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Is It Important To Replace A Missing Back Tooth?

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on Jun 25, 2018 3:00:20 PM

Glenn J. Wolfinger DMD, FACP, Board Certified ProsthodontistTooth loss is one of the most common ailments affecting individuals today.  It is estimated that 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. 

While a missing front tooth is an obvious problem that most people are quick to address, missing back teeth do not seem to raise as much concern.  

When a patient loses a tooth, the adjacent and opposing teeth can shift and move, and this can later create difficulty in replacing that tooth.  Studies have shown that patients with missing teeth have a decreased capacity to function and this can contribute to significant medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, diabetes and many other diseases. 

Studies have even shown a higher mortality rate among people with missing teeth.  Tooth replacement can be easily accomplished by a number of methods including removable dentures, fixed bridges and implant-supported restorations. 

 A Board Certified Prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth and can provide all of the options available to address this important issue. 

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist

Tags: tooth replacement, dental medical health connection, tooth loss, replace missing teeth

Don’t Let Dental Woes Be Your New Normal

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 5, 2018 10:50:37 AM

Pi Dental Center's Patient Relations Team
It’s funny how things can creep up on you.
Something that seemed fine one day has turned into a major dilemma the next. You realize that there have been warning signals for quite a while, but you’ve been ignoring them.

These situations that creep up on you can occur in every area of life. They can happen in your home, your automobile, your body and even your mouth.

When it comes to our health, it’s amazing how much we can ignore and reason away. A small pain gets a little worse gradually. You tell yourself, this isn’t too bad. You might think it will go away if you just wait it out. Finally, that chronic pain becomes your “New Normal.”

Dental health issues such as chronic mouth pain or gradually deteriorating dental health can easily turn into a “New Normal.”

Tooth loss is an example. First one tooth is lost, and then another, and another until you are only able to chew on one side of the mouth. With the loss of each tooth, chewing becomes harder and harder. Eating becomes a major hassle and it’s impossible to enjoy a meal. Eating in front of other people is embarrassing. Chewing “calisthenics” is a “New Normal” that you don’t need.

You need not tolerate dental pain or tooth loss. Advances in dental care mean that most conditions can be successfully treated more quickly with greater patient comfort than ever before.

  • The overall success rate for dental implant treatment has improved significantly.
  • A greater number of people are candidates for dental implants than in the past.
  • Teeth In A Day® allows patients to have implants placed and leave the office with fixed teeth in one visit.
  • Improved diagnostic imaging pinpoints dental issues accurately.
  • Expert lab techniques mean attractive crowns and dentures with exacting tooth shades.
  • Digital impressions make crown and bridge treatment much easier for patients who have a strong gag reflex.
  • With new digital technology, removable dentures are comfortable and fit better.

Finding the right dental facility to handle your treatment is essential. Pi Dental Center is a leading dental center in the Philadelphia region. Board Certified Prosthodontist*, Glenn J. Wolfinger, has advanced training and experience in dental care. Every member of the Pi “team” is specially trained to provide the best care. Our patients’ well-being is our number one priority.

Patient relations representative, Mini Galluppi, states, “We take great pride in helping our patients. We aim to be the reason someone smiles today.”

It is not necessary to endure dental pain or missing teeth. Call 215-646-6334 to discuss your dental care needs or click the link below to request information. Pi Dental Center’s patient relations representatives are will be happy to answer all of your dental questions and help you to schedule an appointment.

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* A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration or replacement of teeth. It is an ADA-recognized specialty. Prosthodontics pertains to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

Tags: dental implants, dental health, tooth loss

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?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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Tags: tooth grinding and bruxing

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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Tags: dental implant treatment, Teeth In A Day, dental technology

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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Tags: dental implants, replace missing teeth, restore damaged teeth, digital impressions

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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Tags: dental implant treatment, National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, digital dentistry, prosthodontists