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A Grinding Issue! Why Do People Grind Their Teeth

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on May 17, 2018 2:03:05 PM

Why do people grind their teeth? And what can be done about the problem?Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Nobody can really explain exactly why an individual will clench and grind their teeth; however, there are many theories. It is believed that stress can be a major factor. A bad bite (malocclusion) or psychological issues can also be factors.

What is the long-term result of grinding teeth?

The long-term effects of tooth grinding can be advanced enamel wear, weakening of teeth, tooth fracture and loosening of teeth. Tooth grinding can, not only cause destruction of the teeth and supporting bone, but can also cause damage in the TMJ (temporomandibular) joint. Degenerative joint issues can develop over time and cause pain.

What can be done to alleviate tooth grinding problems?

While some practitioners believe that they can cure the parafunctional habits of clenching and grinding, no cure has been proven by evidence-based studies.

For people who grind their teeth because of a malocclusion, correcting the bite may eliminate tooth grinding.

Controlling wear and tear to the teeth, supporting structures and joints can be managed by wearing a custom-designed hard acrylic-resin occlusal guard.

Regular oral hygiene maintenance can help to identify new damage so that small problems can be addressed quickly and efficiently before they turn into major issues.

If teeth become damaged from tooth grinding, what can be done?

Teeth can be repaired when necessary. Depending on the extent of damage, fillings, crowns or fixed teeth supported by dental implants may be suggested.

If you wonder, “Why do I grind my teeth?” and are looking for a solution, contact Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington Pennsylvania. We can help to restore your smile, provide advanced tooth repair and reduce any future damage that might occur.

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP

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


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Five Ways That Dental Implant Treatment Has Improved

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Apr 30, 2018 3:16:16 PM

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Dental implant treatment has revolutionized dental care and allowed people with missing teeth to have secure, attractive comfortable fixed teeth.

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. These versatile implants can support a single tooth, a bridge of one or more teeth, or even an entire arch.

In order for dental implants to successfully support prosthetic teeth long-term, osseointegration must occur. Osseointegration is the biological process that allows a patient to have fixed teeth supported by dental implants. It is the process by which living bone fuses with a titanium implant to form a man-made tooth root.

  • Reduced Treatment Time -

Teeth In A Day® is the centerpiece for cutting-edge dental care at Pi Dental Center. This trademarked protocol was developed at Pi Dental Center and allows patients to have stable non-removable teeth in a single visit. In the past, the conventional process for getting an implant took from three to six months or longer. During this drawn-out period, the patient would wear a removable denture while they waited for their bone to heal. The Teeth In A Day® procedure has reduced this lengthy procedure to just one day! The Teeth In A Day® protocol has been used successfully at Pi Dental Center for over 25 years.

  • More People Are Candidates For Dental Implants –

Bone quality is an important variable when considering dental implant treatment. People who have had dentures for a long time can have substantial bone loss. Some medical conditions can also cause dental bone loss. In the past, patients with extreme bone loss were not considered candidates for dental implants. The No Bone Solution™ allows patients with extreme bone loss to be successfully treated using dental implants. This protocol combines pre-planning of implant placement, computer guided dental implant surgery, and precision screw retained fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation.

  • Improved Long-Term Treatment Outcomes With A Consistently High Implant Success Rate –

At Pi Dental Center, we track and record every dental implant that we place. This allows us to gain important insight and continually improve. With 31 years of dental implant treatment experience and ongoing dental implant research, Pi Dental Center’s rate of success is 98%. To date, we have tracked 22,937 implants that we have placed, and even more that we have restored.

  • Affordable Options For Dental Implant Treatment –

People often ask, "How much is a whole mouth of dental implants?" or "How much for All On 4 dental implants?". The All-On-4® dental implant procedure uses four implants to support permanent teeth. It is both reliable and cost effective, providing both comfort and confidence that improve the patient’s quality of life. This economical treatment option is fully customized for exceptional esthetics.

  • Better Prostheses And More Prosthesis Options –

Today dental prosthetics are totally customized. For the patient’s convenience, a custom temporary prosthesis is made before the patient’s dental implant placement appointment.

Pi Dental Center has two on-site laboratories for provisional and final prosthetics.  Our on-site labs improve communications between the dentist, lab technician and patient. Our technicians frequently come into the operatory to take a tooth shade or discuss the prosthesis with the dentist and clinical team as well as the patient.

Today, dental materials are stronger and more versatile. Color matching can be precise. Digital technology improves accuracy of fit.

With advances in dental technology, implant treatment has become much more predictable. Dental treatment that was not possible in the past is now a reality. If you would like to learn whether dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center is the best option for you, please contact us. Click the link below to schedule online or call us at 215-646-6334.

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Between now and May 31st, 2018 new patients who present this offer will receive a free panoramic x-when they come to Pi Dental Center for an Initial Complete Diagnostic Workup. Please print this offer and present it during your office visit. This offer cannot be combined with other offers. One per patient. Appointments are subject to availability. Cancellation policy of 48 hours applies. No cash value for any offer. (A $95 Value)

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National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Posted by Chris Raines on Apr 18, 2018 4:30:42 PM

The Pi Dental Center team celebrates National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Pi Dental Center celebrated National Prosthodontics Awareness Week (NPAW) with an Open House on April 12th. This fun and informative event was designed to thank our patients and to educate the general public about the dental specialty of Prosthodontics.

What's a prosthodontist?

A Prosthodontist is an ADA recognized dental specialist who has advanced training and skill with the diagnosis, restoration and maintenance of oral function, patient comfort, appearance and health of the patient through restoration of natural teeth and expert replacement of missing teeth. Prosthodontists complete a rigorous advanced postdoctoral educational program in Prosthodontics accredited by the American Dental Association.

During the Open House, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, a board certified prosthodontist, and the Pi Dental Center clinical team provided complimentary diagnostic evaluations with radiographic x-rays.

Our Open House also featured technology tours and Dental Question and Answer displays. The Q & A display answered questions about prosthodontics, highlighted the types of treatment provided by prosthodontists, outlined the advantages of dental implant treatment, stated Pi Dental Center’s dental implant success rate, provided the features of AvaDent® digital dentures, and explained the benefits of the TRIOS® digital impression system.

Gift Bags for National Prosthodontics Awareness WeekAttractive gift bags were given to visitors and patients. Each gift bag included a sample of Pi Dental Center's Own Custom Coffee Blend, gift cards for dental treatment at Pi Dental Center, gift cards and coupons from local business sponsors including Weavers Way Food Coop (Ambler, Mount Airy, Chestnut Hill), Holiday Inn Express (Fort Washington, PA), Xtra One-O-One (Ambler, PA), We Fix-Phones-N-More (Horsham, PA), and a handy map/event schedule from Ambler Main Street.

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) is a national organization representing prosthodontists that promotes the highest standard of patient care, provides advanced education opportunities and professional services to its members. The ACP encourages its members to participate in National Prosthodontics Awareness Week each year.

As part of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, prosthodontists in dental schools and private practices provided a host of other activities and reached people all over the United States. Prosthodontics Awareness Proclamations were made by city and state government organizations throughout the country serving almost 9 million people.

If you would like to learn how a prosthodontist can help you, restore damaged teeth or replace missing teeth, please contact us by telephone, email or by clicking this button.

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Prosthodontics and Dental Implant Education for All

Posted by Chris Raines on Mar 27, 2018 2:30:00 PM

The American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics presented Dr Wolfinger with a Certificate of Appreciation for significant contributions to dental profession and the public and for sharing knowledge and wisdom with Academy.Dr. Glenn Wolfinger and the team at Pi Dental Center are committed to educating both dental professionals and the general public about the ADA recognized specialty of prosthodontics, digital dentistry, and the newest technologies in dental implant treatment.

This winter, Dr. Wolfinger energetically educated prosthodontists and dental surgeons in advanced dental implant treatment. In February, Wolfinger presented, “The Evolution of the Teeth In A Day® Protocol” at the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics Annual Scientific Session in Chicago. The presentation chronicled the history and evolution Teeth In A Day® and highlighted how advancements in technology have helped to improve the accuracy and predictability of the protocol. In March, Wolfinger gave the “Evolution of Teeth In A Day” presentation to The Chesapeake Implant Study Club in Annapolis, Maryland.

Photo taken at the AAFP February 2018: Drs Sangeetha Raghavendra and Avi Bidra, Prosthodontists from Connecticut pictured with Dr. WolfingerTeeth In A Day® allows Pi Dental Center’s busy patients to have successful dental implant treatment with little interruption in their schedule.

To say that Dr. Wolfinger has extensive training and experience in dentistry is an understatement. Wolfinger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow and Diplomate in the International Congress of Oral lmplantologists, a Fellow in the Academy of Osseointegration, and a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists. He has served on several committees within the Academy of Osseointegration and as a member of the Board of Directors of the American College of Prosthodontists. Dr. Wolfinger graduated from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, completed a general practice residency program at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, and then completed a residency in combined Prosthodontics through the VA and Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in Boston. Wolfinger is a Past-President of the Pennsylvania Prosthodontic Association and has participated in numerous research projects, lectured internationally, and has had many articles published in refereed journals.

Next month, Dr. Wolfinger and the Pi Dental Center will be celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. On Thursday, April 12th, we will be holding an Open House to help raise awareness of prosthodontics and inform the public about the advanced skills and expertise that prosthodontists offer. Visitors will learn what a prosthodontist does and how prosthodontic skill exceeds that of general dentistry. New technologies will be on display with a focus on dental implant education and digital dentistry. The event will include tours, demonstrations and hands-on activities. Come to Pi Dental Center on April 12th for a complimentary exam.

Feel free to contact Pi Dental Center to sign up for the Open House or to schedule an appointment.

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Pi Dental Center Open House 2018

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 14, 2018 3:15:00 PM

Pi Dental Center Open House Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

SAVE THE DATE!

Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Pi Dental Center cordially invites you to an Open House on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in celebration of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic specialty dental practice located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) strives to raise awareness of our specialty so that patients and dental professionals understand the advanced skills and expertise that prosthodontists offer. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is an active member of the ACP.

Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist with over 25 years of experience specializing in the restoration and replacement of diseased, damaged and missing teeth. He is skilled in providing a wide array of dental treatment options including dental implants, digital crowns, bridges, and veneers. Cost-effective treatment options include removable AvaDent Digital dentures and the All-On-4 Treatment Concept.

Tooth loss is a devastating and immense problem in the United States. At least 36 million people are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws and approximately 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. Self-confidence, social relationships, medical health and employment prospects are negatively affected by missing teeth. Replacement of missing teeth can improve your overall health as well as your quality of life.

The Pi Dental Center Open House on April 12th, visitors will be able to ask any questions they have about the dental treatment we offer. Visit Pi Dental Center to find out what’s new in dentistry, how digital dentistry improves dental care, and when a dental implant is the best option. Tour our elite facility, get a complimentary exam with refreshments & gift bags. Call 215-646-6334 to or click the link below to RSVP.

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Main Line Today’s Top Dental Practitioner 2018

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 22, 2018 12:30:49 PM

Dr Glenn Wolfinger, Main Line Today Top Practitioner 2018When you need a dentist for complex dental treatment, you want the best! Replacing missing teeth with dental implants requires advanced training, innovation, great skill and years of experience.

This month, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Pi Dental Center, was chosen by his peers as a 2018 Top Dentist in Main Line Today’s Annual Medical Guide in the field of Prosthodontics. Each year, the magazine lists the area’s most talented practitioners in medicine and dentistry.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist who has been recreating smiles at Pi Dental Center for over 24 years. He is internationally recognized for all aspects of dental implant treatment from surgical placement to prosthetic delivery. Dr. Wolfinger has organized numerous critical research projects, lectures internationally, teaches and has had many articles published in refereed journals.

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist has advanced training in diagnosis, planning, rehabilitation of the mouth, and maintenance of oral function. Prosthodontists seek to ensure patient comfort, ideal esthetic appearance, and maximum dental health. Prosthodontists are expert in creating all types of prostheses from crowns, bridges, and removable dentures to implant supported restorations.

What makes Dr. Wolfinger and Pi Dental Center a Top Dental Practitioner?

“Pi Dental Center has been placing dental implants longer than other dentists in Eastern Pennsylvania and has earned an outstanding reputation in the dental community. When a patient’s dental situation is extremely involved, dentists send their patients to Dr. Wolfinger. And many dentists come to Pi Dental Center for their own care,” states Pat Martin, Director of Patient Relations.

What can patients expect at Pi Dental Center?

“You can expect to be treated by a very experienced team that’s familiar with all aspects of prosthodontic care. Our team is compassionate and professional,” Martin continues.

What is Pi Dental Center’s Goal for Patients?

Andrea Clendaniel, Expanded Function Dental Assistant, affirms, “Our goal is to make patients feel like they are the only patient in the office. When they come to Pi Dental Center for an appointment, they have all of our attention and all of our focus. We cater to our patients. Every patient is important.”

What do patient’s love about Pi Dental Center?

“Our patients feel like family. They know that we listen closely to them and that their concerns will be addressed.” Andrea points out, “Each patient is unique and the smiles we design are totally customized. Each restoration is tailored to the patient’s individual needs, goals and desires.”

If you are looking for a committed team to transform your smile, call Pi Dental Center at 215-646-6334.

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What Do the Eagles Super Bowl Win and Dental Care Have In Common?

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec Super Bowl Challenge Photo

The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds to win Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, beating the favorite and defending Super Bowl Champion, the New England Patriots, in a game that came down to the last play.

The Eagles chances of winning were slim. In Feb. 6, 2017, Las Vegas sportsbook Oddsshark pegged the Eagles' chances of winning a title this season at 42 to 1. They were 18th out of 32 NFL teams. The Eagles became underdogs last month when star quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL. The Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, and Seahawks had the best chance of winning the Super Bowl, according to Oddsshark.

"If you told me before September, 'No you're not going to have Jason Peters, you're not going to have Darren Sproles, you're not going to have Jordan Hicks, you're eventually not going to have Carson Wentz, you're going to lose your best special teams player in  S Chris] Maragos - oh, by the way, your field goal kicker, you're not going to have him either - it's a lot of body blows at that point," Jeffrey Lurie said. "If you had said that, I would have told you, 'No I don't think we'll make the playoffs.' Right? So the resiliency amongst this group is phenomenal."

The Eagles came up with critical plays when they were most needed. They took risks and played consistently. Each individual player had an integral role throughout the season.

A football player faces countless challenges. To be the best, he must continually improve skills and execute each play with perfection; he must maintain excellent physical health, keep nerves in check and be continuously alert. He must continue to learn and know his competition.

Attitude is essential. A great football player does not doubt that he can achieve his goals. He does not give up. He thinks positively and is tough. In practice and in every game, he gives 100 percent.

Maintaining top physical health includes precise diet and rigorous exercise, regular doctor’s visits, addressing health concerns immediately.

People can learn quite a bit from football players. Many of a football players challenges can be applied to people’s lives. Continuing to learn and grow, having a positive attitude, giving 100 percent and maintaining physical health will help people to reach their goals.

Prior to the final Super Bowl game on Sunday night, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Pi Dental Center and Dr. Joseph Milavec of Boston made a friendly wager. If the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, Dr. Milavec's office would send New England clam chowder. If the New England Patriot's won, Pi Dental Center would be sending Dr. Milavec's office Philly Soft Pretzels.

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are good friends. And like Pi Dental Center, Dr. Milavec’s office offers high-quality dental care. Both Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are prosthodontists, dental specialists skilled in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Dental health is just as important as medical health and contributes to overall vitality.

Dental pain can dominate your life. When a tooth hurts or when it’s hard to chew, it is hard to concentrate on anything else. Dental emergencies disrupt your schedule and can affect everyone on “your team.”

But when your mouth feels comfortable, you are able to focus on goals. Healthy teeth and gums eliminate the possibility of being “out of action.” A healthy mouth allows you to perform at your highest possible level without distractions.

When a tooth is missing, your tongue will find that space hundreds of times each day. It’s more difficult to eat and speak. People who have missing teeth often feel self-conscious. A healthy attractive smile increases your overall confidence.

A dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants are scientifically proven to be effective with over 96% success rate. Dental implants replicate biologic tooth roots. They are made of titanium, a substance that is compatible with bone. Within a few months of implant placement, titanium osseointegrates (bonds) with bone. A tooth supported by a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. Because an implant supported is non-removable, you can be confident with daily activities like eating, talking and smiling.

Pi Dental Center is one of the leading centers for dental implant treatment in the United States.

Our center provides customized treatment options for each patient in a comfortable and relaxed setting. For patient comfort, dental implant placement can be performed under general anesthesia. Every member of the team is sensitive to our patients’ needs and excels in making every patient feel at ease. If you would like a winning smile contact Pi Dental Center at 215-646-6334 or contact us by clicking the button below.

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Sources:

http://www.pennlive.com/philadelphiaeagles/index.ssf/2018/01/super_bowl_surprise_philadelph.html

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/Barnwellx180205/2017-nfl-playoffs-how-philadelphia-eagles-beat-new-england-patriots-super-bowl-lii

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Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP, Pi Dental Center • 467 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 201 Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-646-6334

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Acid Erosion and Your Teeth

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 8, 2018 11:56:27 AM

Comparison of acidic foods and beverages

Acidic beverages and sugary foods can wear away tooth enamel. Unfortunately, damaged tooth enamel is permanent and increases the risk for tooth decay.

Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of the teeth. It is the hardest substance in your body. But acidic foods and beverages can wreak havoc on tooth enamel. 

Soft drinks, fruit drinks, alcoholic beverages and sports drinks are highly acidic and frequent consumption of these acidic beverages can harm your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and some medications, such as aspirin, can also damage tooth enamel. Acid reflux is another culprit.

Recent studies show that teens are especially at risk for tooth erosion. One study confirmed that over 45% of teens aged 13 to 19 have tooth erosion. Another indicated that 56% of teenagers aged 18 to 19 had tooth erosion.

Photo illustrates how teeth can be eroded by soft drinks.Tooth enamel cannot be regrown or regenerated, so it’s important to protect the teeth. Prevent tooth erosion by limiting intake of acidic and sugary beverages and foods. Sipping water while you eat sugary treats can help to wash particles from teeth. If acid reflux is a frequent occurrence, see your doctor. Many effective treatments are available. Follow a regular oral care routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Fluoride has been shown to be beneficial in strengthening and protecting teeth. Over 50 scientific studies have documented the benefits of fluoride in protecting tooth enamel.

Some toothpastes contain minerals that help to replenish calcium in weak spots. These toothpastes reinforce areas where erosion has occurred and can lessen further damage.

Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for you.

Get regular dental checkups with and oral hygiene cleaning to identify problems early and address them promptly.

Tooth enamel erosion can be readily identified.  Symptoms of enamel loss include increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods, yellowness of the teeth, and roughness on the edges of the teeth. (Photo illustrates acid erosion of teeth caused by frequent consumption of soft drinks. View before and after photos of patient).

Acid erosion can become so extensive in some cases that root canal therapy or even tooth extraction may be indicated.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger stated, “Lost tooth enamel can be replaced with porcelain restorations (veneers or dental crowns). Crowns tend to be the stronger and more effective way to replace missing enamel.”

Prosthodontists are the specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist in the Philadelphia area, and can provide expert diagnosis and treatment for tooth erosion.

Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss acid erosion and your teeth and to learn about rebuilding a smile. If you’ve noticed changes in the appearance or sensitivity of your teeth like breakage, discolorations, shifting or tooth pain, feel free to give us a call to discuss treatment options. At Pi Dental Center, we create sparkling smiles.

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How To Be An Educated Consumer While Shopping for Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jan 18, 2018 11:50:33 AM

Image of a scale illustrates balancing options and becoming an educated consumer.Today’s dental patient has more options than ever before for restoring health and beauty. In the prosthodontic offices, all ceramic crowns and ultra-thin veneers provide natural-looking restorations; and dental implants are the most cutting edge dental solution. A computer generated prostheses built upon an implant system that is scientifically and statistically successful is the most customized smile available, and in addition to excellent esthetics, has extraordinary longevity.

The internet has become the primary resource for the dental consumer to research dental care. Like any form of information gathering, one must peruse beyond the creative genius of the web designer to find the real qualifications of the doctor. These are not always apparent in photos of a slick environment or in the stage presence of a strong and authoritative personality.

While dental implants are not new, many practices have been slow to invest in the education, equipment and materials necessary to comprehensively provide this care. As a result, some doctors who advertise implant care are very new to these protocols. Seek experience. Ask for implant practice statistics. How many implants has the doctor placed? What is his published success rate?

Demand implant products that have been thoroughly scientifically researched and proven successful for the long term. New implant companies have popped up around the globe, mimicking the classics at lower price points. Do not forget the maxim, “You get what we pay for.” Fringe applications do not usually come with guarantees and once they have failed, they may be both physically and financially difficult to correct.

Don’t overlook the importance of the laboratory. The dentist will place the implants, engineer the design of your teeth, and eventually connect the teeth to the implants, but the actual fabrication of your smile will be in the hands of technicians whose level of skill is directly proportional to the strength, the shapeliness and the sparkling esthetics of the final result. Ask whether the lab is “in house.” Patients have the greatest input about the appearance of their smiles when the master technician can actually see the patient’s face.

Ask for a treatment time line. Your time is precious. You don’t want to spend too much of it in a dental chair. Current technology provides for high quality care with minimal visits.

a beautiful smileLook for patient testimonials. Word of mouth is the best reference. A reliable implant practice will have a roster of patients who will be pleased to share their experiences and who will offer many perspectives on how positively life-changing a smile can be.

Finally, test the team. Talk at length to the person who answers the phone. In a good practice the entire staff is integrated for the purpose of serving their patients’ needs. This person should be able and willing to provide a wealth of information about the practice. Look for a kind listener who also provides clear, complete, direct answers to your questions.

Dental implant treatment is a significant investment because the materials are costly and the expertise of many professionals is required to achieve superlative results. Shop carefully and invest wisely. A perfect smile yields lifelong rewards. Call 215-646-6334 for information about dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center or click this link to request info.

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Digital Dentistry Helpful for Patients with Strong Gag Reflex

Posted by Chris Raines on Nov 28, 2017 2:25:16 PM

Relief for patients with a strong gag reflex

“I need to find a dentist who can handle my gagging problem.”

Gagging during dental treatment is a serious and very real problem. The ADA reports that 7.5% of patients almost-always gag when they visit a dentist. Some people avoid dental treatment because of gagging fears.

The gag reflex is based on an innate biological mechanism. The Life Science website defines the gag reflex, which is also known as the pharyngeal reflex or laryngeal spasm, as a contraction of the back of the throat. It is triggered by an object touching the roof of the mouth, the back of the tongue, the area around your tonsils, or the back of your throat. Ten to fifteen percent of people have a hypersensitive gag reflex.

Dr. Joseph Massad discussed the gag reflex in Dental Economics. The gag reflex is generally thought to be controlled by the hypothalamus of the brain.

Pi Dental Center provides digital dentistry with our TRIOS® digital scanner. The TRIOS® scanner is used for crowns, bridges and single tooth implant restorations. One of the most important benefits of the TRIOS® intraoral scanner is improving the patient’s dental experience. A traditional dental impression can sometimes be unpleasant for patients who gag. Digital impressions are often more comfortable for the patient. Digital impressions are faster and the scans are more accurate, efficient, faster and more precise. “Patients continuously rave about the ease and comfort of our new digital impressions, says Dr. Glenn Wolfinger”. 

Both the doctor and patient can see the results on a large screen immediately.

Pat Martin, EFDA and Director of Patient Relations states, “This technology allows the doctor to capture a digital image eliminating the need to take multiple impressions to have lab work fabricated. Patients like this convenient method of impression-taking because it is cleaner and less likely to produce a gag reflex.  It elevates the doctor’s level of expertise in the eyes of their patient because the tooth image can be viewed on the screen immediately.”

Don’t allow a gag reflex to control your dental health! Please let us know if you have an active gag reflex and any fears that you have. Ask us about options to find relief for strong gag reflex. This will help us to improve your experience.

Consider having your next crown at Pi Dental Center with TRIOS®. Call us to discuss your treatment needs and let us know about your past office experiences and any concerns you have. Providing optimal dental care in a relaxed environment is the goal of everyone at Pi Dental Center. Our supportive team is skilled at providing a pleasant office visit and able to tailor treatment for each patient.

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