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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Cosmetics vs Orthodontics

Looking to improve your smile?

For most dental problems there is usually a solution, the most common complaint we hear every day from patients is they want straighter more cosmetically attractive teeth, if you have done your research you will find that there are two main ways to straighten teeth: Veneers and braces, each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Veneers

Veneers are designed to cover up unsightly teeth and reshape them creating that “perfect“ smile. This can be a quick fix and improved within as little as two appointments.
One large drawback to veneers is that they are irreversible the tooth has to be prepped to create a canvas for the veneers to fit well and to look natural. Over time the gum may recede creating a gap between the veneer and the gum line which will require further work.

Orthodontics

Why choose braces over the quick and easy veneer option?
Yes you are looking for a cosmetic improvement and braces may take months even years unlike the veneer option, don’t let that put you off there are many different types of braces, lingual which are behind your teeth, metal which are silver brackets glued to the front of the teeth or there is clear brackets, these are still glued to the front of the teeth but are not as cosmetically challenging to the eye.
So why choose braces? Braces do more than just cosmetically change your teeth, they can align your teeth and jaws which functionally make eating better; they can also move teeth so you have easier access to clean the surface of the teeth which in turn reduces the anxiety of decay forming in those hard to reach areas. With such advantages there are disadvantage which is to maintain you new lovely straight teeth you would need the aid of a retainer which would need to be worn for the foreseeable future to maintain the teeth’s straightness.

Patient Testimonial

Orthodontic braces- Yannis and Ashley put me completely at ease throughout my 7 months of orthodontic treatment. The staff on reception always greeted me with a smile, and couldn’t be more helpful (even when I was late for every appointment!). I am absolutely delighted with the results. I can’t wait to show off my new smile!

Rejuvenate your skin with Inmode treatments in Glasgow

InMode is an innovative skin rejuvenation device ideal for people who want to achieve younger, tighter and smoother skin. InMode combines multiple treatments through adaptable applicators. It offers a comprehensive, non-invasive way to fulfil various cosmetic procedures through one single machine, including skin resurfacing, skin rejuvenation, laser hair removal and body contouring among others.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, Inmode treatments are made possible through Fractora Firm, a treatment that uses radio frequency advancements to provide optimal skin contraction in the deep layers of your skin. This technology allows patients to address multiple cosmetic concerns in one setting.

Inmode TreatmentsWhat is Fractora?

Fractora skin treatment is a fractional rejuvenation and resurfacing treatment that reduces wrinkles and fine lines to slow the effects of ageing and restore the youthful appearance of your skin. Problems that can be treated with Fractora include deep wrinkles, scars and uneven skin tone. Fractora can improve lines and wrinkles in the lower and upper eyelid, the forehead as well as around the mouth and the neck.

Fractora can also be used to treat the body, including the arms, abdomen and other areas that may need contraction. Depending on your specific requirements and results you wish to achieve, you can expect to have between 1-6 sessions in total.

Results can be seen immediately, however, they will be more noticeable after two weeks. Improvements continue up to three months after treatment.

What are the benefits of fractionated energy?

Fractionated RF energy used in Fractora is a scientifically proven method that reduces wrinkles and fine lines. It is minimally invasive, using a combination of micro-pins to regenerate and restore the skin, providing effective results within a very small period of time. RF energy heats the deep layers of the skin in a controlled and non-harmful way, revitalising collagen and other skin rejuvenating ingredients. At the end of the treatment, your skin will look fuller and radiant.

Fractora is very versatile since it can be used in the same treatment session, or a few days after other treatments. Fractora can also be combined with additional energy treatments or dermal fillers to achieve a thorough and comprehensible makeover.

Straighter teeth in six months with adult braces in Glasgow

Over the past few years, more and more adults have been looking into ways to achieve a straighter smile. Modern dentistry has come a long way and traditional braces are not the only option when it comes to teeth straightening.

Adults who wish to straighten their teeth quickly and discreetly, can choose different types of fixed or removed appliances and achieve straight teeth in as little as six months. At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we are dedicated to helping you choose the right treatment, and transforming your smile.

Teeth Straightening in GlasgowCeramic braces

Ceramic braces are very popular among adults and young teenagers, because unlike metal braces, they consist of tooth-coloured or clear brackets and wires. Ceramic braces work just like conventional braces by putting pressure on your teeth to help them move into their right position. Treatment times vary for each individual.

Lingual braces

Lingual braces (also known as invisible braces) have brackets and wires attached to the interior of the teeth, opposite the tongue. This way they are virtually invisible, even when you smile. Unlike conventional braces, lingual braces are custom-made for your teeth. Lingual braces are just as effective as metal braces and treatment times are the same, though, if you wish to move only your front teeth, treatment time can be considerably reduced to six months or less.

Invisalign invisible aligners

Unlike fixed braces, Invisalign consists of plastic, removable aligners that fit snugly over your teeth and gums. Each aligners is designed to gradually move your teeth into their right position and is worn for about two weeks, before being replaced with the next one in the series.

Treatment time varies for every individual, but you can achieve straighter teeth with Invisalign in as little as six months. Since they are removable, Invisalign aligners can be taken out to eat and clean your teeth, however, you must wear at least 22 hours per day for effective treatment.

Get in touch

To determine whether you are a good candidate for our teeth straightening treatments, please contact our dental practice today and our friendly team will schedule an appointment for you.

Stabilise your dentures with dental implants in Glasgow

Dentures have been used for centuries to replace a full arch of missing teeth and until a few decades ago, they were the only replacement option available. Despite their ease of use and convenience, dentures can be a not-so-practical solution for patients who wish to restore their bite. As gums recede over time, dentures tend to become loose and slip out of place, producing weird noises when you speak or eat and causing painful sores in your mouth.

Dental implants, on the other hand, replace missing teeth, both root and crown, instead of just replacement crowns sitting on the gums. However, dental implants are a big investment and not all people can afford them. But, what if we told you that you can now combine both treatments in one at the fraction of the cost? At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, you can have your dentures stabilised with dental implants for a permanent, confident smile.

Dental Implants in GlasgowHow do dental implants work?

Dental implants are small titanium screw-shaped posts that are surgically inserted into the jawbone in order to replace missing tooth roots. Since they are made of titanium, a metal that is compatible with the human body, they gradually fuse to the jawbone and become a permanent part of the mouth. After a healing period, which can last from a few weeks to several months, your dentist will attach your permanent teeth on your dental implants. These can be single crowns, bridges or implant-supported dentures such as bar attachment dentures.

Bar attachment dentures

Bar attachment dentures are an innovative treatment providing patients with fully functional teeth on dental implants in only one visit to our dental practice. The treatment is ideal for patients who have lost most of their teeth and would like to have their dentures permanently fixed on two to four dental implants.

The operation is quite simple and the patient can often return to their normal activities the next day. Over dentures can be taken out for cleaning but you don’t have to remove them while you sleep. Patients with significant bone loss can benefit from this treatment since very few dental implants are required.

Benefits of regular hygiene visits in Glasgow

Visiting a dentist at least twice a year for dental check-ups and cleaning your teeth professionally can make a drastic difference in your oral and overall health. A clean mouth and healthy teeth not only reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease, but also can greatly improve your overall health. Healthy teeth can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease – and can even help your teeth as you grow older.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we believe that prevention is better than cure and that’s why we put an emphasis on preventive dentistry for adults and children alike. Our experienced and talented hygienists will clean your teeth and gums thoroughly and offer valuable oral health advice. They can demonstrate effective cleaning techniques and offer their advice on diet and nutrition.

Benefits of Regular Hygiene Visits in GlasgowOral health risks and how to avoid them

While brushing and flossing both help to prevent cavities and gum disease, regular visits to the dentist are essential if you want to ensure the health of your teeth and gums. This is because dentists have the tools and the experience to look into common dental problems and treat them before they turn into more complex issues that require complicated and expensive treatment.

Visiting the dentist for scaling and polishing will not only remove plaque from your teeth, thus reducing the danger of gum disease, but will also help you understand how to take better care of your teeth. Our hygienists collaborate with our dentists to carry out clinical treatments recommended by the latter, such as scaling and polishing to prevent and control gum disease.

Breaking down the costs

Contrary to popular belief, continuing dental hygiene care appointments are relatively less expensive compared to more extensive treatments such as root canals, tooth extractions or dental implants. Restorative treatments such as dental implants can be quite expensive and may require more than one appointment. Therefore, visiting your dentist on regular basis not only will benefit your teeth, but also your wallet.

Get in touch

To learn more about the benefits of regular dental visits or to schedule an appointment, contact us today and we will give your mouth the attention it deserves.