New surgery in full swing: dentist Jill and dental nurse Pam ‘delighted’ with the new facility.

Dentist Jill and dental nurse Pam 'at home' in new surgery.

Dentist Jill and dental nurse Pam ‘at home’ in new surgery.

Our two new surgeries at our Glasgow dental clinic are now operational – and the team is loving the additional workspace and facilities for our patients.

In our photo dentist Jill Clare and dental nurse Pam Wood are pictured ready to welcome their next patient into the surgery.

We’ve now five state of the art surgeries up and running at the clinic – and the feedback from patients on the new surgeries has been really positive.

It’s certainly been a busy couple of months having the workmen carry out the final renovation work on the lower level surgeries but the upheaval has all been worth it to see the surgeries complete.

Each of the surgeries is equipped with the latest technology and equipment to deliver the best in patient care and treatment – from check-ups to more advanced dentistry such as dental implant surgery and smile makeovers.

We’ve installed the latest chairs from KAVO – bringing our total of chairs from this leading provider to five. We’re working on a special blog about the chairs – so watch out for that soon.

Meantime should you have any questions about our facilities and the treatment/services we offer please don’t hesitate to contact us either via this website of by phoning us on 0141 339 7579.

New study into dental phobic patients by University of Hong Kong: YouTube videos used for research.

Our team here works hard at helping phobic patients and we can use sedation techniques to help patients overcome their fears in attending for appointments.

It’s an important service we offer patients and our entire team is used to looking after those patients who have difficulties in feeling relaxed or confident about the dental clinic environment.
Our colleague Jamie Maguire has a particular focus on patients sedation and you can read more about our sedation treatments by clicking here.

Jamie Maguire has a focus on sedation for patients at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry in Glasgow.

Jamie Maguire – has a particular focus on sedation for phobic patients.

According to DentalNews.co.uk a new study at the University of Hong Kong which used YouTube as a platform has revealed multiple manifestations and impacts of dental fear and anxiety, including immediate physical reactions (eg, crying, screaming, and shivering), psychological responses (eg, worry, upset, panic, helplessness, insecurity, resentment, and hatred), and uncooperativeness in dental treatment.

Testimonials from children, adolescents, and their parents suggested diverse origins of dental anxiety, namely personal experience (eg, irregular dental visits and influence of parents or peers), dentists and dental auxiliaries (eg, bad manner, lack of clinical skills, and improper work ethic), dental settings (eg, dental chair and sounds), and dental procedures (eg, injections, pain, discomfort, and aesthetic concerns).

The selected YouTube videos were transcribed verbatim. Non-verbal expressions such as facial expressions and body postures were also described.

A panel of three members consisting of a paediatric dentist, a behavioural scientist/public health practitioner, and a layperson with no dental background, read through the transcripts and watched each video carefully to ensure that the context was precisely understood and documented.

The research concludes that dental anxiety is better prevented than treated, through coordinated efforts of dentists, dental auxiliaries, pediatric patients, and their parents.

You can read more details about this study by clicking here.

New Friel baby arrives! Welcome to Camilla Rose…

Delighted to announce the arrival of our new baby daughter, Camilla Rose Friel, who was born on Monday, April 8, in Glasgow’s Southern General.

Camilla weighed 7lbs 3oz and is the perfect little sister for big brothers Arnold and Hugo.

She’s now settling in at home and is as good as gold.

Everyone very happy with her arrival.

New baby for endodontic focused dentist Ross and wife Suzie: Congratulations from the Glasgow dental clinic team!

Some lovely news about one of our team today…

We’re delighted to hear that our dentist colleague Ross Henderson who looks after our endodontic patients at the Glasgow dental clinic and his wife Suzie had their new baby last night.

They welcomed little Olivia who weighed in at a healthy 6lbs and 8ozs.

We all know how excited Ross has been at the prospect of becoming a new daddy so we look forward to hearing from him very soon!

Ross Henderson is an endodontist with a particular focus on treatments such as root canal therapy at the Glasgow clinic of Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry

Proud new dad Ross

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.

Dundee dental student Joshua visits our Glasgow clinic: implant case on his agenda

From time to time we have dental course students from a number of Scottish universities visiting our Glasgow dental clinic.
We enjoy hosting them – and we always find they have a really keen interest in learning from their in-clinic experience.

Recently we hosted Dundee Dental School student Joshua Low at the clinic and he’s just written us a note sharing with us his feedback on the time spent with us.

Here are Joshua’s own words…

“I would like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to visit the Philip Friel Avanced Dentistry Clinic earlier this week. I would also like to thank your colleague Liz for inviting me and Carly for organising the dates for the practice visits.

It was truly a great experience getting to know more about the practice and how it is run as well as witnessing dental care of such a high standard. I acknowledged  how important treatment planning is for patients and how well it was explained to the them, particularly when I saw your colleague, Dr. Frew, use an intra-oral camera to show patients exactly where necessary treatment will be taking place.

IMPLANT CASE

I would also like to thank Dr. Frew who let me watch an implant case on Wednesday afternoon.

Dentist Glen Frew

Dentist Glen Frew – allowed Joshua to witness an implant case in the clinic

It was a great opportunity to see implant treatment being performed which I would rarley see at the Dundee Dental School so I was very excited and privelidged to witness this particular case.

UNIQUE RELATIONSHIP

What was interesting was the the amount of instruments needed for the surgery as well as the different types of implants  Dr Frew had which was necessary to make sure the patient had the correct implants suited for the patient’s particular type of mouth.

I also noticed the unique relationship Dr Frew had with his patient making sure she was comfortable throughout the whole appointment and updating her when beginning a new stage of the treatment.

I enjoyed every minute of my visit and appreciated how welcoming and nice everyone was. Thank you Dr. Friel, and the rest of the Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry Clinic staff,  for giving me this opportunity and I took forward to visiting the practice in the future.”

We’d like to thank Joshua for his time in writing to us about his clinic visit and we look forward to a return visit in the future as his course progresses.

Step by step process of dental implant work at our Glasgow dental clinic

In this blog we’ll look at the step by step process for routine dental implant work.

Each individual patient’s process will potentially be different but this gives you an idea of what to expect if you opt for dental implants as a solution in a smile makeover or to improve function.

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Diagnosis and treatment planning appointments together with the completion of any reparative or preparatory work on remaining teeth or bone.

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Implant placement is usually followed by a healing period of anything from six weeks to six months. Often the implants are completely hidden beneath the gum; however, one-stage procedures where the implant is visible from the time of placement are also common. Stitches are normally removed within seven to 10 days and many will dissolve on their own.

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Several visits may be needed over the first few weeks to adjust temporary teeth or dentures and to monitor healing.

The time allowed for implants to integrate may be increased or decreased to suit the bone conditions.

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In some cases, the first teeth fitted in the implants are not the final ones, but replicas of the proposed design. This stage can be used to assess the restorations, particularly in areas like the front of the mouth where appearance is more critical. This also gives the gums time to mature around each implant before the final teeth are fitted.

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Final teeth are commonly fitted between three and nine months after placement of the implants.

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In conjunction with the patients maintenance of an excellent oral hygiene, regular examination and hygiene appointments are then all that is required to maintain the health of the mouth, teeth and implants.

You can access more information about dental implant work carried out here at our Glasgow clinic by clicking here.

Our team is happy to help with any questions you may have about dental implant surgery.

Glasgow dental implant patient feedback: “…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”.

A 55-year-old female patient has recently undergone dental implant and crown work as well as adult orthodontic treatment at our Glasgow clinic.

She’s written us a testimonial which we’re delighted to receive especially as it’s clear her treatment has helped enormously in her smile makeover – and as she says she’s now smiling with new-found confidence.

We always appreciate the time taken by patients to give us feedback about treatment they’ve had done at the clinic.

Here are this patient’s own words…

“I…find myself smiling with new-found confidence”

“I have just completed a year of treatment at Philip Friel Advanced Dentistry and am absolutely delighted with the results.

“In March 2012, I had my first appointment with Philip to discuss straightening my bottom front teeth and replacing 20-year-old NHS bridge work.

“From the start, I knew I was in excellent hands. Andrew McGregor, orthodontist with Philip Friel, fitted a brace to my lower teeth and within 8 months, I had straight bottom teeth for the first time in my life!

IMPLANTS AND CROWNS

“Meanwhile Philip started work on the upper front teeth. 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.”

For other patient testimonials please click here.

Should you have any questions arising from the above testimonial or would like addiitional information about cosmetic dentistry and smile makeover work, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the Glasgow dental clinic on 0141 339 7579.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Dentures V Dental Implants?: A question often asked at our Glasgow clinic

It’s a question often asked…dentures or dental implants?

Would we prefer to recommend fitting dentures or dental implants?

The answer. of course, always depends on the individual patient and their current dental status, their personal preferences and budget.

Advances in both the production of dentures and the techniques involved in placing dental implants mean that the results from either can be significant for the patient.

In this testimonial from a patient she delivers her verdict on what worked best when the question was raised.

This is a testimonial from a lady in her early 60s who’d had three decades of denture wearing.

She wrote to us after the completion of her treatment at our Glasgow dental clinic

“I lost my teeth when I was in my late 30s and was never comfortable wearing dentures. I rarely smiled, as I was self-conscious of my dentures looking false.

“As I am a vegetarian who enjoys healthy eating I had trouble eating certain foods such as some breads, fruits, nuts and pulses, this problem restricted my choices when I was eating out.

“It was a major decision for me to go through with the treatment for implants.

MIND AT EASE

“Dr Friel put my mind at ease by explaining from start to finish the procedure, any potential complications and what post treatment I would need to receive.

“He explained this in a jargon free way, which helped me to talk to my family, who were uncertain and worried about dental treatment that seemed pretty complicated and almost like a major operation.

“Immediately after my treatment when I returned home I received a phone call from Dr Friel to see how I was feeling, which reassured me very much.

“Post operation I was in a little discomfort, which lasted around seven weeks, but by following the advice given by Dr Friel I have had no further problems and it has been a great success. I have no regrets and psychologically feel more confident and assertive when speaking and eating.

artwork shown in our Glasgow clinic where dental implants are offered

Implants can make significant difference in function and appearance.

HAPPIER AND YOUNGER LOOKING

“My daughter mentioned this year that I looked different in the holiday photos, happier and younger looking, which I was pleased to hear.

“I have also been asked if my teeth are my own – of course I say yes! I can now eat foods that previously I couldn‘t, which is wonderful when in restaurants.

“Although at times it was a lengthy process, I would advise anyone who feels self-conscious about wearing dentures to consider implants as an alternative. I received first class information, treatment and post-operative care, which have made a huge difference to my way of life.”

We were delighted to hear what the patient had to say – especially how she outlined how the dental implant treatment had made a ‘huge difference’ to her way of life.

Our team is here to answer any questions you may have on either dentures or dental implants.
You can contact us via this website or by phoning the clinic on 0141 339 7579.