Pi Dental Center is a long established have for progressive, innovative and advanced dental solutions serving people of all ages, aesthetic requirements and treatment needs. Our board certified, well experienced doctors, researchers, registered dental hygienists and clinical assistants are globally renowned for creating phenomenal enduring smiles.
Technology has empowered people in managing their own medical and dental care. Ready access to healthcare information makes it possible for people of all ages to bolster fitness, prevent illness, identify symptoms and remedy minor issues. The Internet can locate healthcare professionals, pinpoint specialties, verify credentials and showcase expertise through sophisticated web sites. Significant positive information and valid education pour freely from computer screens “twenty-four-seven.”
The extraordinary value of online medical guidance can quickly change for the worse when self-proclaimed experts dilute evidence based science with their unscientific opinions. It is difficult for the healthcare consumer to sift through medical information and discern truth. Amateurs can easily taint actual research results and skew findings. The banter of destructive commentary that is so prevalent on-line can be highly influential and totally without merit, and ironically, might keep a patient from choosing the doctor or dentist best suited to meet their needs.
Good physicians and dental specialists are proud to be held to a high standard. They have invested “time, talent and treasure” in learning to become fluent in the language of human healing. They have taken the Hippocratic Oath and have embraced ethics at a very high level. In spite of shadows sometimes cast on Internet, most doctors are solidly focused on making their patients healthy and happy.
The best advice is to be objective when evaluating Internet advice. Look to the source of the information and determine whether the message is scientifically based and springing from experience or merely the articulation of biased opinion. A little time and wisdom help this analysis. When weighing two opposing perspectives on the proper way to treat an issue, education and credentials are key to making the right choice. The Internet is a valuable resource for providing information but it is not the Bible of any medical/dental discipline.
Have you heard of the term, “oral cripple”? Dentists use the term to describe a person who has such significant dental problems that they substantially and negatively impact the quality of life.
Do you know someone who:
Hides their mouth when they smile or laugh?
Complains about jaw pain?
Has broken teeth?
Have loose or clicking dentures?
Cannot pronounce certain words?
Refuses to eat in public or struggles when chewing certain foods?
Declines social invitations because of their teeth?
Cannot find a job because of the state of their teeth?
As a person’s dental condition deteriorates, their oral and medical dilemmas mount. If left untreated, a person can experience numerous complications that affect every aspect of life. Tooth loss, poor quality dentures, shifting teeth, periodontal disease, and broken teeth can be devastating.
As teeth are lost, the surrounding teeth begin to shift in the mouth. Missing teeth cause the bite to collapse, which in turn damages the jaw joint. This is because the stress of clenching the teeth intensifies pressure on the joint. Over time, the damage to the jaw joint and muscles that control jaw movement increase. Temporomandibular joint disorder causes pain in the area of the joint, neck, shoulder, back, head, and trouble chewing.
Well-fitting removable dentures can be an adequate temporary solution. But dentures must be regularly maintained by a dentist. Ill-fitting loose unsightly dentures cause clicking, pain, sores on gum, and limit one’s ability to speak, and eat.
The feeling of self-consciousness because of dental appearance permeates many aspects of life. People often feel too embarrassed to smile. Making friends, building relationships and finding a job can become more difficult.
Tooth loss shortens a person’s life span. An October 2016 article in Periodontology 2000 concluded that the number of teeth in aging humans affects longevity and life expectancy. An inability to eat nutritional foods that require the ability to properly masticate is one factor is reducing life span.
One patient mentioned, “Life with removable dentures really makes you appreciate the teeth you lost.” Healthy functional teeth really contribute to the quality of life.
Replacing lost, damaged and diseased teeth with complete non-removable restorations allows patients to return to a state of anatomic, functional, psychological, and social good health. It allows them to again enjoy the simplest of pleasures, like ordering a dinner in a restaurant.
Dr. Balshi said, “Advances in prosthodontics have made remarkable alternatives available for replacement of missing teeth. The osseointegrated dental implant system permits the placement of a fixed bridge in patients who would otherwise require removable dentures. This technique involves placement of implants within the jaws, which are physiologically attached to bone and to which the teeth are attached.”
Johan Wolfgang von Goethe and later Bruce Lee stated, "Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do," It’s important to diagnose dental problems, meticulously research all solutions, choose the best option, then begin treatment.
When people decide to move forward and actively pursue dental treatment, they often do not have a regular dentist and wonder who to place their trust in. The board certified dentists at Pi Dental Center created the trademarked Teeth In A Day® procedure that enables patients to enjoy the benefits of fixed replacement teeth on the same day implants are placed, rather than following a three to six month process. At 467 Pennsylvania Avenue, Fort Washington, we have everything under one roof. Advanced evaluation is possible in-house with CT-scanning and digital intraoral scanning technology. From prosthodontics and oral surgery to endodontics and orthodontics, patients can have most treatment in our center. Three on-site laboratories provide a wide variety of prostheses.
High quality dentistry is a combination of advanced technology, visual artistry and manual skill. As board certified prosthodontists with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Thomas Balshi and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger provide patients with teeth that are attractive, functional and customized for the individual patient.
Quality of life is enhanced by comprehensive dental restoration. Call Pi Dental Center and schedule a complete diagnostic evaluation so that you can smile again!
Pi Dental Center strives to offer patients the best dental care using 3D technology. Drs. Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger continuously evaluate new dental equipment and technology to provide patients the highest quality, most attractive, best-fitting dental prostheses in the shortest time possible.
Pi Dental Center’s crowns have just gotten better through digital dentistry! TRIOS is an intraoral scanner that enables us to make the highest quality crowns with better patient comfort.
A good crown begins with a good impression. The TRIOS digital scanner is:
Ensures correct occlusion
Patient satisfaction and ease is a key advantage of TRIOS. Patients find intraoral scanning is a more comfortable procedure than traditional methods that use trays and impression materials. It is a great option for patients with strong gag reflexes.
TRIOS scanner takes thousands of pictures per second providing a 3D high resolution image that can be viewed from all angles.
Tooth shade is no longer subjective. Manual shade measurement can be inaccurate. The TRIOS scanner automatically records a shade measurement that is more precise and consistent. TRIOS shade detection tool eliminates shade errors caused by eye fatigue, color of clothing, makeup and levels of daylight.
Pi Dental Center’s scanning technology can be used to create:
Veneers, inlays and onlays
Abutments, implant bridges and bars
Temporary crowns and virtual diagnostic wax-ups
Post and core
Removable partial dentures
Learn more about Pi Dental Center's superior crowns. Call Pi Dental Center to schedule dental crown treatment using our 3D scanning technology.
Dental implants are a significant investment and maintenance of those implants is mandatory. Cutting back on good oral hygiene is like growing a tiny seedling into an enormous monster. A small issue can result in a much larger problem.
Prevention is key. Proper daily oral hygiene, with in-office prophylaxis by a registered dental hygienist with an examination by a qualified dentist helps to ensure a healthy mouth and implants.
Dr. James Rutkowski, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oral Implantology* addressed dental implant maintenance in an editorial in this month’s issue. He said, “When everything is going well, patients can “slack off.” His editorial stressed that, “as patients get older, they sometimes develop other health issues and take more medications, which affect their oral health.” Poor hygiene maintence and missed recare appointments can turn small manageable issues into larger problems and even lead to failed implants.
During each oral hygiene visit, the patient’s medical history will be reviewed and updated. Dental implants, teeth, and gum tissues are evaluated, noting soft tissue inflammation and bone loss. Proper home care routine is reviewed and oral hygiene instruction is provided.
The American College of Prosthodontists recommends prophylaxis and dental examinations be performed every 6 months. The organization suggests that higher risk patients have these treatments on a 3 to 4 month schedule. This higher risk classification is based on age, systemic health, periodontal health, medications, and the patient’s ability to perform self-care.
Maintain your dental investment. Ask your dentist or hygienist if your hygiene regimen is adequate. If you are due for an oral hygiene visit, please give us a call or click here to schedule.
* Special Thanks to: James L. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD, Editor in Chief, Editorial, Journal of Oral Implantology, DOI: 10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-Editorial. 4201.
Dental implants have become the state of the art in keeping a smile young and healthy, but until that priceless life asset is firmly intact as a part of you, there can often be a strenuous exercise in hesitation.
First, there is the age-old myth to put to rest. “Save the tooth at any expense” has lost its luster. A dental implant has significantly more longevity than a standard crown, and if the tooth has been repeatedly re-treated and weakened, the crown may be a short term investment of sizable proportion. Smiles built upon dental implants can be very cost effective when considered over lifetime dental care.
The second hurdle is often anxiety. This can be erased if the prospective patient diligently accomplishes their homework in advance. The long range success of a dental implant reconstruction requires the vision of a prosthodontist. This is the dental specialist who spends several additional years rigorously training in the three-dimensional engineering of the perfect occlusion. In the experienced hands and discerning eyes of a board certified prosthodontist, a patient should find the confidence that whisks away anxiety. The Pi Dental Center, with thirty years of experience, proudly publishes our success rate at 98%. Only undetected systemic abnormalities and excessive smoking post-surgically are contraindications to fully restored smiles. Never be afraid to ask questions. The more a patient understands about dental implant care in advance of the treatment, the gentler and more predictable the experience will be.
The third hurdle is time. We are a busy world always over-filling our schedules and not wanting to use leisure time for comprehensive dental procedures. That is why the Pi team perfected our trademark—Teeth in a Day®. We have streamlined the dental implant procedure to make it happen from diagnosis to delivery of the final custom smile in as few as four visits, and only one of these visits will require a day or two of quiet recovery.
The final hurdle and often the most insurmountable one is the cost of dental implants, and unlike other refined areas of new technology, they are unlikely to come down in price. Behind the scenes costs for the prosthodontist are very significant. The materials are high value products, and there are many steps involving many skill sets, not only of human beings but of sophisticated robots. Building a smile that perfectly fits a face, a personality and an expectation is an achievement. At the Pi Dental Center, there is more profit in our profile of success than in dollars and cents, but that is part of our make-up as compassionate, chairside caregivers.
The real thrust for pulling the trigger lies in understanding the value of the smile to human life. Our treated patients tell us everything from it made them feel younger and more vital to it totally changed their lives. A wonderful smile is magnetic. It attracts positive attention and changes the light in which a person is viewed. There is no real measurement for smile power, only that it makes an immeasurable difference that is completely priceless.
This is National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. If you have considered upgrading your smile with dental implants, there is no better time to investigate. Our three Pi prosthodontists are wearing their talent on their sleeves and will welcome your curiosity. A casual, non-threatening visit to the Pi Dental Center might help you make one of the best decisions of your life.
By Joanne Balshi Director of Public Relations and Marketing At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA email@example.com
The Team at Pi Dental Center passionately embraces environmentally conscious strategies to reduce waste, conserve energy and implement green policies within the office and at home. Our list of “green” measures is growing every day. We focus on the three R’s — reduce, recycle and reuse. Conservation is both healthy for the environment and reduces overhead costs.
Reducing waste is a crucial aspect of “going green” and that includes reducing use of paper. Email has replaced most of our paper mailings. Pi Dental Center’s practice management system and dental radiographs are digital, allowing for less printing.
Water conservation is another way that we reduce waste. Using hand sanitizers, located throughout the office, helps to conserve water. Another way to conserve water is to turn off the water faucet while lathering.
Turning off lights where they are not needed and unplugging appliances that are not being used saves electricity. Energy efficient lighting throughout the office, high efficiency appliances and energy efficient windows save resources and costs.
Our comprehensive recycling program was started by Andrea, one of our dedicated assistants, several years ago and has grown to include aluminum, glass, plastic, metal, paper and toner cartridges.
Good air quality is a basic objective at Pi Dental Center. Heater/air conditioner filters are replaced on a regular basis. Indoor plants help to purify the air. NASA scientists have found that indoor plants absorb potentially harmful gases and clean the air. Plants are located throughout the office.
Staff members conserve natural resources in the office and at home. Reusable containers have replaced disposable ones in most lunchboxes and the use of bottled water is limited.
Pi Dental Center is taking our message “on the road” to establish awareness of our natural resources, focusing on environmental and quality of life issues and how it relates to dentistry.
On April 18th, Pi Dental Center will serve as lead sponsor for the Ambler Earth Fest. The event will be held at Calvary United Methodist Church, located on Lindenwold and Park Avenues, in Ambler Borough from 11am to 4:30pm. The goal of the Fest is to promote environmental awareness and highlight issues, organizations, companies, products and technologies that support a healthy environment and human health. There will be something for every age group and the event is free and open to the public
In every decision that is made, Pi Dental Center has our patient’s best interest in mind. We continue to strive to provide excellent cutting-edge dental care giving patients beautiful healthy smiles in a comfortable and safe environment. Finding new ways to conserve natural resources and going green is part of that goal.
The year 2015 gives Pi Dental Center another opportunity to welcome new patients and help them attain healthy mouths. We love to see our patients’ glow when they see their damaged mouths transformed into confidence-building, healthy dazzling megawatt smiles.
This year, patients will benefit from new dental technologies, techniques, materials and advanced laboratory procedures that have only become available recently.
Patients now have the option to be treated by our newest member, Dr. Stephen Alfano, a board certified maxillofacial prosthodontist, who joined our team last October. Patients and staff are impressed with Dr. Alfano’s skills, enthusiasm, charm and warm responsive personality.
Dental treatment can put a strain on the budget. We strive to find financial solutions to treat all of our dental patients’ problems. We offer financing options and various levels of treatment to help patients balance dental care needs and finances.
Digital radiography has improved considerably during the past few years, allowing for more thorough diagnostic evaluation and reduced exposure to radiation. This technology enables us to design prostheses with greater accuracy, better engineering and improved esthetics.
Patients love their new AvaDent® digital dentures! These digital dentures are the world’s first computer designed and computer manufactured dentures. Because AvaDent® Digital Dentures are computer designed and precision milled, they feel lighter and more natural in the mouth, fit precisely, resist bacteria and can be replaced quickly if lost or damaged. In 2015, Pi Dental Center will also use AvaDent® Digital Dentures for fixed restorations in conjunction with dental implants.
Pi Dental Center leads the dental community in ongoing research in the quest to improve patient dental health, through pain-free dental care. Our ongoing studies include investigation of smoking in the dental implant patient, self-esteem for dental implant patients, the biomechanics of All-On-4 dental implant protocol, and review of dental impression techniques.
The Pi team is Philadelphia's premiere dental implant center! With so many competitors popping up in the area claiming they're the best, our 30+ years of implant treatment, research and teaching speak for themselves. Our team has placed over 40,000 dental implants.
We seek to show our world class professionalism, hospitality and surgical and prosthodontic talent to all of those who walk through the Pi doors offering courses for dental specialists and students in subjects like, “Immediate Loading of Dental Implants Using The Teeth In a Day® Protocol,” “All-on-4® Treatment Concept: Complete Arch Oral Rehabilitation and Immediate Function Using Tilted Implants and AvaDent® Fully Milled Monolithic Screw-Retained Prosthesis,” and “Advanced Guided Surgery with Zygoma Implants.”
The Pi Foundation will present, “Smiles Uncorked,” on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015. The fund-raising event will take place at the beautiful Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include several wine tasting stations featuring world class vineyards. Tastings will even take place on the Arboretum's famous Out-on-a-Limb Forest Canopy walk. If wine isn't your thing, there will also be a vodka bar featuring the Pi Foundation's signature cocktail. Throughout the event there will be gourmet small plates, live music and an auction featuring trips, one of a kind collectibles and other wine related items. Proceeds from the event will support treatment for deserving Pi Foundation patients.
Pi Dental Center is active in supporting worthy community endeavors. This April, Pi Dental Center will sponsor the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council’s Earth Fest promoting a clean, safe and healthy environment and increasing environmental awareness.
Each year, the Pi Team gets recertified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator). The yearly classes have become a Pi Dental Center tradition with everyone from the doctors and clinical staff to the front desk and technical departments in attendance. Rigorous standards are outlined ensuring a comprehensive response will be followed in the event of an emergency. We maintain an emergency action plan, a fire prevention strategy, and a state of the art infection control procedure using the latest techniques and guidelines. We conduct continuous evaluations so that all departments function at their optimum level and all practices are current.
This year Pi Dental Center remains focused on delivering radiant smiles using the highest quality dental restorations in a competent yet friendly environment.
We encourage our patients to schedule routine maintenance in advance so that small problems are discovered and handled quickly and efficiently. We are proud to have four outstanding dental hygienists to provide effective and thorough prophylactic care. With new technologies, team members and energy, we are taking Pi Dental Center to new heights in 2015!
January is a great time to look back at the previous year to see what has been accomplished and to spell out goals for the new year. Two-thousand-fourteen was a year of “news” for Pi Dental Center: new faces, new research, new innovations, new technology, new presentations and just plain news.
Dr. Stephen Alfano , board certified maxillofacial prosthodontist, joined Pi Dental Center in October. Dr. Alfano is a Board certified prosthodontist who has who served as Chairman of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. READ BIO In October, he appeared on CBS Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to discuss Avadent Digital Dentures. READ MORE
The doctors at Pi Dental Center continued their long-standing mission to conduct relevant research and publish scientific articles in the field of dental implants.
In June, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of PI Dental talks with Pat Ciarrocchi to talk about how the Teeth In A Day® process can transform a person’s mouth and life. VIEW VIDEO
Diverse areas were analyzed, such as implant placement protocols, dental implant success rates, patients with special needs, patient treatment methods and laboratory techniques.
Articles were published in Implant News, the International Journal of Maxillofacial Implants, Implant Dentistry, the Journal of Oral Implantology, Inclusive Magazine, The Journal of Prosthodontics, and Periodontology 2000. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONS
Pi Dental Center is part of The Institute For Facial Esthetics, an established training center, educating dental specialists and students in dental implant technology and offering numerous courses throughout the year. VIEW COURSE SCHEDULE
Pi and IFFE welcomed dental students from university dental schools and dental programs, including Temple University: Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, and University of Maryland School of Dentistry. Four Chinese doctors from Chongqing Medical University came in April to observe surgery in the Viewpoint surgical center and work one-on-one with our talented team learning hands-on techniques. VIEW PHOTOS OF COURSE PARTICIPANTS
Dr. Thomas Balshi became a career coach in the Temple University Alumni Network advising students about the finer points of a career in prosthodontics. LINK TO INTERVIEW
After careful evaluation of research and hands-on assessment, Pi Dental Center embraced the AvaDent Digital Denture as a superb treatment option for any patients where cost is an issue. READ MORE
Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi MBE presented a program called, “What Do a Gun, Malignant Tissue, and a Hyena Have in Common?” at ACP 2014 - 44th Annual Session in New Orleans in November. They discussed engineering principles for dental implant prosthodontics when restoring dental and facial deficiencies.
Fox 29 News aired a documentary in February about Monique, a young woman diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia and cleft lip and cleft palate at birth. Ectodermal Dysplasia causes missing teeth and reduced jaw bone. Pi Dental Center gave Monique a new smile with a non-removable set of beautiful teeth supported by Brånemark dental implants using the No-Bone Solution Protocol. READ MORE
The Ambler Gazette published a story about Dr. Balshi and Pi Dental Center. READ ARTICLE
In reviewing last year’s exciting accomplishments, Pi doctors and staff made an undeniable difference for patients by delivering numerous dramatic new smiles and transforming countless lives. They made rewarding scientific discoveries and increased awareness about dental implants among professionals, students, patients and the general public.
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On December 20, 2014, Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of modern dental implants, died in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, leaving family, friends and colleagues all over the world in mourning. All of us at Pi are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Brånemark.
Dr. Thomas Balshi and Pi Dental Center have had a long association with Professor Brånemark. Dr. Balshi received his surgical and prosthetic implant training from him and they later collaborated on many dental implant research projects. Brånemark and Balshi have remained long-time friends.
Without the work of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, osseointegrated dental implants might not exist. His discovery of the phenomenon of osseointegration in 1952 and subsequent research has revolutionized the fields of dental, maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation.
Osseointegration refers to a direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of a load-carrying implant. Dr. Brånemark demonstrated that, under carefully controlled conditions, titanium could be structurally integrated into living bone with a very high degree of long-term predictability.
In the early 1990’s, Professor Brånemark came to Pi Dental Center. During his stay, he visited the clinical facility and also attended our annual “Festival of Formerly Forbidden Foods.” There he was introduced to over 200 of our Brånemark dental implant patients, and saw first-hand the amazing effect that his groundbreaking work had on patients in the U.S.
Dr. Balshi said it succinctly, “Losing Professor Brånemark is like losing a father. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to hundreds of dental colleagues and bio-medical researchers all over the world.”
Friends and close associates of Dr. Brånemark, call him “PI.” To honor this great man, our practice incorporated his initials into our company name. This is one of the reasons we are called Pi Dental Center!
In 2015, the world of dentistry will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of applied osseointegration. Pi Dental Center and dental professionals worldwide will celebrate the innovations of Dr. Brånemark and the remarkable benefits of dental implants.
Maxillofacial Prosthetics is a subspecialty of Prosthodontics that involves rehabilitation of patients with defects or disabilities that were present at birth, sustained following trauma, or acquired following cancer or other disease treatment. Many patients require replacement of more than just teeth. A Maxillofacial Prosthodontist is trained to replace bone and tissue with many different types of Prostheses.
Training to become a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist involves completion of a one-year fellowship following a traditional three-year Prosthodontic Residency. This additional year is usually in a hospital based environment treating patients undergoing surgical treatment, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy to cure their disease. The program provides experience not only treating the defects caused by cancer or trauma, but also provides the tools to help the Prosthodontist better manage the difficult side effects patients must contend with during radiation and chemotherapy.
A Maxillofacial Prosthdontist can routinely replace an eye, ear, nose, or portion of a face, many times in conjunction with an intra-oral defect. New techniques and prostheses are constantly being devised or improved by Maxillofacial Prosthodontists. A silicone ear that use to be retained by an adhesive is now retained by implants similar to those used to replace teeth. The same security patients have with a dental implant reconstruction is also available to Maxillofacial patients.