Each morning, the Pi Dental Center mailbox receives a new batch of emails from people looking for the best dental implant specialist. The other day, we received an email asking if our doctors were as good as Doctor So-and-So in Las Vegas.
Before responding, I did a little research to learn about So-and-So. I learned that Dr. So-and-So had almost nothing to back up his glitzy persona.
I’ve had the pleasure of working at Pi Dental Center for 29 ½ years for Drs. Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger! One of my tasks is to document every research article on our website. I document every book they write, every course they teach, every lecture they give, every poster-presentation they produce and every award they receive. Documenting their distinguished careers is almost a full time job.
Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger are both board certified prosthodontists. Prosthodontists are dentists who specialize in diagnosis, planning, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the teeth and mouth with special emphasis on the patient’s oral comfort, facial appearance, and dental health. Prosthodontists treat patients with congenital conditions, missing teeth and complex dental problems. Prosthodontists receive two or three years of additional training following dental school through an accredited American Dental Association program.
To become board certified, prosthodontists must successfully pass a rigorous examination conducted by the American Board of Prosthodontics. These specialists are subjected to recertification every eight years to insure their clear understanding of current practices that affect the specialty.
Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger’s 118 research articles are available online.
Dr. Balshi has been America’s Top Dentist and International Congress of Oral Implantologists Diplomate. He’s been awarded for 40 continuous years of service by the American College of Prosthodontists, received the Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry Gallery of Success Award and the American College of Prosthodontics Founders Award. He was named Top Prosthodontist by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Balshi earned the United States Army Medal of Commendation, a Freedom Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor, and has been recognized in the Congressional Record of the United States of America.
Both Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger have been at the forefront of dental implant research and development since the 1980’s. Their research has helped to take the journey to fixed teeth from a difficult year-long ordeal that involved many steps to a relatively pain-free one-day procedure.
Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger trained graduate and postdoctoral students from Harvard, Tufts, Loma Linda, Nova Southeastern, Temple, University of Connecticut, University of Maryland and other dental schools and lectured worldwide on surgical and restorative aspects of dental implant treatment.
Pi Dental Center’s prosthodontists successfully provided dental implants to patients with countless complicated problems from diabetes, Cleidocranial Dysplasia, Ectodermal Dysplasia, advanced periodontal disease, congenitally missing teeth, and traumatic injury.
Some of Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger’s Scientific Accomplishments:
- Developed the conversion prosthesis procedure
- Developed the Teeth In A Day® Protocol
- Computer guided dental implant surgery
- Developed the “No Bone Solution”
- Zygomatic dental implant treatment
- Flapless surgery
- AvaDent Digital Dentures
Patients have willingly and readily provided positive reviews for Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger. The whole team has been commended for their professionalism, caring friendly manner and beautiful result.
Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger are the real deal. Dr. So-and-So — not so much.
If you are looking for a dentist or have questions about dental treatment please feel free to contact us. We look forward to helping you regain your magnificent and healthy smile.
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