A Patient’s 30 Year Dental Implant Success Story

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 4, 2019 2:17:46 PM

The entrance to Pi Dental Center.

Thirty years is a long time.
A new report outlines the treatment of a Pi Dental Center patient who had dental implants for over 30 years. Now that’s an awesome success story!

In February, The Journal of Prosthodontics published an article written by Pi Dental Center dentists, Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger called, “A 30-Year Follow-Up of a Patient with Mandibular Complete-Arch Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis on 4 Implants: A Clinical Report.” Stephen Balshi MBE of CM Prosthetics and Dr. Avinash Bidra co-wrote the article. Read Article.

The report outlined dental implant placement and ongoing treatment for a patient who had implants placed in the lower jaw supporting a full fixed implant-supported prosthesis. While most longitudinal studies have tracked patient treatment for 10 years, this one was unique in tracking patient care for 30 years.

In 1987, our patient was 53 years old. She was missing all of her upper teeth. Her lower teeth required removal due to severe periodontal disease with extensive bone loss. For her lower jaw, our patient chose the All-On-4 Dental Implant Treatment Protocol, a cost effective option that allows patients with financial challenges to have fixed teeth. She wore a complete removable denture in her upper jaw.

Key To Long Term Success

A key to long-term success is vigilant oral hygiene and regularly scheduled professional maintenance visits. With diligent follow-up care, the All-On-4 Dental Implant Protocol has proven to be a viable treatment option.

Our patient retained all four implants for 30 years with good bone levels and no biological complications. Frequent maintenance visits ensured that prosthodontic complications were swiftly resolved and chewing ability was maintained.

“Patients shouldn’t have to put their lives on hold because of dental problems. At Pi Dental Center, timely dental care is a priority. With our trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol, patients can return to their normal routines quickly,” states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger.

Pi Dental Center can help you to achieve your goal of a beautiful functional smile in a short time. Our efficient protocols make your dental care convenient. Our caring staff makes your experience pleasant. Trust your dental care to Pi Dental Center.

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Tags: dental implant research, All-On-4 dental implant treatment, prosthodontist

Show Teeth Some Love On Valentine’s Day

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 14, 2019 1:37:25 PM

Show your teeth some love on Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day is the time to give the perfect gift to your loved one or to treat yourself. While flowers and candy have always been acceptable traditional gifts, perhaps it’s time to try something a little different. People spend billions of dollars on gifts every Valentine’s Day. The gift of a healthy smile can have a long-lasting benefit that’s worth the investment.

The average person is planning to spend more than $140 on traditional Valentine’s Day gifts, according to Prosper Insights & Analytics. People typically buy jewelry, flowers, candy, and greeting cards for spouses, significant others, children, parents, classmates, teachers and themselves.

You really can’t measure the value of a healthy mouth. Elle Macpherson revealed in a recent interview, “I’ve learned that a good smile, good teeth, good hearing, good skin and a good mood are worth a thousand injectables and Botox and facial masks.”

Tooth Whitening and Veneers are cosmetic dental procedures that can improve a smile and help to build confidence. While crowns and dental implant restorations can also revive the appearance of the teeth, they can also restore dental health. The gift of an routine oral hygiene and checkup visit can be helpful to a student on a limited budget.

This Valentine’s Day, give the gift of dental health or show your teeth some love.

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Tags: dental health

Medical and Dental Tourism: Is It Risky?

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Medical and Dental Tourism: Is it Risky?

ABC Action News recently reported that an estimated 85,000 Americans and Canadians traveled to Costa Rica for treatment in 2017. A whopping eighty-percent of those people were dental patients. People are flocking to countries like Costa Rica to have medical and dental procedures, in an effort to save money.

Costs for dental treatment in other countries could appear to be less expensive, but there are risks to be aware of. In the United States, there are numerous associations and regulatory bodies to ensure that only quality proven materials are used. Offices must hire licensed qualified auxiliary staff and proper sterility procedures are followed. While there are cheaper implant screws on the market, patients should insist on well manufactured, sterile, proven medical devices if those devices are going to be implanted into your body.

Some foreign implant systems are not available in the United States since, not all have passed the regulatory requirements. Buyer beware when travelling to other countries for “cheaper” implant treatment. You get what you pay for!

Think of the risks before considering a dental or medical procedure outside of the U.S.

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center

Patients travel from all over the United States and other countries for the highest quality dental treatment at Pi Dental Center. Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss treatment or click the link below to request information. We are committed to improving your dental health and improving your smile.

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Tags: dental tourism

Pi Dental Center Undertakes Exercise Challenge

Posted by Chris Raines on Jan 14, 2019 4:47:17 PM

Pi Dental Center is taking the Squat Challenge. Daryl organized this project.

Exercising to feel comfortable and energize you throughout the day

Being a dental professional can have a huge impact on your body. Musculoskeletal disorders have become epidemic among dentists, assistants and hygienists. To combat these physical problems, Pi Dental Center’s staff is exercising more regularly, practicing proper ergonomic postures and taking the Squat Challenge! Daryl, an Expanded Function Dental Assistant, organized the project. Fifteen staff members are participating.

Dentistry is physically demanding. Many dentists suffer with chronic lower back, neck, hand and wrist pain. This can make working difficult and affect quality of life. There is a direct relationship between decreased fitness levels and musculoskeletal disorders. One of the main causes of these musculoskeletal problems is prolonged static dental posture; seated while leaning forward, neck turned and twisted to the side and arm stretched out. Typically, dental professionals lean forward at the waist with the head extended forward. This position increases the risk of injury when it is maintained for long periods of time and can eventually lead to the muscles “shutting off,” thereby relaxing the stabilizing muscle structures of the spine.(1) In this posture, the loads on the lumbar spine are 40% above normal forces. During forward flexion and rotation, the pressure can increase to 400 %.(2)

It is important to recognize any discomfort while working. Common signs of a problem are pain in the hips and legs and also down the arm into the hands. These symptoms are red alerts that should not be ignored.

Repetitive tasks can shorten muscles—making them tight and painful. Stretching may increase range of motion in the joints and lengthen muscle and their associated tendons.(3) Adjust your dental seat and frequently shift position. Get up and move around whenever possible.

An article in Silver Sneakers Magazine mentions that the squat is the single most important exercise we can do when exercising. This is because life demands that we do it many times daily. We stand up, sit down, and get out of a car repeatedly every day. This is why it is important to establish a good foundation for this movement pattern. Click here for beginner squat guidelines.(4)

Repetitive motions can also contribute to muscular problems. Colgate Corporation recommends 5 easy stretches to reduce shoulder pain. Click Here to learn about exercise for dental hygienists and dentists.

Stretching throughout the day is recommended. This Article Outline Several Stretches.

Many dental professionals practice Yoga to stay in shape. Click here to view a Yoga training video designed by a dental hygienist.

Daryl is an enthusiastic advocate for healthy exercise. Before introducing the Squat Challenge to the Pi staff, she designed a worksheet with tips and goals. Next she posted a sign-up sheet, discussed the Challenge with everyone, and had a physical therapist give a demonstration. Every day, Daryl sends text messages to the staff with encouraging reminders. Since not all of the staff are at the same fitness level, the challenge is adjusted and customized to each individual. We are now on day 14 with 85 squats a day. When this challenge is complete, she plans to begin a different challenge.

Andrea, an EFDA and OSHA coordinator at Pi Dental Center, stays fit by doing yoga to stretch and relieve muscle tension. She recommends practicing proper ergonomics as outlined in OSHA’s guidelines. Ergonomics, fitting a job to a person, helps lessen muscle fatigue, increases productivity and reduces the number and severity of work related musculoskeletal disorders.

Here are some of OSHA’s recommendations. Consult the OSHA manual for a complete explanation.

  • Dental assistants should sit higher than the doctor
  • Keep feet flat on the floor or on a foot rest.
  • Arms should rest on the chair arms
  • Keep your back straight with arms and legs at a 90 degree angle.
  • Align the patient in a comfortable position to avoid strain.
  • Use a mirror to reduce awkward twisting of the head when possible.

Care should be taken when lifting heavy objects:

  • Lift with your legs and not your back, keeping the object close to your body.
  • Do not twist while lifting.
  • Always bend at the knees and not the waist.

Consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise regimen. Take any exercise program at your own pace. If you feel discomfort from the exercise regimen, stop exercising and consult your doctor. When exercising, maintain proper form and perform all exercises in a slow, controlled manner.

  • Musculoskeletal Disorders And The Impacts On The Dental Professional , Mahmoud Zaerian, CSCS (Oral Health Group) https://www.oralhealthgroup.com/features/musculoskeletal-disorders-and-the-impacts-on-the-dental-professional/
  • Evangelos C Alexopouls, Ioanna-Chrisina Stathi, and Fotini Charizani, prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in dentists. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorder,. 2004; 5:16.
  • Merz B. Workout for aching hands. Harvard Women’s Health Watch. 2010.
  • The #1 Exercise All Older Adults Should Be Doing – Silver Sneakers Magazine, https://www.silversneakers.com/blog/beginners-guide-squat/

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Tags: Dental Hygienist, fitness for dental staff

ProsthImagination – The Key to Exemplary Dental Care

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 18, 2018 2:10:06 PM

Prostimagination

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination,” Albert Einstein

Creativity is a key component in prosthodontic dental care and imagination is required to create a flawless dental restoration. Whether it’s a crown, bridge, denture, or dental implant supported prosthesis, creativity is an integral component. It takes creativity to construct an ideal final product that fits well, feels comfortable, looks attractive and suits the patient’s face.

In many cases, a prosthodontist is the best choice for your dental care. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed dental school plus three additional years of rigorous advanced training in an ADA accredited prosthodontic graduate program.

Dentistry is an exacting science with protocols that are driven by research. But where science stops, creativity begins.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation,” George Bernard Shaw said. Creating an exquisite restoration begins with really understanding our patient’s vision for their perfect smile. Collaboration and communication allows the prosthodontist to help the patient attain their goal.

One of the biggest challenges is creating a smile for a person who is missing all of their teeth. It’s like starting from scratch. The shape of the face, surrounding dentition, bite, jawline and midline are all considered when creating a new smile.

Comfort and function is crucial. Your teeth should feel like you were born with them.

A person’s smile is very personal and the teeth must suit their features precisely. A prosthodontist understands the complexities of facial structures. Shape, color and size are key components in the design when making a smile that looks natural and pleasing.

Who should seek treatment from a Prosthodontist?

  • Anyone who is missing a tooth
  • People who are considering dental implant treatment
  • People who need precisely fitting removable dentures
  • Patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD)
  • People who have advanced dental health issues
  • Anyone who is looking for impeccable esthetic results
  • People who want to go to a single specialist who can perform all phases of treatment
  • Those who need crowns, bridges or any type of dental prosthesis
  • Folks who are looking for a dedicated professional who is responsive to their unique dental needs.
Creativity and prosthodontics go hand in hand.

Great dentistry is the integration of science with creativity. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic practice located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a Board Certified Prosthodontist with over 30 years of experience. At Pi Dental Center, we combine science, skill and state-of-the-art technology with creativity to provide outstanding care and prosthetics. Contact us to schedule your comprehensive evaluation.

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Tags: prosthodontist, dental care, dental implant supported prosthesis

Get A Free Second Opinion

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 27, 2018 11:25:50 AM

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger examines an x-ray

The winter holiday season can be a challenging time for people with dental health problems.

Dental pain can limit your ability to enjoy festivities. Difficulty eating and an embarrassing smile can put a real damper on the season.

Get a Free Second Opinion When You Bring a Good Quality Recent X-RayPi Dental Center is offering a free second opinion to people who are considering dental treatment. Bring a recent good quality x-ray and Board Certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, will evaluate, discuss your concerns and consider various treatment options, and provide a written estimate.


Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic center that provides advanced dental treatment. We provide all phases of dental implant treatment, digital crowns and dentures, bridges and veneers, as well as dental maintenance.

We look forward to helping you learn all of your treatment options. Please call 215-646-6334 or click the link below to contact us.

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