Dallas date makes me 1st in Scotland

I was delighted to take up the offer of a scholarship from Biohorizons to attend the Centre for Advanced Dental Education in Dallas.

This renowned clinic is run by Edward Patrick Allen. The course focuses on advanced intraoral plastic surgery techniques with the use of an alloderm which is a special tissue graft material.  These techniques will allow recreation of a more natural result in oral restorations by increasing available tissue volume and quality.

The alloderm can be used in aesthetic applications to decrease or restore areas of gum recession.  I am the first clinician from Scotland to have been trained in this technique and am very excited about using it with my patients.

New technique offers great benefits

I’ve just come back from a three country educational tour – visiting Sweden, the USA and Canada.

The final part of the trip involved two days of surgery with Steve Bonguard in Toronto.  Steve uses an All-on-4 technique to great effect in restoring both function and aesthetics to individuals with missing teeth.

This technique allows the possible avoidance of invasive grafting procedures and also allows the immediate loading of the implants for same day teeth.

I look forward to utilising this advanced technique to benefit the patients under my care.

Steve will be working with me in Scotland this coming summer where we will carry out some surgery together in the new clinic.

Straight talking benefits

I’m working with the team from Inman Aligners – a method of aligning and straightening patient’s teeth in as little as 4-16 weeks with remarkable results.
It’s a removable appliance and the benefits are great….indeed it’s been hailed as  “the biggest breakthrough in dentistry of the millennium.”
Currently many patients opt to have porcelain veneers placed to get that perfect smile. But why do they choose this method in their quest for perfection? In some cases where there has been structural damage, deep staining, caries and old poor restorations beautiful porcelain veneers can provide aesthetic and functional benefits. However, in cases where the teeth are just crowded and out of position veneers often seem attractive. This is because until recently, the orthodontic alternative has been either unattractive fixed brackets which often will take months if not years, or invisible braces which also take time and the costs can be high. Many adults just will not wait that long. So what if there was a way of aligning their teeth in a much shorter time at less cost? How many patients would still choose to have veneers if they knew they might be able to align their teeth in as little as 4-16 weeks? In cases where veneers are the preferred solution, wouldn’t most patients prefer to align their teeth first before veneer preparation to avoid any future problems? This is where the Inman Aligner comes in and it can change everything.

*If you or a member of your family has an interest in the above treatment then please contact our clinic on 0141 339 7579. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services including dental implants and veneers.

A princely sum

We supported The Prince’s Trust Scotland recently when we donated a prize of teeth whitening session to a charity lunch organised by Glasgow’s Lady Provost Sheena M. Duncan Winter.

I’ve just had a letter from the Lady Provost to say the event at the City Chambers raised a fantastic £35,000.

She described the sum as “truly magnificent” and I agree 100%.
I look forward to welcome the person who received the prize and doing my bit to enhance their smile.

Don’t rush the brush

I read that research shows that one in three adults in the UK do not brush their teeth for the recommended full two minutes per day.
The British Dental Health Foundation found a third cut brushing short to deal with more pressing matters.
Excuses given by the 1,000 adults polled included rushing to leave the house on time, as well as answering mobile phones or caring for children.
I’m sure we can all think of occasions when we’ve let that brushing time slip a little.
Trust me when I say…It’s imperative to brush your teeth for the full two minutes every day because daily care is vital especially in the fight against gum disease.
Rushing off to do something else instead of brushing your teeth is crazy – you need to invest time in that daily routine. It will pay dividends in years to come.

TV show beckons

Thursday night and I was sitting in the BBC studios at Pacific Quay in Glasgow and the cameras were about to roll.
I was there as part of the audience for the Frank Skinner show. Bit of a change from the clinic and implant and cosmetic dentistry work…
It’s fascinating to see a programme being made – and very different to watching it from your sofa at home.
The Beeb’s Scottish HQ complex is superb – very impressive.
I’ll watch the show again tonight when it airs – and look out if I can spot myself in the audience!


And for those who did watch it…did you notice Frank kicked off with a joke about teeth! Glad to see he was “on-message”!

New and future trends in implants

I’ve been invited to the headquarters of Astra Tech in Sweden for a meeting about current trends in implantology.  Astra Tech is one of the world’s leading healthcare companies focusing on dental technology and has made great progress in the world of dental implants.  We have had discussions about plans for possible research in future and I was able to present some of my current research and ideas to their research and development team who are keen to take this forward. I will keep you informed of progress on this working relationship.

*Implant work can help if you’ve got a single tooth missing or have multiple tooth loss. Implants can also be used to help denture wearers achieve a more secure and natural looking smile. Please call the clinic on 0141 339 7579 for more information or check out our implants section on our Treatment pages on this site.

A month for smiles – but keep yours for life

May 16 sees the kick off for National Smile Month.
The Brush for Health campaign is run by the British Dental Health Foundation and focuses on the importance and benefits of good oral hygiene.
To prevent gum disease brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, cut down on sugary foods and drinks and visit your dentist regularly.
Our hygiene team can help with advice and a treatment plan.
We can also advise on the best electric
toothbrushes to use if you’re a fan.
We’re liking the newest equipment in the Philips Sonicare range which includes a sanitiser
unit which helps ensure your brush heads are kept clean.

19th century v 21st century

I’ve discovered the original plans for the building that houses our new clinic.
The plans are dated 1899 and are – to say the least – fairly simplistic when you compare the highly technical drawings our architects are required to create to conform with planning and building regulations in the 21st century.
We’ve stuck them up on the wall of what will eventually become our new reception and waiting area. We’ll probably frame them at some point.
The preparation work for the new clinic continues and we’ve been selecting flooring and some of the highly sophisticated audio visual equipment we’re planning to use in the various rooms. As well as being of patient benefit, I’ll use the screens whenever I’m conducting training and mentoring sessions for other dentists.