Stephen Balshi MBE

Stephen is a biomedical engineer, businessman, and avid researcher. Currently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of CM Prosthetics, Inc., he directs a dental laboratory focused on the rehabilitation of the edentulous patient, utilizing state-of-the-art CAD/CAM technology. CM Prosthetics, founded by Stephen in 2010, has consistently expanded in size and capabilities, offering dental practitioners the most advanced digital technology possible. The most recent and still somewhat exclusive product is the Accelerset Prosthesis, a fully automated implant-supported prosthesis that is engineered using the digital denture workflow. It promises to be a crowning achievement in implant prosthodontics. As Director of Research for the Pi Dental Center (Fort Washington, PA) since 2002, Stephen Balshi has been published in numerous refereed journals and has lectured at both national and international meetings. He is fluent in the immediate function of dental implants, computer guided implant surgery, and the many diverse solutions for edentulous patients which CM Prosthetics is able to provide. He has made radio and television appearances discussing how digital dentistry has improved patient care. ​ Stephen is the Chairperson of the Dental Technician Alliance for the American College of Prosthodontists and a Key Opinion Leader for both Global Dental Science and Dentsply Sirona. He is a beta tester for several dental software packages, including DTX Studio from Nobel Biocare. He also holds adjunct professor status at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry. He is an inventor and co-author of an awarded patent with several other patent applications pending in the field of dental implant rehabilitation. ​ In November 2019, Stephen received the Dental Technician Leadership Award from the American College of Prosthodontists for outstanding service to the dental laboratory profession and the prosthodontic community. ​ Stephen received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. He was awarded a Master’s Degree at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA with a published thesis on the stability of Brånemark implants and immediate function. ​ At Catholic University, Stephen excelled as a leader in tennis and was named Rookie of the Year as a Freshman and Most Valuable Player as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior. He was the captain of the tennis team for the final 3 years. He was awarded the Harris Cup trophy in his Senior season, the highest honor given at the school for a male student athlete.

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Dental Implant Treatment with Accelerset Prosthesis by AvaDent: Part 2

Posted by Stephen Balshi MBE on Nov 18, 2016 2:45:17 PM

Ken smiles following completion of dental implant treatment with an AvaDent prosthesis.During the last blog post, we discussed Ken who was diagnosed with rare disorders called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Odontogenesis Imperfecta. These disorders caused extensive dental problems. Ken was treated by Dr. Balshi and the team at Pi Dental Center with implant supported AvaDent Accelerset prostheses. This technology is discussed below.

Ken's is the first Accelerset Prosthesis engineered by AvaDent (Global Dental Science). It's fully automated and consists of 3 main parts:

1) a milled titanium framework that is designed with individual keys to support,

2) fully milled keyway teeth and is veneered with

3) a fully milled PMMA gingiva.  

The teeth can be made of several different materials.  In Ken's case, the front teeth are lithium disilicate (e.max) and the back teeth are multi-layer zirconia.  


Photos detailing progression from computer model to final:
AvaDent prosthesis design in AvaDent Viewer

AvaDent prosthesis design in Viewer Software

From the design the framework is built and individual crowns are placed.

From the design the framework is built and individual crowns are placed.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed according to the digital design that was created in the AvaDent Viewer.

The completed restoration, which has been designed
according to the digital design that was created in the Viewer.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed according to the digital design that was created in the AvaDent Viewer.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed
according to the digital design that was created in the Viewer.

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Ken's final restoration


Ken is also part of a research project to study the retention of the crowns to the milled titanium framework.  Half of the crowns are cemented to the titanium framework with resin cement and the other half are press-fit to the framework using an intermediary sleeve made from polyether ether ketone (PEEK).  

The technique of cementing the crowns in place is the industry standard.  

The press-fit technique with the PEEK sleeve is the subject of our clinical research.  All of the milled components are made separately in three different types of milling machines simultaneously.  They are then assembled and made ready for delivery to the patient.  

Ken's Accelerset prosthesis is the first of its kind.  It is supported by 6 dental implants.  Accelerset prostheses can be be made on any number of implants and most types of dental implants.

Ken before and after dental implant treatment with delivery of the Accelerset AvaDent Prosthesis

Board certifed prosthodontists, Dr. Thomas Balshi and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, are skilled at providing advanced dental implant care and delivering superior prosthetic solutions.  To learn more about dental implant treatment using the Accelerset call 215-646-6334 or contact us using the link below.

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Terminology:

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a rare disorder affecting the connective tissue and characterized by extremely fragile brittle bones that break or fracture easily, often without apparent cause. The specific symptoms and physical findings associated with OI vary greatly from case to case. The severity of OI also varies greatly, even among individuals in the same family.

Odontogenesis Imperfecta is a developmental disturbance of one or of several adjacent teeth, characterized by deficient formation of enamel and dentin. Such teeth exhibit delayed eruption into the oral cavity.

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