Dental makeover lets patient ‘smile with confidence’

Dental function as well as appearance can be compromised if a patient suffers from dental problems – especially if they’ve started back in childhood and continued into adulthood.

We recently saw a patient who was referred to us from her own dentist. Her issues really began when she was aged just 10 and from her recollection she explained she’d had a lifetime of dental challenges.

The patient – in her early 50s – tells us how her smile and confidence were changed as a result of the treatment she underwent under our care.

Here is a copy of a letter we received from the patient at the completion of treatment…

“To everyone at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry


Thank you so much to everyone for the superb treatment I received at the clinic. My smile and my
confidence has been completely transformed.

I have always been self conscious about my teeth for as long as I can remember. I have large prominent
teeth with an overbite. However I fell at the age of 10 and badly chipped one of my 2 front tooth and from
thereon in I had trouble with that tooth.

Smile makeover - can boost confidence and improve appearance

Smile makeover – can boost confidence and improve appearance

I have attended the same dental practice for over 40 years and had as much treatment as my own dentist
could give me. My back teeth were heavily filled ,crumbing and moving. I had a crown at the side that
kept falling out and a dark line showed at the top and another lower crown that was causing me extreme


I had a few lower back teeth extracted in my 20′s and had gaps there which made eating very
difficult. My front tooth had a veneer on the half tooth I had chipped and the tooth next to it was a different
shape and much slimmer so my smile was squinty looking. I had it all going on with having teeth missing
at the back ,crowns ,veneers and I was really struggling to eat. Worse still at the age of 51, I was in
constant pain with my back teeth, particularly at night.

I had an in depth discussion with my own dentist and he referred my to Dr. Friel as he felt he was the
dentist to sort out the difficulties I was having with my back teeth. he told me that there was no “quick fix”
for me and that I had to be prepared for perhaps over a year of treatment . I trust my own dentist
implicitly. He has been in the business for over 30 years and is highly regarded in the dentistry world so
his recommendation to Dr. Friel was testament enough for me.


I was apprehensive for my first visit to Philip Friel’s Clinic. You get used to the one dentist and I felt my
teeth were so bad and was embarrassed to have someone else looking in my mouth. However I needn’t
have worried. From the minute I stepped through the front door I was put at ease by Karyn and Siobhan.
The surroundings and decor are calming giving a feeling of tranquillity.

Dr. Friel was amazing from my first visit onwards. At first I was only there to sort out my back teeth lower
and upper. My plan detailed everything and I knew exactly what was going to happen over the coming
months. A year or so later and my back teeth were perfect. I had my smile widened which took away from
the prominence/overbite of my 6 front teeth and they were all perfect in size. Throughout the year I had
root treatments, an extraction, crowns and a partial cobalt chrome partial fitted ( in the coming years I will
get implants ) but for now I have a full set of top and bottom teeth. That’s a first since my early 20′s. Pain
free sleeping is a real bonus.


I visited the clinic many times over the year and I actually got to like my visits. I always had a chat with
Karyn and Siobhan who were great with me and they too could explain about different treatments. Root
treatments and an extraction with Ross and Louise was virtually painless and I really dreaded that. Every
time I was in the chair with Dr. Friel I felt very at ease and suffered virtually no pain. Kasia and Pam were
a great comfort.

I was so pleased with my back teeth I decided to get Dr. Friel to draw up a plan for my 6 top front teeth
which this time was more cosmetic work than my back teeth had been. Again I knew exactly what was
going to be happening via my dental plan. I completed that treatment last week and the results are
stunning. That was really painless and that work took about 4 weeks over 4 visits. The amazing thing is
that my teeth look so natural and the changes were so gradual that it really doesn’t look like I’ve had my
“teeth done”.


Thanks again to everyone at the clinic and I would highly recommend Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry to
anyone. I got a complete smile redesign which is more than I could have hoped for. Now at the age of 53
I can smile with complete confidence for the first time. Best wishes to you all for the future.”

If you have any questions about this blog or the treatments/services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Good dental health = good overall health

National Smile Month 2013 is running until June 20 and throughout the campaign we’ve been posting key information about the importance of good dental health.

Today’s post focuses on important health issues highlighted in the campaign’s website.

The campaign – organised by The British Dental Health Foundation – makes it clear that poor oral health is not just about toothache and decay.

The organisers state: “It has a much wider impact on general bodily health than you may think. Research over the past decade has revealed growing evidence linking poor oral health to serious health conditions.”

Here are some of the conditions they’ve highlighted – and why dental health is so important.

Heart disease and heart attacks

Gum disease has been linked to many diseases and illnesses within the body, and research suggests an increased likelihood of suffering a heart attack being one of them. This is thought to be as a result of the bacteria from the mouth getting into the bloodstream. The bacteria then go on to produce protein, which can affect the heart by causing the platelets in the blood to stick together in the blood vessels of the heart, making clots more likely to form.

Blood clots can reduce normal blood flow, so that the heart does not get all the nutrients and oxygen it needs. If the blood flow is badly affected this could lead to a heart attack. As a result, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to have coronary artery disease as those without gum disease.


New research suggests that gum disease carries a higher risk of causing a stroke than diabetes, and its impact is nearly the equivalent of high blood pressure as a major cause of strokes. People are twice as likely to suffer a non-fatal stroke as a result of gum disease, compared to diabetes. The data also suggests its impact is equivalent to people having high blood pressure.

New research is also suggestive that how much preventative dental care you have is linked to the chances of a stroke. Study participants who had ever had their teeth cleaned had a 24 per cent decreased risk of heart attack and a 13 per cent lower stroke risk compared to those who had never had a dental cleaning.

Not only did dental cleanings reduce risk of heart disease and stroke, protection from heart disease and stroke was more pronounced in participants who got tooth scaling at least once a year, meaning that the more often people had their teeth cleaned, the lower their risk of heart disease and stroke.


People with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease than people without it. This is probably because diabetics are more likely to get infections in general.

People who do not know they have diabetes, or whose diabetes is not under control, are especially at risk. If you do have diabetes it is important that any gum disease is diagnosed, because it can increase your blood sugar. This would put you at risk of diabetic complications.

Also, if you are diabetic, you may find that you heal more slowly. If you have a problem with your gums, or have problems after visits to your dentist, discuss this with your dentist before dental treatment.

New research has also shown that you are more likely to develop diabetes if you have gum disease.

Pregnancy and oral health

Pregnant women who have gum disease may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is premature and with a low birth weight. Research suggests bacteria in the oral cavity reaches the amniotic fluid via the bloodstream and can induce early labour. Research also suggests that women whose gum disease gets worse during pregnancy have an even higher risk of having a premature baby.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to contact our Glasgow dental clinic please call us on 0141 339 7579.

Dental nurse Kasia steps out for charity!

Best foot forward - Kasia prepares to take on the challenge.

Best foot forward – Kasia prepares to take on the challenge.

Our Glasgow clinic dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada has been putting in some training recently for a big charity challenge.

She took part in the Edinburgh Moon Walk which raises money for the Breast Cancer charity.

Kasia completed the 26 miles in seven hours – well done!

Here’s what she had to say:

“I had a great night with all the moonwalkers and supporters cheering us on.

“I think the event attracted about 4,000 participants this year.

“I did the full marathon 26.2 miles in 7 hours including having to wait a long time to queue for the toilet.

“Participants had the option of completing a lesser course of six or 13 miles.

“Some crazy walkers took on the challenge of two marathons back to back – more than 52 miles. They must be still out walking!

“When we started off at midnight it was cold and wet but it improved in the early hours and we had brilliant sunrise and a fresh sea breeze as we were walking along the coast.

“Not sure the total amount of money that will be raised but we were told before we started even walking we had raised half of million pound already!

“My partner Eric said i was overtaking everybody but when i reached 19 miles i started to be impatient and just wanted to finish quickly!

“It’s a great event and would do it again – and I’d recommend anybody to do the same. Roll on next year’s Moon Walk.”

For more information about the Moon Walk see this link.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more information about our Glasgow dental clinic please call 0141 339 7579.

The importance of a check-up: it’s not just your smile to think about…

As we’ve mentioned in previous blogs, it’s currently the 2013 National Smile Month and the message coming out from the organisers underlines the importance of a regular check-up to ensure your dental health and function are in tip top condition.

How often do you attend the dentist for a check-up?

The British Dental Health Foundation which runs National Smile month emphasises the links between bad oral health and many other health issues.

The campaign organisers write…

“Poor oral health doesn’t just cause problems inside the mouth. A smile is hugely important to our personalities, self-confidence, relationships and success.


“General health is also at risk too as studies continue to associate poor oral health to serious health problems such as diabetes, heart disease, strokes, pneumonia, premature babies and other major conditions. With a good oral health routine, most of these conditions are preventable.”

Aside from committing the time and intention to visit your dentist there can be other reasons such as dental phobia that will lead to someone putting off that important check-up appointment.

According to the National Smile Month 2013 website, 15 per cent of adults who have been to a dentist suffer from extreme dental anxiety.

The site also reveals how visiting the dentist is ranked number one (22%) for making people nervous, closely followed by heights (19%). Nearly 10 times as many people (22%) are nervous of visiting their dentists, compared to their doctor (2%).

Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is experienced in supporting people who suffer from varying degrees of dental phobia. From the moment a patient arrives at our reception, the team will be on hand to extend a warm welcome and give any advice and support you require.

We also have a team focused on helping those phobic patients undergoing treatment via sedation techniques. Our hygienist team is also well experienced in caring from any phobic patients attending the clinic.

Should you have any questions about the points raised in this blog post, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team here by phoning 0141 339 7579. We look forward to hearing from you.

The French connection: one of my dental implant articles goes international

The cover of the French issue of Dental Tribune International

The cover of the French issue of Dental Tribune International

From time to time I’m asked to contribute to magazines and publications focused on the dental world.

I just received an email the other day informing me that the team at Dental Tribune International had translated one of my articles for their French issue which was just published.

The article focused on dental implant surgery and the immediate fitting of implants post surgery. As well as the words, I’d provided a series of photos to chart the progress of the dental work in our Glasgow dental clinic.

This is the first time I’ve had an article translated into another language for publication and so am delighted to learn the an even more international audience is reading about my work.

You can see the full article – and practise your French at the same time – by clicking this link.

If you have any questions about this blog please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 and a member of our team will be happy to help.

If you’d like more information – in English – about dental implants please click here.

National Smile Month – dental data revealed

Some interesting facts and figures,

Some interesting facts and figures,

We’re in National Smile Month 2013 and the organisers have released more survey findings to mark the occasion.

As you’ll see from the above the survey unveils some fascinating results about our attitude to dental health and more importantly how our dental health can impact on the overall body health. Makes interesting reading…

The most important message coming from the organisers of this month long campaign is the importance of having your dental health checked out on a regular basis.

Their number crunchers have also revealed some interesting facts about the nations approach to visiting the dentist. According to the British Dental Health Foundation –

50 per cent of adults say they visit their dentist every 6 months

21 per cent of adults say they visit their dentist annually

Visiting the dentist annually reduces the risk of tooth decay by 60 per cent

Nearly one in ten people in the UK aren’t registered with a dentist


And on the topic of the reasons why the nation does decide to visit the dentist the findings reveal the followng -

27 per cent of adults only visit their dentist when they have a problem

9 per cent of adults visit their dentist with pain

90 per cent of visits to the dentist are for check-ups

The UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for a check-up – ranked second (72%), after the Netherlands (79%).

Teeth/Smiles are rated the second most important attraction feature, after personality, and the most important body feature surveyed (including body shape, height, hair, face and eyes).

The National Smile Month is organised and run by the British Dental Health Foundation. This is an independent charity that is dedicated to improving the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, educational materials and national campaigns, such as National Smile Month 2013!

For more information about the Foundation and the work it does please see their website by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or if you’d like to make an appointment for a consultation at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact us by email via our contact page or by calling 0141 339 7579 and our reception team will be ready to handle your enquiry.

Dentist Liz attends ceremony for new qualification

New qualification for dentist Liz

New qualification for dentist Liz

It’s always exciting when one of the clinical team achieves a new milestone in their career and professional development.

Several of our team are usually attending some sort of course or study programme and recently we told of how dentist colleague Jillian Clare had embarked on a course in cosmetic dentistry techniques in London.

This time it was the turn of our colleague Elizabeth – know as Liz – Glass who recently underwent the studies and subsequent examination to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery. The course took a year and Liz passed with flying colours – no surprise as she put in a great deal of commitment to and studying for the exams.

On Wednesday of last week she and her family attended the formal admissions ceremony for those new MFDS ‘graduates’ at the University of Glasgow’s Bute Hall.

After the ceremony a dinner was held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons in St Vincent Street, Glasgow.

You can read more about Liz’s qualifications and experience by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about this blog or need to contact our team please call 0141 339 7579.

Glasgow Dental Hospital presentation: great networking opportunity

From time to time I’m invited to address seminars or groups of students and it’s something I not only enjoy doing but also value as a key part of my personal development.

This week I had an invitation to give a short presentation to the TGSA, the training grade staff association at Glasgow Dental Hospital.

The presentation focus for the occasion was on ‘my career and role’ so I was able to speak about my own early training and then my particular focus on cosmetic dentistry and in particular dental implant work..

Turned out to be a very good night with presentations from both practice and hospital based clinicians. I always see such evens as great networking opportunities too and the chance to establish new contacts within the dental profession.

I received an email from one of the organisers thanking me for attending and also saying he had received positive feedback about the occasion – so am delighted to hear that!

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.


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.


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.

Snoring spoil your night’s sleep? Help is at hand at our Glasgow dental clinic

It’s one of those topics few like to discuss!

Snoring can make people’s lives a misery. It’s a well-known fact.

But help could be at hand with our expertise and knowledge here at our Glasgow dental clinic.

We work with a great product range called Somnowell.

There’s more information here in our snoring section which gives you an insight to the treatment we can offer.

We work with Somnowell products invented by Dr Simon Ash.

Dr Ash began specialising in sleep related breathing disorders 15 years ago, after being encouraged to get involved in the area by Professor Michael Roberts.

Dr Ash quickly began working to try to overcome the problems with the many different plastic mandibular advancement devices that he tried. Notably the bulkiness leading to low patient compliance,
and the fact that the plastic devices were short term answers for long term problems. Typically patients suffering from problematic snoring or obstructive sleep apnoea tend to get worse as they get older. Dr Ash drew up a list of ideals for mandibular advancement devices and has been working to try to achieve them all.

Dr Ash’s first breakthrough came when he invented the predecessor to the Somnowell, it was a mandibular advancement device with a chrome cobalt framework and an acrylic twin block design. He published two peer-reviewed papers on this first device.

Dr Ash then invented the Somnowell for which a number of patents are currently applied for. The Somnowell frameworks are made entirely from chrome cobalt (nickel and beryllium free), attached by Herbst stainless steel piston rods. The Somnowell is a huge leap forward in mandibular advancement design. It is the Rolls Royce of mandibular advancement appliances, being extremely comfortable, discreet, and long lasting. gives an insight to how this treatment works…

The Somnowell gently holds the lower jaw forward and maintains an open airway whilst the patient sleeps. It has a titratable Herbst device on the left and right hand side of the chrome cobalt framework. The Herbst device provides a fixed linkage between the maxillary and mandibular chrome cobalt frameworks. This can be adjusted for maximum patient comfort and effectiveness.

Typically when a snorer sleeps, the muscles around the throat relax, and the jaw and tongue drop backwards. This causes the airway to narrow. The lungs need the same amount of air, so the air has to travel faster through the narrower airway. This increased velocity causes the soft tissues to vibrate, resulting in the snoring sound.

Almost every sufferer of obstructive sleep apnoea is also a heavy snorer. Being a heavy snorer and overweight is highly predictive of obstructive sleep apnoea risk. In obstructive sleep apnoea the narrowed airway collapses, often due to fatty tissue around the throat. The person stops breathing and has an apnoea.

The oxygen levels drop, the blood pressure rises, and eventually the person’s emergency system gets them breathing again with a gasp or a choking sound.
Mandibular advancement devices can offer a well-proven mechanical solution for these mechanical problems. There is a significant amount of research from around the world that demonstrates the effectiveness of mandibular advancement devices in treating problematic snoring and mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnoea. The issue is in how this technology is applied.

Thanks to the people at Somnowell here are some details on the success of the treatment….

Dr Ash follows up his patients using a standard follow up questionnaire.

Analyses of the completed follow up questionnaires reveals the following successes as reported by Dr Ash’s patients:
93% report successful treatment.
A further 1.4% report a partial success.
A typical example would be that the sleep apnoea is resolved 100%, and the snoring 75%.
83% report improved quality sleep.
51% report improved energy levels.
40% report improved concentration.

Should you wish any more information on how we can help sleep-related problems such as snoring, please contact the team on 0141 339 7579.