Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a Board Certified Prosthodontist practicing at Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Wolfinger is a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics, a Fellow in the Academy of Osseointegration, a Fellow in the American College of Prosthodontists, and a former Fellow and Diplomate in the International congress of Oral Implantologists. He has served on committees within the Academy of Osseointegration and has served 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. He is Co-Director of the Institute For Facial Esthetics. Dr. Wolfinger is a Past-President of the Pennsylvania Prosthodontic Association, and a member of numerous other dental organizations. He has participated in numerous research projects, has lectured internationally, and has had many articles published in refereed journals.

Recent Posts

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

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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?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

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Board Certified Prosthodontist
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