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.

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.

Team from Glasgow clinic heading to key dental implant congress in month’s time

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

Manchester venue for key event in the dental implant calendar.

In just a month’s time a team from our Glasgow clinic will be heading south to attend one of the most important events in our dental world calendar.

It’s the Association of Dental Implantology’s Team Congress, held in Machester from May 1-3 and a magnet for dental professionals working in the dental implant sector.

Speakers are coming from all over the world and will share their expertise with the delegates.

I have been a member of the ADI for several years now and am very active in its work throughout the UK. Indeed I am currently the president-elect and will assume the role of president later this year – something exciting and challenging to look forward to…

The event will also mark the organisation’s 25th anniversary so it’s a special occasion too.

Several of our team are booked in to attend this important event.

Aside from the opportunity to hear some fantastic speakers, it’s also a first-class networking event.

OUTSTANDING CONFERENCE

Camel Ucer the ADI’s current president tells us:

“We have invited some of the world’s most eminent implantologists and researchers from Europe, Asia and the USA to lead the Congress. In this respect, I am indebted to our Scientific Chairman Eddie Scher and the ADI staff for working hard to plan the congress so meticulously in every small detail, from the choice of experts to developing highly focused learning objectives for each lecture and constantly negotiating with our speakers to ensure coherency and consistency throughout the congress. Needless to say, I am also grateful to all our speakers for accepting our invitation to participate – we can all imagine how busy they must be.

“We trust that it will be an outstanding conference fit to celebrate our association’s 25th anniversary. Frankly, there will be so much to learn and debate for all of us; from the most experienced clinicians placing thousands of implants to novices hoping to get involved. To cap it all, John Wibberley, Simon Wright and David Speechly have put together one of the best line ups for the whole implant team: the nurses, practice managers, hygienists, therapists and dental technicians.”

If you’re a dental professional reading this and would like more information about attending and for booking details then click here.

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 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.

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail: the importance of project planning

Work is now coming to end on the makeover and fit-out of our two new surgeries on the lower level of our dental clinic in the heart of Glasgow’s West End.

The brand new equipment is in situ, the painting’s complete and what looked very much like two empty shells now resemble 21st century state of the art surgeries, ready to welcome our first patients.

It’s an exciting finale to a major project which certainly didn’t start its development yesterday!

Around four years ago in fact was when I started with the plans for a new clinic.

Before anything started, I had completed full design, planning, contingency etc and now, despite splitting into three manageable phases with slight alterations along the way, that same plan is now nearing completion.

Planning is very much an essential starting point of all we do dentally – whether it’s for dental implants, a smile makeover or a specific cosmetic dentistry treatment – but it’s also an essential part of all we do.

Several other dentists in Glasgow have asked me for my most important tip in developing a new clinic.

To me it’s an easy answer – planning.

As the saying goes – if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

That very in-depth, detailed planning has paid dividends in the evolution of the clinic. We’ll post some new photography as and when we’ve completed 100%.

Dental dilemma solved at Glasgow clinic: “I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant!”

As we’ve mentioned before we always appreciate when a patient takes some time to write a testimonial about their care and treatment at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This lady wrote to us after receiving a dental implant which provided a solution to a situation that had arisen all thanks to a baby tooth that had clearly overstayed its welcome.

Her particular words -  I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant! – were well received by all who worked on her treatment plan throughout her visits to the clinic.

The patient wrote…

At the age of 53 I decided it was time to do something about a baby tooth – yes a baby tooth!  The problem was it became ‘wobbly’ and I had to replace it with a bridge a decade earlier.  This always annoyed me, as I have looked after my teeth, but this bridge just didn’t match my other teeth and felt clumpy at the back.

On a personal recommendation of a good friend I headed to the West End and to see Dr Friel.

What can I say?

The patient experience was amazing – from start to finish.

Aside from being an extremely pleasant man, he’s a highly professional, committed and focused clinician who knows his stuff.

And when it came to the decision to have an implant to resolve the issue I knew I was 100% in the right hands.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

A key message

I’d set myself a time deadline of mid November to have it all done and dusted.

On November 1 – eight months virtually to the day we started – my final fitting was completed and I now have the most amazing non-implant looking implant!

I’m so pleased about the treatment and service I received.

Nothing was ever a problem and everyone in that clinic – receptionists, dental nurses and a couple of the other dentists who I had to see – are just so switched on and all made me feel nothing was ever a problem.

Thanks to Dr Friel and his amazing team!

I look forward to smiling wider and better than I ever imagined was possible.

 

The Glasgow dental clinic story: from vision to reality PART 2

Here’s the second part of the blog outlining the story of our Glasgow dental clinic int he west end of the city.
We opened our doors in the November of 2010. It was the culmination of a lot of planning and the realisation of a personal dream come true…

Attention to detail

Without question one of the key successes of this project was the planning. I don’t mean the architect’s input, I mean everything from the detail in the financial planning to the planning of deliveries to coincide with the relevant workmen who were required for specific installation work.

Over the period I built up a collection of reference documents and notebooks with scribbled details of pieces of equipment, stockists and all manner of memory joggers to help keep me focused.

We worked hard at ‘future-proofing’ the building…installing its own dedicated power supply, advanced wiring and other hardware which means we can adapt and change the building in the future should the need arise.

There’s a great sense of professional and personal achievement in bringing together the elements of the clinic. As a clinical business we’ve grown from a team of three operating out of our ‘bijou’ temporary clinic to a team of 16 with clinical team members offering a fantastic range of expertise and experience.

Moving forward the clinic will be used to host seminars and courses and I’ve set up a separate company to look after these activities. I want to focus on teaching and lecturing to other dentists in Glasgow – many of our referring dentists in particular – on the subject of dental implant surgery.

My own surgery has been equipped with video cameras so those attending lectures can watch procedures in our lecture room as they’re being performed.

Final outcome

The doors were opened at the beginning of November, 2010, and the response has been fairly overwhelming. The feedback from our patients – old and new – has been great and all very positive.

The team loves the clinic as a work environment and the building itself has proven to be a real ‘magnet’ for new patients.
Their visits, we suspect, have been fuelled by curiosity in the first instance and when the reception team play their part in our ‘welcome process’ they soon help those new visitors to make appointments for consultations and check-ups.

Our patient waiting area has the welcoming feel of a boutique hotel with comfortable chairs and sofa, sumptuous soft furnishing and elegant lighting.

The colours are from a neutral palate which we feel helps generate a calming environment, soothing the nerves of any apprehensive patients.

Our surgeries which are cutting edge in their design with the best of today’s equipment have been created to ensure the highest level of hygiene.

Without question the clinic plays a key part in the patient experience but our dedicated team of highly experienced dental care professionals is the backbone of our daily objective – to deliver first-class treatment and service to our patients.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading a bit more about the background to our clinic.