Say goodbye to loose dentures with dental implants

Removable dentures have been used by people who have lost most of their teeth for hundreds of years. However, they do not offer a pleasant experience for everyone. Some patients find that their dentures become loose and painful over time and cannot be secured in place. Such dentures can make it difficult to eat, speak properly or even socialise.

Implant Retained Dentures in GlasgowAt The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we appreciate that many people prefer dentures over dental implants because they are much more affordable. But what if we told you that you can now take advantage of both treatments at the fraction of the cost? Denture stabilisation with dental implants may be the solution that you have been looking for.

What are implant-retained dentures in Glasgow?

As its name suggests, an implant-retained denture is supported by and attached to dental implants, unlike a regular denture that rests on the gums. Implant-supported dentures have special attachments that fasten onto attachments on the dental implants. For this procedure, a few dental implants are required, all of which are strategically placed into the jawbone for maximum stability.

These implants are smaller than regular dental implants and have a special attachment to their surface for keeping the denture in place. This attachment allows the patient to easily bite and chew and prevents dentures from becoming loose.

Implant-retained dentures can be made for both the upper and lower jaw and can be either fixed or removable. If removable, they need to be removed every night to be cleaned properly.

Benefits of implant-retained dentures

Implant-retained dentures are more secure than traditional dentures. Removable dentures must be held in place by an adhesive and are known for coming loose due to the deterioration of the jawbone. Dental implants are embedded into the jawbone and act as replacement tooth roots, keeping the dentures stabilised at all times.

Moreover, implant-retained dentures are more comfortable and you may forget that you are wearing false teeth over time. And these dentures are less likely to cause sore spots or pressure points in your mouth, both of which are traditionally associated with removable dentures.

Feel confident this Mother’s Day in Glasgow

Here it comes, that day when all eyes are on you. Are you up for that? After the breakfast in bed, you will have to put on your glad rags and the family will be taking you out to lunch. You will have to smile a lot. Pictures will be taken, lots of them. Do you relish the thought or do you dread seeing your picture because you are looking tired and a bit wrinkly these days?

If you feel like your face is not up for Mother’s Day, why not get some facial aesthetics treatments to give it a smooth out and your confidence a bit of a lift? Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we offer a range of treatments to bring back the lovely face you think you have lost.

Mother’s Day in GlasgowFacial softening

Using fine needles, we can inject your facial muscles with a purified protein. This protein will relax the muscles that hold wrinkles in place. You can smooth out frown lines, crow’s feet and worry lines. Treatments only take a few minutes to carry out. They take effect over several days and last for a few months.

Dermal fillers

This is a clear gel which we inject into wrinkles to plump them out, thereby smoothing them out. Fillers are made of ingredients that the body natural produces, such as hyaluronic acid, collagen and elastin. The natural production of these starts to diminish after about the age of 30 and that is why we start to lose that dewy glow and end up with thin, papery skin. Dermal fillers treatment takes about 30 minutes and give almost instant effects. Because the fillers are made of natural substances, they slowly get absorbed over the next few months.

Lip augmentation

Lips tend to become flatter as we age, but you can breathe new life into yours with our natural-looking lip augmentation treatment.

Fractional thermal contraction

This is a great way to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in the deep layers of your skin. It’s great for sagging skin on the face and neck, as well as for jowls and smile lines.

Brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening in Glasgow

As we grow old, our teeth tend to darken and become yellow and dull. Tooth discolouration is difficult to avoid as everyday activities such as eating and drinking will cause our teeth to darken over time. Luckily, professional teeth whitening can rapidly restore your teeth to their original colour or even make them brighter.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, teeth whitening has become a very popular dental treatment for patients of all ages. Our customised bleaching treatments are far more effective than over-the-counter treatments, which have a one size fits all gel tray, which may lead to whitening gel falling out and harming your teeth and gums.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowWhy do teeth become yellow and stained?

The consumption of certain foods and beverages can cause discolouration. Caffeine, dark-coloured foods, berries and tomato sauce are only a few food items that can stain your teeth. Medications can also stain your enamel, while some people are genetically predisposed to have more yellow teeth than others. However, the prevalent causes of yellow and stained teeth are bad hygiene and ageing. Luckily, most of these stains can be removed with professional teeth whitening in Glasgow.

Power whitening

If you are looking to get your teeth whitened in a fast, safe and effective manner then power teeth whitening in Glasgow is for you. This whitening treatment involves the use of a special light that helps activate the bleaching solution that is placed on your teeth by your dentist. This way you can have white teeth in an hour or less.

Home whitening

Home whitening is an equally popular treatment that involves the use of customised trays. Your dentist will show you how to wear them along with bleaching gel for a few hours. This method is not as quick as power whitening, but results can be seen in two weeks or so.

But safety first

Before commencing any teeth whitening treatment, it is important to have a thorough dental check-up to ensure any cavities, disease or exposed roots are taken care of prior to the treatment. To learn more about your teeth whitening options in Glasgow, contact us today.

No need to do impressions with us!

Unless of course, you do a really good Billy Connolly or Sean Connery. But, as far as impressions of your mouth made with gooey silicone, sorry, we’ve moved on.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we are really pleased to be offering the new technology of impression-free dentistry in Glasgow.

Up until recently, if we, or any dentist, wanted to make you a mouth guard, get measurements for braces, or fit veneers or crowns or implants, we’d have to take impressions of your teeth.

Impression Free Dentistry in GlasgowThe old school way of taking impressions

In the past That meant we’d have to mix up a pot of silicone putty, which may be pretty colours now but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still silicone putty. Then we’d have to get you to lie back with your mouth open while we carefully stuffed it full of putty, pressing down on your jaw to make sure the putty had good contact, while trying not to suffocate you with it. Then, you’d have to lie still and breathe through your nose while the putty hardened and ignore the rising sense of panic.

A modern alternative

You can imagine how delighted we are to no longer have to totally rely on silicone putty for measuring your mouth. Instead now, we have this brilliant piece of kit called a TRIOS® in-the-mouth scanner. This is a hand-held scanner that looks a bit like a gun. We move it around the inside of your mouth while it captures a 3D image. About 100 times faster than a video, the scanner takes 3000 2D images per second, which are built up into a 3D image. This is displayed on the screen as white teeth in pink gums, and you can see for yourself what your teeth, gums and jawbone look like.

This highly accurate representation of your teeth allows our dental technicians to produce more accurately fitting crowns and more quickly too. We can’t wait to try the TRIOS® 3D shape scanner on you, we think you will be pleased we invested in it.

Giving your teeth that extra sparkle

Everybody wants bright white teeth, and teeth whitening treatments are more commonly available now than ever before. Teeth whitening treatments are the most popular cosmetic treatment in the UK. This is because of their ability to give fast and cost-effective results with no alteration to the actual structure of the teeth.

Being proud of the appearance of our smile is very important when considering our self-confidence. In today’s society, confidence is key, and having a warm and welcoming smile can open many doors in our social lives and even our careers.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowIn-practice whitening treatments

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer two different types of teeth whitening. In Glasgow, you can have your teeth whitened in a matter of a couple of hours.

Our in-practice power bleaching treatment can get you results within 60-90 minutes. In the practice, the dentist will protect your lips and gums, then apply the highly concentrated whitening gel. This should always be carried out by a dental professional as the gel could be harmful if applied incorrectly.

Home bleaching kits

Our home teeth whitening kit uses a 10% hydrogen peroxide gel that is worn in your custom-moulded tooth trays for 30-60 minutes per day. The usual course of whitening lasts 10-14 days or 5-7 days if you have already had in-practice whitening.

The treatment time also depends on what shade you want to achieve. Current evidence shows that the treatment can last 18 months and has no harmful effects on your teeth and gums.

Teeth whitening treatments are successful 92% of the time, so you will get the results you want.

Causes of discolouration

If you want the effects to last longer than you can reduce the causes of discolouration.

The main cause of discolouration is the foods and drinks we consume. Coffee, tea and red wine can stain our teeth if consumed often enough. Certain fruits and vegetables can also affect the colour of our teeth.

Smoking is also a leading cause of tooth discolouration along with gum disease and many other health problems, so your dentist will always give advice on quitting and encouragement to do so.

The importance of having regular mouth cancer screening

Studies have shown that every year more than 6,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with oral cancer, and the numbers are growing year after year. One of the major issues with oral cancer is that many people are unaware of the symptoms and as a result, most cases are not diagnosed at an early stage. For this reason, a mouth cancer screening and regular dental check-ups are imperative.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we believe that prevention is better than cure and that’s why we urge our patients to visit the dental practice regularly. In the early stages, mouth cancer is often painless, and the physical signs may not be obvious, but your dentist will be able to trace them following a thorough examination of your face, mouth and throat.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowWhat to expect during a mouth cancer screening

Mouth cancer screening is a fast and painless procedure. Your dentist will simply examine your mouth and check for signs of abnormal tissue or other changes. Specialised equipment and modern technology allow us to see changes that are not visible to the naked eye. The test only lasts a couple of minutes and we will also discuss with you the causes and symptoms of oral cancer, so you can keep an eye out for possible warning signs in the future.

Getting informed about oral cancer

Oral cancer affects the soft tissues in your mouth or throat and the most common symptoms include mouth ulcers and sores that take a lot of time to heal, red or white patches in the mouth as well as lumps and bumps in the mouth or throat. Additional symptoms may include a persistent sore throat.

The main risk factors for oral cancer include smoking, drinking excessive amounts of alcohol, a poor diet lacking in nutrients, and HPV infection.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about oral cancer or arrange a mouth cancer screening check, contact us today. Our goal is to discover oral, head and neck cancers early on, before patients present symptoms that are more difficult to treat.

Teeth that do their job properly

Teeth are very hard workers. If you keep an eye on your jaw, you may find that it is rarely stationery, and if you put all your attention on your teeth when you are eating, you will notice how much force they have to withstand in order to bite into your food, and then chew it into a good paste that can be properly digested.

No wonder really that it has been so hard to find decent ways to replace these little soldiers on the front line of the digestive tract. Finding a method that provides good looks and good functionality was something of a holy grail for dental researchers. The breakthrough came in the 1950s with the discovery of titanium’s incredible ability to not only be accepted by the body but to actually mesh with it by encouraging bone tissue to grow all around it. It took a few decades for the resulting dental implants to go from being a wildly out there and expensive treatment available to only a few, to being nearly everyone’s first choice for replacing teeth in Scottish Dentistry.

All On 4 Implants in GlasgowAlong the way there have been plenty of innovations in design and techniques for insertion that have made dental implants even more versatile and practical for patients. One of our favourite innovative techniques here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow is what is called All-on-4 implants.

How does All-on-4 work?

All-on-4 is a great treatment for people who have lost all their teeth. It replaces all the teeth on the jaw with only four implants, and you get to walk out of our surgery with a temporary set of teeth firmly in place, in just one day.

The titanium posts we use for All-on-4 implants have to be angled correctly along the jaw so that they can support the bridges well. This means x-rays and scans, so that we can make sure they go in at the right angle at the right place in your jawbone.

After six months of healing time with your temporary bridge, you can come back to have your custom-made denture fitted to the implants. No one will ever know these are not your own natural teeth.

All on 4

Have you ever been or are you currently struggling with loose teeth?

Perhaps you have already lost your teeth or are struggling with a denture?

Are you finding it difficult to chew your favourite food or are you self-conscious about speaking to people face to face?

If you answer yes to any of these questions then there is a solution for you.

How does All on 4® work?

All on 4® works by removing all or most of your problematic teeth and then replacing them with a minimum of four dental implants (think of these as false tooth roots). The two at the front of the mouth go in straight and the two at the back of the mouth are put in at an angle. This helps to distribute your biting force over the whole mouth, whilst still providing you with the support you need. What happens next is the best part – You are never without teeth. Teeth that have been premade for you and only you are then screwed onto the man-made roots the day they are placed and this provides you with the comfort of having an immediate improvement – no more loose teeth or troublesome plate! However this 1st set of teeth are temporary, and you will be provided with a long term, aesthetically better set of teeth once the healing phase of 8-10 weeks is complete. Did I mention you can tailor your long term set of teeth to look exactly the way you would like them?

Case Study

Patient – 60 year old male

Prior to treatment the patient attended for an in depth consultation with Mr Arshad Ali. This was to discuss all of his concerns which turned out to be mainly that he had an upper arch existing bridge which now had abscesses in many areas. This bridge had been made in Trinidad seven years previously. He was also aware of a wobbly tooth and receeding gums. Mr Ali advised on the  possible treatments that would be beneficial but the only way to find the best solution would be if we could visualise his top jaw in 3D. This allows us to measure the bone height, width and depth in the whole top arch, allowing us to advise the patient of his options accurately. He decided to proceed with a 3D scan of his mouth and after a short 5-minute wait, he had the news he had hoped for. Implants were possible. Not only possible, but really the only solution, as the CT scan showed his other teeth weren’t great either – but he already knew that. We discussed the various options available and he ultimately wanted the implants but also something that didn’t come in and out of his mouth, as this would make him feel old before his time. All on 4® was his solution. We took some before pictures to keep on record as a base line of how our patient started his journey

Initially our patient attended for a second complementary consultation. By this point he had his letter and costs and this was just to ensure he understood the treatment and everything that it would entail. The plan was discussed and we advised his top right molar was to be removed before he went on holiday and at this visit we would take the impressions to have his temporary teeth made for his return from Australia.  We then took a set of  impressions to make a replica of the patient’s mouth. He had already had his top wisdom tooth removed by his dentist. From this impression the lab made a bespoke temporary set of teeth that could be aligned with the implants once placed.

Our patient arrived bright and early, but maybe not so bushy tailed as expected, as he was a little nervous of what  the day had to hold for him. However, this quickly subsided once we got started. The procedure consisted of initially numbing the top half of his mouth, removing all of the remaining top teeth and placing the six top implants – all of this lasted approximately three hours. The rest of the day was spent ensuring our patient was comfortable and pain free while his temporary set of teeth were being adjusted with the dental laboratory. Our patient decided to head home for a while and come back later in the day when his teeth were ready. He was provided with Ice (to stop any swelling from starting), antibiotics and painkillers to take at home. This rest lasted around four hours. His temporary set of teeth were then secured into place at 4.30pm and our patient couldn’t have been happier with his temporary result. He loved that he couldn’t, even if he wanted to, take them out. The following day, Arshad was shopping at Braehead when he bumped into our patient who was smiliang away; no pain, swelling or bruising!!

We reviewed our patient around 4 weeks after placement of the implants. He had no problems with swelling or bruising and was happy with his experience thus far. We introduced a Waterjet® at this stage so he could keep his gums and under the bridge clean. We also recommended a Hygienist visit so they could clean him mouth to a standard we wished him to maintain. The hygienist also went over how to use the Waterjet®.

At this stage we are three months after initial placement. On this visit we removed the temporary bridge and took impressions and sent this to the lab to make a final bridge for us. We replaced the temporary bridge and the patient was to return in one week for the next stage.

One week later, we tried in the wax version of our final bridge. We don’t proceed to a titanium base at this point to ensure there is no discrepancy with the impression taken last visit. This is to ensure everything is as accurate as possible. Our patient was enquiring about whitening his bottom teeth at this visit – what was great as we hadn’t yet chosen the final shade of our top teeth. He was advised to have in-surgery laser whitening and combine this with home whitening for two weeks. This would allow us, at the next stage, to match the new shade of his bottom teeth to the teeth we would place on his final All on 4®.

We tried in his new teeth and checked how he bites together. Everything is perfect, except that the patient feels his teeth are too straight! We made some minor adjustments which added character and the patient was delighted with his natural look. Next visit – fitting the final All on 4® bridge!

The grand reveal. We removed out patient’s temporary bridge for the final time. Our patient, who we have gotten to know very well over the past four months, is absolutely delighted, as are we. We took some images to show him his before and after pictures and provided the patient with a free hygienist visit so they could show him how to maintain his new teeth.

Patient Feedback

In all the sessions I had at the centre the staff were extremely friendly and helpful. For anyone with any apprehension about visiting a dentist they made you feel at ease. Having confidence in your dentist makes the whole experience less traumatic and Mr Ali goes to great lengths to ensure you fully understand your treatments and I stills that confidence.

My treatment has gone exceptionally well. It was completed in a relatively short period of time (the time was dictated by ensuring that proper healing had taken place and that the implants were secure).

I would have no hesitation in recommending Mr Ali and his team to all my family and friends. Some have already experienced implants at other establishments and are amazed at what I have had carried out in such an efficient manner and pain free.


They’re still your teeth

Modern Scottish dentistry is all about helping you hang on to your natural teeth for as long as possible. Nothing is quite as good for your general health, the strength of your jawbone, and your ability to bite and chew as your own teeth.

That’s why at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we are big fans of the crown. In Glasgow, crown and bridgework are a combination of treatments that allow people to keep their teeth, and to replace missing teeth.

Dental Crown & Bridge WorkWhat are crowns?

Crowns are artificial covers, usually made of highly durable porcelain, that slip over damaged teeth to protect and strengthen them. They are often used to extend the life of teeth that have had large fillings, or have been infected and had to have root canal treatment. They are also used to cover teeth that have been broken. The basic requirement for a crown is strong and healthy tooth roots, or roots that have been canal treated. It takes a couple of appointments, about 2 weeks apart, to prepare the tooth and fit it with the new crown. It’s made of durable, colour-matched porcelain, the foundation of which is made in Sweden and then finished to match your other teeth in size and shape by our in-house technicians.

On bridges

Bridgework, on the other hand, is one way of restoring teeth that are missing. They literally bridge the gap between your teeth, and are permanently fixed into the mouth to make eating easier. A bridge is made up of 2 anchoring teeth with a false tooth in between.

It usually takes 2 appointments to fit a bridge. During the first, the anchoring teeth are prepared by being ground into shape ready for a crown to go over the top of them. We also taken impressions of your teeth from which we create the artificial teeth that will go on the bridge. You get a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent one is ready. This is fitted during your second appointment. Sometimes we cement this in place temporarily for a couple of weeks so that we can be sure it fits properly. If it does, we cement it permanently at another visit.

Wrinkle Treatment

Fractora Blog: Part 1

Have you ever wanted a more youthful, rejuvenated appearance with very little downtime? Fractora could be the treatment for you.

How does Fractora work?

Fractora is a fractional rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment that can be used to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, improve the texture of lax skin and give patients a more youthful appearance. Fractora is slightly invasive procedure using a matrix of micro pins to ablate the skins surface. Research shows using this matrix of micro pins allows treatment to be carried out with minimal downtime, promotes quicker healing and can provide clients with exceptional results.

Patient – 55 year old Female

Prior to treatment the patient attended for an in depth consultation to determine if she was suitable for Fractora treatment. We discussed the patient’s main concerns – which included skin laxity around face and neck, wrinkles and some scarring. Patient’s goals – patient would like to see an improvement in the appearance of skin. After discussing varies treatment options including Botox/Fillers, the patient opted for Fractora.

In part 1 of our blog, we will discuss the treatment parameters used on our initial treatment and the noticeable results achieved before our second treatment.

Treatment 1

The skin surface is thoroughly cleansed before topical anaesthetic is applied. This is then left on the skin for minimum of 20 minutes before the process is repeated again.  After this time the excess topical anaesthetic is removed and skin is thoroughly cleansed for a final time before starting treatment.

Tip selection – there are various different Fractora tips available and it is important to select the correct tip depending treatment area/skin texture being treated. I opted to use a combination of 24 coated and 60 pin tips which are used to treat lax skin and fine lines. The appointment time was roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes long.

Patient Feedback

Feedback from our patient suggested that she was aware we were carrying out the treatment however she did not experience any discomfort. When asked to rate the treatment for pain/discomfort out of 10 – our patient described this as a 2/3. After care instructions were given and a follow up appointment arranged for 5 weeks time.

5 weeks later

The patient returned to the clinic for her review/second Fractora treatment on areas of the face. It is clear to see there has been a remarkable improvement in the appearance and texture of the skin on our patient’s neck. She was absolutely delighted with the results so far and felt like she had a ‘new neck’. A further treatment was carried out at this appointment to continue treating wrinkles and scarring on our patients face.

Please follow our story for further updates and photos on our patient’s progress.


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