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A New Smile and Kissable Mouth This Valentine’s Day

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Kissing couple in profile for Valentine's Day blog.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Be true to your teeth,
Or they’ll be false to you!

 

Valentine’s Day is a time when people think about romantic evenings with that special someone. Whether it’s a candle-lit dinner or romantic stroll, an unsightly mouth can be a downer. Here are some tips for your smile and mouth.

Your smile is one of your best assets in communicating. A gorgeous new smile can increase your confidence and transform your life.

Sparkling white teeth project confidence and charm. Lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Habits such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine can discolor teeth. Our in-office tooth whitening systems are effective, fast, convenient and long lasting. Pi Dental Center’s professional tooth whitening products are proven safe and effective. Consider tooth whitening to brighten your smile and give you a more youthful appearance.

Fresh breath and a healthy mouth are essential to ensure an enjoyable date night. A rigorous at-home oral hygiene regimen by brushing twice a day, flossing and regular dental visits with exam and dental cleaning can help you maintain your dental health and keep your breath fresh. For more information about fresh breath, read blog.

Stop smoking. This can be the best Valentine gift that you give to yourself and to a loved one. The benefits are numerous. Quitting is not easy but you will feel better and be healthier. You will have more energy and improve your lung function. For tips to quit smoking, click here

Replace your toothbrush every three months. Worn bristles are abrasive to the teeth and damaging to gums. In addition, remember to change your toothbrush after you have been sick.

Make a date with your dentist to repair or replace damaged and missing teeth. If you would like to learn how to get a new smile with a kissable mouth, give Pi Dental Center a call.

Pi Dental Center opened its doors 34 years ago on Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Washington. Our board certified prosthodontists have placed over 23,000 implants.

Teeth in a Day® is a safe and proven technique for dental implant placement. With the Teeth in a Day® protocol, damaged teeth can be extracted, dental implants inserted and non-removable teeth delivered in one office visit. Drs. Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger created the Teeth in a Day® protocol over 25 years ago and own the trademark for this groundbreaking procedure.

The All-On-4® Treatment Concept is a cost-saving dental implant treatment option. Learn more about All-On-4.

Get a new smile and kissable mouth this Valentine’s Day. Call us at (215) 646-6334 to schedule your complimentary evaluation.

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Tags: dental implant treatment, healthy teeth, dental care, replacement of missing teeth

A Master Ceramist Is A Valuable Asset

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 15, 2020 12:00:00 PM

In this photo, Master Ceramist, Dental Lab Technician, Nancy puts the final touches on a Zirconia crown while Andrea assists. Matching the front teeth is a very complex and delicate procedure. Nancy uses stains and glazes to duplicate and blend any characterizations and color variations. After the crown is artistically perfected, it is fired in a porcelain kiln.A porcelain crown is a piece of artwork and patients who have crowns on their front teeth are displaying artwork for everyone to see.

At Pi Dental Center, our resident artist is Nancy Gausz. She is a Master Ceramist and Dental Lab Technician. Having an in-house ceramist allows us to achieve superior esthetic results. An in-house lab technician is a luxury that few other dental offices have.

Nancy Gausz joined Pi Dental Center in 2016. Nancy has worked in the Dental Technology field for over 30 years. It is a field that is ever-evolving with technology and products that change and improve. For example, during the last decade, we have seen remarkable advances in CAD / CAM digital dentistry. She works closely with the doctors and clinical staff to deliver the exceptional results in ceramic restorations.

Nancy works directly with our dental patients in the office providing chairside custom shading. This customized approach is both convenient for our patients and adds an enhanced dimension to the level of treatment. It also improves the patient’s final result!

A dental restoration must look natural and attractive. The shape and shade of the teeth must suit the individual. A front crown must match the adjoining teeth. Unique markings on the new crown must match adjacent teeth. Nancy uses stains and glazes to duplicate and blend characterizations and color variations.

In addition to Zirconia and eMax crowns, Nancy does custom layering on Zirconia cores, fuses porcelain to metal for upper and lower arch crowns, and glazes eMax porcelain veneers. She builds crowns onto dental implant restorations.

A Master Ceramist is the artist that finishes your dental restoration, whether it’s a crown, veneer or fixed implant restoration. At Pi Dental Center, Nancy ensures that our patients’ dental restorations look both fabulous as well as natural. A Master Ceramist is a valuable asset at Pi Dental Center.

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Photo Caption: Master Ceramist, Dental Lab Technician, Nancy puts the final touches on a Zirconia crown while Andrea assists. Matching the front teeth is a very complex and delicate procedure. Nancy uses stains and glazes to duplicate and blend any characterizations and color variations. After the crown is artistically perfected, it is fired in a porcelain oven (kiln). 

Tags: prosthodontic dental restoration, dental crowns, dental lab technology

Holistic Dentistry and Pi Dental Center

Posted by Chris Raines on Oct 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Image taken at Cape May Point State Park of lighthouse.

People often ask us if we are a holistic dental practice. In many ways, Pi Dental Center has a lot in common with a holistic office. In other ways, we do not. Read on to learn about the philosophy of a holistic office and what aspects are applicable to our center.

What do holistic dentists believe?

A holistic dentist sees the mouth as an integrated part of the body and considers oral health problems as they relate to total body health.

The doctors and staff at Pi Dental Center agree that dental health affects the entire body. One example of the relationship between oral health and overall health is the connection between periodontal disease, heart disease and diabetes. Research has proven that there is a strong link between them. We also believe that a person’s habits and behavior can affect their dental health.

Holistic dentists choose minimally invasive options. At Pi Dental Center, long-term predictable dental health is our goal for our patients. When a patient is evaluated, all reasonable options are explored and when it is feasible, Pi Dental Center will consider a minimally invasive option.

Holistic practices build a partnership with their patients. Our goal is to empower each of our patients to achieve optimal dental health. We do this through wide-ranging treatment options, advanced prosthodontic care and a comprehensive program of oral hygiene maintenance and education.

What types of treatment do holistic dentists provide?

Traditional dentists treat problems that affect the teeth, gums, oral structures and the jaw. Holistic dentists focus on the entire person. Not all holistic dentists’ approach to dentistry is the same and they don’t all offer the same procedures, but here are some of the most common offerings.

Holistic dentists offer only composite fillings rather than mercury fillings. Pi Dental Center also offers composite fillings and has never used mercury fillings.

While many holistic dentists remove mercury fillings and replace them with composite fillings, Pi Dental Center removes mercury fillings that show decay or breakdown.

Like holistic practices, Pi Dental Center utilizes advanced 3D low dose digital x-rays.

The titanium dental implant systems that Pi Dental Center uses are backed by substantial research and can be used in all indications of tooth replacement. Ceramic implants have little long-term follow-up and are only indicated for single tooth replacement.

When compared to traditional impressions, digital scanning technology is more efficient, precise and comfortable for the patient. At Pi Dental Center, TRIOS scanning technology is used for crowns, bridges and single tooth dental implants.

What types of treatment don’t holistic dentists offer?

Holistic dentists do not perform root canals. At Pi Dental Center, patients are referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) when necessary.

Holistic dentists don’t advocate the use of fluoride. Pi Dental Center focuses on scientifically proven treatment, procedures, techniques and products. While we do provide fluoride products and treatments, patients can choose not to use them.

Pi Dental Center works closely with dental offices that provide additional holistic dental procedures, and referrals to those offices can be made for those who are interested. The health of the mouth impacts the entire body. At Pi Dental Center, our mission is to work with our patients to help them achieve and maintain healthy mouths. Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions.

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Photo Credit: Andrea Clendaniel shot this photo of the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park.

Tags: dental fillings, oral health and quality of life, good doctor/patient relationship, prosthodontic dental restoration, dental care

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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Tags: dental health and quality of life, prosthodontic dental restoration, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, prosthodontist, Top Dentist

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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Tags: oral hygiene, restorative dentistry, dental and medical health, dental health, restorative dental care, teeth, doctor patient relationship, prosthodontists, treatment plan, dental appointment

The KöR Tooth Whitening System

Posted by Chris Raines on Apr 22, 2019 9:50:41 AM

Before and after photos of a patient's teeth using the KöR Whitening System.



Tooth whitening can make lackluster teeth look awesome.
But stains, like tetracycline, are almost impossible to remove. The new KöR Whitening System safely and effectively removes impossible stains.


Tetracycline is an antibiotic used to treat a number of infections and is a first-line therapy for a number of serious illnesses. However, tetracycline can stain the teeth. When tetracycline is taken by an expectant mother during the third trimester or by a child during tooth formation, tetracycline is deposited in the tooth buds, causing significant discoloration. (1, 2) It can also be deposited in teeth during early adult years, if taken on a long-term basis, especially if taken during growth periods, or after trauma to the teeth. The result of this deposit is a distinctive and persistent discoloration. (3,4)
In the past, the ‘conservative’ treatment option for tetracycline-stained teeth usually involved placement of veneers or crowns to cover the darkened teeth. (5,6) This approach was costly, invasive, and time consuming.


The KöR Whitening System achieves permanent whitening for every patient with little or no sensitivity. It works by restoring the teeth’s ability to absorb oxygen. Stain molecules dissolve as the KöR Whitening gel is absorbed deeply into the teeth.
KöR lightens teeth with dramatic results up to 16 shades or more.


How it works:


Digital impressions of the teeth are made using our TRIOS® digital scanner. The scans are transmitted over the Internet to the KöR lab, who fabricates custom whitening trays. These securely fitting trays are comfortable and easy to wear. Some patients forget that they have them in.


KöR trays are worn at home throughout the night. Treatment include a few short whitening visits in our office.


Case Report:


Our patient developed extreme tetracycline staining during childhood. Over the years, he attempted other tooth whitening systems with minimal success. Dr. Wolfinger and the patient agreed that the KöR Whitening System was a good option. In February, the patient’s upper and lower teeth were scanned using the Trios® digital scanner. The case was then sent to the KOR lab, along with a bite registration. The lab fabricates the bleaching trays and they were delivered to our office just ten days later. During the next visit, a twenty-minute conditioning treatment using the patient’s new bleach trays was applied. For six weeks, the patient used the night-time bleach trays at home. He then returned to the office for a second in-office conditioning treatment. Our patient was very pleased with the results. He will continue bleaching at home for three more months.
Dr. Glenn Wolfinger states, “I first saw a dramatic before and after result of whitening tetracycline stained teeth in a dental magazine advertisement. At first, I was very skeptical, but did my research. I even went as far to call the dentist from Florida to question him about the case he treated. He advised me that it was a 5 month process involving a compliant and dedicated patient who was diligent in using the trays and material daily. A few in-office procedures were required as well. I am pleasantly surprised to see the significant results after only two months of treatment. Our patient plans to continue the daily process for the next few months to further the results.”
“If these deep intrinsic stains can be whitened, I see no limitations in teeth whitening anymore.”


If you have questions about the KöR Tooth Whitening System or would like to schedule an office visit to begin the process of whitening your teeth, please feel free to give us a call or click here.

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Footnotes

(1) Moffitt JM, Cooley RO, Olsen NH, et al. Prediction of tetracycline-induced tooth discoloration. J Am Dent Assoc. 1974;88:547-552.
(2) Mull M. The tetracyclines and the teeth. Dent Abstr. 1967;12:346-350.
(3) Parkins FM, Furnish G, Bernstein M. Minocycline use discolors teeth. J Am Dent Assoc. 1992;123:87-89.
(4) Poliak SC, DiGiovanna JJ, Gross EG, et al. Minocycline-associated tooth discoloration in young adults. JAMA. 1985;254:2930-2932.
(5) Capehart K. Treating tetracycline staining in the adult dentition: a case report. Gen Dent. 2008;56:286-289.
(6) Chu FC, Sham AS, Luk HW, et al. Threshold contrast ratio and masking ability of porcelain veneers with high-density alumina cores. Int J Prosthodont. 2004;17:24-28.

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