How can I help make my dental implant treatment a success?

In an article written for the national patient website for implant dentistry,, our principal dentist Dr Colin Gardner reveals how you can help to make your dental implant treatment a success.

Dental implants are a well-established treatment for the problem of missing teeth and have a very good success rate.

Technological advances and detailed preparation mean that implant placement is a relatively minor surgical procedure. At Botanics Dental Care, your case will be carefully assessed and planned, and we will ensure that you are thoroughly informed and supported throughout your treatment.

There are many factors under your control which can contribute to the long-term success of your dental implants, such as:

  • Having enough bone in your jaw
  • Practising good oral hygiene
  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle

To learn more, please visit “How can I help make my dental implant treatment a success?”

New Teeth In A Day – Is There Such A Thing?

If you’re missing multiple teeth or even all of your teeth then dental implants in Glasgow are a natural looking effective method of replacing them. Dental implants are anchored into the jaw using a surgical process and fuse with the bone to form a stable platform on which to place crowns, bridgework, or dentures. However, the process involves numerous dental appointments and a time scale from start to finish of anything from 6 to 9 months. What if your time is limited and you don’t want to walk around wearing a fake set of teeth? The answer lies in a technique known as ‘teeth in day’.

dental implants in GlasgowThis technique refers to a situation where all of the patient’s teeth or dentures are replaced by dental implants and the patient receives a new set of fixed (screwed in and non-removable) teeth the very same day. The treatment requires for just four implants placed in a specific arrangement and at a particular angle to make the best use of the patient’s remaining bone. Once the implants are placed then a new set of teeth for that jaw are attached immediately to them. As they’re screwed into the jaw they feel very secure and look and function just like natural healthy teeth.

Benefits of teeth in a day

  • Treatment time and complexity is significantly reduced and often the need for bone grafting is eliminated.
  • Treatment is a more comfortable and cost effective way of restoring large gaps or complete arches.
  • Good option for denture wearers wishing to regain the look and feel of natural teeth once more

Although the treatment sounds simple enough and is mostly completed in one day, it’s actually quite complex with a great deal of planning going on behind the scenes. This includes discussions and co-ordination between various technicians and dental professionals. It can also include the need for CT scanning, radio graphs, and computer aided 3D imagery.

The set of teeth that your implant dentist in Glasgow gives you on the day have to be considered as temporary since for 3-4 months following treatment gum tissue healing will occur and a new set of accurately fitting fixed teeth will then need to be fitted.

If you’d like to find out more then why not take advantage of our free implant consultation. Teeth in a day isn’t for everyone but we’ll be able to discuss all of your dental options. Call us today on 0141 334 3408 to book an appointment with Dr Colin Gardner or book online at We look forward to welcoming you to our clinic.

7 Top Questions To Ask A Glasgow Orthodontist

Attending your first consultation for Glasgow orthodontics can seem a little daunting, after all you’re not sure what to expect. Often, knowing the right questions to ask can save both time and money and help you decide if you’re comfortable with the dental professional that you choose. To help, here are the 7 questions that you should be asking:

  1. Glasgow orthodonticsWhat options do I have? – Often there is more than one type of treatment available. For example if you only require minor orthodontics then you may want to explore speedy and discreet options such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles. Other options you want to find out more about include: metal versus ceramic, lingual brackets which fit behind the teeth, and clear braces.
  1. Do I need to have any teeth extracted? – When dealing with children this often isn’t the case but for adults, whose tooth formation is mostly complete, then extraction may be necessary.
  1. Will there be a need for jaw surgery? – Again, for children this isn’t normally an issue but for certain treatments, an adult may require jaw surgery. Obviously this will incur additional expense and may require time off work for healing.
  1. How often will I need to come in for adjustments? – It’s important to factor in your time and travel costs if you’re having to travel from one side of Glasgow to the other, for example. Several visits over the course of the treatment can prove time consuming, costly, and frustrating too.
  1. Can I speak to any previous patients? Ask your orthodontist whether he has any previous patients that you can contact to find out what their experience with the orthodontist was like. Only follow up on patients who have had similar treatments to yours.
  1. How long will treatment take?- While typically orthodontics in Glasgow can take up to 2 years to complete some minor issues can be treated in as little as six months.
  1. How much will treatment cost? Generally speaking when asking the price it should include a breakdown of components including any on-going costs for treatments after the initial fitting, payment terms or plans, and ongoing costs once braces have been removed (for example does the price include retainers).

If you’re suffering from a bad bite, protruding teeth, or misaligned teeth, then you could be a candidate for Glasgow orthodontics . Don’t just imagine how much happier and confident you would feel with a perfect smile, instead come and speak to Botanics Dental. We’ve got years of experience in dealing with orthodontics for all the family so give us a call and book an appointment. Call 0141 334 3408 today or check out our website at for more information.

4 Main Reasons Why Cosmetic Dentistry Is Becoming So Popular

It wasn’t so long ago when cosmetic dentistry was considered something only the rich and famous would have done as they tried to maintain their ‘Hollywood’ looks. Nowadays it’s becoming far more ‘de rigueur’ for everyday folk to simply pop to their local Glasgow dentist for a spot of cosmetic dental treatment.

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  • New advances in Glasgow Orthodontics – These include techniques such as removable aligners and clear braces that are a million miles away from the old fashioned ‘train-track’ style, metal braces of old
  • White fillings – Made from a variety of compounds to give you that non-metallic pearly-white smile
  • Porcelain veneers – Acting as ‘false nails’ for your teeth they eliminate problems with twisted or misshapen teeth
  • Inlays and onlays– These have the ability to restore problem teeth with a protective layer of porcelain
  • Teeth whitening – This is probably the best known form of cosmetic dentistry and is still popular today. Using custom-made mouth guards, teeth can be whitened over time in the comfort of your own home.

So what makes cosmetic dentistry so popular?

We have the technology

Dentistry, particularly the cosmetic variety has vastly improved in the last 10-15 years and this is because of the technology. Painless injections and conscious sedation techniques provide pain free dentistry. Computerised programs build exacting 3D replicas of a patient’s mouth. New cosmetic techniques involving dental implants in Glasgow means that a patient can have a set of teeth removed and replaced with natural looking replacements all in the same day. Advancements in materials and components means that replacements (whether it’s veneers, inlays, onlays or fillings) are far more natural looking than ever before.

There’s a definite demand

Nowadays both men and women are far more self aware about retaining their youthful looks For this reason cosmetic dentistry is just a part of that whole process for many folk.

Improved skills

Cosmetic dentistry used to be the preserve of a select few who pioneered the early treatments, but now it’s in the hands of thousands of highly skilled and well trained individuals who choose to practice it.

The affordability factor

Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more affordable. Firstly manydentists who practice this type of dentistry offer patients various ways of spreading payment over a period of time. Secondly many cosmetic treatments are not only natural looking, they’re also long lasting, meaning that a patient does away with the added expense of frequent visits back to the dentist.

If you’re interested in finding out what cosmetic dentistry can do for you then contact Botanics Dental Care. We’re a modern dentist in Glasgow dealing in many aspects of dentistry including cosmetic dentistry. Why not speak to Dr Colin Gardner and the team on 0141 334 3408 or visit our website at to see just how we can help you.

Teeth Whitening at Botanics Dental Care

I often hear the same questions from different patients when they enquire about tooth whitening. There’s usually a wide variation in how much people already know and quite often misinformation has been gained from one source or another. In this article I hope to give everyone the information they need to decide whether tooth whitening is suitable for them or not.

Q. Do all dark teeth need whitening to improve their appearance?

A. There are two types of discolouration that can affect teeth – extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic is caused by smoking, tea, coffee, red wine, curries and darker foods. Intrinsic is the natural colour of the teeth. This gradually darkens due to changes within the dentine of the tooth over time as we get older. Extrinsic staining can be removed during visits with the hygienist, so you may be delighted with the change at that time and decide whitening is unnecessary for you. Intrinsic staining will only be changed by whitening.

Q. What methods of tooth whitening are available?

A. Here at Botanics Dental Care we use an “at home method”.

Impressions are taken of your teeth and special “whitening trays” are made to fit over them. A mild peroxide gel is given to the patient to place in the trays which are then inserted over the teeth either for a couple of hours or overnight. The whole process takes approximately two to three weeks.

Q. How does tooth whitening work?

A. A gel containing a type of peroxide is placed on the tooth surface. Oxygen is released from the gel and penetrates the enamel, bleaching the dentine underneath.
Q. Does it hurt?

A. Some sensitivity can occur with whitening. We construct your whitening trays beforehand and always recommend that you use a desensitising agent provided by us for at least a week prior to whitening. This greatly reduces the incidence of sensitivity. If you still suffer from sensitivity, it is usually short-lived (about 24 hours) and can be controlled with painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen.

Q. How white will my teeth go?

A. Results vary from person to person, but we expect a change of at least two shades on a dental shade guide. Shade B1 is the lightest shade on a standard dental shade but quite often we can achieve even lighter shades – because of this the shade guide manufacturer’s have had to extend their range!

Q. Will it damage my teeth?

A. It has approximately the same effect as drinking one can of cola spread out over a month. So you can see, there is an effect, but it is minimal.

Q. I have crowns / veneers / fillings at the front of my mouth. Will whitening change the colour of them?

A. Whitening only affects natural teeth and any restorations will remain unchanged. This may mean that following whitening you may prefer to replace those restorations to improve their appearance. We can advise you beforehand if that will be likely. If your teeth are heavily filled or have crowns or veneers, it may be better to achieve your desired change in appearance by replacing them completely. Again, we can advise you at your consultation.

Q. Is whitening safe?

A. Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact whitening is one of the safest cosmetic dental procedures available. As with many medical procedures, whitening is not recommended for children under 18 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.

Q. How much does it cost?

A. The at home whitening system costs £350 privately, £297.50 to members of our Patient Membership Scheme who receive a 15% discount.

So, if you’ve been thinking about teeth whitening, now is the time to act!

An hour appointment with a Dental Hygienist?

Most people that I see for the first time ask me the same questions regarding the length of their first appointment:

  • ‘Are you serious!!’
  • ‘What are you going to do to me?’
  • ‘Why does it take so long?’
  • ‘You are only going to clean my teeth’
  • ‘My teeth are not that dirty!’
  • ‘It took 5 mins down the road!’

We are different at Botanics Dental Care, I like my patients to understand and give them the time to do what it takes to get their gums as healthy as they can be.

Half of the 60 mins appointment is talking & explaining.

Gum charting, checking all teeth for gum recession, (long in the tooth) charting bleeding and plaque around the teeth. Discussing why they have gum disease, what it is and what steps we are going to take to improve their gum health.

Shown areas in a mirror where people are missing, taking time to explain what they need to do to improve on, discussing future appointments.

Oral Hygiene instructions, tooth brushing instructions if needed, flossing instructions, demonstrating in your mouth.

The final 30 mins is giving them a good scale and polish.

Your gums are important, they are a good investment, yours for life, they need to stay healthy to keep your teeth, you might not see the difference the way you would if you have any kind of cosmetic dental treatment, but if you don’t invest in your gums then you could lose your teeth in the long term.

When patients leave, the comments I then get are different to the ones I got at the beginning:

  • ‘That was great!’
  • ‘Well worth it!’
  • ‘Very thorough!’
  • ‘I understand what I have to do!’

Hygienist appointments with Air Flow

Just because your teeth look great doesn’t mean that they are healthy, for your teeth to be healthy you must keep your gums healthy too. Only a professional is able to detect whether or not your teeth and gums are healthy everywhere – even those hard to see places.

a-bOur hygienists use very precise high-tech instruments that are permanently cooled during treatment. Professional tooth cleaning is thorough and leaves nothing behind –except a great feeling.

Beautiful white teeth convey a feeling of confidence and energy. A great smile is the envy of many. Tooth deposits and discoloured teeth not only look bad, they can harm the health of your teeth and gums. To keep teeth healthy you need to see your Hygienist regularly to remove plaque and tartar. If bacteria are permitted to proliferate for extended periods of time, plaque is formed and encourages the growth of more bacteria. Tissue and bone which hold the tooth are affected.

air-flowThe Air Flow method is perfectly painless and it is great for your teeth. You will see and feel the difference.

A mixture of air and modified sodium bicarbonate combines with a water jet to remove plaque and tooth deposits fast and painlessly.

The powder used in the airflow comes in 4 different flavours mint, cherry, tropical and raspberry. Each patient has their own favourite!

air-flow1For most patients we recommended that they see the hygienist every three months. We have a Dental Plan in place that would spread the cost of these visits.

For the whole of the practice Birthday month 12th March – 11th April 2015 we are providing the Airflow handy treatment free of charge to all hygiene appointments! (Usually £25.40).

(Subject to availability)

Contact the practice on 0141 334 3408 or to make an appointment.

Oral B 2000 Toothbrush

toothbrushDiscover the next level of oral care innovation, brought to you by Oral-B, a worldwide leader in toothbrushes. Featuring precisely angled bristles, the PRO 2000 with CrossAction® brush head is an electric toothbrush designed to effectively lift and power away up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush, leaving behind nothing but an astonishing clean.

Features and Benefits

  • Oral-B 3D movement cleaning system oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to remove up to 100% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush.
  • Oral-B PRO 2000 comes with 2 features: Daily Clean plus Visible Pressure Sensor and Gum Care.
  • Has a Visible Pressure Sensor that illuminates if brushing pressure exceeds recommended pressure. The brush provides a short stutter every 30 seconds and a longer stutter after 2 minutes of brushing.
  • The perfect- angle CrossAction® removes up to 100% more plaque vs a regular manual toothbrush.

Why use a Rechargeable toothbrush?

  • Oral-B electric toothbrushes are recommended by dentists worldwide.
  • More and more dentists recommend using a rechargeable toothbrush to help eliminate common brushing errors, which can lead to more serious oral care problems. Oral-B Pro 2000 electric toothbrush has several features to make sure you get the most out of your electric toothbrush.
  • All Oral-B rechargeable toothbrushes are clinically proven to remove up to 100 per cent more dental plaque than a manual toothbrush.

7 Reasons to see a Dental Hygienist.

Good oral hygiene is important, not only for looks, especially nowadays when everyone is very aware of their appearance, but for general health as well. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more.

Here are 7 reasons why it is important to see our dental hygienist Colette.

  • 1 To Prevent Gum Disease.

90% of the population have had gum disease at some point in their life whether it has been mild, moderate or severe.

Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissues and bone that keep your teeth in place it can be painless and many people are unaware of having gum disease, it is one of the main caused of adult tooth loss, If diagnosed early, it can be treated and reversed.

If treatment is not received, a more serious and advanced stages of gum disease may follow.

If you don’t want to wake up one day and find that you have been diagnosed with gum disease, then dental hygiene is important. Ignorance is no excuse. Inevitably, it will be you who pays the price if you do not go to the trouble of maintaining dental hygiene.

Regular visits with our hygienist and check ups with your dentist, flossing daily and brushing twice a day are the main factors in preventing gum disease.

  • 2. To Help Maintain Good Physical Health.

Recent studies have linked heart attacks and strokes to gum disease, resulting from poor oral hygiene.A dental cleaning regularly helps to keep your teeth and gums healthy and could possibly reduce your risk of heart disease and strokes.

  • 3.To Keep Your Teeth.

Since gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss in adults,we at Botanics Dental Care advise regular dental cleaning and check ups.

Brushing and flossing are vital to keep as many teeth as you can.Keeping your teeth means better chewing function and ultimately better health.

  • 4.To Detect Dental Problems Early.

Your dentist and hygienist will be able to detect any early signs of problems with your teeth and gums. Early detection of cavities, broken fillings and gum disease are easily treated if caught in time. If these problems go untreated, root canals, gum surgery and removal of teeth could become the only treatment options available.

  • 5.To Maintain Good Oral Health.

Though we all know at the the importance of dental hygiene, it is still the case that many of us fail to take care of our teeth properly. It is seen as one of those nuisances, one of those things that won’t matter if we miss it once or twice. Of course, at the begining of the day you like most people are in a rush to get out the door for work and at the end of a demanding day all you want to do is collapse into bed, but this can result in your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and mouthwash all being left untouched. If this is the case for you then your teeth could be in a poor state, of which you are none the wiser…

Our hygienist will help to ensure that you are maintaining your oral heath by visual examination and comparing your previous visits, If you are falling off track with your oral hygiene then she will put you back on track.

Regular cleaning with our hygienist can help prevent these problems as well as provide you with advice and motivation that you need for good oral hygiene.

  • 6.To Have a Bright White Smile.

Your dental hygienist can remove most tobacco, coffee, tea and red wine stains.

During your cleaning,our hygienist will also polish your teeth to a beautiful shine.

The result? A whiter brighter smile! and a more confident you!!

  • 7.To Prevent Bad Breath.

Halitosis known as bad breath to most is an embarrassing condition that can affect anyone at anytime, and is caused by several factors. The most common causes of bad breath are preventable and easily treated, however certain medical conditions may also cause bad breath.

90% of bad breath cases are due to Bacteria in the mouth.

major causes of bad breath include different types food, poor oral hygiene, periodontal disease, smoking, food impaction, improper or faulty restorations, unclean dentures and excessive bacterial growth on the tongue. (post nasal drip)

Our hygienist can advise products that can prevent bad breath.

Chronic halitosis may indicate an underlying medical concern that should be addressed by your dentist or medical doctor.

Exam success for Tara!

We are thrilled to announce that our Head Dental Nurse and Treatment Co-Ordinator, Tara has passed her Radiography exam. This means that Tara is now qualified to take x-rays on prescription from the Dentist.

The course consisted of an eight week online section, a practical portfolio of over 40 x-rays and a final examination in September.

Tara is very pleased with her achievement “It was a lot of hard work but I am so pleased to have been awarded the Certificate in Dental Radiography.  It’s great that Dental Nurses have the opportunity to learn these additional skills.”

Colin congratulated Tara on her well-deserved success and explained why he encourages and supports his team to undertake further qualifications: “I firmly believe that learning new skills is fundamental to keeping a job interesting, making work more enjoyable and satisfying. I know that learning new skills and techniques makes me happy in my work, and the same is true for every member of our team at Botanics Dental Care. This enables us to maintain the highest standards of care that our patients have become accustomed to in a constantly changing and improving profession. Well done Tara, and here’s to your next challenge!”

Tara's New BDA Certificate

Tara’s New BDA Certificate