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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.
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Pi Dental Center Open House 2018

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 14, 2018 3:15:00 PM

Pi Dental Center Open House Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

SAVE THE DATE!

Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Pi Dental Center cordially invites you to an Open House on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in celebration of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic specialty dental practice located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) strives to raise awareness of our specialty so that patients and dental professionals understand the advanced skills and expertise that prosthodontists offer. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is an active member of the ACP.

Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist with over 25 years of experience specializing in the restoration and replacement of diseased, damaged and missing teeth. He is skilled in providing a wide array of dental treatment options including dental implants, digital crowns, bridges, and veneers. Cost-effective treatment options include removable AvaDent Digital dentures and the All-On-4 Treatment Concept.

Tooth loss is a devastating and immense problem in the United States. At least 36 million people are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws and approximately 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. Self-confidence, social relationships, medical health and employment prospects are negatively affected by missing teeth. Replacement of missing teeth can improve your overall health as well as your quality of life.

The Pi Dental Center Open House on April 12th, visitors will be able to ask any questions they have about the dental treatment we offer. Visit Pi Dental Center to find out what’s new in dentistry, how digital dentistry improves dental care, and when a dental implant is the best option. Tour our elite facility, get a complimentary exam with refreshments & gift bags. Call 215-646-6334 to or click the link below to RSVP.

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CAT Scan Technology For Faster Improved Dental Evaluation

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 1, 2017 9:43:00 AM

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Pi Dental Center offers advanced diagnostic services with our ultra low-dose 3D CT Scanner. Each scan is evaluated by a maxillofacial radiologist who has been a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology since 1996. Patients receive a complete report outlining all findings and including images that illustrate findings.

Any of our patients who are interested in having a scan performed can request this service by speaking to any of the staff. 

CT Scans provide the following:

  • Provide State of Art 3D Imaging for Dental Implants
  • Evaluate Tumors, Cysts, Developmental Abnormalities, and Trauma in Oral and Maxillofacial Region
  • Evaluate Effects of Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaws
  • Localize Impacted or Supernumerary Teeth
  • Assess TMJ Anormalies and Disorders
  • Assess Pathology in Paranasal Sinuses & Nasal Fossae
  • Plan Orthodontic Treatment
  • Assess Endodontic or Failed Endodontic Lesions
  • Evaluate Soft Tissue Calcifications in Head & Neck
  • Assess Airway & Sleep Apnea
  • Make Craniofacial 2D & 3D CT Reconstructions
  • Provide a detailed written report outlining all findings
  • Provide Interpretation Services by a Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist

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Is The Internet Good For Your Medical and Dental Health?

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 5, 2017 1:52:10 PM

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger and dental assistant treat a patient at Pi Dental Center while intern observes

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.

Sample of a Google Search Page

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.

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Tags: choosing a dentist, Dental Treatment and the Internet, Medical and Dental Health, dental technology, social media

What Does the Dental Term, “Oral Cripple” Mean?

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Feb 17, 2017 4:12:44 PM

Knowing is not enough. We must apply.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!

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Tags: removable dentures, dental problems, dental condition, tooth loss, temporomandibular joint disorder, dental appearance, healthy functional teeth

3D Scanning for Superior Crowns at Pi Dental Center

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Dec 29, 2016 6:50:00 AM

graphic for trio blog.jpgPi Dental Center strives to offer patients the best dental care using 3D technology.  Dr. Glenn Wolfinger continuously evaluates 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:

  • Accurate
  • Ensures correct occlusion
  • Totally safe

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:

  • Dental Crowns
  • Bridges
  • 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.

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Tags: digital dentistry, dental crowns, 3D Scanning Technology, superior crowns

Oral Hygiene Maintains Investment in Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 1, 2016 5:36:17 PM

Cutting back on good oral hygiene is like growing a tiny seedling into an enormous monster.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.Remember to maintain good oral hygiene.

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.

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* Special Thanks to: James L. Rutkowski, DMD, PhD, Editor in Chief, Editorial, Journal of Oral Implantology, DOI: 10.1563/AAID-JOI-D-Editorial. 4201.

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Tags: dental implants, oral hygiene, american college of prosthodontists, dental examination, dental investment