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.

Dental implants: questions and answers

SPOTLIGHT ON DENTAL IMPLANTS

The clinical team at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry has experience of a wide range of implant, cosmetic and restorative dentistry techniques – from whitening to complete dental/aesthetic rehabilitation – as well as offering a range of general dentistry services including routine maintenance, check- ups and hygienist appointments.

One of the greatest advances has been dental implant surgery and Philip and his team of dentists and dental nurses are highly trained in this aspect of advanced dentistry.

Implants have transformed dentistry over the last 40 years and are now often the first choice of treatment for the replacement of missing teeth.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

An implant is a titanium substitute for a natural tooth root and is placed into a socket created in the jaw. It is usually inserted into the socket creating an initial stability, which over time is steadily enhanced by further growth of bone on to the implant surface. The internal design of the implant allows a variety of fitments to be attached to it, which support replacement teeth, providing the foundation for long-term support of crowns, bridges or dentures.

As well as offering implants at his Glasgow dental clinic, Philip also offers dental implant surgery at the New Town Dental Care clinic in Edinburgh.

Here Philip answers many of the questions that can arise when someone is considering dental implants.

AM I SUITABLE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have good general health and maintain good oral health, then implants will almost certainly work for you.
It is rare to have health problems that will prevent the use of implants although some medical conditions may affect the success rate of implants.
As well as a complete examination of your mouth and remaining teeth you will be expected to supply details of your medical history.
In addition, full discussion with regards to requirements and expectations will allow us to determine if implant treatment is appropriate.

HOW MANY TEETH CAN BE SUPPORTED?

All the common forms of tooth replacement, such as bridges or dentures can be supported by implants. If you are missing just one natural tooth, the one implant will likely be all that is required – but larger spaces of two, three or more missing teeth will not necessarily need one implant per tooth.

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE WITH DENTAL IMPLANTS?

If you have no teeth in the lower jaw, a conventional lower denture can be considerably improved with an implant retained “over denture” which involves two implants placed at the front of the lower jaw to secure a denture. The same concept can be used in the upper jaw which requires four implants. Implants make dentures much more stable and also allow the denture to be smaller which means reduced palatal coverage by the denture.
Like conventional dentures, overdentures should be removed for daily cleaning. There are many implant options available and it is crucial that you have a thorough dental examination to be aware of what treatment would be best for you.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

For routine cases, from the time of implant placement to the placing of the first tooth, treatment times can vary between a few weeks to six months. The better the bone the less will be the treatment time. With poorer bone more time must be taken which can extend treatment time beyond six months.

HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THE IMPLANTS?

You will be fully advised on care and maintenance of the implants or the superstructure they support. Instruction will include how to clean adequately. It must be understood that the adequate care and maintenance of the implants requires regular effort on the patient’s part at home for ideal maintenance.
It is recommended that implants be cleaned every three to six months by the dental hygienist depending upon individual case requirements.

HOW LONG WILL THE IMPLANTS LAST?

Once your implants and surrounding soft tissues are seen to be healthy and your new teeth are comfortable, it is the quality of your home care and willingness to present for regular maintenance reviews, that will most influence how long they will last.
Implants, much like natural teeth, will last longer if they are cared for adequately. Well-maintained implants, placed into adequate bone, can be expected to last for many years.

If you have any questions arising from the above blog or would like to find out more information about dental implant work carried out by our team please contact the clinic on 0141 339 7579

Veneers: cosmetic dentistry solutions at our Glasgow dental clinic

SPOTLIGHT ON VENEERS

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.

CAREFUL PLANNING

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.

PATIENT APPROVAL

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.

Guest blog: Newest team member Imran shares his view on specialist orthodontics

We’re delighted to welcome our newest team member specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi to our Glasgow dental clinic. Imran has penned our August Guest Blog…

“Often we are asked what is the difference between a specialist orthodontist and a dentist that does orthodontics?

Orthodontics is a specialist branch of dentistry that is concerned with the development and management of irregularities and abnormalities in the teeth and jaws.

The field of orthodontics largely focuses on treatments such as tooth straightening using orthodontic braces or aligners, as well as problems pertaining to the jaw. The aim of orthodontics is to produce a healthy, functioning bite, creating higher resistance to disease processes and improving your personal appearance. Patients find that orthodontic treatment contributes to both their mental and physical wellbeing.

specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi joins our team at Glasgow dental clinic

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi

All specialist orthodontists in the UK have undertaken several years of further training after completing their dental degree. Hence they have a strong and broad foundation in general and hospital dentistry. The specialist training programmes are competitively entered and concurrently the orthodontist will have undertaken postgraduate university research to Masters or Doctorate level.

Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry’s orthodontists – I’ve joined Andrew McGregor who’s also based here – are registered on the General Dental Council as specialists.

BEST OPTIONS AND TREATMENTS

Therefore orthodontists have the full training to advise the best options and treatments for their patients. This ranges from simple and swift to complex and gold standard complete correction. As specialists, they know what’s appropriate for you, with current, evidence based knowledge and techniques.

Some general dentists have completed shorter and much less detailed courses in orthodontics and have an interest in the subject. They would have varying levels of expertise and ability in orthodontics.

The decision as to whether to have treatment with a specialist orthodontist or non-specialist is ultimately up to the individual. Cost wise, dentists and orthodontists generally charge the same amount for similar orthodontic treatment. As a patient you get the added benefit of being treated by a specialist when you see a qualified orthodontist.

INTEGRATED TREATMENTS OF THE HIGHEST STANDARD

At Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry we all work closely together with our professional colleagues to provide our patients integrated treatments of the highest standard. This can involve many disciplines from: root treatment; sedation; cosmetic dentistry and dental implants and all supported by our hygienists and dental nurses.

The specialist orthodontists are able to liaise with the team intricately at every stage, which is especially important when our patients are being transferred to or from our orthodontic care. It is imperative that this is undertaken seamlessly and easily for our patients to maintain our practice ethos of advanced dentistry.”

If you have any questions about Imran’s guest post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning our reception team 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.

EASY TO MAINTAIN

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

MORE NATURAL FEEL

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.

New team member: specialist orthodontist Imran joins us

specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi joins our team at Glasgow dental clinic

Specialist orthodontist Imran Shafi

It’s a warm welcome to our newest team member who joins us today…

We’re delighted to welcome Imran Shafi, specialist orthodontist, to the Glasgow dental clinic team of clinical professionals.

Imran joins fellow specialist orthodontist Andrew McGregor in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry staff line-up.

Orthodontics can play a vital part in a patient’s aesthetic and functional rehabilitation treatment plan and it’s great having Imran on board to complement and enhance our existing team.

Imran is a graduate from Glasgow University and after completing his vocational training in Newcastle headed to Australia where he worked for two years.

On returning to these shores he completed his specialist orthodontist training, being awarded a Doctorate in Clinical Dentistry (Orthodontics) at Glasgow in 2011.

His research won two extremely important and prestigious prizes – the Royal College TC White Lecturer Award and the Royal Society of Medicine Odontology President’s Prize Award.

I know from speaking with Imran as he prepared to join the team how much he is looking forward to seeing patients here at the clinic.

As with all our dental professionals here, Imran Shafi is registered with the General Dental Council and his registration number is 79325.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to know more about orthodontic treatment and the other services/treatments we offer here please contact us via the website or by calling our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Gum disease clue to dementia? Researchers raise major questions.

A number of media reports have been appearing this week raising the questions about links between gum disease and dementia.

Most of the reports state that research is suggesting that brushing your teeth regularly and properly could stave off dementia with the studies claiming that people with poor oral hygiene are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research work has been carried out at the University of Central Lancashire and the scientists there focused on 20 people in their study.

art work to promote dental hygiene at our Glasgow dental clinic

A message for all to help achieve good oral hygiene.

Half had dementia where the products of bacteria P. gingivalis, associated with chronic gum disease, were present.

One of the scientists, Dr Sim Singhrao is quoted: “Continued visits to dental hygiene professionals may be more important than currently thought.”

The university’s dean of dentistry, Prof StJohn Crean, said: “The bacteria could be a trigger that sets off a chain reaction in people pre-disposed to dementia.”

To see more about this study please click here.

Our Glasgow dental clinic’s message is always that good oral hygiene is of paramount importance for everyone to maintain not only good oral health and function but also to reduce other health risks.

As well as brushing properly and regularly we also recommend dental flossing on a daily basis.

Our hygienist team can share advice and guidance on how best to achieve the best oral hygiene.

Our book of testimonials: for patients at our Glasgow dental clinic

We’re always delighted whenever our patients here at our Glasgow dental clinic take time to give us feedback on their experiences.

Over the months we compile selections of the testimonial messages we receive from the patients and put them together in a book which is on display in the reception area of our clinic.

Reception and waiting area in the new clinic - showing the reception area in the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry clinic on Hyndland Road, Glasgow

Reception and waiting area – ready to welcome our patients

Throughout the pages we share some of the patients’ own words – many of the words are very poignant as they chart the story of their patient journey…some of them having undergone dental/aesthetic rehabilitation work to transform their smile appearance.

In this blog we’re sharing just a few lines from some of the patients we’ve seen since we set up the clinic. We hope you’ll find their words of interest.

From an orthodontic patient –

“I am so pleased with my decision to use a lingual brace to do so – it did the job very quickly and painlessly!”

From a dental implant patient –

“I had decided on 2 implants and 4 crowns rather than a replacement bridge.
Throughout all treatment, I received superb care and friendly, professional advice – all in very pleasant, state-of-the-art surroundings.
When I look at the “then and now” photos, I barely recognise myself and find myself smiling with new-found confidence.”

From a patient who underwent major restorative dentistry the following from the testimonial in which she highlighted various team members…

Ross Henderson for his deft, intricate and precise root canal work, executed brilliantly, with his steady and congenial manner.
Jill Clare for her superb white fillings, and her mastery in extracting a tricky impacted wisdom tooth- with immense care, she has a heart of gold.
Glen Frew, a great Ambassador of Dentistry, wonderful in a crisis , and is extremely kind .
Dental nurses Kasia, Louise and Pam for their; empathy, understanding, who cannot do enough to ease any discomfort, and are always ready with a reassuring arm.
Dental Hygienist Jennifer, for her pristine thoroughness, recommendations ,and cheery disposition.
Siobhan, Karyn and Carly, always with a welcoming smile , who are accommodating and professional at all times. They create a great first impression and give continual ongoing friendly advice if required.

Last and most importantly of all, Philip’s Friel himself has amazing dexterity, skill and artistry when fitting crowns for me. He makes well- calculated decisions without ever compromising his Professional reputation. His knowledge is phenomenal, he instills confidence , exudes calm, pays fine attention to detail and is always focused. His teamwork and overseeing of my treatment was second to none. He ensures his clinic has a lovely relaxing ambience and is beautifully appointed, with immaculate state of the art equipment.”

We appreciate the efforts of all those patients who take the time to share their views and opinions about their experiences. You can read more of our reviews by clicking here.

Should you have any questions about this post or would like to find out more about our treatments and services please contact our dental reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Meeting dental supplier contacts at our Glasgow clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic

Philip (right) meets Kalah and Roman during meeting at our Glasgow dental clinic


As you can probably imagine with the range of cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments and services we offer, our Glasgow dental clinic has established key links with a large number of leading dental equipment suppliers.

When we were first opening we carried out a huge amount of international and national research to establish which companies were at the forefront in supplying the best and most up to date materials and equipment. These ongoing links are vital to ensure our patients get the very best in terms of treatment and care whether it’s routine dental maintenance or more advanced treatment such as dental implants, veneers, crowns or bridge work.

Recently it was great to see Roman Schelling (manager international sales) and Kalah Arnold from Geistlich Pharma AG Biomaterials during a visit to Glasgow.

The meeting provided me with an ideal opportunity to catch up with their team and have some interesting discussions about our future plans for upcoming collaboration and clinical research.

If you have any questions about this post or would like to learn more about the treatments and services we offer at our Glasgow dental clinic then please contact us via this website of by telephoning our reception team on 0141 339 7579.

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

Why Are Dental Implants so Good for Replacing Missing Teeth?

If you are missing one or more teeth then the team of dentists at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow may suggest dental implants as a means of replacement. But why should you consider dental implants, and why are they so good?

Dental Implants are better for Your Oral Health.

Natural teeth help to keep the surrounding bone strong and healthy, as the forces produced during eating are transmitted down the root into the bone. This prompts the bone to continue producing new cells. When a tooth is extracted this stimulation is lost, and the bone will no longer be prompted to maintain its growth and turnover. The bone in the jaw will gradually resorb, and the bony ridge that once held the teeth will become flatter and shallower. This can make it difficult to retain a denture, or could mean that teeth adjacent to the gap will become less stable.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

After the necessary examination and assessment, your dentist in Glasgow (Philip Friel can also look after dental implant patients in Edinburgh at the New Town Dental Care clinic) may suggest dental implants to replace missing or failing teeth to improve the function and stability of the dentition.

Dental implants function in a way that is very similar to a natural tooth root, and this is why they are often considered to be the gold standard for replacing teeth. They will help prevent the jawbone from being resorbed heloing to maintain the support for the facial soft tissue overlying.

Dental Implants Don’t Negatively Impact the Remaining Teeth

The alternative methods of tooth replacement are to have a full or partial denture, or to have a bridge fitted by your dentist. A bridge is a popular method of replacing teeth, and it can produce very nice results, but one thing to bear in mind is that it does impact the teeth adjacent to the gap. A bridge consists of one or two crowns that are placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. These are used to support the replacement tooth which is called a pontic. The pontic, or pontics, are attached to the crowns, providing a stable restoration. However the teeth that are crowned will need to be prepared or ground down, and once this healthy tooth structure is lost it can only ever be replaced artificially. In some cases, where these adjacent teeth are already filled or crowned, then the bridge option may be more suitable as it will require less loss of healthy tooth tissue.

A partial denture is held in place with clasps that are fitted around the remaining teeth. These teeth may need to be modified to hold the clasps, and the clasps can place additional stresses on the teeth. In contrast dental implants placed by your dentist will not require any preparation or stress on the adjacent teeth.

If you would like more information about dental implants and their benefits please contact our reception team on 0141 339 7579.