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What Are Mini Implants? Jeopardy Question, Jeopardy Answers

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Jul 11, 2016 2:15:03 PM

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Most seekers of dental implant information ask this question. Just exactly what are mini-implants and how are they different from the standard?  Mini-implants have filtered into the lingo of dental solutions, but as their name indicates, they are less invasive, less costly but also less likely to support a long term smile solution.

Principles of engineering naturally dictate that anything requiring support has the best possible anchor.  Since the purpose of the dental implant is to take the place of the root of a natural tooth, the stronger the implant, the more stable and enduring the restoration built upon it will be.

Mini-implants are usually less than 2.5 mm in diameter.  Biomedical engineers suggest that a dental implant be at least 3.75mm in diameter in order to support the forces of biting and chewing.  Pi Dental Center has a long history of success using Nobel Biocare Brånemark Implants starting at 7mm in length and having diameters of 3.75 to 4.0 mm.  Our board certified prosthodontists do not recommend mini-implants for any application.

The mission of the Pi Dental Center has always been to provide the very best possible treatment plan for every patient.  We understand that maintaining a healthy and sparkling smile can sometimes be a costly investment and we feel we respect our patients’ resources best when we offer what most predictably will have significant longevity.

Many Pi dental implant patients sport a prosthetic smile that is beyond twenty years old.  With good oral hygiene at home and regular check-ups, most patients can reap the benefits of their investment for a lifetime with minimal additional financial outlay.  While mini-implants may have the appeal of a less expensive quick fix, they are unlikely to remain a satisfactory support system over the long term.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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The main goal of implant placement is to provide strong solid support for non-removable teeth. One of the most important factors in determining a patient's candidacy for implant placement is bone quantity. The more bone a patient has in the area of implant placement, the better the chance of success. An implant replicates the function of the root of a tooth. When a root resorbs, or shrinks, it cannot support the tooth, and the tooth becomes loose and requires extraction. To achieve the best support for an implant-supported prosthesis, the largest implant that will fit into the area is used. A carpenter would not use toothpicks to support a table. Obviously that the table would eventually collapse! Using mini implants to support a dental prosthesis is similar to using toothpicks to support a table. The normal activities of the mouth such as chewing require an enormous amount of force.

 

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Prosthodontists: A Pathway to Smile Longevity

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Jul 1, 2016 4:16:00 PM

Prosthodontists provides a long lasting smile for beautiful patientBefore the Pi Dental Center became known as a mecca for superior dental implant care in suburban Philadelphia, it enjoyed a robust reputation for very esthetic, comfortable and long lasting restorative dentistry, accomplished with notable time efficiency.  Dr. Tom Balshi, the founder, always an architect and sculptor at heart, designed and built crowns and bridges that could never be recognized as anything but natural teeth.  More importantly, these restorations, whether a single tooth or the restoration of an entire arch, always went off the charts with longevity, often lasting the patients years beyond predictability while conserving both their funds and their time spent in a dental chair.

One of the pleasures of restoring smiles lies in the mail that the Pi Dental Center steadily receives from patients who are genuinely grateful for our care.  Last week we received a handwritten letter from a former patient, now eighty-seven years of age, and living across in the state in Western Pennsylvania.  Dr. Balshi restored her entire mouth with crowns exactly thirty years ago.  Visiting a new dentist for a teeth cleaning and check-up, she wrote to tell us of his amazement that her thirty year old dental work was still in pristine condition with perfect margins and no underlying decay.  She was writing to express the pride she felt in Pi’s behalf and the gratitude she felt for her comprehensive care that has richly endured.

The pathway to smile longevity is the mantra of the prosthodontist.  The additional training in “precision” that a prosthodontist receives translates directly into the quality of restorative dentistry.  When crowns and bridges fit like a glove and the “bite” that is established is as perfect as possible, the teeth stand up to the most rigorous attacks of bacteria and trauma.  A well designed and engineered smile tends to be a healthy smile, and a healthy smile impacts whole body wellness.  The prosthodontist is committed to that pathway and will try to steer all patients in the direction of long term function alongside natural esthetics, whether with crowns, bridges or today’s state of the art dental implants.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

 

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Tags: prosthodontists, smile longevity, restorative dentistry, dental implants

Sink Your Teeth Into This One! Pi Dental Center is Serving “the Capital Smile”

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on May 23, 2016 2:25:01 PM

Sink your teeth into a sumptuous steak dinner (Photo from Bridget's Steakhouse)

After thirty years courting revolutionary exploration of prosthodontic possibilities, The Pi Dental Center is proud to announce another new concept in smile building. Because we can now engineer superior durability with no sacrifice to translucent, natural esthetics, we are naming the ultimate Pi dental restoration our “Capital Smile.”

The name comes from the complaint most often brought to the Pi Dental Center — “I can’t eat anything that tastes good.”  Taking that to the highest level solution, it is our goal that our patients can enjoy the most sumptuous premium steaks at establishments like The Capital Grille with no worries.  No pain. No motion.  No chewing issues.  No breakage.  Just pure dining pleasure.

Capital GrilleThe specialty of Prosthodontics has been impacted over the years with ever changing science and technology leading to a man-made third set of teeth.  The first giant steps were cosmetic. Laboratories developed artistic ways to shape and color teeth so that crowns and veneers no longer appeared horsey, and in the hands of a skillful clinician became indistinguishable from natural teeth.  Later the advent of dental implant restorations with CADCAM technology made the architecture of the smile more solid and functional, promoting longevity of the restoration prosthesis.  Seemingly the profession was on the threshold of the ideal smile, even if a bit costly for the average pocket.

Halfway through 2016, it’s an intensely blended dedication of engineering, product development, cosmetic experience, fresh ideas and collaboration with the worldwide expertise of Global Dental Science, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, creator of AvaDent digital removable dentures. Pi has always been about providing our patients the highest quality in the shortest time possible with consideration of the investment. The “Capital Smile” will upgrade technology, increase durability and longevity, and become a more cost effective way to sport a young, healthy smile.

Look for it first at Pi Dental Center, home of Teeth in a Day® dental implants. Consider dental implant treatment so that you can sink your teeth

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* Photo of steak dinner graciously submitted by Brian Forrest

Tags: tooth replacement, dental implants, removable dentures, dental health, teeth, Teeth In A Day, sink your teeth

Dental Implants and Dental Mint Implants: The Common Denominator

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 20, 2016 5:09:00 PM

dentalmintplants2 copy.jpgThis year, in honor of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, the Pi Dental Center took our healthy smile campaign on the road. On the sunniest, warmest day in our community this year, we participated in the Ambler Earth Fest, a first time venture to bring a community together in the spirit of making our little corner of it, refreshingly natural and healthy.

Many applauded the Pi Dental Center booth as the most “green” and energetic display. Our mission was to convey the importance of a healthy smile and the positive free energy it ignites within the person and within everyone around them. We tend to think of pollution as that which goes out into the atmosphere and compromises our fresh air, but in reality, dental decay, broken teeth and intraoral bacteria are a more lethal personal pollution, capable of causing serious damage to our vital organs if not kept in check.

The obvious question was often repeated. “What does a dentist have to do with Earth Day?” But the surprising answer is that we are very tightly interwoven. Unlike most other maladies, dental disease is highly visible. We have all experienced cringing when an otherwise pretty face reveals a very compromised, unhealthy smile.

At the Pi Dental Center, we strive to restore smiles to maximum good health and keep them as natural as possible. Our specialty is dental implant treatment, replacing all that is unhealthy and dysfunctional in the mouth with porcelain teeth that mimic nature; however, our wide scope of care embraces all restorative dentistry, still promoting the preservation of natural teeth when they can be kept esthetic and functional for a reasonable, cost-effective segment of time.

Our theme for National Prosthodontics Awareness Week was “Keep Your Teeth in Mint Condition,” so it was only natural that along with toothbrushes, tooth paste and floss, we gave away healthy, living, very green mint plants. Even without clinical intervention, our team made people smile all day long with the fragrance of the fresh herb and the play on words.

The common denominator is simple: we keep our Earth healthy and we keep our selves healthy. We seek what is natural and strong and bright in both arenas. It only takes awareness and the tools of knowledge. And every now and then, it also takes a mint!

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

 

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Tags: dental implants, National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, prosthodontist and dental treatment

Open House Draws Celebrity to Fort Washington

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is celebrated by Drs. Balshi, Wolfinger, Pi Team and rich Zeoli with the WPHT Radio Staff

As part of Pi Dental Center’s week long celebration of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, WPHT radio personality, Rich Zeoli, broadcasted three hour daily show “live” from Pi, followed by a “meet and greet” engagement with the dental center’s visitors and guests.  Zeoli, who frequently endorses Pi’s philosophy of smile care on his network, was the center point of a week long “Open House,” showcasing new prosthodontic technology and providing prospective patients the opportunity to have questions answered without a formal appointment.2015_0405OpenHouse-_9.jpg

2015_0405OpenHouse-_2.jpgTwo board certified prosthodontists, Dr. Tom Balshiand Dr. Glenn Wolfinger lead the Pi facility which is a center for comprehensive clinical care, education and research.  They are known for their trademarked Teeth in a Day® streamlined dental implant procedures as well as innovative dental solutions for patients without sufficient bone for traditional implant treatment.  They are also the East Coast “hub” for futuristic AvaDent dentures.

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week raises public awareness about the having a healthy mouth and the importance of maintaining good dental care.

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Tags: dental implants, AvaDent digital dentures, board certified prosthodontist, National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, Teeth In A Day

Dental Implants in Philadelphia Making “Wildcat” Smiles

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 5, 2016 12:59:31 PM

Dental Implants in Philadelphia Making "Wildcat" Fans SmileFor those who are avid fans of the National Champion Villanova Wildcats, and even for those who just like to view an epic basketball game now and then, the 2016 NCAA Men’s Finals concluded with a monumental “shining moment.”  Rarely is a championship decided at the sound of the final buzzer, but for the Villanova Wildcats, a season of remarkable dedication and unselfishness ended in widespread memorable reward.

Today at the Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, it is a double celebration.  Pi will kick off National Prosthodontics Awareness Week with our first Open House, VIP tours, refreshments, giveaways, celebrities and more. But in addition to celebrating smiles we create in house, we will also be celebrating the Wildcat win…Big Time!  That is because both Pi’s founder, Dr. Tom Balshi and his partner, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, are graduates of Villanova University…one in 1968 and one 1986.  And neither of them are bandwagon fans.  They are energetic, professed supporters of all Villanova sports and proudly sport the logo attire all over the USA!

The amazing Wildcat win on April 4, 2016 made the Pi team smile exuberantly, but as our Open House will showcase throughout the rest of this week, WE are making smiles that change lives and have remarkable longevity. When our patients gaze in the mirror after a total Teeth in a Day Makeover, they feel the same “rush” that fans felt when Kris Jenkins sunk the final basket that won the game.  It’s all about spirit, skill, satisfaction, confidence, balance, hope, trust, even love. Catch the ball. Feel it in your hands.  Make the appointment and let us coach you to a winning smile.  Everyone has a little bit of “Wildcat” inside them.

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