What is mouth cancer and what should I do to protect myself and my family?

We all know that you go to your dentist for a root canal or even for aesthetic treatments such as Botox. However, what you might not know is you can go to your dentist for mouth cancer screening.

Mouth cancer covers a range of cancers in the mouth, neck and nasal passages. There are several types of cancers that can arise, however the most common is squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which occurs in the surface cells of the skin.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowSymptoms vary and could be as simple as a mouth ulcer that hasn’t healed, lumps and swellings in the neck or mouth or tingling in the lips or tongue. Of course, these could be symptoms of a range of other things, including a common cold, so it’s important to go to your dentist to have a mouth cancer screening appointment.

Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer mouth cancer screening in Glasgow as a yearly routine service.

What will happen at my mouth cancer screening?

During your screening, we will look thoroughly around your neck, throat and under your tongue, we’ll also use a handheld screening device. It’s not very different from a normal check-up and completely painless.

If we did find any abnormalities, we will then treat you and monitor your progress or we’ll refer you for further treatment.

When should I have a screening?

You should have a yearly screening and can be booked in with any of our dentists at our Glasgow clinic. We are open Monday to Friday, 8.45am till 5.30pm, so we can offer you a range of times and appointments to ensure you are seen quickly.

If I’m worried about anything what should I do?

If you have noticed anything abnormal, we are here to help. Just book in an appointment for you or your family member and we can get you checked out.

We here to support and we take you and your family’s oral health seriously. Our dental hygienists, dentists and dental surgeons can offer you great responsive care, no matter what issue you are facing. Get in touch today for greater peace of mind.

Screening ensures your oral health is maintained

According to the Mouth Cancer Foundation, there were over 11,000 new cases of mouth cancer in the UK in 2014; 4,000 were terminal. Cases are on the increase and in part Cancer Research UK puts this down to late detection. It’s now more important than ever to take screening seriously and if the figures show anything, finding out early is the key to successful treatment.

Mouth Cancer Screening in GlasgowYour dentist is in an excellent position to screen you for mouth cancer and although cancer needs to be taken seriously, it doesn’t mean that it has to be a frightening issue. If anything, with the support of your dentist, it can be as simple as being part of your yearly oral health check-up.

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we offer a great screening service for all our patients. It’s a straightforward appointment with a full check of your head, neck and mouth area, followed by an examination inside your mouth using a handheld scanning device. This will highlight anything that looks different or needs more thorough investigation, either fully diagnosing and treating, or we will refer you on for further treatment.

Don’t let fear stop you

In Glasgow, mouth cancer screening is painless, quick and easy to do. Much like having tests for cervical or prostate cancer, building yearly check-ups into your health routine is important. It ensures that if there are any abnormal cells, they are caught in their early stages and treated effectively. If you have any lumps or ulcers in your mouth that have been persistent, do also have them checked with us.

Smoking, drinking and diet are also contributing factors to your oral health and have direct links to cancer, so we will encourage you to give up or at least reduce your habit. There’s lots of great information on the Mouth Cancer Foundation website to support and help you, and also don’t forget, we are here to support and advise you to.

By ensuring you book you and your families screening once a year, you not only set up a great routine of care for life, you also ensure, should the worst happen, we can be there to give you treatment quickly and effectively.

Replacing teeth with All-on-4 implants

More and more people who are losing all their teeth are choosing to replace them with dental implants rather than dentures. Dentures wobble around after a while because they cannot stop the jawbone from shrinking. The jawbone needs tooth roots in it to stay strong and healthy. The roots act as transmitters, vibrating with the impact of the teeth coming together when we eat, talk and laugh. Without those vibrations, the jawbone thinks it’s no longer in use and it starts to dissolve itself so it can use the nutrients from the bone elsewhere in the body.

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowDental implants are replacement tooth roots. They are embedded into the jawbone and provide the vibrations the jawbone needs to stay strong.

All-on-4 implants is a special technique that allows the implant surgeons here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry to replace a whole arch of teeth on just 4-6 implants.

We put 2 normal sized implants in vertically at the front of the jaw. These each hold a bridge of teeth. Then we support the teeth at the back of the jawbone on implants that are extra-long and go in at the back of the jawbone, coming forward at an angle to provide support and vital stimulation all along the side of the jaw.

The upper jawbone needs a couple more implants to hold the replacement crowns in place against gravity.

The crowns are handmade from dental porcelain. If you have a good photo of your natural teeth in their heyday, we can use it to reproduce them. We can also use impressions, so if you have any, hang on to them.

It will take a few months for your implants to integrate with your jawbone, and while this is happening, you will have to eat a liquid and then a soft food diet. But when integration is complete, you can go for your life with steaks and roast potatoes, nuts and apples.

Maintenance is a matter of making sure to avoid plaque build-up, with diligent brushing and flossing and regular trips to the hygienist for plaque removal. Do that and your All-on-4 implants in Glasgow could last for decades.

An easy way to replace lost teeth

If you have an entire arch of teeth that are finally giving up the ghost, you are probably feeling rather wobbly. Teeth are vital for our survival. They are what we use to process our food, to talk clearly and they are also vital to our looks. The toothless look has never really caught on in the world of high fashion, or even High Street fashion, so you are going to have to replace your teeth. But how?

All on 4 Implants in GlasgowWell, you could have dentures, but you may not fancy having to go back to your dentist every year to get them relined when they start to come loose. And they will start to come loose, because your jaws and gums will be receding under them because there is nothing in the bone to stimulate it to renew itself. It won’t take many years for you to develop that funny, pointy chin and thin jaw that goes with complete tooth loss.

It’s not a pleasant thought and there is another way to get all your teeth replaced, and that is with dental implants. Here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we can replace all your teeth with only 4-6 dental implants on each arch.

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots and each one can hold up to 3 teeth on a bridge.

But we also use a technique called All-on-4 implants that uses extra-long dental implants that go in at the back of the jaw at a 45° angle and then run along the jawbone to support your arch. These are coupled with 2 normal-sized dental implants at the front of your jaw. You will probably need a couple more implants for the top jaw, so that your replacement teeth can defy gravity.

We insert the implants under local anaesthetic, and if you are very keyed up about the procedure, you can also have oral or intravenous sedation to deeply relax you. We give you a set of temporary crowns so that you leave the surgery with teeth in place, then, when your implants have integrated with your jawbone, we attach permanent, handmade porcelain crowns.

When your teeth need a helping hand

Much as we would all like to have teeth for life, life does not always work out that way. Sometimes we have accidents that damage our teeth, or even knock them out. Sometimes decay gets the better of some of them and they have to be removed.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowMind the gap

It can be tempting to leave a gap where your teeth used to be but that doesn’t do the remaining teeth any good. Teeth are not set in stone but can very slowly wander around in our jawbones and over time they can tip into the gaps and come out of their sockets. Teeth need other teeth to prop them into place.

So, if you are missing 2 or more teeth in a row, then you may need to consider having crown and bridge work with us at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow.

What is crown and bridge work?

This is one way to replace lost teeth by suspending replacement crowns on a metal bridge between 2 healthy teeth. Attaching the bridge to 2 healthy teeth gives them stability so that you can chew on them like natural teeth.

The replacement crowns are usually made of precious metal so that they will last a long time. Remember gold teeth? Well these days you don’t have to have anything so obvious. Instead, we cover the metal with dental porcelain coloured, sized and shaped to blend in with your own teeth.

The way that the bridgework is attached to your neighbouring teeth is to create 2 more crowns that act like buttresses. They fit over your healthy teeth and are cemented into place. Doing this requires that your buttress teeth are reduced in size so that the buttress crowns are flush with your existing tooth line.

Dental implants

You can also have bridges fixed into your mouth with dental implants if your jawbone is strong enough. This negates any need to grind down existing teeth to act as buttresses. Dental implants can last for at least 15 years, and often last for decades, sometimes even the rest of your life.

Teeth like new again with crown and bridgework

Tooth roots are not just there to keep your teeth stable for eating and talking, they also keep your jawbone strong and healthy. Lose the root and the area of bone around it quickly stops renewing itself. Not only that but the bone actually starts to dissolve itself so that it can use the nutrients elsewhere in the body. Your jawbone shrinks back, and pretty quickly too.

That’s one reason why it’s a very good idea to keep your natural teeth going for as long as possible, even if the white part is falling apart or looking more grey than white after one too many fillings.

Crown and Bridge Work in GlasgowCrowns

We can protect the now fragile upper part of your tooth with a crown. Back in the day crowns were usually made of metal. You’d see people with gold teeth. That’s not so usual these days because the dental porcelain used to make tooth restorations is so much stronger and more durable.

So, you can get your teeth protected and their life extended by quite a few good years with crowns that have been custom-made for you to blend in with your existing teeth.

What happens to your teeth with crowns

At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry in Glasgow, we prepare your tooth for a crown by removing any redundant material. We then also have to reduce the size of your own natural tooth so that we can fit a crown over it that will line up with your existing teeth. We put a temporary crown on while we get a permanent one custom-made for you in a laboratory. When you come back, we paste your new crown into place and if it’s a good fit, we will cement it there. If not, it is adjusted until it does fit well.


We also make crowns when we replace lost teeth with bridgework. This is when false teeth are suspended on a metal bridge between 2 healthy teeth, which act as supporting buttress teeth. To do this, they are reduced in size and crowns with the bridge attached are fitted over them.

Get new teeth in a day

If you have got failing teeth or already have lost all your teeth, you can now get a whole new set fitted on dental implants in one day.

All-on-4 in GlasgowPreviously, if you wanted to replace your teeth with dental implants, you would have to wait a good few months between having the dental implants fitted and having replacement crowns attached to them. This was so that the titanium implants could integrate with your jawbone to create a stable chewing base. A safe way to go about making sure the implants were successful, but it meant people were having to spend some time with gaps in their mouths, and while that might have been alright if the gaps were at the sides, if you were waiting for implants to replace all your teeth, the last thing you wanted to do was be toothless for all that time.

Now, at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we have solved that problem with a technique called All-on-4 in Glasgow, which means you can leave the clinic with a whole new set of teeth in place after your implant surgery. Here’s how it works:

Tooth removal

Most of our patients come in with very loose teeth due to advanced gum disease, or teeth that are badly broken down. We remove these teeth under local anaesthetic.

Implant surgery

We place four dental implants into your jaw, two on the upper jaw, two on the lower jaw. Then we attach a set of brand new teeth to these so that you walk out of the door with a great new smile and can go back to work and live your life. The teeth are often a temporary set, and you will come back to us after six months to get your custom-made porcelain crowns fitted.

Are you suitable for All-on-4?

When you come in for a detailed consultation we will use our cone beam CT scanner to look at your jaw to see if it will be able to hold dental implants. If it is, we will use the scans to plot where to put the dental implants.

Forget about your teeth again

Remember how it used to be when you had a full set of natural teeth? How you would get up in the morning, give them a brush and go about your day. Then you’d brush them again before going to bed. But in between you could forget about them. How is it now with your dentures? Not like that, we’re willing to bet.

All-on-4 in GlasgowWe expect you have your dentures quietly at the back of your mind nearly all the time you are wearing them. You can feel them sitting on your gums, maybe sliding a bit on them, despite all that messy dental adhesive you put on them only a few hours ago. You wonder if they are going to let you down this evening when you’re out to dinner either by not staying still or by amassing a tonne of food under the plate. And what if your hosts serve up something your dentures can’t cope with, like roast potatoes. Maybe you should just cancel.

Or maybe not. Maybe what you need is artificial teeth that act like real ones. If only you could have afforded dental implants. Well, maybe you can when you come to The Scottish Centre for Dental Excellence in Dentistry for All-on-4 same day teeth.

What is All-on-4?

This is a brilliant dental implant technique that allows us to place an entire arch of teeth on only four implants (maybe six for the upper jaw, there’s gravity to take into account after all).

We put two implants in vertically at the front of the jaw and two longer implants in at a 45° angle at the back of the jaw. Running the implants along the jaw in this way means you can support around the arch. We can then put a set of teeth on that very day.

Why same day teeth?

Instead of having to wait for at least two months before we can fit you with replacement teeth, we give you temporary dentures and you walk out with teeth already in place, coming back in six months for us to fit your permanent porcelain crowns on a denture that you don’t take out at night.

Half a year is all it takes

If someone said to you, ‘You only have to put up with this for half a year’, most people could get through almost anything. What about straighter teeth in 6 months in Glasgow? Could you put up with delicate brackets and wires on your teeth for half a year if it meant a lifetime of beautifully straight smiles? At The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, we’re willing to bet you could. And you can, if you have only mild to moderate alignment issues affecting your front six to eight teeth.

Straighter Teeth in 6 Months in GlasgowKnown as the social teeth because they are the teeth other people see the most when you are talking and laughing, these teeth are that bit easier to move than the molars because they have only one root to anchor them in place.

How teeth move

Getting the teeth to move in the jawbone can be done at any age, so even if you are 99 and have a yen for straighter teeth, we can help you. Shifting the teeth requires sustained pressure. They won’t even start to move in the jawbone until that pressure has been going for 72 hours (three days). Then the bone cells kick into action to relieve the pressure, and they dissolve bone cells on the side of the tooth that is being pushed against and build it up on the side that it is being pushed away from. If the pressure stops for a few hours, so does the bone rebuilding and dissolution process and then you have to start all over again with the 72-hour beginning period.

This is why for a lot of people, wearing bracket and wire braces makes a lot of sense. The wires create a pulling pressure and this is kept up 24 hours a day, so the process does not stop. The wires are adjusted every few weeks by your dentist to keep up the pressure too.

After braces, the retainer

Once your teeth reach alignment, they need to go through a settling in period of several months. You will need to wear a retainer, either bonded to the back of your teeth, or a removable one overnight, to keep them in alignment.

Quicker than you think

People have this idea that getting their teeth straightened is a long process that takes a good couple of years, if not more. This is true for those who have very complex alignment issues that may involve realigning the jaws so that they meet together properly as well as realigning their teeth. However, for the majority of our patients here at The Scottish Centre for Excellence in Dentistry, treatment times are much shorter.

Straighter Teeth in 6 Months in GlasgowIf you would like to have straighter teeth but are put off by the idea of having to wear braces for ages and ages, it is worth coming in for a consultation. You may be happily surprised to find out that you could have straighter teeth in 6 months. In Glasgow, we have been straightening teeth for many years and have brought together an excellent range of devices to cover all alignment issues and also offer some real lifestyle pluses.

As well as being able to give some of our patients’ straighter teeth in six months in Glasgow, we also know that for many of you, comfort, discretion and being able to eat what you like are also key.

What takes the time

Teeth are moved by having a constant pressure exerted on them in a particular direction. In order to relieve the pressure, the bone breaks down in front of this direction and builds up again behind the tooth. All braces and aligners work to exert gentle pressure to initiate and keep up this process. This is why you have to wear them constantly. Removable devices still have to be worn for at least 20 hours a day, otherwise the bone break-down and build-up process stops and has to start all over again, which takes three days.

The length of time it takes to move your teeth will very much depend on your alignment issues. If your teeth are mildly to moderately misaligned, we may well be able to move them in six months, but we will need to carry out a consultation to make sure. This type of treatment is most often possible when dealing with the front six to eight teeth.