TOP TEN REASONS TO CHOOSE DENTAL IMPLANTS

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 13, 2019 12:33:52 PM

Chewing improves with dental implants making eating more enjoyable.In 1952 a Swedish physician named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark accidentally discovered a phenomenon called osseointegration that allowed metal to bond with bone. Dr. Brånemark, who is considered the "father of modern dental implantology," conducted clinical research that led treatment of the first dental implant patient in 1965. Since that time, dental implant treatment has become the standard of care for dental patients.

Osseointegration is the biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

Dental implants are synthetic roots that replace natural teeth. Titanium implants actually bond to natural bone and become the sub-structure for non-removable teeth.

Dental implants are the best choice for replacement of missing teeth. Here are ten reasons to consider dental implant for replacement of missing teeth.

#1 Success: The success rate for dental implants is very high. Studies indicate a success rate ranging from 98 to 99% over a period of 10 to 15 years of follow-up.

#2 A Healthy Mouth: Dental implants allow you to replace a tooth without affecting the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth are not compromised when an implant is placed. You don’t need to get a bridge anymore to replace a single tooth. You can treat the specific area where the tooth is missing.

#3 Bone Health: When a dental implant is in place, the bone reacts by fusing around the surface of the implant. The concept is called the internal bone remodeling stimulus. The implant actually stimulates the bone. Dental implants tend to maintain bone levels.

Dental implants support facial structure.

#4 Convenience: Dental implants are a permanent non-removable solution. A dental implant supported prosthesis does not need to be stored in a jar at night.

#5 Peace of Mind: Removable dentures can loosen and fall out when least expected. Dental implant supported prostheses won’t fall out or loosen.

#6 Comfort: Removable partial appliances tend to move and rub on the surrounding teeth, which wears out the enamel and ultimately loosens the teeth in the socket. These removable appliances can weaken surrounding bone and ligaments, ultimately causing tooth mobility and even tooth loss. Dental implants do not damage surrounding teeth.

#7 Scientifically Proven: Dental implant technology is a proven protocol and because of digital technology, the overall prosthesis and the individual teeth are stronger, plus it takes less time to fabricate.

#8 Improved Facial Features: Removable dentures can lead to bone loss over time which can cause a sunken appearance of face. Dental implant treatment supports the facial structure. It’s almost like having an internal face lift.

#9 Self-Esteem: When people lose their teeth, they may become depressed and feel less confident. This can eventually lead to withdrawal and social isolation due to anxiety and embarrassment. They may feel self-conscious and avoid smiling. This can affect their social lives. Many people avoid social situations. Dental implant supported teeth dramatically improve appearance and self-confidence. Dental implant patients report a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.Dental implant patients report improvement in self-esteem.

#10 Improved Health: Dental implants make eating more enjoyable. Better chewing ability means better nutrition.

"Dental implants have improved the quality of life for numerous patients over the past 50+ years. Pi Dental Center's trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol has provided a quick and efficient process for tooth replacement," states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, board certified prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.

If you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction, call us to discuss dental implants.

 

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An Interview with Prosthodontist Dr. Rob Slauch

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 22, 2019 4:12:43 PM

Robert Slauch DDS MDScRob Slauch joined Pi Dental Center as a prosthodontist on July 22, 2019. Read this interview with Prosthodontist, Dr. Slauch to learn about him and to better understand his goals and philosophy.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Collegeville Pennsylvania, not far from Pi Dental Center. I went to College at Penn State University, and then to the University of Maryland - School of Dentistry in Baltimore. I then finished my residency training at University of Connecticut Health Center. I am working full time here at Pi Dental Center and am looking forward to meeting the patients.

What made you decide to study dentistry?

I chose dentistry because I was interested in helping people. Dentistry is the perfect blend of art and science. It gives me the opportunity to use different biomaterials, concepts and protocols that produce a product that patients will be very happy with.

Why did I choose to specialize in Prosthodontics?

I wanted to be challenged every day. Prosthodontists are charged with treating the most complex dental cases. So I knew that prosthodontics would challenge me and give me a new concept to think about. Sometimes they require you to think outside of the box. Being challenged every day was something that I wanted to pursue.

Tell us about your involvement with Pi Dental Center.

I actually started working as an intern at Pi Dental Center in 2012 helping in the research department. When I went to Dental School, I stayed in touch with Dr. Balshi and Dr. Wolfinger. So Pi Dental Center and I have a long history and I’m looking forward to now helping in the clinical side of the practice.

Tell us what you value about Pi Dental Center.

There is a lot of history in Pi Dental Center. This is one of the first centers to place dental implants in the country. It has a lot of history and literature that was published. I am very grateful to be part of the trademark that this facility has created. I am looking forward to bringing my own contemporary ideas to the established protocols that this center has created.

Everyone here is like family. All of the employees treat each other with the utmost respect and also work hard. But we make sure that we are respectful to each other and to patients as well.

What are Pi Dental Center’s strong points?

Pi Dental Center strives to be at the forefront of the specialty of prosthodontics. It was founded over 30 years ago and is strong in terms of blending research and clinical practice. I don’t know of any other center in the area that publishes so many papers and stays so current in trends with prosthodontics and with dentistry in general. Being involved with both the research and the clinical side is going to be very rewarding. I am looking forward to being part of that continued trend of bringing out research and clinical protocols that can make a difference in our specialty and for patients ultimately.

What are your goals for Pi Dental Center?

My goals for Pi Dental Center are to bring contemporary ideas I learned in my residency training and implement them with the established treatment protocols Pi Dental Center is known for. I am hoping that we can mesh the two and produce a product that can help patients to become happy with their smiles.

Tell us about your philosophy toward patient treatment.

I want to create an environment where the patient feels comfortable, relaxed, and can talk to me about why they are here. The treatment involves a decision between the doctor and patient. We are a team together. I want to produce an environment where we can trust each other. I’m looking forward to getting to know the patient population here at Pi Dental Center and to bring in new patients.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Slauch or  Dr. Wolfinger at Pi Dental Center, call 215-646-6334 or click the link below:

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Prosthodontist Dr. Rob Slauch Joins Pi Dental

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 13, 2019 12:45:00 PM

Rob Slauch, DDS, MDSc Prosthodontist at Pi Dental CenterPi Dental Center is pleased to announce that Robert Slauch, DDS, MDSc will join our long established prosthodontic practice on July 22, 2019. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Slauch will provide quality restorative patient treatment including placement of dental implants, esthetic crowns, bridges, veneers and state-of-the-art digital dentures.

Dr. Slauch is not a newcomer to the Pi Dental Center. Since 2012, he has been engaged in scientific research with the Pi Team and published in several dental journals. In addition, he has achieved recognition from the American College of Prosthodontists and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics for his research.

The Pi Team has been eagerly awaiting Dr. Slauch’s full-time presence. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Director of the Pi Dental Center, expresses his excitement to fill the vacancy of recently retired Dr. Thomas Balshi, the Founder of Pi. “I have personally witnessed Dr. Slauch’s professional development and believe he will be a future leader in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Our patients will quickly benefit from his gentle and compassionate nature along with his prosthodontic skill.”

Dr. Slauch grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and attended Perkiomen Valley High School.

Dr. Slauch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, where he also played baseball. He earned his DDS from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and completed both his residency in Prosthodontics and his Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut Health Center in July 2019. He is a candidate for board certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics and has already successfully completed the first part of the board examination.

He is also a 2019 finalist in the American College of Prosthodontists John J. Sharry Research Competition.

“I am beyond excited to be joining a practice that has so much history and has made so many contributions to the specialty of Prosthodontics and to implant dentistry,” says Dr. Slauch.

“It is my goal to continue this tradition by providing excellent dental care in a warm, friendly, outgoing environment. I look forward to being involved with this great community and with helping people find real joy in their smiles.”

Pi Dental Center, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has been on the cutting edge of prosthodontic care, research, education and product development since 1986. It has been a benchmark from which many doctors have taken their lead.

An Open House is planned for September to introduce Dr. Slauch to the community.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Slauch and read his curriculum vitae.

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Main Line Today Top Dentist 2019

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 27, 2019 12:37:25 PM

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger has been voted Main Line Today Top Dentist as a Prosthodontist for 2019

Pi Dental Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Glenn Wolfinger has been voted Main Line Today Top Dentist as a prosthodontist for 2019! Wolfinger is the owner of Pi Dental Center and a board-certified prosthodontist.

Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers for their advanced skill, experience and leadership in the dental community. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Wolfinger has been awarded this distinction.

Prosthodontists are called, “the architects of the smile.” These ADA recognized dental specialists have advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, TMJ therapy, facial prosthetics and total mouth rehabilitation.

Dr. Wolfinger grew up in North East Philadelphia, where he attended LaSalle College High School then Villanova University. He attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and specialized in prosthodontics at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. In 1993, Wolfinger became a Diplomate (board certified) of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Wolfinger joined Pi Dental Center in 1963. He was a clinical professor at Temple University and Director of Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Dr. Wolfinger has received numerous awards and honors. He’s been a Philly Magazine as well as Main Line Today Top Dentist, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr. Wolfinger and his colleagues at Pi Dental Center conduct ongoing research for dental implants, dental products, and dental treatment for patients with medical diagnoses such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Dr. Wolfinger is particularly interested in dental treatment using the Teeth in A Day® protocol and treatment of patients who have very little bone.

Dr. Wolfinger was asked why he believes he was chosen for this award. He said, “I was voted by my peers, who refer their complex patient treatments to me. It is a true honor to be voted by my peers, those who understand the quality of services my office delivers.”

Improving Patients' Lives

 Dr. Wolfinger continues, “It is a great feeling when you can make a big difference in the life of a patient. Many of the procedures we do improve the quality of patients’ lives.”

“Our goal is to provide patients with predictable treatment options that meet their goals and expectations,” Dr. Wolfinger states.

Dr. Wolfinger and all of the staff at Pi Dental Center have a caring attitude toward patients. They go above and beyond standard care with advanced dental skills and expertise in dental technology, often treating patients with special needs. They strive to make every patient’s appointment convenient and comfortable. Give them a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or simply discuss your dental health.

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What your dentist needs to know

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 19, 2019 2:22:50 PM

A Word Cloud illustration showing the words used in blog, "What your dentist needs to know."At Pi Dental Center, our goal is to deliver beautiful smiles and make your office visit as comprehensive and worthwhile as possible. In order to provide you with effective dental care, we need a complete dental and medical history. Here are some of the things that we will need to know when you become a patient.

Your Complete Dental and Medical Health History:

What dental treatment did you receive in the past and were your dental experiences positive?

Are you a dental phobic? Let us know if you have anxiety in the dental office. We are experienced in successfully treating patients with all levels of dental phobia.

Following dental treatment, you may need a prescription for pain relievers, so we need to know any medical allergies.

Your medical history impacts your dental condition. For example, acid reflux can erode tooth enamel. People who have diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease, cavities and tooth loss.

What medications are you taking? Stomach ulcer meds can cause dry mouth and blood pressure lowering meds can cause inflammation, bleeding and ulceration of the gums.

Do you smoke? Smoking has a negative impact on your entire body including your mouth. If you smoke, we highly recommend that you quit. We can provide helpful information to help you quit smoking.

Your Lifestyle and Habits:

What are your dietary and social habits? Do you have a sweet tooth?

Alcohol consumption and drug use can have a serious impact on your dental health. Soda consumption increases acid levels in the mouth.

What are your oral hygiene habits? Perhaps we can improve your hygiene regimen.

Your Goals and Expectations:

Knowing your goals and expectations will help us to provide you with a personally customized treatment plan. What are your goals and expectations for your dental treatment? What do you expect your teeth to look like when treatment is completed? What is your budget and are you considering financing treatment?

If you are planning to have dental surgery, do you have a support system at home? On the day of surgery, will someone be available to transport you?

On the day of treatment, let us know how you are feeling. Knowing your state of mind will help us to make your visit pleasant.

The prosthodontists at Pi Dental Center deliver captivating smiles so that you can smile with confidence. Call to discuss your dental needs and schedule your dental appointment for a diagnostic evaluation. We look forward to helping you.

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June is National Safety Month

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jun 11, 2019 10:27:06 AM

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Keep your teeth safe.

June is National Safety Month. National Safety Month is an annual month-long observance in the United States each June that aims to reduce the leading causes of injury and death through increased awareness of safety and health. 

UV Safety Month - Safety starts with me!

Your dental health contributes to your overall health. When considering your safety, remember to protect your teeth and mouth, as well as the rest of your body.

Here is a list of safety tips:

  • Wear a protective chin cup or mouth guard while bicycling, skateboarding, or skating. And don’t forget to wear a helmet.
  • Your teeth are not tools. Do not use them to pry open bottles or cans.
  • Refrain from chewing your nails. It can damage your tooth enamel and introduce bacteria.
  • Take care of your teeth by getting regular dental hygiene cleanings with examination.
  • Brush your teeth after meals and before bed.
  • Floss your teeth once a day.
  • If you have a toothache, contact your dentist.
  • If you have a broken tooth, contact your dentist immediately.
  • No one wants to have to find a dentist because of an emergency while they’re on vacation. If you are planning to travel, be proactive and get a dental checkup a few weeks before you leave. This way, problems can be nipped in the bud, and help to ensure an enjoyable trip.
  • If you have missing teeth consider your options including removable dentures and permanent tooth replacement with dental implants. Consider a prosthodontist, an American Dental Association recognized specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth, for your dental treatment.

Please make your teeth a priority and take care of them. If you have a dental question or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact Pi Dental Center.

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More info about National Safety Month:

Your safety checkup – A risk survey: https://www.nsc.org/forms/safetycheckup

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