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.

Big brother’s watching you – via your teeth…

There are many reasons you might want to visit the dentist…

Perhaps you would come to our Glasgow dental clinic for a routine check-up, a smile makeover consultation, teeth whitening or even dental implants

The list of reasons is extensive.

But coming to see the dentist and having a tooth sensor fitted?

That’s the latest innovation revealed in the media this week with an article focusing on work that’s been carried out in the National Taiwan University.

The boffins there have developed a prototype of a tooth sensor that can fit onto dentures or braces and has been created by medics to allow them to track whether a person is following the health advice given to them.


This tiny piece of electronic gadgetry apparently can also be embedded into a tooth and holds a small motion sensor called an accelerometer.

According to the reports the theory is that the jaw moves in different ways during certain activities such as chewing, eating, smoking or drinking.

Said sensor then amasses this information on the smallest of circuit boards and then transmits the data collected to a smartphone. The patient’s doctor can then download the vital data and determine whether the patient has been following guidelines – perhaps sticking to a diet or has given up smoking.

Our team here at the Glasgow dental clinic enjoy reading the reports about the latest advances in the world of dentistry and teeth-related matters. This topic was certainly one that created a bit of interest in the staff room.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about the treatments and services – not the application of the above mentioned tooth sensor I might add – we do offer then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

What a difference a dental implant can make…

Dental implant surgery is a particular focus for my professional work.

The benefits achievable with dental implants can be key to effective cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry work – all playing part of aesthetic and functional improvements (also more commonly known as a ‘smile makeover’)…

There can be a number of reasons why a dental implant can be the effective solution for a patient.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

I recall looking after one male patient from our Glasgow dental clinic who had suffered a sports injury – he’d been a footballer and in a clash had instantly knocked out his two front teeth. I was able to see him at short notice and assess the damage caused in the accident.

Like anyone the loss of these teeth and the impact on his smile were fairly traumatic factors but it was evident to me on examination that we could achieve a long-lasting and effective solution for the patient by using dental implants.

The treatment took about 15 months in total but during the patient journey we kept him fully informed with what was happening and what needed to happen to achieve the end result.

Much of that time is taken up in the simple healing process post surgery and to allow the titanium implant to become properly secured in the patient’s mouth.

The patient’s own words to us in a testimonial summed up the outcome following completion of his treatment plan.

He kindly wrote: “The shape and shade of each new tooth has exceeded my expectations and the overall effect has restored my confidence.”

I carry out dental implant work both at my Glasgow clinic and also at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Should you wish to find out more information about how dental implant surgery could help you please contact us on 0141 339 7579. Our reception team here at Glasgow would be happy to help with your enquiry.

Good reason to visit the dentist? Read on…

Struggling with toothache? Bleeding gums when you brush? Unhappy with your smile?

All the above are sound reasons for visiting your dentist for a check-up but just how good is our country when it comes to visiting the dentist?

Recent survey results issued by the British Dental Health Foundation revealed that 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%).

At our dental clinic here in Glasgow the dental professionals recommend you visit for a check-up twice a year/every six months.

The Foundation’s survey found that when it came to reasons for visiting the dentist –

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

9% of adults visit their dentist with pain

90% of visits to the dentist are for check-ups

The survey also found that 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).

We also recommend regular visits to our hygienist team to ensure you maintain good cleaning standards to ensure all round oral health and maintenance.

Should you have any questions about the above post or would like to find out more about the treatments we offer here – ranging from general dental care to cosmetic dentistry – please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Veneers: cosmetic dentistry solutions at our Glasgow dental clinic


We offer a range of cosmetic dentistry solutions at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Our team is well experienced in advising patients on the best solutions to achieve aesthetic and functional benefits.

If you’re thinking about having cosmetic dentistry carried out to improve your smile then this post about veneers may give you some key information.

Veneers are thin facings which are bonded to the teeth to enhance their appearance.
In an ideal world, natural teeth are of a satisfactory shape and shade or colour, and in positions in the mouth which are ideal.

In life, of course, this ideal situation is not always present.

Veneers - can improve appearance/function

Veneers – can improve appearance/function

Teeth can be discoloured or stained, twisted or rotated, crowded or spaced in combination such that the aesthetic appearance of the smile in unsatisfactory and in need of improvement. Veneers can be used to lighten, brighten or straighten teeth where appropriate and are used on the upper and lower arched on incisor, canine and premolar teeth. Depending on the occlusion/bite, veneers can also be used on the molar teeth.


Veneers can be used with careful planning to correct any or all of the above problems in combination.

Following full case discussion and planning, together with x rays where appropriate to determine the health of the supporting tooth roots, impressions are taken in order that a diagnostic wax up can be provided. This diagnostic set up is then transferred to the mouth in a temporary material to allow patient visualisation before any treatment is commenced.

Following approval of this diagnostic set up, the teeth are prepared for final veneers. It is always the intention to ensure that the preparation of natural tooth tissue is as minimal as possible to preserve the natural tooth structure. In cases of tooth rotation or malpositioned teeth, however, this preparation may require to be a little more invasive. In extreme cases, it may be prudent to consider pre ceramic orthodontic treatment to move the teeth into a more favourable, less invasive position for veneers treatment. In addition, depending upon the case requirements and the smile design required, pre operative crown lengthening (refer to crown lengthening section) can also ensure that the height the gum line is perfect to compliment the perfect smile.

Following the final veneer preparation under magnification, accurate impressions are taken and transferred to the laboratory where the final veneers are fabricated ready for transfer to the mouth. In the intervening period, temporary veneers are generally placed using the transfer technique from the diagnostic wax up described above.


After construction of the veneers, the temporary veneers are removed and the veneer preparations polished before the final veneers are trial fitted for patient approval before being cemented into place carefully.

Veneers can be made from a number of materials depending upon the specific case requirements. These materials include porcelain and composite.

Following completion of veneer treatment, it is imperative to ensure regular attendance to care not only for the veneers but also for the remaining teeth in the mouth to ensure the result lasts as intended. Veneer treatment generally, but not always, requires the use of local anaesthetic for the preparation and fit stages.

If you have any questions about this post or any of the treatment discussed in it please feel free to contact us on 0141 339 7579.

Implant retained denture improves patient’s smile

Regular readers of our blog will know that from time to time we highlight the treatment of a patient who’s undergone cosmetic or restorative dentistry work.

In this post today we look at the use of dental implants to retain a denture for a patient at our Glasgow dental clinic.

This 45 year old patient presented wishing to improve the stability and aesthetics of her upper arch.

BEFORE - the patient's smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

BEFORE – the patient’s smile pre treatment and dental implant surgery

The patient was suffering from generalised adult periodontal disease, with advanced bone loss around the upper teeth leading to tooth mobility, splaying, tooth rotation, poor aesthetics and functional instability.


The patient wished an improvement in the look and function of the teeth but required a solution that was easy to maintain and clean going forwards.

As part of the smile makeover process the patient underwent extensive examination and at all times was appraised of what was happening and a detailed treatment plan was given.

A decision was made to remove the failing upper teeth and allow the bone to heal. A conventional denture was placed immediately after these extractions and after adequate healing, four implants were placed in the upper arch and allowed to heal.

After healing of the implants, a milled bar with locators was fitted to the implants and this was then used to retain an upper denture firmly in position. This solution allowed a very stable upper denture even in function, with vastly improved aesthetics. As the denture is removable, both the denture and the bar/implants are ease to clean and maintain.

AFTER - An aesthetically and functionally improved smile

AFTER – An aesthetically and functionally improved smile


This bar gives great support and retention to the denture and as a result of this, the denture extent/coverage can be reduced meaning that the upper denture does not cover the palate allowing a more natural feel in the final result. The total treatment time for this case was 10 months.

Should you have any questions about this post or the use of dental implants to retain dentures then please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579 for more information.

Restorative dentistry: offering patients at our Glasgow dental clinic great results

Part of a dental professional’s calendar is taken up with attending courses and seminars each year.

It’s a key part of our professional development and a vital step in ensuring that we’re at the forefront when it comes to acquiring the latest knowledge and expertise which we can then pass on in our treatments and services to our patients – whether this is in the pursuit of a smile makeover, cosmetic or restorative dentistry or dental implants surgery.

Recently I attended an excellent practical training session in London with a pioneering restorative dentist called Jason Smithson.

During the course we focused on the artistic aspects of working with composite resin materials to create restorations of teeth that are as close to nature as possible.

The advances in this field in the last few years alone have been major and we’re able to complete some excellent work for our patients as a result.

The course was great and we’re now awaiting the delivery of some new first-class materials and instruments to use in the clinic to help us achieve the best results possible.

If you have any questions about the above blog or would like to find out more about the treatments and services that we offer our patients please contact us via the website or by telephoning the Glasgow clinic on 0141 339 7579.

As well as practising in the Glasgow clinic I also offer dental implant surgery to patients in Edinburgh, working in the New Town Dental Care clinic.

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.

Smile makeover: using the right tools to achieve great results at our Glasgow dental clinic

Smile makeover - the right tools for a great result.

Smile makeover – the right tools for a great result.

Creating the perfect smile is often described as akin to painting a masterpiece.

During cosmetic dentistry or restorative dentistry any artificial aspects must be carefully customised to look and function as a real tooth would.

Ensuring ‘shading’ is natural looking and ensuring the overall effect is as real as possible are important prerequisites and as well as a superb range of dentine and enamel shades, we also use a number of stains to mimic surfaces, stains and anomalies in the outcomes of our tooth restorations.

Recently I received a gift from one of our suppliers Optident – it’s the company’s latest version of a composite staining kit.

This allows us to achieve the correct colouring/shading of any fillings/inlays/overlays we’re working on for patients.

This innovative product certainly goes a long way in meeting our expectations in the work we do to achieve first-class results.

We’re looking forward to trying it out.

Should you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about cosmetic dentistry work at our Glasgow dental clinic please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

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.