Smile makeover for patient in early 60s: self conscious about her teeth since childhood accident.

We received this lovely testimonial from a lady in early 60s who’d been self conscious about her teeth since a childhood accident. She wanted a smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This patient wished to improve her smile together with her confidence in her smile.

There was a combination of a missing central incisor tooth, worn, ageing restorations and a shift in the centreline.

Many and varied treatment options were discussed together with the feasibility of each. The patient wished lower arch orthodontics (treatment ongoing) together with new ceramic work on the upper arch to camouflage the alignment issues of the smile. This also enhanced her smile’s aesthetic appearance, improving the shade and harmony.

Here’s her note to us…and the photo montage shows the before/after…

“To Dr Friel and his team…After many years of feeling self conscious about my teeth following a childhood accident, I finally decided to seek advice from Dr Friel. After a consultation a treatment plan was drawn up to enable me to decide which treatment I would prefer.


Thanks to the expertise and skill of Dr Friel fitting Zirconia Crowns I now have the confidence to smile when speaking to people.

I would highly recommend a visit to Dr Friel’s Dentistry Practice to anyone who like me put off having work done to their teeth through the fear of the dentist.

Zirconia crowns and orthodontic work helped achieve great result

The before (top) and after of this lady’s smile makeover


Phil and his excellent team immediately put you at ease, by being so friendly and professional the minute you walk through the door. They have the patience to explain the details of the treatment, and also help to alleviate any fears during the procedures.

I can’t thank Phil and his team enough for all their care and assistance, if only I’d known the final outcome I would have done it years ago.”

We’re always grateful when a patient takes the time to write to us about the experiences in the clinic. If you have any questions arising from this blog post of would like to find out more about smile makeovers please contact us on 0141 339 7579.

Mouth Cancer Awareness Campaign – May guest blog. If in doubt…check it out!

Our clinic is running a mouth cancer awareness campaign in a bid to raise the awareness of this particular cancer and ensure people are aware of the potential warning signs.
Previous blog posts have included information on the potential warning signs.

Throughout the year ahead we’ll work with members of the Ben Walton Trust, a charity which was set up after the death of student Ben Walton.

This guest blog has been written by Ben’s father Michael Walton – and we thank him for his input…

“Recently I was in Glasgow for two events, firstly a visit to Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry to discuss their first ever Mouth Cancer Campaign which will run from April until November 2013.

The second was to speak the following day to the British Society of Dental Hygienists and Therapists (BSDHT) on the topic of Early Detection and Rapid Referral of Oral Lesions.

Now why may you ask, as I am not a dentist or a medic of any sort, was I speaking to such a group? Well. my son Ben died of mouth cancer when he was 22 years old, an otherwise fit and healthy young man with excellent oral hygiene but in retrospect he had had a bout of glandular fever and had a mouth ulcer that was large enough for his GP to measure – it disappeared entirely, but when he developed mouth cancer it was in the same place. So a lesson there, although I must point out that most mouth conditions are not cancerous.

I set up the Trust and spent a great deal of time reading around the subject and realised that there was very little public and even professional awareness of the disease.


I was also aware that there was little research done on the subject. Yet it was apparent to me, at least, that something was happening. What had traditionally been a late to middle age disease of older men who had drunk and smoked to excess and was largely preventable, it was affecting more younger men and women for no apparent reason.


Michael Walton – author of our guest blog

At that time, 16 years ago, the annual incidence in the UK was given as between 1,800 -2,400 new cases ( 400 in Scotland) with only a 50% survival rate. In 2010 the figures had risen to 6,200 new cases ( 770) in Scotland but the mortality was around 2,000, so a large increase but better survival rates, down ,I believe, to increased public and professional awareness, leading to more rapid detection. Survival rates can improve from a low of less than 50 % to over 90% by rapid detection and treatment.

One of the first things we implemented was a research project in collaboration with King’s College dental school London where we helped to fund a three year study on patients under the age of 45 years. Remarkably this showed, for the first time, that in 25% of these cases, alcohol and tobacco were not implicated in causing the disease.

I do not have the space here to speculate what it was but if you go to our website you will see more information as well as the key signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.

After the results of the King’s study were published, Professor Saman Warnakulasuriya made the following statement”


“It is clear from this study that we cannot stereotype who may be at risk from mouth cancer. Young and old, smokers and non-smokers, drinkers and non-drinkers and any social class may be affected. This is important information for dentists and physicians (and pharmacists) so as not to overlook signs and symptoms in the absence of stereotype to avoid misdiagnosis”.

So what is Phil Friel doing in his campaign? – well, he will be offering free mouth cancer screening during a couple of specific periods later this year. If the patient wishes to say thank you a donation can be made to The Ben Walton Trust via our Justgiving page at

I personally believe that early detection is probably the single most important factor. However ‘gold standard’ the treatment plans are and however good the ‘centres of excellence’ become, the fact remains that until the patient presents, the pathway of detection, diagnosis and treatment cannot begin and precious time is lost.

I applaud Phil Friel and his practice for taking this initiative, as not only may it save distress and indeed potentially lives , it will also underpin an awareness massage that is so important.

Don’t have sleepless nights but if you notice anything unusual in your mouth or a condition which is not clearing within two weeks……..Check it Out

With Best Wishes Mike Walton.”

Should you have any questions or concerns arising from the above blog please feel free to contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579.

National Smile Month kicking off next week: some dental data that won’t make us all smile!

Dental data that might not make everyone smile!

Dental data that might not make everyone smile!

The British Dental Health Foundation is kicking off National Smile Month 2013 from May 20 and the campaign organisers have put together some very interesting facts and figures about our nation’s oral health – see above graphic.

According to the Foundation’s guide on the National Smile Month 2013 not everyone looks after their oral health.

In fact, according to their research, one in four people still don’t brush their teeth twice a day while four in ten don’t visit their dentist as regularly
as recommended. This has led to one in 10 adults suffering from tooth decay and a further two in three having visible dental plaque.

Their findings into the UK’s attitudes to oral health further discovered that when it comes to attitudes to oral health care –

• 60 per cent of people aged 65 and over regret not looking after their teeth in earlier life
• 67 per cent of 16-24 year olds worry more about their teeth compared to the same age group five
years ago

When it comes to Work and oral health the research uncovered the following statistics –

• 43 per cent of the UK workforce is allowed to take paid time off work to visit their dentist

• 13 per cent of workers have to take time off without pay to visit their dentist

• Nearly three in every ten people (29 per cent) take holiday or visit the dentist in their own time

• 62 per cent of parentssaid they eithertook unpaid leave or holiday to take their children to the
• 7 per cent of people say they have had a sick day due to poor oral health in the past five years

• 4 per cent of adults say they have had to take a day off work to look after a child’s tooth problem

The British Dental Health Foundation stated:

“It isn’t all down in the mouth.To coincide with National Smile Month, we’ve seen some great improvements in oral health.
The UK is one of the most likely nations in Europe to visit their dentist for
a check-up – helping to prevent the battle against poor oral health.

“The UK was ranked second(72 per cent), after the Netherlands (79per cent),in a recent survey.

“There’s more good news.Over three fifths of adults in England and Northern Ireland (61per cent and
60 per cent respectively) and over two thirds inWales and Scotland (both 69 per cent) now attend their dentists regularly.
In 1978, the figure was just 44 per cent in England and 39 per cent in Wales.”

If you’re one of the people who doesn’t visit the dentist as often as recommended make the decision to change your oral health maintenance routine – and book an appointment for check-up!
Our team here at our Glasgow dental clinic is hear to help. You can contact us on 0141 339 7579.

*Sources used by the British Dental Health Foundation:
• AdultDentalHealth Survey 1978 and 2009 (England,Wales and Northern Ireland).
• NHSDental Epidemiology Programme for England -Oral Health Survey of 12 year old Children 2008 / 2009.
• NHSDental Epidemiology Programme for England;Oral Health Survey of five year old children, 2007/2008.
• National Dental Survey, British Dental Health Foundation, 2007 & 2010.

Denture makeover patient undergoes transformation at our Glasgow dental clinic

Denture makeover work is one of our areas of restorative dentistry at the clinic…

Dentures are a well used and traditional means of restoring the spaces resulting from tooth loss and come in many forms – they can be full or complete dentures if all teeth are lost, or partial if only some teeth are lost. Dentures are made from a variety of materials including acrylic and chrome. Dentures are relatively quick to produce, but are a removable solution.

Technology and manufacturing techniques have made great advances and the results for a denture patient can be pretty amazing.

The photo montage shown here features a recent denture case we worked on at our Glasgow dental clinic.

The denture makeover in images.

The denture makeover in images.

The male patient who was 71 came to the clinic having worn an upper denture for many years following a football accident.
The existing denture (top left photo) was worn, fractured and not as retentive in function as it once had been.

The patient wished a rejuvenated solution with improved function. The one remaining upper molar was utilised in the design and retention and a new, chrome based upper denture (top right photo) was provided to the specific requirements of the patient in terms of tooth shade and set up.

This patient’s denture makeover was completed and in the lower photo we see him smiling with his new upper denture in situ…

Should you have any questions arising from this blog or you wish to find out more information about the denture work we can offer our patients please feel free to contact us on 0141 339 7579.

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.


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.


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.

Are you sitting comfortably? A look at how surgery chairs have changed over the decades

A look back at how dental clinic chairs looked over the decades.

A look back at how dental clinic chairs looked over the decades.

How many of you can remember when your dentist’s surgery looked like any of the images in the montage above?

We’re grateful to dental equipment supplies company KAVO for delving into their archives and sharing these interesting photographs with us.

Today’s 21st century surgery chair is a very different piece of equipment.

When we planned our new Glasgow dental clinic we aimed to source the very best in equipment and fixtures to ensure our patient experience is the best in terms of comfort and available treatment.

We’ve installed five KAVO chairs which ensure the patient’s experience is the most comfortable and stress-free as well as meeting the stringent hygiene, decontamination and safety standards.


Here are two photos of our modern day chairs – look what we can pack into a 2 cubic metre space…and see the benefits on offer…

One of our clinic's five KAVO chairs giving patients  the very best in comfort and equipment.

One of our clinic’s five KAVO chairs giving patients the very best in comfort and equipment.

- patient-friendly, comfortable, fully adjustable chair with soft moulding comfort padding for head, back and legs ensuring the patient’s ultimate comfort at all times during the clinic visit.

- fully adjustable headrest for neck support.

- fully adjustable lumbar support.

- non porous, antibacterial, seam-free cover


- fully sealed unit for hygiene and easy clean, smooth surfaces in up stands.

One of the KAVO chairs in our Glasgow dental clinic

Today’s chair is a sophisticated piece of equipment with patient comfort and care at forefront.

- high and low volume aspiration for highly effective spray and saliva removal during treatment

- fully automated internal cleaning and decontamination programme

- heated spittoon/rinsing water

- multiple screens for patient education and demonstration

- integrated digital x ray machine for maximum image detail, speed and minimisation of dosage

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

Guest blog: Dentist Jillian reveals plans for new course study

Jill Clare, dental implant and cosmetic dentist

Focus on new cosmetic techniques

GUEST BLOG: This month’s blogger is dentist colleague Jillian Clare (pictured above).

Each month one of our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic will be writing a ‘guest blog’ – and giving us an insight into something that’s new in their dental world.

Today dentist colleague Jillian Clare tells us about a new course she’s started to ensure she’s up to date with the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques that can be used in a smile makeover. Here are Jillian’s words –

“In the past, the practice of dentistry was primarily based upon the prevention and the treatment of dental disease.

While this still holds true, and is of vital importance, dentistry is evolving.

The press and media focus on beautiful smiles, over the past decade especially, has seen an enormous demand for the cosmetic improvement of the smile.

An attractive smile can be seen as an important social asset. Surveys have shown that, more than any other feature- the smile is what both men and women find most attractive in other people.


A smile can be enhanced by the most simple of cosmetic treatments, such as professional home whitening, or the changing of a visible, traditional amalgam filling, to a more attractive and natural looking “white filling”; right up to complex full mouth reconstruction following a comprehensive smile design planning process.

I have recently started a nine month course on advanced aesthetic and cosmetic dentistry, in London.

This course aims to teach us “the art and science” of a beautiful smile, and is taught by two highly respected, London based, cosmetic dentists, together with guest speakers from different interlinked specialities.
The structure is largely hands on, together with a sound theory core.

Dentistry has changed so much, even in the 14 years since my graduation from Glasgow dental school.
I have attended many courses within that time, in order to keep up to date with current best practice.

At dental school, we were, of course, taught how to place “white” composite fillings, and how to prepare and bond veneers, but with so many new advancements in materials, techniques and technology, I wanted to ensure that I am able to offer my patients the very best treatment options, both in routine restorative dentistry, and also should they be looking to cosmetically enhance their smile.


The course starts with several days devoted to the all important planning stages, including smile design, dental photography, and cosmetic imaging.

The cosmetic imaging training, is for me, one of the most exciting aspects of this course, as it allows modification of an onscreen picture of a patients own teeth, to show the cosmetic dentistry enhancement possibilities.

Changes in the length and width of teeth, straightening, whitening, closure of gaps, the lifting of the gum to reduce a gummy smile appearance, and many more cosmetic dental options, can all be visualised in the image of the patients own mouth, and this simulation can then be compared next to the patients existing smile picture.

Essentially, this will allow patients to visualise all possibilities, and be involved in any modification, to achieve the smile that they desire, prior to a decision being made on the progression of treatment.
I am hoping to be able to offer cosmetic imaging to patients in the clinic as soon as possible after appropriate training.

In future blogs I will discuss in greater detail treatment options that are available to enhance the smile.”

We’re grateful to Jillian for her blog input. If you have any questions arising from the blog please feel free to contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

Mouth cancer awareness campaign: meeting with charity at Glasgow dental clinic

Meeting between Michael Walton, Liz Grant and Philip Friel at our Glasgow clinic

Michael Walton, Liz Grant and Philip Friel at clinic meeting

We told you last week we’ve launched a campaign to raise awareness of the signs and risk factors of mouth cancer.

We’ll be blogging about the topic in the months to come and on Friday we met up with two members of the Ben Walton Trust – a charity set up in memory of a young student, Ben Walton, who at the age of just 22 lost his fight with mouth cancer in December, 1995.

We met Michael Walton, Ben’s father, and fellow charity representative Liz Grant at our dental clinic in Glasgow.

The charity has the following aims…

• to give funding to King’s College Dental School, London, and other institutions, for research into mouth cancer in the under 45s
• to distribute information and advise individuals and organisations on mouth cancer, without charge
• to collaborate with the media to increase public awareness
• to work with health professionals to encourage sharing of best
• and to givs emotional and financial support to vulnerable patients

The aim of our meeting with Michael and Liz was to share our year long schedule of activities and messaging and brainstorm some ideas. We’re delighted that we’ll be working with their team too on a couple of initiatives that are coming up in the months ahead.

Should you wish to donate to this worthwhile charity you can do so via their online donation page here.

If you have any concerns about the potential warning signs or issues relating to mouth cancer our team here is happy to discuss them with you.

You may find our launch blog which outlines the potential warning signs and also the traditional causes of mouth cancer helpful to read. You can find it by clicking here.

The best ‘tools for the job’ at our Glasgow dental clinic

The newest and best equipment is very important for today’s clinic and we spent a lot of time researching the pieces we need to deliver the best in patient care and treatment.

That research took me all over the world – literally visiting clinics and suppliers personally – or surfing dozens of dental related websites to source the best for our purposes.

Each of our five state of the art surgeries is equipped with some of the most up to date equipment and technology that’s available in the world of dentistry.

Dental magazine Dentistry Scotland’s new issue carried a feature highlighting some of the key items they’ve labelled as the equipment we ‘couldn’t live without’!


It gives you some insight into how important we view the need to have the best equipment on hand to deliver the best experience possible for our patients.

Should you have any questions about this blog, please don’t hesitate to contact us here at the Glasgow dental clinic.

A spotlight on some of the equipment we have in our surgeries and clinic.

A spotlight on some of the equipment we have in our surgeries and clinic.

Charity project underway: first young patients arrive for dental consultation

Glasgow dental clinic in pledge to help group of young people

Our pledge to help

From time to time we focus on some charity work to help those people less fortunate in life – often through no fault of their own.

Last month we announced a collaborative project with the excellent team from Action for Children, a Glasgow based charity, which helps support young people in need.

The dental clinic team will look after the dental health of four of the charity’s young men and women who are given help and support in their lives for a variety of reasons.

As you’ll see from above we gave details of our pledge to support this worthwhile cause at a fundraising lunch organised by the Women of Influence organisation which is chaired by clinic friend and patient Jo Mickel. We’ve worked with Jo and her team on the Women of Influence committee for several years now.

The idea for this joint project came through a brainstorming session to discuss how the clinic could further support Action for Children in the year ahead.

LAst week the first of those young people identified by the charity as potentially requiring our professional help visited us at the clinic and it was a pleasure to welcome them.

Whether the young people require ongoing dental maintenance, hygienist appointments or some more advanced treatment or care to achieve a smile makeover, we’ll be on hand to do the necessary.

By committing to this project, we as a clinic want to help the charity organisers make a big difference to the lives of these young people.

Without question a great, confident smile can go a long way in helping cement professional as well as personal relationships – and the lack of good dental function or aesthetic appearance can reduce a person’s self-esteem and confidence.

We’ll keep you posted on the progress of this exciting project.

Should you require more information about the Action for Children charity in Scotland please click here.