Kasia embarks on course in dental implant nursing

Our dental professional team at our Glasgow dental clinic is well qualified to carry out the treatments and services we offer our patients.

But, like every other UK-based dental clinic professional, the emphasis for our Glasgow team is very focused on learning more and gaining further knowledge and qualifications in a range of treatments from teeth whitening to cosmetic dentistry and dental implant work.

Continuing professional development is a key priority at our Glasgow clinic and the staff were are often attending seminars or courses. Sometimes our own clinic will be the venue for courses and seminars with delegates coming from all over the country to attend.

Dentist Jillian Clare is currently enrolled on a smile design course which she attends monthly in London.

Our endodontist Ross Henderson has recently completed his thesis for his Masters in endodontics – more commonly known as root canal therapy.

Dentist Liz Glass recently completed studies and subsequent examination to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

Kasia Zawada who's embarking on dental implant nursing course.

Kasia – embarking on further studies in dental implant nursing

And now our dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada is embarking on a year-long course which will see her attending monthly sessions at London’s King’s College Hospital.

Next July she will complete the course and on passing the exam should receive their certificate in dental implant nursing.

As well as being based at our Glasgow clinic, Kasia works with me at the Edinburgh New Town Dental Care clinic when I’m seeing dental implant patients there.

We look forward to hearing how Kasia progresses on the course and we’ll keep you posted on news of any other courses are Glasgow team embark on in the coming months.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or would like to find out more about the services and treatment on offer please call our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.

What a difference a dental implant can make…

Dental implant surgery is a particular focus for my professional work.

The benefits achievable with dental implants can be key to effective cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry work – all playing part of aesthetic and functional improvements (also more commonly known as a ‘smile makeover’)…

There can be a number of reasons why a dental implant can be the effective solution for a patient.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

I recall looking after one male patient from our Glasgow dental clinic who had suffered a sports injury – he’d been a footballer and in a clash had instantly knocked out his two front teeth. I was able to see him at short notice and assess the damage caused in the accident.

Like anyone the loss of these teeth and the impact on his smile were fairly traumatic factors but it was evident to me on examination that we could achieve a long-lasting and effective solution for the patient by using dental implants.

The treatment took about 15 months in total but during the patient journey we kept him fully informed with what was happening and what needed to happen to achieve the end result.

Much of that time is taken up in the simple healing process post surgery and to allow the titanium implant to become properly secured in the patient’s mouth.

The patient’s own words to us in a testimonial summed up the outcome following completion of his treatment plan.

He kindly wrote: “The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence.”

I carry out dental implant work both at my Glasgow clinic and also at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Should you wish to find out more information about how dental implant surgery could help you please contact us on 0141 339 7579. Our reception team here at Glasgow would be happy to help with your enquiry.

Dental implants: questions and answers

SPOTLIGHT ON DENTAL IMPLANTS

The clinical team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry has experience of a wide range of implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques – from whitening to complete dental/aesthetic rehabilitation – as well as offering a range of general dentistry services including routine maintenance, check- ups and hygienist appointments.

One of the greatest advances has been dental implant surgery and Philip and his team of dentists and dental nurses are highly trained in this aspect of advanced dentistry.

Implants have transformed dentistry over the last 40 years and are now often the first choice of treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

An implant is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root and is placed into a socket created in the jaw. It is usually inserted into the socket creating an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone on to the implant surface. The internal design of the implant allows a variety of fitments to be attached to it, which support replacement teeth, providing the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

As well as offering implants at his Glasgow dental clinic, Philip also offers dental implant surgery at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Here Philip answers many of the questions that can arise when someone is considering dental implants.

AM I SUITABLE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have good general health and maintain good oral health, then implants will almost certainly work for you.
It is rare to have health problems that will prevent the use of implants although some medical conditions may affect the success rate of implants.
As well as a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth you will be expected to supply details of your medical history.
In addition, full discussion with regards to requirements and expectations will allow us to determine if implant treatment is appropriate.

HOW MANY TEETH CAN BE SUPPORTED?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, the one implant will likely be all that is required – but larger spaces of two, three or more missing teeth will not necessarily need one implant per tooth.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved with an implant retained “over denture” which involves two implants placed at the front of the lower jaw to secure a denture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw which requires four implants. Implants make dentures much more stable and also allow the denture to be smaller which means reduced palatal coverage by the denture.
Like conventional dentures, overdentures should be removed for daily cleaning. There are many implant options available and it is crucial that you have a thorough dental examination to be aware of what treatment would be best for you.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the placing of the first tooth, treatment times can vary between a few weeks to six months. The better the bone the less will be the treatment time. With poorer bone more time must be taken which can extend treatment time beyond six months.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE IMPLANTS?

You will be fully advised on care and maintenance of the implants or the superstructure they support. Instruction will include how to clean adequately. It must be understood that the adequate care and maintenance of the implants requires regular effort on the patient’s part at home for ideal maintenance.
It is recommended that implants be cleaned every three to six months by the dental hygienist depending upon individual case requirements.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last.
Implants, much like natural teeth, will last longer if they are cared for adequately. Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years.

If you have any questions arising from the above blog or would like to find out more information about dental implant work carried out by our team please contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579

Implant retained denture improves patient’s smile

Regular readers of our blog will know that from time to time we highlight the treatment of a patient who’s undergone cosmetic or restorative dentistry work.

In this post today we look at the use of dental implants to retain a denture for a patient at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This 45 year old patient presented wishing to improve the stability and aesthetics of her upper arch.

BEFORE - the patient's smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

BEFORE – the patient’s smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

The patient was suffering from generalised adult periodontal disease, with advanced bone loss around the upper teeth leading to tooth mobility, splaying, tooth rotation, poor aesthetics and functional instability.

EASY TO MAINTAIN

The patient wished an improvement in the look and function of the teeth but required a solution that was easy to maintain and clean going forwards.

As part of the smile makeover process the patient underwent extensive examination and at all times was appraised of what was happening and a detailed treatment plan was given.

A decision was made to remove the failing upper teeth and allow the bone to heal. A conventional denture was placed immediately after these extractions and after adequate healing, four implants were placed in the upper arch and allowed to heal.

After healing of the implants, a milled bar with locators was fitted to the implants and this was then used to retain an upper denture firmly in position. This solution allowed a very stable upper denture even in function, with vastly improved aesthetics. As the denture is removable, both the denture and the bar/implants are ease to clean and maintain.

AFTER - An aesthetically and functionally improved smile

AFTER – An aesthetically and functionally improved smile

MORE NATURAL FEEL

This bar gives great support and retention to the denture and as a result of this, the denture extent/coverage can be reduced meaning that the upper denture does not cover the palate allowing a more natural feel in the final result. The total treatment time for this case was 10 months.

Should you have any questions about this post or the use of dental implants to retain dentures then please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 for more information.

Our book of testimonials: for patients at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always delighted whenever our patients here at our Glasgow dental clinic take time to give us feedback on their experiences.

Over the months we compile selections of the testimonial messages we receive from the patients and put them together in a book which is on display in the reception area of our clinic.

Reception and waiting area in the new clinic - showing the reception area in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic on Hyndland Road, Glasgow

Reception and waiting area – ready to welcome our patients

Throughout the pages we share some of the patients’ own words – many of the words are very poignant as they chart the story of their patient journey…some of them having undergone dental/aesthetic rehabilitation work to transform their smile appearance.

In this blog we’re sharing just a few lines from some of the patients we’ve seen since we set up the clinic. We hope you’ll find their words of interest.

From an orthodontic patient –

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

From a dental implant patient –

“I had decided on 2 implants and 4 crowns rather than a replacement bridge.
Throughout all treatment, I received superb care and friendly, professional advice – all in very pleasant, state-of-the-art surroundings.
When I look at the “then and now” photos, I barely recognise myself and find myself smiling with new-found confidence.”

From a patient who underwent major restorative dentistry the following from the testimonial in which she highlighted various team members…

Ross Henderson for his deft, intricate and precise root canal work, executed brilliantly, with his steady and congenial manner.
Jill Clare for her superb white fillings, and her mastery in extracting a tricky impacted wisdom tooth- with immense care, she has a heart of gold.
Glen Frew, a great Ambassador of Dentistry, wonderful in a crisis , and is extremely kind .
Dental nurses Kasia, Louise and Pam for their; empathy, understanding, who cannot do enough to ease any discomfort, and are always ready with a reassuring arm.
Dental Hygienist Jennifer, for her pristine thoroughness, recommendations ,and cheery disposition.
Siobhan, Karyn and Carly, always with a welcoming smile , who are accommodating and professional at all times. They create a great first impression and give continual ongoing friendly advice if required.

Last and most importantly of all, Philip’s Friel himself has amazing dexterity, skill and artistry when fitting crowns for me. He makes well- calculated decisions without ever compromising his Professional reputation. His knowledge is phenomenal, he instills confidence , exudes calm, pays fine attention to detail and is always focused. His teamwork and overseeing of my treatment was second to none. He ensures his clinic has a lovely relaxing ambience and is beautifully appointed, with immaculate state of the art equipment.”

We appreciate the efforts of all those patients who take the time to share their views and opinions about their experiences. You can read more of our reviews by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about our treatments and services please contact our dental reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

If you are missing one or more teeth then the team of dentists at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow may suggest dental implants as a means of replacement. But why should you consider dental implants, and why are they so good?

Dental Implants are better for Your Oral Health.

Natural teeth help to keep the surrounding bone strong and healthy, as the forces produced during eating are transmitted down the root into the bone. This prompts the bone to continue producing new cells. When a tooth is extracted this stimulation is lost, and the bone will no longer be prompted to maintain its growth and turnover. The bone in the jaw will gradually resorb, and the bony ridge that once held the teeth will become flatter and shallower. This can make it difficult to retain a denture, or could mean that teeth adjacent to the gap will become less stable.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

After the necessary examination and assessment, your dentist in Glasgow (Philip Friel can also look after dental implant patients in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic) may suggest dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth to improve the function and stability of the dentition.

Dental implants function in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root, and this is why they are often considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth. They will help prevent the jawbone from being resorbed heloing to maintain the support for the facial soft tissue overlying.

Dental Implants Don’t Negatively Impact the Remaining Teeth

The alternative methods of tooth replacement are to have a full or partial denture, or to have a bridge fitted by your dentist. A bridge is a popular method of replacing teeth, and it can produce very nice results, but one thing to bear in mind is that it does impact the teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge consists of one or two crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are used to support the replacement tooth which is called a pontic. The pontic, or pontics, are attached to the crowns, providing a stable restoration. However the teeth that are crowned will need to be prepared or ground down, and once this healthy tooth structure is lost it can only ever be replaced artificially. In some cases, where these adjacent teeth are already filled or crowned, then the bridge option may be more suitable as it will require less loss of healthy tooth tissue.

A partial denture is held in place with clasps that are fitted around the remaining teeth. These teeth may need to be modified to hold the clasps, and the clasps can place additional stresses on the teeth. In contrast dental implants placed by your dentist will not require any preparation or stress on the adjacent teeth.

If you would like more information about dental implants and their benefits please contact 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.

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.

Gaining new techniques in dental implants for our patients

Dental implants are my particular focus in dentistry and I’ve travelled all over the UK and the rest of the world in pursuit of the latest techniques and understanding of what is, I believe, one of the greatest advances in cosmetic and restorative dentistry in the last 40 years.

For many years now, we have been using the all on four technique with Nobel Biocare implants to restore the dentition in those who have lost or are loosing all of the teeth in one arch.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Recently I travelled to Essex to spend two days with fellow implant dentist Andrew Moore who uses a different implant system to carry out this technique with many benefits that I wanted to see first hand.

Since qualification in 1988 Dr Moore expanded his clinical experience by taking the post of Honorary Clinical Assistant in Oral Surgery at Basildon Hospital. He then completed a 2 year Postgraduate course in Orthodontics at Southend Hospital.

Like me, Andrew’s main interest is in the field of Implantology, which he has pursued with a commitment to postgraduate qualifications in this field, including a 1 year course in Implantology at The Centre for Reconstructive Surgery, Harley Street, London.

SUPERB OPERATOR

He was one of the first dentists to be awarded The Diploma in Implant Dentistry by the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners at The Royal College of Surgeons. Andrew has now been placing dental implants since 1997 has extensive experience and takes referrals for implant treatment from other dentists in the area. Andrew now teaches Implant Dentistry to other dentists at the practice and at the Royal College of Surgeons.

It was good to see Andrew at work – he’s a superb operator – and interesting to see another clinic in full swing, especially when dental implant surgery is underway.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our focus on dental implant surgery then please contact the Glasgow clinic via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

If you’re based in Edinburgh I also offer my dental implant surgery services at the New Town Dental Care Clinic.

Glasgow Dental Hospital presentation: great networking opportunity

From time to time I’m invited to address seminars or groups of students and it’s something I not only enjoy doing but also value as a key part of my personal development.

This week I had an invitation to give a short presentation to the TGSA, the training grade staff association at Glasgow Dental Hospital.

The presentation focus for the occasion was on ‘my career and role’ so I was able to speak about my own early training and then my particular focus on cosmetic dentistry and in particular dental implant work..

Turned out to be a very good night with presentations from both practice and hospital based clinicians. I always see such evens as great networking opportunities too and the chance to establish new contacts within the dental profession.

I received an email from one of the organisers thanking me for attending and also saying he had received positive feedback about the occasion – so am delighted to hear that!