Focus on Gareth Calvert

Questions and Answers Gareth Calvert

Q1. Did you always want to be a dentist? If not, how did it happen?

A. In the final years of school, I was torn between Engineering and Dentistry. I always enjoyed the mechanical aspects of problem-solving, so combined with caring for people, Dentistry was the obvious choice. These aspects still motivate me today and undoubtedly why I chose a career in Restorative Dentistry.

Q2. Where did you train and what have you done since you qualified?

A. I completed my Undergraduate training at the University of Glasgow Dental School and Hospital. I then spent 2 years working between general practice and secondary care in Glasgow. After which I was fortunate enough to begin postgraduate education in Newcastle Dental Hospital’s Restorative department.

After 12 months I returned to Scotland, to work in the Maxillofacial unit in Forth Valley. Shortly after this, I entered specialist training in Restorative dentistry back in Glasgow Dental Hospital and part time in general practice.

On completion of specialist training, I was awarded the Diploma in Restorative Dentistry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow and appointed a Consultant in Glasgow Dental Hospital.

Gareth CalvertQ3. What do you find most challenging in dentistry today?

A. Negotiating what radio station we listen to or is with the window open or closed.

Q4. What type of dentistry do you enjoy doing best and why?

A. I enjoyed my specialist training in gum treatment, root treatment, implant treatment and crowns/bridges, but In Glasgow Dental Hospital I am fortunate to treat patients with hypodontia which require all aspects of these treatments. In Dental FX I enjoy delivering gum treatment as this is the foundation of oral health but would be happy to discuss any other concerns you have regarding your smile.

Q5. What advice would you give to a nervous patient?

A. Come in for a chat. We can talk through any concerns you have and put you back in control of your smile.

Q6. What do you like to do outside of dentistry?

A. My obsession with gadgets doesn’t stop at work, it includes anything with a petrol engine. I enjoy competitive sport to blow off steam so I play squash and 5 a side football. Otherwise, I’m a dog person with a soft spot for baking which my friends like to remind me of.

Q7. What have you found most rewarding

A. Professionally, it was travelling to Ghana with a charity to develop the skills of 20 undergraduate dentists in emergency care for a small village that had no access to dentistry. Personally, it was navigating myself across China for 4 weeks.

Professional teeth whitening in Glasgow

As we age, our teeth tend to become yellow and lose their natural shine. This is caused by many factors, some of which cannot be controlled. One of the easiest ways of regaining your smile’s youthful appearance is through professional teeth whitening.

At Dental FX in Glasgow, we understand that your smile has seen whiter days. This is why, we are able to help our patients whiten their teeth professionally either in the dental chair or in the comfort of their own home, depending on their lifestyle and individual needs. Whiter teeth can make a great difference in your smile and overall appearance.

Teeth Whitening in GlasgowCommon causes of tooth discolouration

Even if you brush and floss your teeth regularly, chances are that you will develop tooth discolouration at some point in your life. There are many factors that many cause your teeth to darken. Some of them are directly under your control, while others are not preventable. Generally, your dental health is determined by genetics beyond your control.

Some people are born with thinner and more sensitive tooth enamel or discoloured teeth. Several medications can also lead to tooth discolouration. Failing to brush and floss your teeth will also lead to tooth decay and yellowing of your teeth. Finally, ageing takes a toll on your teeth as well as consumption of certain foods, including coffee, tea and red wine.

Teeth whitening treatments

After determining the cause of your discolouration, our experienced dentists can suggest suitable treatment options. Over-the-counter whitening agents might help, but professional whitening is safer and more effective. When teeth whitening is not an option because of tooth sensitivity or other reasons, veneers can also brighten your teeth permanently.

We appreciate that people with different lifestyles have different requirements. Keeping this in mind, we offer customised treatment options, which are specifically designed for your needs.

In-practice whitening

Whitening treatment at our practice can be performed at your own convenience upon scheduling an appointment. This way you can have your teeth brightened by several shades in under an hour. It involves whitening your teeth with prescription-strength hydrogen peroxide and laser technology.

At-home whitening

Alternatively, our dentist can provide you with custom-fitted bleaching trays that will help you whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own house.

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Scottish Dental Awards 2017

We are delighted to be shortlisted in two categories for the 2017 Scottish Dental Awards. The categories are Best Website and Business Manager. The winners will be announced at a dinner being held on Friday 19 May.

Tooth cleaning and polishing with Airflow in Glasgow

If you have been postponing your dental exam indefinitely, you should schedule that appointment for the sake of your teeth. Taking care of your teeth and gums involves more than just brushing and flossing at home. Good oral hygiene is important not only for your smile, but for your overall health as well.

At Dental FX, our experienced dentists and hygienists can give you a brighter, whiter smile, remove persistent tooth stains and help to keep your mouth in great condition. Our Airflow Polish machine uses compressed air, fine powder particles and water to remove plaque and tartar build-up from the teeth. Many patients find this procedure more comfortable than a traditional scale and polish.

Airflow in GlasgowWhat is the Airflow system?

Airflow is an innovative teeth cleaning system that uses a mixture of air, polishing powder and a gentle stream of water to remove surface stains and plaque from the teeth and gums. Airflow is gentle, kind to the tooth enamel, non-damaging to the teeth and significantly improves tooth brightness, giving you conspicuously lighter and brighter teeth just after the treatment.

Benefits of Airflow

Airflow removes dental plaque up to 5mm and helps prevent various types of gum disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis. Moreover, it removes tooth stains more easily than traditional polishing and scaling. Airflow does not compromise your dental implants or other tooth restorations – in contrary, it helps maintain them in good health. Airflow also cleans and opens fissures on your molars for sealing. More importantly, it is a great choice for cleaning around braces as well as for deep cleaning after braces are taken off. Finally, unlike regular scaling and polishing, Airflow does not apply any pressure on your teeth.

Is it safe?

The Airflow system is perfectly safe since it has been designed to take care of your teeth and gums. The mixture of air, water and polishing powder is non-toxic and if accidently swallowed, it will not cause any harm to the patient. Plus, cleaning your teeth with Airflow is a non-invasive treatment with no pain or discomfort. Since it uses kinetic energy and wind power instead of pressure, it causes no damage and will not scratch your tooth enamel.

Improve your smile this Mothers’ Day with cosmetic dentistry

This Mothers’ Day, a treat of cosmetic dentistry could be the ideal gift – for your mum or yourself!With so many choices, how do you go about finding a high quality cosmetic dentist in Glasgow? Choosing to have cosmetic dentistry can be a daunting procedure and you need a dentist you can depend on. You need to be assured that you are being treated with the latest technology, by well trained and professional staff, in a comfortable, clean and safe environment.

cosmetic-dentistry-in-glasgowAt the forefront of science

Dental FX prides itself on being at the very forefront of technological advances in the field of cosmetic dentistry. We keep continuous track of all the latest scientific advances and ensure that new, workable techniques are employed at our dental practice in Glasgow.

Our attention to detail, luxurious surroundings and quality of service sets us apart from other cosmetic dentists. You deserve something special this Mothers’ Day, so why not give Dental FX a try for your cosmetic dentistry?

Stained and discoloured teeth

If you are suffering from stained or discoloured teeth, we can offer you our Airflow treatment. This system uses a mini jet wash for the teeth to remove stains and plaque using air, sodium carbonate powder and water.

The tooth surface is not damaged during this cleaning procedure and it is quick and painless. This allows reaching and cleaning in all those difficult to access areas, such as the tight spaces in between the teeth. After the procedure, your teeth will look and feel refreshingly clean.

This is also an ideal method to remove any underlying stains or scale before having teeth whitening treatment with us.

If you decide to treat yourself this Mothers’ Day to some teeth whitening, we can help you. Your dentist will be able to discuss with you the level of whitening you want to achieve and give you options of how to achieve the shade you’re after.

You will then have impressions of your teeth taken and custom made trays will be made for you. This is even possible in just one day! You will be given a whitening gel to use every day for two weeks to achieve your desired effect.

Give yourself the best chance at good dental health

Taking care of your dental health means you can avoid unnecessary dental pain and discomfort. Dental hygiene is at the heart of good dental health. This starts at home with regular brushing and flossing. However even with your best efforts, bacteria can build up in hard to reach places. That’s where Dental FX in Glasgow can help. Visit our hygienists to give your teeth and gums the proper care and attention they need. Professional cleaning, scaling and polishing of your teeth can save you from a whole world of dental disease.

dental-hygiene-in-glasgowWhy you should act now

With busy schedules it is easy to let your dental health slide. However, in the end, poor dental health means more extensive treatment further down the road, taking up your valuable time. So visit our hygienists in Glasgow today and keep your teeth and gums in good shape.

We can help you reduce your chances of suffering from a whole host of dental diseases, including tooth decay and gum disease. The latter in particular is associated with higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease. Gum disease is also a leading cause of tooth loss. So it’s well worth taking the time to visit our hygienists at our friendly, modern practice.

What to expect from your visit

When you visit our hygienists, you will receive a thorough examination of your teeth and gums. This will give us a clear picture of how much plaque you need removed. Plaque is caused by the build-up of bacteria and can be easily removed by our hygienists using the latest dental equipment and techniques. We use an Airflow machine to get rid of your plaque and remove stains from your teeth. Using special pastes your teeth will be polished to leave you with a clean finish to your dental hygiene treatment.

Our treatment doesn’t end there. We will also show you how to take care of your teeth at home, with the most effective brushing and flossing techniques. This gives you the power to stay on top of your dental health.

Call or email us today and look forward to a future of good dental health.

It’s time to shine

Do you dislike your smile? Is your self-esteem and confidence suffering because of an unattractive smile? Maybe you have crooked or protruding teeth or a gummy smile? It may be time to get a new smile in Glasgow, at Dental FX.

Our smile is the first thing many people notice about us. It’s common to be embarrassed about your smile, hiding it away in public. Cosmetic dental treatment at Dental FX can restore your confidence in the appearance of your smile, boosting your self-esteem and improving your personal and professional interactions.

get-a-new-smile-in-GlasgowWhy choose us?

Dental FX is a well-established dental practice based in Bearsden in Glasgow. Get a new smile with us, as we are now accepting new patients for both private and NHS dentistry. We offer services for general, preventative, restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

Every member of the team at Dental FX share our common values and ethics, including passion and commitment to providing the highest standards of dental care to all our patients. From routine general dentistry, all the way to a full-mouth reconstruction, Dental FX know you deserve to get a new smile in Glasgow.

Dental FX is led by Dr. Stephen Jacobs, who has a passion for all aspects of dentistry and a special interest in dental implantology. Dr. Jacobs runs a range of implant training courses for other dentists around the country. He remains at the forefront of implant technology and techniques and remains heavily involved in the future of implant research.

What we offer

For you to get a new smile in Glasgow, Dental FX is the place to come. We offer numerous treatments focusing on improving your smile. These include minor treatments, such as changing your silver fillings for white ones. This can greatly improve the aesthetic beauty of your smile.

We also offer services in teeth whitening, if stained and discoloured teeth have become a major problem. Some of the causes include smoking or wine and coffee consumption.

Porcelain veneers are also an option at Dental FX. This is a quick remedy to your cosmetic dental issues. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or ceramic that can be placed over the front surface of a tooth. They will be matched to the natural colour of your teeth, creating a realistic result.

Dentistry for whatever is happening in your life

Life is busy and eventful when you live in a city like Glasgow. General dentistry that covers you for all eventualities is hard to find but, at Dental FX, we think we can help whatever your current situation.

When you are looking for general dentistry is Glasgow, the first thing you might think of is regular check-ups and fillings but this is only a tiny portion of what we can offer you. From dental implants to advice on quitting smoking, we offer a full range of services to meet your oral health needs.

general-dentistry-is-GlasgowSpecial occasion

If you have something special coming up in the next few weeks or even next year, then now might be the right time for you to consider some of our cosmetic dentistry procedures. We can help you with stained or discoloured teeth, a gummy smile or gaps to name just a few things. While some treatments only take a short appointment, even treatments like straightening can be achieved in less time that you think and will prepare you to face those big life events with confidence.

Growing family

Our general dentistry in Glasgow can look after you and your family at any stage of life. Whether it is during pregnancy, dentistry for kids or treatments aimed at teenagers, Dental FX can help with specially focused care and options.

Accidental damage

If you have a dental emergency then the quicker you can contact a dentist you trust to assess and treat you, the better. If you see someone soon after an accident that has resulted in tooth loss, then it is more likely that the tooth can be restored. If you have other damage such as a crack, chip or you have lost a crown or filling, we can give you fast, effective treatment and advice straight away.

In an emergency, we do not want you to have to worry, especially if you are in pain. Get in touch today to have a check-up and start getting to know the practice and the team. Our skilled and friendly professionals will do everything they can to ensure you have a great visit and we think you will go away with peace of mind regarding any potential emergency needs.

Show off your smile with Dental FX

It’s hard to pin down what makes a smile brighten even the dullest day. However what can make a smile really stand out from the crowd is a full set of pearly whites. If you’re missing teeth, don’t let that squash your smile as you walk about Glasgow. Replace missing teeth with Dental FX and bring your smile back.

replace-missing-teeth-GlasgowDon’t hesitate, it can’t wait

Missing teeth can result from a variety of causes, including tooth decay, injury or gum disease. While a missing tooth or teeth can be unsightly, the downsides unfortunately don’t end there. In the long-term, without treatment, the surrounding bone can degenerate, the gums recede, and ultimately even more teeth can be lost as neighbouring teeth tip and loosen. Avoid all of these consequences with help from Dental FX.

Replace missing teeth in Glasgow with dental implants

At Dental FX we use the latest dental technology to replace everything from a single tooth to multiple or even a complete set of teeth. Gone are the days of needing to wear uncomfortable dentures that may or may not stay in place when you bite into that apple. Dental implants are small titanium screws that integrate into the jawbone and create a stable, long-lasting base for replacement teeth to be added. What’s more, a single dental implant can provide a secure base for up to four teeth. The final look and feel is that of natural teeth and they can last just as long too.

What can I expect with dental implants from Dental FX

You will be cared for by our friendly and experienced staff who will talk you through your treatment plan, addressing your concerns and leaving you well-informed. Using state-of-the-art scanning technology we will create a 3D image of your mouth to identify exactly where to fit your dental implant. The procedure can be carried out using local anaesthetic or sedation. After a few months of healing, your replacement teeth can be added and you’ll be ready to smile brightly.

There’s no time like the present. Get in touch with Dental FX in Glasgow. Replace missing teeth with the latest dental innovation and smile, chew and bite with confidence.

How your dentist can restore your worn or chipped teeth

There are many ways a dentist can improve your smile’s appearance by tackling your chipped or worn teeth. Worn teeth can create an uneven appearance to your smile and can make you look older than you feel, whilst chipped teeth should always prompt a visit to the dentist.

worn-and-chipped-teethTeeth can be easily chipped by accidents and injuries involving the face, even by biting hard foods such as nuts if a tooth is weakened. There are some practical steps you can take to avoid chipping your teeth, including:

  • Always wearing a properly fitted sports mouthguard when playing contact sports or games that involve fast-moving objects, such as hockey, cricket, or rugby.
  • Visiting a dentist or orthodontist to improve the position of protruding front teeth (“buck teeth”) so that they are better protected.
  • Never using your teeth to open bottles, chew pencils, or indeed for anything other than biting and chewing food.
  • Attending regular dental check-ups so that any areas of weakness can be spotted and addressed before an emergency happens.

However, accidents can still happen, and the most important thing to remember is that you should visit your dentist as soon as possible after you chip a tooth. Even a small chip or crack can be enough to let bacteria enter the tooth, which can cause infection.

DentalFX in Glasgow offers a number of treatments for chipped and worn teeth, and the best solution will depend on a number of factors, including:

  • The location of the affected tooth
  • The extent of the damage
  • Your overall dental health

Treatment options include:

Fillings and composite bonding

White filling material is now very strong and durable, and should last you for many years. Fillings are a good option for the back teeth, whilst composite bonding is a good option for small chips on the front teeth. The latter option involves using white filling material to seamlessly restore the tooth, and only needs one appointment.

Crowns

Crowns are used when extra strength is required. Tooth-coloured options are available, and crowns will require two appointments.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are a great option to improve the appearance of chipped or worn front teeth, and require two-three visits.