case, implants can be used to provide a fixed solution without the need for dentures. Implant supported replacement teeth are anchored securely to the jawbone. Gum irritation and the pain associated with conventional full or partial dentures are eliminated.

My teenage son wants an electric toothbrush. Should I buy him one?

The fact he wants one means he’s more likely to use it and that should be encouraged. A good electric tooth brush will improve plaque removal and keep your son on top of a positive dental hygiene regime. However, a word of caution, while the battery in the brush moves the head of the brush, care must be taken to ensure that the oscillating head reaches all areas of all teeth for maximum effect.

My dentist is recommending four new crowns and has suggested zirconia, metal-free ones. Are they good?

These crowns represent some of the best available both in terms of materials and technology. The cores of these crowns are constructed using computer technology to produce a white zirconia substructure which is extremely close fitting and very strong. Porcelain is built up onto this structure and fused to complete the final crown that’s then cemented into the mouth. These crowns are among some of the most aesthetic crowns available as they contain no metal and over time are far less likely to show any tell tale dark lines at the gum margin. They should boost your smile factor!

We’ve got an ongoing debate in the office. To floss or not to floss? Your view?


In addition to cleaning with toothpaste, daily flossing and brushing the tiny spaces between your teeth – the interdental areas – are recommended as part of your ongoing dental maintenance and hygiene programme. There are now electronic flossers available too – check out the Philips Air Flosser which is easy to use. In addition, there is some evidence now that ultrasonic brushes can remove some interdental plaque/debris but should not substitute floss use.

Clinic ‘emergency cover’ for patients over festive period

Best wishes for the Festive Season and a prosperous New Year to all…

Our Glasgow dental clinic is closed from midday on Christmas Eve and re-opens on Thursday January 3.

During this period, our usual emergency arrangements will apply for our patients…

Please call the clinic on 0141 339 7579 for more information about the emergency cover we have in place for our patients.

Win a Philips Sonicare toothbrush and air flosser – perfect for maintaining your dental hygiene.

Philips Sonicare toothbrush and air flosser

Prize pack – electric toothbrush and air flosser

You can win this fantastic prize by Friday afternoon in a competition which is being held on our Facebook page.

All you need to do is guess the number of Oral B mini toothpaste tubes are contained in the glass bowl photographed below at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Here’s a clue to help you in making your guess – each tube measures 9cm long.

Post your answers on the Facebook page under the photo of the bowl.

We’ll be in touch with the lucky winner who gets it right!

Good luck.

Guess the number of toothpaste tubes in the bowl.

Dentist Liz’s labrador has six pups – so far!

WE like to share news about our team and what they’re up to away from the clinic from time to time.

Today we got new from our dentist colleague Liz Glass to say her labarador Twiggy had given birth to six puppies – four males and two females.

Knowing how much people enjoy seeing photos and reading stories about man’s best friend we decided to share with you the photo Liz sent us all when she shared the news.

Our dentist colleague Liz Glass' dog has puppies

Twiggy and her puppies - six so far!

Success at the awards – clinic staff named “Best Team – Scotland”

Our Glasgow dental clinic team here is very pleased to have been named “Best Team – Scotland” in the prestigious UK Dentistry Awards in Leicester.

The team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry works tirelessly to ensure we have a cohesive and focused team delivering the very best in patient treatment and care and I am delighted for the team to be recognised.

Internally we always believe we work with a great team so it was good to get recognition from an external judging panel.

Dentistry Awards 2012 logo - marking Glasgow clinic's success

Dentistry Awards 2012 – Glasgow clinic named “Best Team – Scotland”.

Dentures V Dental Implants – the great debate…

It’s a question I’m often asked…should a patient go for dental implants or dentures?

I will often refer a new patient to your website or our in-clinic testimonial book to read what our past patients have had to say about the dental implant decision.

Some of their own words make for really powerful reading.

This is a testimonial from a lady in her early 60s who’d had three decades of denture wearing. Then she decided to opt for the dental implant solution when she came to our Glasgow dental clinic.

“I lost my teeth when I was in my late 30s and was never comfortable wearing dentures. I rarely smiled, as I was self-conscious of my dentures looking false.

“As I am a vegetarian who enjoys healthy eating I had trouble eating certain foods such as some breads, fruits, nuts and pulses, this problem restricted my choices when I was eating out. It was a major decision for me to go through with the treatment for implants.

“Philip put my mind at ease by explaining from start to finish the procedure, any potential complications and what post treatment I would need to receive.

“He explained this in a jargon free way, which helped me to talk to my family, who were uncertain and worried about dental treatment that seemed pretty complicated and almost like a major operation. Immediately after my treatment when I returned home I received a phone call from Philip to see how I was feeling, which reassured me very much.

“Post operation I was in a little discomfort, which lasted around seven weeks, but by following the advice given by Philip I have had no further problems and it has been a great success. I have no regrets and psychologically feel more confident and assertive when speaking and eating. My daughter mentioned this year that I looked different in the holiday photos, happier and younger looking, which I was pleased to hear.

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.

“Although at times it was a lengthy process, I would advise anyone who feels self-conscious about wearing dentures to consider implants as an alternative. I received first class information, treatment and post-operative care, which have made a huge difference to my way of life.”

We were very pleased to receive such a positive reaction from our patient. It is clear that her life has been greatly enhanced by her new dental implants.
We all smiled especially when we read her quote…

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.”

Eating for many is of course a simple – no thought required – process. For this lady it had been problematic in the past when she didn’t have the implants. We were delighted with her specific mention about the difference it had made to her when dining.

“Life enhancing” dental implant work – a dentist’s viewpoint

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 in cosmetic dentistry or reconstructive dentistry.

But how much do you know about dental implants? I’ve put together some quick facts about implants to give you an insight into what is a dental phenomenon.
We’re on hand here at our Glasgow dental clinic if you need more information 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.

No matter what is your question about dental implants may be please let us know. We’ll be delighted to answer your questions and explain more as necessary.

Answering dental questions: Teeth whitening and scanning

On a regular basis I answer questions for a feature called The Clinic which appears every week in the Daily Record newspaper.

The paper focuses on a range of professions seeking their advice and knowledge on questions and provides information to the readers.

My most recent ‘appearance’ in The Clinic was on Monday and the two teeth-related topics covered were teeth whitening and scanning.

Here is the information carried in the feature..

I used to get my teeth whitened in a High Street studio but it closed down. Someone suggested it now has to be in a dental clinic. Is this true?

Teeth whitening must be carried out by a dental professional. There have been other EU regulations brought in meaning the use of particular strengths and preparations of whitening solution are no longer permitted. Currently the only option is to use home whitening trays, which provides a reliable and successful way to whiten the teeth. It’s important that your dental health is checked before carrying out any tooth whitening treatment.

In discussion with my dentist, I became concerned as he said I might need a scan before I get some implant work done. Should I be worried?

If you have any concerns, you should discuss these with your dentist. In some dental implant cases, a CT scan will be undertaken to allow planning of the implant surgery using a three dimensional representation of the remaining bone , nerves and vessels. This is a fantastic tool, however, its use is not always essential and all scans must be adequately justified.

I do hope you’ve found the information above of some use – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with dentists in  Glasgow here at the Glasgow-based clinic should you require more details about any of the topics touched on in the questions.