Website upgrade to protect patient information

At our Glasgow dental clinic we put our patients at the top of our priority list in our delivery of both treatment and service.

Recently new guidelines covering every dental clinic in the UK were introduced by the General Dental Council.

As all our Glasgow-based dental care professionals are registered with the GDC we are required to adhere to the new deadlines.

As part of the changes we decided to upgrade our website and in particular focus on the method of receiving emails from patients and about patients being referred to us by other dentists.

We have introduced a new secure message system which means that any patient now contacting our clinic about anything from an initial appointment to a query about more advanced treatment such as dental implants or crowns in the knowledge the message will be encrypted until I access it via a secure password system.

We researched the best solutions to meet the new guideline on secure messaging and opted for Valident.

We opted for Valident to implement our online secure messaging

We opted for Valident to implement our online secure messaging

Nigel Knott who launched the software is a qualified dentist so he understood the clinic’s needs.

He added: ” Valident is a unique online personal data protection mechanism developed to fulfil all of the regulations set down by the General Dental Council (GDC) in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. Dentists have a special responsibility for ensuring that they fulfil their duty of care to protect patient confidentiality at all times including the use of the Internet and e-communications for data transfers/data sharing.

“The Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry website sets an example of best practice in adding the very latest secure online communication technology to bring the necessary confidence and trust to all practice patients and referring practitioners, safe in the knowledge that patient confidentiality and personal data security is being protected at all times.”

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to know more about the dental services and treatments we offer our patients, please contact the reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579 or use our secure messaging service by clicking here.

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.

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.

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.

Denture solution delivered for Glasgow dental clinic patient

We often see patients coming to our Glasgow dental clinic with issues regarding their dentures.

I recently saw a 67 year old male patient whose upper denture had been causing him problems and he asked if I could help.

He’s just completed his treatment at the clinic and wrote a testimonial which we’ve included in this post. It tells the story of his clinic experience and I’m delighted to read how positive he feels about his new upper denture and his adjusted lower denture.

Here are the patient’s own words…

PROBLEM SOLVED

“Came with a problem – left with a solution.

I went to Philip with a badly fitting top denture which other dentists had attempted to reline, remake to no avail.

The patient's original card with his words of feedback about his visits to our Glasgow dental clinic

The patient’s original card with his words of feedback about his visits to our Glasgow dental clinic

Aftr a consultation he advised on what he saw as the way forward by adjusting the bottom denture – never before adjusted – and remaking a new top denture.

Due to Philip’s patience, perseverance and tolerance with the back up of a highly skilled technician – Alex – the insoluble problem was solved with excellence.

EATING WIHTOUT EMBARRASSMENT

I now have a very comfortable, well fitting, good looking denture which doesn’t move. I can enjoy eating anything without the embarrassment of teeth moving up, down and sideways.

Many thanks to Philip Friel and all his colleagues including the lovely ladies on reception.”

We really appreciate the time a patient takes in writing a testimonial and the whole team is delighted to hear his feedback.

If you want to read more information about the ways we can help patients who require dentures then click here.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out if our clinic can help you with our range of treatments and services on offer please call our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Patient feedback always welcome at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always appreciative of the time our patients take to give us feedback about their time and experience at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Whether by email, card, letter or word of mouth it’s beneficial to our entire team to hear their points of view.

Special delivery - a batch of cakes dropped off by one of our patients today.

Special delivery – a batch of cakes dropped off by one of our patients today.

Those of our patients who are happy to share their feedback often give us permission to then share their words on the reviews section of our website or on our Facebook page.

Today one of our patients delivered a batch of home-baked cakes to the clinic…a gesture that was hugely appreciated and enjoyed by the entire team during our afternoon tea-break!

Should you have any questions arising from this blog post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via the website contact page or by phoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Guest blogger: Liz Grant from The Ben Walton Trust

This year on our website and other social media platforms for our Glasgow clinic we’ve been highlighting the risk factors of mouth cancer.

We’ve been liaising with the team from The Ben Walton Trust, a Scottish-based charity which was set up to raise the awareness of this particular cancer.

This month’s guest blogger is Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust who has focused on a key event in the charity’s calendar.

Liz writes:

MOUTH CANCER AWARENESS EVENT

“November is Mouth Cancer Awareness month and as such, The Ben Walton Trust is hosting a dinner for people who have had mouth cancer and can find it difficult socialising in restaurants with family and friends.

For some people, trying to explain to restaurant staff that they can’t have food with any lumps in it, there must be lots and lots of gravy with potatoes and veg and all food must be taken with copious amounts of liquid, is just too huge a task.

Added to which, ultimately the presentation of the dinner is completely different from any one else’s (and that is assuming the chef has the time and patience to work on the menu request).

Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust is our guest blogger for September

Liz Grant from the Ben Walton Trust is our guest blogger for September

On Monday 18th November 2013, staff at Brown’s Restaurant in Giffnock are going to present a menu that can be eaten by everyone there, to highlight not only the difficulties that patients have eating but also to show that in actual fact, this type of menu can be produced from foods available to the typical diner.

Patients, their friends and families, healthcare professionals, dieticians, the press and the local MSP are all attending.

COOKBOOK PLAN

We are also, as a spin off of the planning, in the initial stages of producing a cookbook using patients’ recipes and also incorporating tips as to ingredients that work well together..and those that don’t. Iain the chef from Brown’s is helping with this.

Should anyone like to attend the dinner or have some recipes/tips/advice for the cookbook that you would like to share, please get in touch.”

If you have any questions about the above blog or wish to make any comment about the content please contact us by clicking here.

You can read more about the warning signs of mouth cancer in this previous blog on the topic.

Caring for children’s teeth: prevention better than cure

For children starting the regular dental check-ups is of paramount importance and we often welcome youngsters at our Glasgow dental clinic.

My eldest son, who’s four, popped in for his six monthly check-up just the other day with his mum who’s a paediatric dental specialist.

Six-monthly check-up for children is key part of dental care.

Six-monthly check for children is key part of dental care programme.

His clinical and x ray examinations showed a healthy, well maintained dentition and some fluoride was applied for good measure.

Even the children of dentists enjoy sweet treats from time to time, but with thorough brushing twice per day and regular check ups, the potentially destructive effects of these treats can be controlled.

BRUSH REGULARLY

If your child enjoys sweet treats or drinks, ensure that they brush their teeth regularly (even straight away after the treat if possible).

And aim to limit the intake of sweets and fruit or carbonated drinks to meal times.

Prevention is always far better than cure.

If you have any questions about this blog post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services we can offer at our Glasgow clinic then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or via our online email 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.

What’s what in your teeth line-up?

In our blog posts from our Glasgow dental clinic we can cover a multitude of topics – from cosmetic dentistry, dental implants and patient testimonials right through to staff courses and family events.

Today’s blog post is going back to basics on the dental front with some facts about teeth.

We decided to share a brief and simple description of the teeth that humans should have in their mouths…assuming they’ve not undergone any trauma, loss or decay.

We can help improve both aesthetic and function qualities of your smile.

We can help improve both aesthetic and function qualities of your smile.

If they have dental issues then of course our experienced team of dental professionals here in Glasgow can assist. Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry techniques have made huge advanced especially in the last few decades.

The use of dental implants, for instance, can ensure both aesthetic and functional benefits for patients with only a few missing from their existing line-up of teeth – or for patients with few or no teeth and who could perhaps need upper or lower dentures retained by the implants.

Each tooth has a different shape and function – and of course exist to help the process of eating. Most adults should have 32 teeth – while as youngsters we’ll have 20 primary – or baby – teeth that eventually make way for the permanent set.

INCISORS

Firstly lets check out the incisors…These are the four front teeth on the top and on the bottom jaw and are used for cutting and chopping food. Usually first ones to erupt in babies.

CANINES

Then we move onto the canine teeth – the sharp, pointy teeth. We have one on each side of the incisors on your top and bottom jaw, making a total of four. These teeth aid the tearing apart of food.

PREMOLARS

Premolar are situated next to your canine teeth. Premolars are also called bicuspid teeth. There are eight premolars in total – four on the top jaw and four on the bottom. These teeth are bigger and wider than the incisors and canine teeth. Their function is to crush and grind your food.

MOLARS

Then we have the molars. There are eight of these – four on the top and four on the bottom.
Molars are your strongest teeth and these work with your tongue to help you swallow your food, mashing it up until it’s ready to be swallowed safely.

WISDOM TEETH

There are also third molars – known more commonly as your wisdom teeth. These are the last teeth to erupt and won’t often do so until late teens or even your 20s – if at all. If wisdom teeth do come through they can cause issues such as crowding and will often need to be removed.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about the services and treatments our team can offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please call our reception team on 0141 339 7579.