Guest blogger: Dentist Glen to write on dental and implant topics

Dentist Glen Frew

Dentist Glen Frew

Throughout the year we invite our colleagues at our Glasgow dental clinic to put together blogs focusing on their work, past or present.

Dentist colleague Glen Frew graduated from Glasgow University in 1978 and entered private practice in the city’s Hyndland area in 1992.

WEALTH OF DENTAL IMPLANT KNOWLEDGE

At that time, through training in Gothenburg, he met and became a disciple of Per-Ingvar Branemark – regarded as ‘the father of dental implantology’ – who also discovered osseointegration (the biological fusion of bone to titanium).

And so Glen became one of the first dental surgeons in Scotland to introduce implantology into day-to-day practice.

With his considerable experience and post graduate training in Europe and the United States, Glen has a wealth of dental implant knowledge and an evidence base which he has accumulated over the years.

FANTASTIC WAY WITH WORDS

As well as his dental expertise, Glen has a fantastic way with words.

With this in mind, we have asked him to produce a small series of blogs – focused on some musings/recollections, career defining moments, major changes which have occurred in the field of dentistry and other considered tales or outstanding moments.

The first of these blogs, presented unprompted, is almost complete and when you read it, you will understand why I was keen for more. Keep up to date with our blog for Glen’s debut instalment.

If you have any questions about the above post or would like to find out more about the services and treatments – including dental implants – that we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us on 0141 339 7579.

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.

South Africa trip for intensive implant course

As part of our Glasgow dental clinic’s commitment to expanding our team’s knowledge and experience in the treatments and services we offer, my colleagues and I will travel far and wide.

Today I’m at the internationally renowned Branemark Institute in South Africa for an intensive course on advanced implant surgical techniques including the use of angulated implants and zygomatic implants.

The Branemark Institute - globally known centre for implant knowledge

The Branemark Institute – globally known centre for implant knowledge

The course includes lectures, live surgery sessions and discussions with implant dentists from UK, Ireland, Russia, Australia, South America and USA.

It’s a long way to travel for three days but we’re midway through the first morning session and it’s definitely worth it.

Will update you on progress.

If you’ve any questions about this blog post or would like to know more about the implant surgery I do at the Glasgow dental clinic and also in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care Clinic then please contact us via the website by clicking here.

Our Glasgow dental clinic reception team on 0141 339 759 can also help with any questions.

Stepping stones in dental implants: new training/mentoring plans

At our Glasgow dental clinic one of our special interests is dental implant surgery and the ways implants can help in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Our team is constantly advancing our knowledge on the topic of implants and we have a programme of courses and seminars during which we, in turn, share our knowledge with other dentists from all over the country.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Our clinic launches new plans for implant courses

As part of this process we have recently set up “Stepping Stones in Implant Dentistry” which is an innovative and unique programme of dental implant education, mentoring and training.

At the moment all the information for this new programme will be released via a new Facebook page which can be accessed here.

If you’re a dental care professional please “Like” our page and that way you’ll be sure to be the first to know of the new programme we’re rolling out in the coming months and years.

We’ll release details of the programme very soon.

Should you have any questions about the above post or would like to find our more about the benefits of dental implant surgery then please contact us via the website or by phoning our reception team 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.

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.

The age of your smile can ‘speak’ volumes

Can your smile give away the secret of your age?

With so many TV shows and media reports focusing on age – and how to stop the effects of ageing – we’re looking in this blog post at the types of issues that can be prevalent regarding your teeth and smile as you get older.

We’re looking at the 40+ decades and highlighting some of the issues you may encounter.

Our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic is on hand to help discuss any of the issues covered here and of course can look at some of the recommended cosmetic dentistry solutions – including dental implant surgery – which can help.

40s and 50s

During your 40s and 50s, stains can become much harder to erase with wear and tear and ageing and gum recession can become more pronounced.

As your face starts to age, your teeth can often push forward which in turns leads to causing lower front teeth to crowd.

Regular professional cleanings can help erase minimal stains – and that’s where we would always recommend regular visits to see our dental hygienists’ team here at our Glasgow dental clinic. But if that doesn’t work, then whitening, crowns or veneers may be necessary recommended solutions.

Veneers can offer a solution, providing, in essence, a new outer layer of enamel for the tooth or teeth. They can disguise worn teeth and can look very natural – a key word in any treatment for patients.

Check the surface of your teeth. Is it rough? The rougher the texture, then the more likely your teeth will be to retaining stains and causing your aesthetic issues. Your dentist should be able to smooth out or polish the tooth enamel so it will be less likely to absorb stains.

Into the 60s

Moving into the 60s then the patient could have additional issues facing them…

Gum recession may make your teeth look longer than they actually are. Saliva production may decrease, reducing the protective benefits of saliva and leading to bad breath.

Even if you’re whitening their teeth, your smile could still be ageing you. One solution is to think about ceramic crowns or veneers to enable lighter teeth set up to a bespoke design – and improved smile.

When the back teeth are worn or missing, the facial structure they support tends to collapse or fall in which can lead to deep facial folds. In addition, without the back teeth, far more pressure than is normal is placed on the front teeth which may be to their detriment over time.

Teeth that support the lips and ideally positioned give optimal support to the overlying soft tissue, meaning less obvious folds and creases. The end result is a more balanced, youthful appearance for an overall younger look. Subject to any cosmetic or restorative work being carried out – including dental implants – there would be a full examination carried out and an assessment of the patient’s medical history and status.

Should you have any questions arising from the blog or would like to make an appointment to discuss any of the issues please call our Glasgow clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

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.