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


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).


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.

Orthodontic patient gives feedback on treatment: “most impressive”

Regular followers of our Glasgow dental clinic blog will know that we often post testimonials from patients who are happy to share their feedback on the experience of treatment and services we offer here.

Today’s testimonial comes from a lady in her early 20s who opted to see our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor (pictured below) for treatment.

Adult orthodontics are more common than many people think and that’s one of the reasons we’re delighted to have a specialist orthodontist on board in our team.

Specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor based at our Glasgow dental clinic

Our specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor

The patient wrote the following:

“Many thanks to Andrew and the team at Philip Friel’s clinic. Despite being generally happy with my teeth, I wanted to discretely fix the few lower teeth that were crossing at the front.

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


Andrew was confident in his abilities which were reassuring throughout the treatment and the same can be said for the nurses who were all lovely.

The few times I needed something fixed on my brace, Philip was able to stand in for Andrew so I was seen as soon as possible. The ability to be so accommodating was most impressive considering how busy the practice is.

All in all, my experience at Philip Friel dentistry can only be described as a pleasure. The stylish practice and the pleasant receptionists only added to the friendly and professional service.


I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the practice to anybody.”

We’re really grateful to the patient for sharing this feedback.

If you would like to find out more about the orthodontic treatments we offer patients or about our services in general please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

We will be delighted to help you with any enquiries.

Spotting the phobic patients – and caring for them at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Caring for phobic patients is something that we take seriously here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Our dental hygiene team of Jen and Viv recently penned an article about the signs to spot in a phobic patient and how that patient is cared for from our team’s perspective.

It will give you an insight into the whole topic of dental phobia – and more importantly the things that can be done to help someone who is afraid of coming to the clinic.

Here are their words…

Now we’re all used to hearing the words “I hate coming to see the dentist”, ” I hate this, my last hygienist was worse than the dentist” or even ” I’d rather have a baby”!

While the latter may be a little extreme it does, at least, give a small indication that this particular patient is not overjoyed at the prospect of time in the dental surgery.

Our hygienist team - Jen and Viv

Our hygienist team – Jen and Viv

So what about this one – “I’ve got phobia of the dentist”.

Paramedics are taught that in emergency situations it will usually be the quiet ones who need most help and attention – different situation but same theory should be applied.

While more vocal patients give us the chance to quickly tailor our approach so that during their time with us we can accommodate for and hopefully allay their fears, it is the silent type that can be far more difficult to spot and it is often these patients who are truly phobic.

So how do we know if the patient doesn’t say? We’re not mind readers after all. Well, give yourself some credit here – you’re probably far better at reading a person in a short space of time than even you realise.

From the first call of their name in the waiting room when they look at you like a deer caught in headlights – but only for a split second – before regaining their composure, through to all the little things when actually in the chair such as pallor, sweating, tightly clasped hands, finger wringing, skin pulling (usually of the hands) and breath holding.

I once saw a patient who held her breath for as long as she possibly could during treatment and continued to do so even after a long, gentle discussion on how this was not the most sensible course of action as breathing really is quite important! The event that changed her behaviour was when she almost fainted through lack of O2. She now carries on – and breathes – normally!

As these are only a small example of some of the many, many signs that all is not quite right with someone we all must remember to pay a huge amount of attention to all aspects of our patients behaviour, then something out of the ordinary will be easy to spot.

So, how do we treat these patients effectively?

Well, if they fall into the first camp then they can be relatively easy to treat; the most important thing can be to calm them down and make them feel at ease, so a good conversation about something other than dentistry is a good distraction. We try to keep our own voice steady, calm and even and patients will subconsciously follow suit.

We empathise and try to find out what it is exactly that they really don’t like and cater for this…

Is it the ultrasonic scaler? Hand scale. Drilling noises? We provide headphones or suggest to the patient to bring in their own music. It may take a little more effort and imagination sometimes but is it not worth it for happy, relaxed patients who want to tell the world what an amazing dental practice they go to?

One of the things consistently mentioned as a dreaded part of any trip to the dentist is ‘THE NEEDLE!’ even people with tattoos complain about it! We must explain to the patient that although they have the impression that this nasty, sharp needle is the sore bit, this really isn’t the case – the worst part is more likely to be pain felt when the anaestheitc liquid is inserted into the soft tissues.

One piece of equipment trying to combat this is the wonderfully named The Wand from DPS (Dental Practice Systems). This is a pen-like syringe, synced to a specific computer programme, which automatically delivers the anaesthetic at a slow, constant rate therefore reducing any pain felt.

Admittedly this sounds like a pretty cool gadget to impress your patients with (and we all know that we love our gadgets…) and it probably works very well, but is it neccesary?


How about just using lots of topical gel and actually leaving it on long enough to be effective (10-30 seconds) gently heating the anaesthetic cartridges, which has been shown to reduce the patients awareness of delivery and most importantly…..OUR DENTISTS WILL TAKE THEIR TIME!

So how about the genuinely phobic patients? In our view and experience most can be treated successfully using many of the same techniques used with nervous patients but may require more time spent at each visit or spreading out appointments, whatever is going to work better for the patient. We believe it is important to know your limitations though. Certain patients may only manage to get through treatment with the help of sedation, whether oral or I.V no matter what you try first, whereas some may even have to call on outside help such as hypnosis or acupuncture.

So we don’t rule out anything that may help our patients and we certainly don’t underestimate the power of fear!

If you have any questions arising from this post then please contact our team on 0141 339 7579.

Scottish dental schools top the UK Uni guide – and Glasgow in No1 spot

Interesting article in the latest issue of the Scottish Dental Magazine this month which focuses on The Guardian’s 2014 University Guide.

When it comes to offering dentistry for students the Guide has placed the Glasgow dental school in No1 position.

Second place goes to Aberdeen Dental School and Dundee takes the fifth position.

All three Scottish establishments have moved up the rankings from last years – a great reflection on the standards of education offered to the students in these three universities.

We’ve worked with a number of students from Glasgow and Dundee in the last few months – offering them work placement periods in the clinic and it’s always a great experience to meet these young students pursuing their professional goals in dentistry.

As a graduate from Glasgow I’m particularly proud to see the School taking the prime position in the UK-wide list but also pleased to see all three learning centres making their mark on the UK dentistry map.

According to the Scottish Dental Magazine article, MArgie Taylor, the chief dental officer of Scotland, is quoted as saying:


“These ratings reflect the quality of courses available in Scotland and are testament to the staff and students at all three schools.”

We couldn’t agree more!

IF you have any questions about this blog or wish to find out more about the services and treatments we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579 or email us via the website contact section.

Glasgow dental clinic strikes sponsorship deal with Milngavie team

Onside - with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys' football team

Onside – with our Glasgow dental clinic sponsorship of local Milngavie boys’ football team

Recently we concluded an arrangement with the organisers of the highly popular Milngavie Boys’ Club football team to sponsor one of the teams.

Team 1999 (the year determines the age group of the team players) now sports new tops with our Glasgow clinic logo. We’ve always been impressed by the enthusiasm the organisers have for organising the team training, the home and away games and the general support they give the youngsters showing an aptitude for the game.

We were pleased that the organisers planned all the kit printing with professionalism and we’re grateful to their Kirsteen Watson for liaising with us and sorting out everything to make it happen.


We look forward to meeting the team at one of their matches in the next season – and we also look forward to hearing how they’re performing. We’re confident that with out dental clinic’s backing they’ll do really well.

Kirsteen sent us this kind letter introducing our new team members to us and giving us a little update on how the boys have played recently.

Team update - words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

Team update – words from the organisers of our sponsored Team 1999.

We wish them all the very best for the Summer League and of course for the new season ahead.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like more information about the dental treatments and services we can offer patients please contact us via this website or by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Guest blog: Our Glasgow dental clinic PA Carly talks about her role

Helping the clinic run smoothly: Carly Doherty

Helping the clinic run smoothly: Carly Doherty

Behind every successful dental clinic is a great PA! That’s what I like to tell Philip and my colleagues on a regular basis.

I’ve worked with Philip for almost four years now and carried out my role in the period of build-up to the new clinic opening its doors in November, 2010. That build-up period was full=on and hectic, helping Philip run his previous clinic premises as well as supporting him in what was a major renovation project of our existing building. It was stressful but enjoyable and hugely satisfying to see the new clinic take shape, open and welcome our first patients.

In previous careers I’ve worked in customer service environments and so appreciate the importance of delivering the best to our patients.

For everything to run smoothly in the surgeries, it’s important to have first-class back-up support in terms of administration and organisation.
With Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow, I work two full days within the clinic and I also have the flexibility to work from home, which suits me perfectly.

Any working mother with small children will appreciate it is key for the work/home balance to be right in order to succeed in both.

A busy week will consist of managing Phil’s diary commitments , managing the accounts and supplier invoices, liasing with associates/staff/marketing team, booking courses/events, and general administration work. The organisational aspect of my job is something I really enjoy along with the variety in my role.


I’m based in a small but perfectly organised office in the clinic. There are no windows in the office I use so occasionally I’ll call my colleagues on reception to ask for a weather check before either heading out for lunch, on errands or at the end of the day when I’m leaving.

I think most people who know me would agree that being organised or taking the role of the ‘organiser’ comes naturally to me. I am a lover of lists and I enjoy ticking things off as I go! This works well in my home and also in my job at the clinic.

There’s a real ‘can-do’ attitude among all the clinical and administrative team members and I really enjoy that aspect of my work environment.

If, and when, the need arises I’ll jump onto the reception to assist my colleagues there and I really enjoy face-to-face contact with our patients – plus I can see out of the windows into the bustling West End and keep an eye on the weather at the same time!
I am fortunate to work with an incredible team of people and feel so blessed that I look forward to coming to work.

If you have any queries about this blog or would like more information about the dental services and treatments we offer please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Hygiene focus: key to good dental health

According to recent figures released by the British Dental Health Foundation, the nation’s dental cleaning habits are the subject of somewhat interesting reading.

The figures which were released as part of the recent National Smile Month revealed the following…

42 per cent of adults use just a toothbrush and toothpaste for their oral care.

31 per cent of adults use mouthwash

and perhaps the most concerning, only 21 per cent of adults use dental floss.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all

So that means only one in five of us is flossing on a regular basis.

Hygiene Therapy should be an integral and key part of your dental regime – EVERY DAY!

Our team of hygienists here at our Glasgow dental clinic are on hand to advise on all aspects of dental hygiene.

Flossing – thereby cleaning the tiny spaces between your teeth – should be an important part of your regime.

An effective oral hygiene regime is vital if your teeth are to stay strong and healthy.

In addition to cleaning with toothpaste, daily flossing and brushing the tiny spaces between your teeth – the interdental areas – are also recommended.


Here is a step-by-step guide to effective flossing compiled by the team at Oral-B:

1. Tear off 45cms (18 inches) of dental floss and wrap it several times round the middle fingers of both hands until the length is reduced to about 10cms (4 inches).

2. To clean the interdental areas in the upper jaw stretch a short section of floss firmly over both thumbs and carefully insert the floss to avoid injuring your gums.

3. Wrap the floss around each tooth in a U shape and move it up and down approximately SIX times, applying slight pressure. Never move it from side to side.

4. To clean the interdental areas in the lower jaw stretch the floss over the tips of both index fingers and floss as for the upper jaw.

5. Use a fresh piece of floss for each tooth by re-looping the floss over your fingers.

Should you have any questions about this blog or you wish to consult any of our dental professionals in relation to any treatments or services we offer please contact us via the website or by telephoning 0141 339 7579.

MBE award for dentist Liz’s mum-in-law: for her work with elderly in Glasgow

Dentist colleague Liz Glass with her MBE awarded mum in law Sheena Glass

Dentist colleague Liz Glass with her MBE awarded mum in law Sheena Glass

We’re always pleased to share new of our team and any special life moments they experience.

On this occasions we’re delighted to congratulate Sheena Glass on being awarded an MBE for services to the community in the Queen’s Birthday Honours announced recently.

Sheena, mother-in-law of our dentist colleague Liz Glass (both pictured above), works incredibly hard in her role as Chief Executive for Glasgow Old Peoples Welfare Association – a charity that serves elderly people across Glasgow with day care, welfare services, neighbourhood visits, holidays, residential care, form filling support and much, much more.

Their motto is, “Adding Life to Years” and Sheena devotes a huge amount of energy and enthusiasm improving the lives of many elderly people in Glasgow.

Her role involves fund raising, organising, visiting homes, setting up day centres, attracting volunteers, speaking to clubs like Glasgow Rotary Club as well as taking groups of older people on holiday twice a year. She is caring, committed and compassionate about older people and their needs. Anyone who has been in touch with GOPWA will realise they have become a friend for life.

The Charity also helps young people – senior pupils from schools throughout Glasgow are welcomed in the day centres and residential homes. This provides the youngsters with valuable work experience and fulfils volunteering requirements for awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh.

The young people are often surprised at the satisfaction they get from helping out with the elderly.

Warmest congratulations to Sheena Glass MBE. If you want to volunteer or know someone who could do with some help from GOPWA, they can be contacted on 0141 221 9924.

If you have any questions about this blog please contact our Glasgow dental clinic reception team who will be happy to help. They can be contacted on 0141 339 7579.

Mouth cancer: spotlight on equipment that can help diagnose potential issues.

The Velscope tool can help in an assessment for mouth cancer

The VELscope – a useful tool in assessing oral health.

Our clinic is running a campaign this year to raise awareness of the potential risk signs of mouth cancer.

We’ve posted several blogs about the signs to look out for and to stress the importance of seeking professional help if you’re at all concerned about any abnormality.

We’re also liaising with the team from The Ben Walton Trust, a charity which was set up to raise the awareness of mouth cancer risk factors and encourage people to seek help should they have any concerns. We recently carried a blog by one of the founders Michael Walton.

Today technology and sophisticated equipment can provide us with additional ways of investigating any issues arising from a dental examination.

The VELscope is a hand-held device that provides dentists and hygienists with an easy-to-integrate adjunctive mucosal examination system for the early detection of a wide variety of oral diseases, including pre-cancer and cancer.

It is important to stress that this is used as part of the examination process and that a properly qualified dental professional would use this in addition to the processes used to examine a patient’s mouth, together with assessment of risk and lifestyle factors.

Used in conjunction with the conventional intra-oral and extra-oral head and neck exam, the VELscope facilitates the discovery of mucosal abnormalities before they become visible under ordinary light.

The VELscope is the only non-invasive adjunctive device clinically proven to help discover occult oral disease. We have included the VELscope in our equipment inventory for our clinic.

How Does the VELscope Work?

This is the technical stuff – but it’s important as it explains why the VELscope can be a useful additional tool in examination processes.

The VELscope handpiece emits a safe blue light into the oral cavity, which excites natural fluorophores from the surface of the epithelium through to the basement membrane (where premalignant changes typically begin) and into the stroma beneath, causing it to fluoresce. The VELscope’s proprietary filter makes fluorescence visualisation possible, by blocking reflected blue light, and by enhancing the contrast between normal and abnormal tissue.

Is the VELscope a Diagnostic Tool?

Like other visualisation technologies, such as panoramic radiography, CT, MRI, PET and ultrasound, the VELscope is NOT a stand-alone diagnostic test. However, used in conjunction with the standard oral soft tissue exam, VELscope provides visual information that cannot be acquired in any other way.

Does the VELscope Generate “False Positives” for Oral Cancer?

False positives occur when a diagnostic test mistakenly signals the presence of disease. The VELscope system is NOT a diagnostic test, and does not, consequently, generate false positives. As an adjunctive visualisation tool, the VELscope helps dental professionals discover a wide range of unhealthy tissue in the mouth, including oral pre-cancer and cancer.

If you have any questions arising from this blog or you wish to book an examination please contact our Glasgow clinic reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Glasgow dental clinic’s team summer night out

Our team here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry is the key to our delivery of first-class patient treatment and care.

From time to time we organise a special get together for the team to relax away from the clinical environment and enjoy each other’s company.

Last Friday we had our summer night out…which did actually start off in the clinic.

We transformed the patient waiting area into a make-shift stage setting for our team’s newest recruit June Naylor who’s joined the dental nurse team at the clinic.

June is a keen harp player having studied music at Strathclyde university before going on to complete her dental nurse training.

Dental nurse - and expert harpist June who entertained the team on their summer night out.

Dental nurse – and expert harpist June who entertained the team on their summer night out.

June entertained us to a few numbers – a couple of traditional Scottish, a jazz, a Spanish – along with a couple of her own compositions which went down very well.

She also gave us a brief introduction to the history of the harp and answered the many questions we all had about harp-playing.

After our musical section we headed out for dinner and a few drinks to mark the summer’s arrival (tho’ looking out the window currently one could be forgiven for thinking it’s still winter!).

Click on HARP to see and hear June playing on Friday night.