Dental implants success – “I can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any worry!”

Dental issues can compromise good dental function as well as affecting the appearance of a smile.

Confidence can also be affected if the person has issues with their teeth.

Read this poignant story of a 46-year-old patient who’d had many decades of dental issues – now solved with dental implant work.

IMPROVED DENTAL FUNCTION

She talks of recurring issues – but the success of her implant surgery has improved her dental function, so much so that she can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any problems!

Here are her own words…

“Just a short email to say how pleased I am with all the treatment I received from you and Kasia over the past two years and would like to write a small review.

I DECIDED TO LOOK INTO DENTAL IMPLANTS

For over 30 years I had been having problems with recurring abscesses in my front tow lover teeth. I have had root treatment and 3 apiceptomies but nothing seemed to solve the problem. Eventially I decided to look into dental implants.

After seeing and speaking with Philip I decided to go ahead.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

The treatment over nearly two years was excellent and I always felt confident and at ease at each session as everything was explained and there was actually no pain which I was surprised at! Everything was successful which after 30 years of problems was quite a relief. I would like to also say thanks to Kasia who always made me feel at ease and was lovely.

I can now eat apples and corn on the cob without any worry!!! I would highly recommend implants to anyone.

The reception staff were always very nice and helpful and and all in all this was a good experience.”

Should you have any questions arising from this blog or would like to learn more about the benefits of dental implant work please contact our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.

ADI Congress: great experience for the whole team at Glasgow dental clinic

Meeting key members attending the ADI Congress 2013

Meeting key members attending the ADI Congress 2013

Last week a group of us from the clinic travelled south to attend the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI) Congress 2013.

The event was a special one as it marked the 25th anniversary of the ADI which as its mission statement declares is a “registered charity dedicated to providing the profession with continuing implant education and the public with a greater understanding of the benefits of dental implants”.

I’ve been an active member of the ADI for many years now and I’ve gained great benefit from being able to share knowledge and expertise from many of the speakers invited by the organisation to address its members.

I firmly believe that the ADI is a real bonus for all those involved in the world of dental implants and our group that travelled to Manchester included two of our dental nursing team – Pam and Kasia.

FANTASTIC SPEAKERS

During the event I was invited to moderate one of the sessions and was delighted to be able to introduce some fantastic speakers who’d flown in from all over the world for this special occasion.

The speakers were were Dr Christian Coachman (from Brazil), Dr German Gallucci ( from Boston) Dr Zeev Ormianer( from Israel ) and Professor Urs Braegger (from Switzerland). All were presenting on implant complications and their management – a key message of the Congress 2013.

The photo at the top of the screen shows me with Dr German Gallucci, Professor Cemal Ucer (ADI president) Dr Christian Coachman and Dr Koray Feran.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

Through our ongoing involvement with the ADI we’re able to enjoy specially organised education sessions during which we can network with others involved in dental implant surgery as well as hearing from some of the leading lights in this part of the dental profession.

FINEST TREATMENT

That means we’re able to keep right up to date about all the latest developments in the dental implant world and ensure that when it comes to looking after our patients we’re able to offer what we believe is the finest treatment and patient care.

Should you have any questions about this blog or if you would like to learn more about the dental implant treatment we can offer please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Dundee dental student Joshua visits our Glasgow clinic: implant case on his agenda

From time to time we have dental course students from a number of Scottish universities visiting our Glasgow dental clinic.
We enjoy hosting them – and we always find they have a really keen interest in learning from their in-clinic experience.

Recently we hosted Dundee Dental School student Joshua Low at the clinic and he’s just written us a note sharing with us his feedback on the time spent with us.

Here are Joshua’s own words…

“I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit the Philip Friel Avanced Dentistry Clinic earlier this week. I would also like to thank your colleague Liz for inviting me and Carly for organising the dates for the practice visits.

It was truly a great experience getting to know more about the practice and how it is run as well as witnessing dental care of such a high standard. I acknowledged  how important treatment planning is for patients and how well it was explained to the them, particularly when I saw your colleague, Dr. Frew, use an intra-oral camera to show patients exactly where necessary treatment will be taking place.

IMPLANT CASE

I would also like to thank Dr. Frew who let me watch an implant case on Wednesday afternoon.

Dentist Glen Frew

Dentist Glen Frew – allowed Joshua to witness an implant case in the clinic

It was a great opportunity to see implant treatment being performed which I would rarley see at the Dundee Dental School so I was very excited and privelidged to witness this particular case.

UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP

What was interesting was the the amount of instruments needed for the surgery as well as the different types of implants  Dr Frew had which was necessary to make sure the patient had the correct implants suited for the patient’s particular type of mouth.

I also noticed the unique relationship Dr Frew had with his patient making sure she was comfortable throughout the whole appointment and updating her when beginning a new stage of the treatment.

I enjoyed every minute of my visit and appreciated how welcoming and nice everyone was. Thank you Dr. Friel, and the rest of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic staff,  for giving me this opportunity and I took forward to visiting the practice in the future.”

We’d like to thank Joshua for his time in writing to us about his clinic visit and we look forward to a return visit in the future as his course progresses.

Step by step process of dental implant work at our Glasgow dental clinic

In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.

Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.

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Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.

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Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.

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Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.

The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.

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In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.

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Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.

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In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

You can access more information about dental implant work carried out here at our Glasgow clinic by clicking here.

Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.

Glasgow dental implant patient feedback: “…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”.

A 55-year-old female patient has recently undergone dental implant and crown work as well as adult orthodontic treatment at our Glasgow clinic.

She’s written us a testimonial which we’re delighted to receive especially as it’s clear her treatment has helped enormously in her smile makeover – and as she says she’s now smiling with new-found confidence.

We always appreciate the time taken by patients to give us feedback about treatment they’ve had done at the clinic.

Here are this patient’s own words…

“I…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”

“I have just completed a year of treatment at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry and am absolutely delighted with the results.

“In March 2012, I had my first appointment with Philip to discuss straightening my bottom front teeth and replacing 20-year-old NHS bridge work.

“From the start, I knew I was in excellent hands. Andrew McGregor, orthodontist with Philip Friel, fitted a brace to my lower teeth and within 8 months, I had straight bottom teeth for the first time in my life!

IMPLANTS AND CROWNS

“Meanwhile Philip started work on the upper front teeth. 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.”

For other patient testimonials please click here.

Should you have any questions arising from the above testimonial or would like addiitional information about cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover work, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

How a footballer patient at our Glasgow clinic benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle

Our team at the Glasgow clinic see people from all walks of life.

In this testimonial that we received the patient – a footballer told of the benefits from dental implants after a nightmare tackle.

This was a powerful testimonial from a sportsman who discovered the the preferred solution to his major problem was dental implant work.

The 39-year-old wrote two us when he completed his treatment as follows:

“I have been a professional footballer for 20 years and suffered a severe blow to the mouth after an accidental tackle, causing me to instantaneously loose my two front teeth.

“The incident occurred on a Saturday evening and being very anxious and in a lot of physical pain, I wanted to seek dental treatment immediately.

“Dr Friel was recommended to me by a friend and after speaking with him late on the Saturday evening, he made arrangements to see me first thing on the Sunday morning.

“PUT AT EASE”

“I was immediately impressed by his willingness to see me outwith practice hours. At this time, I was in a great deal of pain and very concerned about the outcome – I had always taken great care of my teeth and felt very anxious at the thought of possibly no longer having what I considered to be a nice smile.

“After this first meeting with Dr Friel, I was immediately put at ease and left feeling confident that the problem, although serious, could be fixed. My treatment spanned over a 15-month period.

“Throughout this time, the treatment I received from Dr Friel was of the absolute highest standard. From the outset, I felt confident in what was going to be achieved, as each part of the treatment was thoroughly explained to me. Being a very complex treatment, there was obviously pain involved, but I really did feel that this was kept to an absolute minimum.

“RESTORED MY CONFIDENCE”

“Dr Friel‘s attention to detail and his patience continually impressed me throughout treatment. My treatment was finalised two weeks ago with my two new teeth being put in and I am absolutely delighted with the result. The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence. I would highly recommend Dr Friel not only to friends, but also to other professional sportsmen.”

We were delighted – as we always are – to receive feedback from a patient. The entire teams appreciated the time taken to put together a testimonial. And it was particularly good to learn that this patient’s smile makeover – or even smile rescue – had been appreciated so much. The testimonial for this patient was received after treatment completion in 2011 but the sentiment and the benefits to patients from implant surgery still remain the same.

For more information on the benefits of dental implant surgery see our website section here.

The importance of healthy teeth for boosting confidence: how dental implants at our Glasgow clinic helped this lady.

There is no doubt that our teeth play an important part in how we project our image to our family, friends and work colleagues.

How we smile – or don’t smile in many cases – and how confident we are about our teeth being seen when we’re talking can affect us positively and negatively.

The story of this lady’s dental situation is interesting because the state of her teeth were affecting her job.

This case certainly underlines the importance of healthy teeth for boosting confidence and how dental implants at our Glasgow clinic helped this lady.

In her own words she explained:

“My teeth were in very poor health and for several years I had been attending my previous dentist, three times a year for check-ups to try to hold on to my teeth as long as possible. By the time I met Philip’s I had been losing a tooth from my upper arch every six months or so over a period of two years.

My teeth were very sensitive, badly discoloured and my gum line receding greatly. One of my front top teeth had started to move and was now noticeably lower than its counterpart; also movement had started on another tooth. I was aware I would lose my teeth quite quickly and was very distressed by this.

“My occupation as a Customer Service Manager involves dealing regularly with the public and delivering training workshops to my 150-strong staff; therefore speaking is a great part of my job role. Due to the dreadful state of my teeth I became very self-conscious and couldn’t perform as confidently as I had previously.”

At this point it’s important to bear in mind that there could be various treatments available to a patient in this situation. The question of dentures may arise and it’s important for us as dentists to assess the reaction to this proposal from the patient.

Our lady continues with her story…

“I also had to be very careful of what I ate so as not to put any further strain on my teeth. I explained to Philip’s my adverse feelings about having to wear dentures and asked about alternative treatments. He discussed various options open to me, detailing the treatment involved, the probable long-term outcomes and the cost of each treatment.

“I opted to have implant treatment for my whole upper arch – a treatment I had never heard of before. Philip’s gave me lots of literature on Dental Implants and patiently explained in layman’s terms the whole procedure. Due to my fear of the unknown, Philip’s gently talked me through each step he was taking during my operation, which helped me focus on what was happening and not letting my imagination fuel my fear.

“My post-operative care was also excellent, with Philip’s giving me his private mobile phone number to call him at any time if I was concerned in any way. He even phoned me on the Saturday evening of my operation to check I was OK and to re-iterate he was available any time if I needed him.

“The one concern I had after my operation was that when my new teeth were attached to the implants they would be perfect, pure white teeth that would look completely at odds with my mature years. However, Philip’s having taken heed of my wishes, had an arch made to look as natural as possible for someone of my years.

I can’t express the difference this treatment has made to me in my confidence and also in my ability to enjoy normal eating functions after so many years. I even find myself smiling much more and the worry and stress of the appearance of my teeth, a thing of the past.

“Philip’s continues to support me through regular check-ups and makes such a relaxed atmosphere in his surgery that you feel able to ask him anything regarding dental worries without feeling silly or intimidated.
Also the one thing I did learn through this experience, which greatly amused me, was the fact that someone could get so excited and passionate about this type of work. He really is a credit to his profession.”

We were very grateful to this lady for taking the time to write to us and explain in some great detail her feelings about and reaction to her dental implants journey.

For more information about implants please click here.

Dental implant solution for Glasgow clinic patient who lost a front tooth

The trauma that comes with losing a tooth in adulthood can only be intensified when it’s a front tooth.

This female patient visited the clinic having lost her upper left central incisor tooth – see before photo here.

Tooth loss solution - dental implant surgery carried out at Glasgow clinic

BEFORE – the gap left by the loss of the upper front tooth

Following root treatment and restoration with a post retained crown some years earlier, the tooth root fractured and required extraction.

Following this the patient was provided with a single tooth upper denture. The patient reported that while tolerating this, she disliked its movement in function and the effect it had on the taste of her foods.

A single implant was used with some small amounts of bone grafting allowing a single screw retained crown to be used to restore the area with a fixed single implant crown solution.

the smile shown after the dental implant work has been carried out at our Glasgow clinic.

AFTER – the aesthetic improvement is evident.

The after image shows the aesthetic benefits of the implant and of course the functional benefit will mean the patient won’t experience the eating issues she had with the denture.

You can read more about the benefits of dental implants by clicking here.

We have an experienced team with extensive knowledge about dental implants and we’re happy to speak to you should you have any specific questions arising from our dental implant section on the website.

Inside our Glasgow dental clinic – a 360 degree tour, courtesy of Google.

Our website has a number of photos showing the interior – and exterior – of our Glasgow dental clinic  – situated in the city’s West End.

We feel these give a great representation of where our clinical team of dentists and hygienists work – and hopefully will help any nervous new patients feel more comfortable about their initial visit to the clinic. You can see these photos by clicking here.

We’ve now got our five surgeries complete and each is fitted with the highest standard of state of the art equipment and technology designed to delivery the very best in patient care and treatment – whether the patient is here for a routine check up or a more advanced procedure such as dental implant surgery.

By clicking here you can also see a virtual tour of our clinic, courtesy of a Google accredited photographer who uses advanced camera technology to produce the 360 degree panoramic tour.

Dental clinic team heading from Glasgow to ADI Congress in Manchester later this year

A group from our clinic will be heading south later this year to attend the annual congress of the Association of Dental Implantology (ADI).

The ADI – of which I’m currently the president-elect – is a registered charity which exists to share knowledge and expertise on the subject of dental implants in Glasgow. This information is available both to patients and to dentists involved in dental implants.

I’ve been a member of the ADI for several years now and have found it a very useful source of up to date information about the newest advanced in the ever changing world of dental implant surgery. It’s also given me the opportunity to attend seminars all over the world and listen to lectures by some of the internationally renowned experts in the implant surgery field.

This year’s congress is being held in Manchester in May. The congress’ main focus is on the question of “How long do implants last?.

Lectures will focus on the potential complications, risk management and prognosis of implant treatment.

Several of the team have signed up to attend this key event in our clinic calendar.