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.

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Pi Dental Reopens Per PA Governor Directive

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on May 14, 2020 10:56:44 AM

Dr. Robert Slauch, Dental Assistant, Amy and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger Wear Face Shields, Masks and Scrubs

Dear Pi Patients,

I hope this letter finds you well.  I am happy to report that we reopened the office on Monday, May 11.  My staff and I are looking forward to seeing you in the office! 

We have diligently followed directives of the Governor which has kept us safe and healthy.  To ensure all patients and staff remain safe in our office, I have utilized this time off researching dentistry in the world of Covid 19.  I’ve attended webinars and consulted with experts in various specialties including infection control, virology and air quality. 

While we will continue to follow the same stringent disinfection and sterilization procedures that have kept us safe for decades, I have implemented additional safety precautions.  When you come to the office, in addition to the usual Personal Protective Equipment, disinfection and sterilization procedures that we have always utilized, you can also have confidence in the following newly initiated protocols:

  • Requirement of all staff, patients and visitors to utilize masks while in the office as mandated by the Governor.
  • For increased protection, we’ve added glass partitions to the reception area.
  • To improve air quality, all HVAC units have been updated and individual HEPA air purification systems will be utilized in all exam rooms and the reception area.
  • We have increased the level of protection of our surgical masks by upgrading to level 3 N95 respirator masks.
  • We have invested in new equipment including industrial strength face shields, which can be used as a supplement during certain procedures, chair side high evacuation(suction) systems to reduce aerosols when necessary and ultraviolet sterilization wands to treat surfaces after routine disinfection.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in the elevator, reception area and bathroom will be disinfected regularly. After disinfection, the UV sterilization wand will also be utilized.
  • To assess the risk level for virus transmission, all patients and staff will be screened. This screening will include various health related questions and temperature taking.
  • As much as possible in the dental setting, social distancing will be followed.
  • We will continue to have hand sanitizer available to utilize and encourage everyone to wash their hands often.

My patients and staff are of utmost importance to me.  As a result, I have taken a very detailed examination of office protocols, making improvements above and beyond those suggested by the Centers for Disease Control, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the American Dental Association.  While these processes may seem excessive, I feel they are worth the time and financial investment to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.  With your cooperation in strictly following all protocols as directed in the office, I am confident that we can safely address your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD FACP

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Medical and Dental Tourism: Is It Risky?

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on Jan 31, 2019 2:30:00 PM

Medical and Dental Tourism: Is it Risky?

ABC Action News recently reported that an estimated 85,000 Americans and Canadians traveled to Costa Rica for treatment in 2017. A whopping eighty-percent of those people were dental patients. People are flocking to countries like Costa Rica to have medical and dental procedures, in an effort to save money.

Costs for dental treatment in other countries could appear to be less expensive, but there are risks to be aware of. In the United States, there are numerous associations and regulatory bodies to ensure that only quality proven materials are used. Offices must hire licensed qualified auxiliary staff and proper sterility procedures are followed. While there are cheaper implant screws on the market, patients should insist on well manufactured, sterile, proven medical devices if those devices are going to be implanted into your body.

Some foreign implant systems are not available in the United States since, not all have passed the regulatory requirements. Buyer beware when travelling to other countries for “cheaper” implant treatment. You get what you pay for!

Think of the risks before considering a dental or medical procedure outside of the U.S.

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

Patients travel from all over the United States and other countries for the highest quality dental treatment at Pi Dental Center. Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss treatment or click the link below to request information. We are committed to improving your dental health and improving your smile.

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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

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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

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


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