Guest blog: Newest team member Imran shares his view on specialist orthodontics

We’re delighted to welcome our newest team member specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi to our Glasgow dental clinic. Imran has penned our August Guest Blog…

“Often we are asked what is the difference between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist that does orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws.

The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments such as tooth straightening using orthodontic braces or aligners, as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing.

specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi joins our team at Glasgow dental clinic

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi

All specialist orthodontists in the UK have undertaken several years of further training after completing their dental degree. Hence they have a strong and broad foundation in general and hospital dentistry. The specialist training programmes are competitively entered and concurrently the orthodontist will have undertaken postgraduate university research to Masters or Doctorate level.

Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry’s orthodontists – I’ve joined Andrew McGregor who’s also based here – are registered on the General Dental Council as specialists.

BEST OPTIONS AND TREATMENTS

Therefore orthodontists have the full training to advise the best options and treatments for their patients. This ranges from simple and swift to complex and gold standard complete correction. As specialists, they know what’s appropriate for you, with current, evidence based knowledge and techniques.

Some general dentists have completed shorter and much less detailed courses in orthodontics and have an interest in the subject. They would have varying levels of expertise and ability in orthodontics.

The decision as to whether to have treatment with a specialist orthodontist or non-specialist is ultimately up to the individual. Cost wise, dentists and orthodontists generally charge the same amount for similar orthodontic treatment. As a patient you get the added benefit of being treated by a specialist when you see a qualified orthodontist.

INTEGRATED TREATMENTS OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD

At Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry we all work closely together with our professional colleagues to provide our patients integrated treatments of the highest standard. This can involve many disciplines from: root treatment; sedation; cosmetic dentistry and dental implants and all supported by our hygienists and dental nurses.

The specialist orthodontists are able to liaise with the team intricately at every stage, which is especially important when our patients are being transferred to or from our orthodontic care. It is imperative that this is undertaken seamlessly and easily for our patients to maintain our practice ethos of advanced dentistry.”

If you have any questions about Imran’s guest post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Gum disease clue to dementia? Researchers raise major questions.

A number of media reports have been appearing this week raising the questions about links between gum disease and dementia.

Most of the reports state that research is suggesting that brushing your teeth regularly and properly could stave off dementia with the studies claiming that people with poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research work has been carried out at the University of Central Lancashire and the scientists there focused on 20 people in their study.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all to help achieve good oral hygiene.

Half had dementia where the products of bacteria P. gingivalis, associated with chronic gum disease, were present.

One of the scientists, Dr Sim Singhrao is quoted: “Continued visits to dental hygiene professionals may be more important than currently thought.”

The university’s dean of dentistry, Prof StJohn Crean, said: “The bacteria could be a trigger that sets off a chain reaction in people pre-disposed to dementia.”

To see more about this study please click here.

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s message is always that good oral hygiene is of paramount importance for everyone to maintain not only good oral health and function but also to reduce other health risks.

As well as brushing properly and regularly we also recommend dental flossing on a daily basis.

Our hygienist team can share advice and guidance on how best to achieve the best oral hygiene.

Meeting dental supplier contacts at our Glasgow clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic


As you can probably imagine with the range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments and services we offer, our Glasgow dental clinic has established key links with a large number of leading dental equipment suppliers.

When we were first opening we carried out a huge amount of international and national research to establish which companies were at the forefront in supplying the best and most up to date materials and equipment. These ongoing links are vital to ensure our patients get the very best in terms of treatment and care whether it’s routine dental maintenance or more advanced treatment such as dental implants, veneers, crowns or bridge work.

Recently it was great to see Roman Schelling (manager international sales) and Kalah Arnold from Geistlich Pharma AG Biomaterials during a visit to Glasgow.

The meeting provided me with an ideal opportunity to catch up with their team and have some interesting discussions about our future plans for upcoming collaboration and clinical research.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning 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.

Orthodontic patient gives feedback on treatment: “most impressive”

Regular followers of our Glasgow dental clinic blog will know that we often post testimonials from patients who are happy to share their feedback on the experience of treatment and services we offer here.

Today’s testimonial comes from a lady in her early 20s who opted to see our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor (pictured below) for treatment.

Adult orthodontics are more common than many people think and that’s one of the reasons we’re delighted to have a specialist orthodontist on board in our team.

Specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor based at our Glasgow dental clinic

Our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor

The patient wrote the following:

“Many thanks to Andrew and the team at Philip Friel’s clinic. Despite being generally happy with my teeth, I wanted to discretely fix the few lower teeth that were crossing at the front.

I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!

MOST IMPRESSIVE

Andrew was confident in his abilities which were reassuring throughout the treatment and the same can be said for the nurses who were all lovely.

The few times I needed something fixed on my brace, Philip was able to stand in for Andrew so I was seen as soon as possible. The ability to be so accommodating was most impressive considering how busy the practice is.

All in all, my experience at Philip Friel dentistry can only be described as a pleasure. The stylish practice and the pleasant receptionists only added to the friendly and professional service.

RECOMMEND

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the practice to anybody.”

We’re really grateful to the patient for sharing this feedback.

If you would like to find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer patients or about our services in general please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

We will be delighted to help you with any enquiries.

Spotting the phobic patients – and caring for them at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Caring for phobic patients is something that we take seriously here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Our dental hygiene team of Jen and Viv recently penned an article about the signs to spot in a phobic patient and how that patient is cared for from our team’s perspective.

It will give you an insight into the whole topic of dental phobia – and more importantly the things that can be done to help someone who is afraid of coming to the clinic.

Here are their words…

Now we’re all used to hearing the words “I hate coming to see the dentist”, ” I hate this, my last hygienist was worse than the dentist” or even ” I’d rather have a baby”!

While the latter may be a little extreme it does, at least, give a small indication that this particular patient is not overjoyed at the prospect of time in the dental surgery.

Our hygienist team - Jen and Viv

Our hygienist team – Jen and Viv

So what about this one – “I’ve got phobia of the dentist”.

Paramedics are taught that in emergency situations it will usually be the quiet ones who need most help and attention – different situation but same theory should be applied.

While more vocal patients give us the chance to quickly tailor our approach so that during their time with us we can accommodate for and hopefully allay their fears, it is the silent type that can be far more difficult to spot and it is often these patients who are truly phobic.

So how do we know if the patient doesn’t say? We’re not mind readers after all. Well, give yourself some credit here – you’re probably far better at reading a person in a short space of time than even you realise.

From the first call of their name in the waiting room when they look at you like a deer caught in headlights – but only for a split second – before regaining their composure, through to all the little things when actually in the chair such as pallor, sweating, tightly clasped hands, finger wringing, skin pulling (usually of the hands) and breath holding.

I once saw a patient who held her breath for as long as she possibly could during treatment and continued to do so even after a long, gentle discussion on how this was not the most sensible course of action as breathing really is quite important! The event that changed her behaviour was when she almost fainted through lack of O2. She now carries on – and breathes – normally!

As these are only a small example of some of the many, many signs that all is not quite right with someone we all must remember to pay a huge amount of attention to all aspects of our patients behaviour, then something out of the ordinary will be easy to spot.

So, how do we treat these patients effectively?

Well, if they fall into the first camp then they can be relatively easy to treat; the most important thing can be to calm them down and make them feel at ease, so a good conversation about something other than dentistry is a good distraction. We try to keep our own voice steady, calm and even and patients will subconsciously follow suit.

We empathise and try to find out what it is exactly that they really don’t like and cater for this…

Is it the ultrasonic scaler? Hand scale. Drilling noises? We provide headphones or suggest to the patient to bring in their own music. It may take a little more effort and imagination sometimes but is it not worth it for happy, relaxed patients who want to tell the world what an amazing dental practice they go to?

One of the things consistently mentioned as a dreaded part of any trip to the dentist is ‘THE NEEDLE!’ even people with tattoos complain about it! We must explain to the patient that although they have the impression that this nasty, sharp needle is the sore bit, this really isn’t the case – the worst part is more likely to be pain felt when the anaestheitc liquid is inserted into the soft tissues.

One piece of equipment trying to combat this is the wonderfully named The Wand from DPS (Dental Practice Systems). This is a pen-like syringe, synced to a specific computer programme, which automatically delivers the anaesthetic at a slow, constant rate therefore reducing any pain felt.

Admittedly this sounds like a pretty cool gadget to impress your patients with (and we all know that we love our gadgets…) and it probably works very well, but is it neccesary?

SEDATION

How about just using lots of topical gel and actually leaving it on long enough to be effective (10-30 seconds) gently heating the anaesthetic cartridges, which has been shown to reduce the patients awareness of delivery and most importantly…..OUR DENTISTS WILL TAKE THEIR TIME!

So how about the genuinely phobic patients? In our view and experience most can be treated successfully using many of the same techniques used with nervous patients but may require more time spent at each visit or spreading out appointments, whatever is going to work better for the patient. We believe it is important to know your limitations though. Certain patients may only manage to get through treatment with the help of sedation, whether oral or I.V no matter what you try first, whereas some may even have to call on outside help such as hypnosis or acupuncture.

So we don’t rule out anything that may help our patients and we certainly don’t underestimate the power of fear!

If you have any questions arising from this post then please contact our team on 0141 339 7579.

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.

Scottish dental schools top the UK Uni guide – and Glasgow in No1 spot

Interesting article in the latest issue of the Scottish Dental Magazine this month which focuses on The Guardian’s 2014 University Guide.

When it comes to offering dentistry for students the Guide has placed the Glasgow dental school in No1 position.

Second place goes to Aberdeen Dental School and Dundee takes the fifth position.

All three Scottish establishments have moved up the rankings from last years – a great reflection on the standards of education offered to the students in these three universities.

We’ve worked with a number of students from Glasgow and Dundee in the last few months – offering them work placement periods in the clinic and it’s always a great experience to meet these young students pursuing their professional goals in dentistry.

As a graduate from Glasgow I’m particularly proud to see the School taking the prime position in the UK-wide list but also pleased to see all three learning centres making their mark on the UK dentistry map.

According to the Scottish Dental Magazine article, MArgie Taylor, the chief dental officer of Scotland, is quoted as saying:

TESTAMENT TO THE STAFF AND STUDENTS

“These ratings reflect the quality of courses available in Scotland and are testament to the staff and students at all three schools.”

We couldn’t agree more!

IF you have any questions about this blog or wish to find out more about the services and treatments we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or email us via the website contact section.

Glasgow dental clinic strikes sponsorship deal with Milngavie team

Onside - with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys' football team

Onside – with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys’ football team

Recently we concluded an arrangement with the organisers of the highly popular Milngavie Boys’ Club football team to sponsor one of the teams.

Team 1999 (the year determines the age group of the team players) now sports new tops with our Glasgow clinic logo. We’ve always been impressed by the enthusiasm the organisers have for organising the team training, the home and away games and the general support they give the youngsters showing an aptitude for the game.

We were pleased that the organisers planned all the kit printing with professionalism and we’re grateful to their Kirsteen Watson for liaising with us and sorting out everything to make it happen.

DENTAL CLINIC’S BACKING

We look forward to meeting the team at one of their matches in the next season – and we also look forward to hearing how they’re performing. We’re confident that with out dental clinic’s backing they’ll do really well.

Kirsteen sent us this kind letter introducing our new team members to us and giving us a little update on how the boys have played recently.

Team update - words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

Team update – words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

We wish them all the very best for the Summer League and of course for the new season ahead.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like more information about the dental treatments and services we can offer patients please contact us via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Restorative dentistry: offering patients at our Glasgow dental clinic great results

Part of a dental professional’s calendar is taken up with attending courses and seminars each year.

It’s a key part of our professional development and a vital step in ensuring that we’re at the forefront when it comes to acquiring the latest knowledge and expertise which we can then pass on in our treatments and services to our patients – whether this is in the pursuit of a smile makeover, cosmetic or restorative dentistry or dental implants surgery.

Recently I attended an excellent practical training session in London with a pioneering restorative dentist called Jason Smithson.

During the course we focused on the artistic aspects of working with composite resin materials to create restorations of teeth that are as close to nature as possible.

The advances in this field in the last few years alone have been major and we’re able to complete some excellent work for our patients as a result.

The course was great and we’re now awaiting the delivery of some new first-class materials and instruments to use in the clinic to help us achieve the best results possible.

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

As well as practising in the Glasgow clinic I also offer dental implant surgery to patients in Edinburgh, working in the New Town Dental Care clinic.