Kasia embarks on course in dental implant nursing

Our dental professional team at our Glasgow dental clinic is well qualified to carry out the treatments and services we offer our patients.

But, like every other UK-based dental clinic professional, the emphasis for our Glasgow team is very focused on learning more and gaining further knowledge and qualifications in a range of treatments from teeth whitening to cosmetic dentistry and dental implant work.

Continuing professional development is a key priority at our Glasgow clinic and the staff were are often attending seminars or courses. Sometimes our own clinic will be the venue for courses and seminars with delegates coming from all over the country to attend.

Dentist Jillian Clare is currently enrolled on a smile design course which she attends monthly in London.

Our endodontist Ross Henderson has recently completed his thesis for his Masters in endodontics – more commonly known as root canal therapy.

Dentist Liz Glass recently completed studies and subsequent examination to become a Member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery.

Kasia Zawada who's embarking on dental implant nursing course.

Kasia – embarking on further studies in dental implant nursing

And now our dental implant nurse Kasia Zawada is embarking on a year-long course which will see her attending monthly sessions at London’s King’s College Hospital.

Next July she will complete the course and on passing the exam should receive their certificate in dental implant nursing.

As well as being based at our Glasgow clinic, Kasia works with me at the Edinburgh New Town Dental Care clinic when I’m seeing dental implant patients there.

We look forward to hearing how Kasia progresses on the course and we’ll keep you posted on news of any other courses are Glasgow team embark on in the coming months.

Should you have any questions about the above blog post or would like to find out more about the services and treatment on offer please call our reception team in the first instance on 0141 339 7579.

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.

SMALL MOTION SENSOR

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.

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.

Groom-to-be gets smile makeover at our Glasgow dental clinic ahead of big day

Cosmetic dentistry can make a dramatic difference to the appearance of a person’s smile.

We recently saw a 28-year-old male patient, referred to us by his dentist. Due to be married, he wanted a quick, non invasive smile boost for a brighter, natural smile for his big day. Using simple tooth whitening and aesthetic composite additions we improved the appearance and his confidence in his smile. Here are his own words after his visits…

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note regarding my treatment which you are more than welcome to use although I am sure you are not short on compliments for your work!

DELIGHTED WITH END RESULT

“After being referred to Phil from my own dentist and recommended as one of the best cosmetic dentists around, I was unsure as to how much difference there actually would be.

Smile makeover - can boost confidence and improve appearance

Smile makeover – can boost confidence and improve appearance

“I can safely say that I am delighted with the end result and Phil’s team were all superb, from reception to hygienist to Phil himself and I would have absolutely no problem in recommending them to others and can certainly see a huge difference.

“I can understand now why I was referred here.”

We appreciate the patient’s time and effort in sending in this testimonial.

If you have any questions about this blog or would like to find out more about the cosmetic dentistry services we offer then please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

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

90% OF DENTIST VISITS ARE FOR CHECK UP

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.

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.


ART AND SCIENCE OF A BEAUTIFUL SMILE

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.

SMILE DESIGN

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.

Official dentist to Miss Scotland 2013 competition

We’ve been appointed as official dentist to the Miss Scotland 2013 competition and will be looking after the dental health of the title holder for the 12 months of her reign.

Organised via the Scottish Sun newspaper the competition will see 10 contestants battle it out for the title at the final on May 29 at the Glasgow Fruitmarket.

Our duties will involve welcoming the 10 into the clinic next month and checking their dental health etc before recommending any teeth whitening procedures.

Once the winner is known we’ll help her prepare for her attendance at the Miss World final in Bali during the summer.

Looking forward to working with the organisers, seeing how the competition progresses and of course meeting the winner who will undertake 12 months of work as an ambassador for the country.

Teeth whitening at our Glasgow dental clinic: an insight into how it works

Here, in the first of our ‘guest blogs’ by our team members, dentist colleague Elizabeth Glass, gives us a full insight into the world of teeth whitening – a topic that’s certainly been in the dental world news over the last year.

Elizabeth, pictured below right, is well experienced in the techniques of effective teeth whitening and is on hand to offer any advice and answer any questions should any arise…

Here is Elizabeth’s blog –

If you’ve ever looked in the mirror and wished your teeth were whiter and brighter, read on:

Professional tooth whitening is one of the most effective ways to improve your smile and has the advantage of being simple, predictable and cost effective.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Whitening words from Elizabeth Glass

It is important to start with the small print –tooth-whitening is legal and safe when carried out by a dentist or under direct supervision of a dentist – it is illegal and ungoverned when carried out by a beautician (or other non dentist qualified individual), at a shopping centre or a wedding fair, so beware. Using the wrong product can cause irreversible harm to your teeth including discolouration and erosion so always consult a dentist if you are considering tooth whitening.

Firstly let’s consider- why do teeth discolour and how can we whiten them?

Although teeth seem solid, they are, in fact, permeable. This means that colours from food, drink and medicines can actually penetrate enamel and remain there long after that cup of tea or glass of wine is gone.

Fortunately that same permeability means that dental whitening gels can penetrate teeth and virtually bleach out these stains.

So how do we carry out professional tooth whitening?

Teeth are whitened by being covered  in whitening gel for a period of hours – generally overnight. This is achieved by making you a “tray” that fits your mouth perfectly and  holds the whitening gel against your teeth exactly where we want it to be.

Here at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry our whitening trays are carefully constructed at a professional dental laboratory by a qualified dental technician; this ensures a well fitting tray.

We take time to check that the tray fits your mouth perfectly.

We then demonstrate how to put exactly the right amount of gel into the tray and show you how to place the soft tray into your mouth at bedtime.

We can determine how many nights you will use your tooth-whitening for and if you require any special instructions.

Tooth whitening will permanently change the colour of your teeth however if your diet contains food or drink that stain your teeth, you might feel that you want to give your teeth a whitening boost after six months or so. Hence it’s important you are given detailed instructions on caring for your whitening tray. We will discuss the best way of doing this so your tray maintains its exact fit and hence can be re-used at regular intervals as discussed with your dentist.

Porcelain restorations e.g. crowns, bridges and veneers are not permeable so don’t discolour and stain in the same way that teeth do. If you have these restorations it’s important to discuss tooth whitening with your dentist prior to proceeding with any treatment.

The science behind tooth-whitening products:

There is only one product that can safely be used to whiten teeth – hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide in the correct concentration and formula is safe and extremely effective. One drawback of hydrogen peroxide is that it rapidly breaks down into inactive by-products; within an hour it has broken down and is completely ineffective. Hence dental companies produce whitening gels containing a simple chemical called carbamide peroxide. Once placed in the mouth this gradually breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide is effective because it provides active hydrogen peroxide for 6-8 hours. The British Dental Bleaching Society recommend using 10% Carbamide peroxide – giving a sustained release of 3% hydrogen peroxide as the most effective product. Twenty years of research have shown that this results in the most effective tooth whitening, oddly giving better results than stronger concentrations.

What’s happened to power bleaching, Zoom, laser whitening and in-surgery whitening?

On 31st October 2012 changes were made to the Cosmetic Products Regulation 2008 and all products containing more than 6% Hydrogen peroxide were banned. This led to an overnight ban on in-surgery whitening as most of these systems were based on using 20-22% hydrogen peroxide.

Are there any side effects in professional tooth whitening?

The only side-effect some patients report is a temporary sensitivity. Whitening gel manufacturers are constantly trying to improve their products by adding desensitisers. If you do suffer from or develop sensitivity we can advise you on the best way to manage it using the very effective desensitisers now available. It’s important to understand that this sensitivity is temporary.

If you are considering tooth-whitening, Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry can offer you:

  • Professionally made whitening trays
  • The best whitening products available
  • Detailed instruction and demonstration on using your whitening system
  • Advice on caring for your whitening trays
  • Discuss any future needs you may have for top-up whitening
  • Advise you on an integrated treatment plan if you already have fixed porcelain restorations on any of your teeth or if you are planning such restorations.
  • Help you manage sensitivity if it occurs

We are happy to answer any questions about tooth whitening both from our own patients and anyone else who has an enquiry. You can contact us either via the website of by telephoning the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

 

 

 

 

 

Dentist Elizabeth Glass increases her clinic presence

We’re delighted to announce the our dentist colleague Elizabeth – or Liz as many know her – Glass is set to increase the number of days she’ll be based at our Glasgow dental clinic.

Elizabeth Glass who has many years of dental experience and has a focus on cosmetic and general dentistry is a well respected member of our team here.

She also has a particular interest in teeth whitening and is a member of the British Dental Bleaching Society.

Elizabeth Glass is a dentist at the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic in Glasgow

Elizabeth Glass

Observing changes in her patients’ dentition and appearance over the years has led to Elizabeth developing a special interest in tooth wear, grinding and clenching habits and the accompanying aesthetics changes as well as functional problems that these habits bring. Worn teeth lead to a reduction in the height or “vertical dimension” of the face.

Restoring the back teeth properly – to the correct facial height – can have a wonderful cosmetically enhancing effect – often described as a “non-surgical facelift”.

This can be combined with bleaching, porcelain crowns and veneers on the front teeth – a real complete smile makeover.

She enjoys all aspects of dentistry from basic care to advanced techniques and gets particular satisfaction helping apprehensive patients overcome their fear of dental treatment.

For more information or for appointments to see Elizabeth contact us via the website, by emailing her directly on eg@philipfriel.com or by telephoning the clinic on 0141 339 7579.

You can find out more about Elizabeth’s professional qualifications and background by clicking here.

Answering dental questions: Teeth whitening and scanning

On a regular basis I answer questions for a feature called The Clinic which appears every week in the Daily Record newspaper.

The paper focuses on a range of professions seeking their advice and knowledge on questions and provides information to the readers.

My most recent ‘appearance’ in The Clinic was on Monday and the two teeth-related topics covered were teeth whitening and scanning.

Here is the information carried in the feature..

Q
I used to get my teeth whitened in a High Street studio but it closed down. Someone suggested it now has to be in a dental clinic. Is this true?

A
Teeth whitening must be carried out by a dental professional. There have been other EU regulations brought in meaning the use of particular strengths and preparations of whitening solution are no longer permitted. Currently the only option is to use home whitening trays, which provides a reliable and successful way to whiten the teeth. It’s important that your dental health is checked before carrying out any tooth whitening treatment.

Q
In discussion with my dentist, I became concerned as he said I might need a scan before I get some implant work done. Should I be worried?

A
If you have any concerns, you should discuss these with your dentist. In some dental implant cases, a CT scan will be undertaken to allow planning of the implant surgery using a three dimensional representation of the remaining bone , nerves and vessels. This is a fantastic tool, however, its use is not always essential and all scans must be adequately justified.

I do hope you’ve found the information above of some use – please don’t hesitate to get in touch with dentists in  Glasgow here at the Glasgow-based clinic should you require more details about any of the topics touched on in the questions.