Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP

Dr. Thomas J. Balshi is a Board Certified Prosthodontist and the Founder of The Institute For Facial Esthetics in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. His forty year career in dental medicine includes graduate and post-graduate degrees from Temple University School of Dentistry and prosthetic implant training at both the University of Toronto and The Institute For Applied Biotechnology in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Dr. Balshi is a devoted clinician, avid researcher, and seasoned academician. He has lectured internationally from the Royal Academy of Medicine in London, to world congresses in Paris, Munich, Bologna, Athens, New Delhi, and Sydney, as well as in many cities in both North and South America.

Considered an expert in dental implant prosthodontics, his trademarked Teeth in a Day protocol has served patients from around the globe. He has authored numerous scientific articles published in professional journals as well as co-authored the handbook titled A Patient’s Guide To Dental Implants. He has appeared accomplishing live dental implant surgery on Good Morning America and on NBC’s The Today Show.

Dr. Balshi is a Diplomate of The American Board of Prosthodontics as well as a member of numerous other professional organizations. In addition to his scientific awards, he holds a United States Army Medal of Commendation, a Freedom Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor, and has been recognized in the Congressional Record of the United States of America. He was recently appointed to the advisory board of New Beauty Magazine.

Dr. Balshi received a Citation of Recognition from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, House of Representatives, and the Freedom Foundation’s George Washington Honor Medal for excellence and individual achievement in the dental field. In 2004, Dr. Balshi was selected to be in the book, “The Best Dentists in America.” Dr. Balshi was voted a TOP DENTIST in Philly Magazine in 2016 and received an Honorary Doctorate from Cabrini College, Radnor, PA. In 2014, Dr. Balshi was honored for 40 continuous years of service to The American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr. Balshi established, Pi Dental Center, one of the first dental implant treatment centers in the United States, utilizing the Brånemark System of osseointegrated implants. The center focuses on advanced clinical treatment, extensive research with osseointegrated dental implants, and private clinical training programs.

Dr. Balshi lectures globally at meetings on the subject of osseointegrated dental implants, and has published landmark articles on the subject. He participates in the Temple University School of Dentistry Continuing Education Program. He has created a video to instruct implant patients on oral hygiene procedures, and has published a comprehensive cookbook entitled FROM SOUP TO NUTS, designed for patients going through implant treatment. Dr. Balshi has taught graduate and postdoctoral students from Harvard, Tufts, and many other dental schools, the protocols developed at PI for TEETH IN A DAY and TEETH IN AN HOUR. He has also appeared on numerous national television programs, explaining the value of permanent teeth supported by dental implants, and he has directed the PI Team in the production of several patient information videos, including A WHOLE NEW WORLD, and PREDICTABLE MIRACLES.
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The Life of Pi

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Feb 26, 2013 1:44:00 PM

The Life of Pi

For those of us who are movie enthusiasts, Sunday night’s 85th annual presentation of Oscars was filled with accolades for grand achievement.  For the first time ever, nine movies were in contention for the best, and every one of them had an inspiring story.  There were heartwarming moments when “Hollywood” spoke some words of profound wisdom.  There seemed to be a graciousness in the Academy ceremony that has been missing for a substantial number of years.

The highest volume of Oscars went to a movie called the Life of Pi. Capturing four of the prized statues, this is a movie that touches the heart deeply, whisks in the amazing strength of human resilience and unabashedly blends magic that seems quite believable as it is actually happening. 

The Pi Dental Center can take no credit for the Oscar winning movie that chose the name, The Life of Pi.  Nevertheless, for members of the Pi team, there are some stirring parallels to the life we dream to create each day for patients in harm’s way.  Our own “tigers” are passionate about dental rescue.  Sometimes it almost takes magic to cast the life line, but the power of the smile has nearly indefinable dimensions and when we finish our job, that awe has the same flavor as the movie.

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Now and then, the Pi team does win a tangible accolade.  When an article is published in a journal, when a certificate is awarded for a lecture to a dental academy, when a research project captures a prize at a national meeting, it gives us reason to celebrate the Life of Pi.

But much more importantly, our stage is the daily business of living our mission and our “Oscars” are our patients’ expressions of jubilation when we have made our rescue and their healthy,secure smile is beaming back at them in the mirror.

So today in the afterglow of the Academy Awards, we thank you, our patients, for your confidence in our team, for your expressions of gratitude, for putting us to the challenge and for bringing out the best in each one of us.  We are committed to prosthodontic magic and we are always in pursuit of your prize, the winning smile.

The Life of Pi 

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Tackling Problems That Make You Look Older

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Dec 27, 2012 3:26:00 PM

Replace what is lost

New Beauty Magazine, Winter 2013
Replace What's Lost With Dental Implants
The patient's smile was restored using dental implants and the Teeth In A Day technique. This procedure was performed by Thomas J. Balshi, DDS; Fort Washington, Pa.

 

50% - The amount of adult Americans that are satisfied with their own smile. (Source: American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry)Northeast Cosmetic Dentists

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WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN TO EDUCATE THE PUBLIC?

We were featured in Good Morning America, performing live surgery in 2005, and appeared on the Today Show in 2008, showcasing our popular Teeth In An Hour protocol to replace dentures with permanent teeth.

WHAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?

We take pride in our trademarked Teeth In A Day procedure, as well as our incorporation of exclusive technology, enabling us to perform dental implant procedures on patients with minimal bone, without the use of bone grafts.

WHAT IS THE Pi DENTAL IMPLANT CENTER BEST KNOWN FOR?

We are known for creating very natural smiles. Besides the application of dental science and biomechanical engineering, we study each face and each personality. There is a perfect smile for every person. Together with our lab team on site, we can create that smile.

Natural smiles in a single visit

According to Dr. Balshi, Teeth In a Day, one of the practice's driving axioms, reflects the doctors' shared goal with each patient they treat: to restore function and esthetic quality in a single-day procedure. "Our systematic treatment plans enable us to restore a broken smile without the need for frequent appointments," says Dr. Balshi. "Using a rigid acrylic or titanium framework supported by implants, the process is expedited for immediate function." Dr. Balshi creates a visual image: "Picture a picket fence with each picket representing a tooth. The fence post goes into the ground, which in this instance, is the jawbone, and the framework is the cross member." "It provides those whose teeth cannot be saved with a permanent solution," adds Dr. Wolfinger. "We remove the natural teeth and clean the mouth, then fix the dental implants into the bone and connect the new set of teeth."

Today, the Pi Dental Implant Center at the Institute For Facial Esthetics enjoys and international reputation, with a multilingual staff of 40, two on-site labs, more than 25 years of experience, and the placement of 33,000 Brånemark dental implants. Working with Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Dr. Thomas Balshi prides himself on the vast array of services they offer.


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The No Bone Solution of Dental Implant Treatment

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Dec 20, 2012 3:34:00 PM

A healthy smile is achieved using the No Bone Solution Dental Implant Protocol

Patients, who have been told that they do not have enough bone for successful dental implant treatment, feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the limited number of options presented to them by their dentists.  Many of these patients are presented with a choice of removable dentures or lengthy and invasive treatment protocols.

Some of the dilemmas denture wearers experience include sore spots on the gums from rubbing, a decrease in bite force and an inability to eat many foods. Loose dentures move around and cause embarrassment in public. Some denture wearers have difficulty speaking with whistling or clicking of denture teeth.  Many people who wear dentures also complain that food tastes bland.

Successful dental implant rehabilitation of the upper arch depends on the quality and quantity of bone.  The term used to describe an upper jaw with very little bone is called a severely atrophic maxilla.  Rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla presents significant challenges for treatment.  Inadequate bone volume often results in the use of bone grafting procedures that can lengthen treatment time and delay delivery of the non-removable prosthesis.

The No Bone Solution is a special treatment protocol developed at the Pi Dental Center. It combines unique computer guided implant surgery with precision screw retained fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla. The protocol eliminates the need for invasive bone grafting and extensive procedures.

This summer, The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry published, A “No Bone” Treating the Atrophic Maxilla with Immediate Implant-Supported Fixed Prosthesis. Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi MBE wrote the article, which provided CE credits for dental professionals.

This article identified patients who might be candidates for this type of treatment.  It discussed zygomatic and pterygomaxillary implants and described minimally invasive timesaving benefits of this protocol in comparison to sinus lift procedures.

The No Bone Solution protocol provides a restorative option for patients with severely atrophic maxillary bone. This protocol does not require bone augmentation and significantly reduces total treatment time for the patient compared to alternative procedures.

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A Healthy Smile, The Signature Of Wellness

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Dec 11, 2012 11:58:00 AM

Philadelphia's Prestigious Dental Center

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Having a healthy smile is the signature of wellness. Men and women with sparkling smiles usually also have energy in their step, an inviting glow in their eyes and self-confidence to spare. Those who have one realize they possess an invaluable asset; those without one often don’t realize how quick and easy it can be to achieve a dream.

Teeth in a Day™

Dental implant research has made it possible for virtually anyone to experience a total smile makeover, so if you have been told you are not a candidate for dental implants, we have your solution. The Pi team's exclusive Teeth in a Day™ care package is the most comfortable, compassionate, and customized dental restoration available. Board certified prosthodontists and a seasoned, multi-lingual support staff thrive on building extraordinary smiles that shine for a lifetime. No more cavities!

A Healthy Smile is the Signature of WellnessChange Your Life!

Put your money where your mouth is. Quite literally, a smile is one investment that will never diminish. It will continue to richly enhance life, health, and wealth of spirit. Today’s superior materials and our precision technology make quality smile care at the Pi Dental Center surprisingly attainable and affordable.

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Pi Dental Center: A Comforting Environment For Restorative Dentistry

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Jun 19, 2012 2:35:00 PM

A Comforting Center For Dental Care

A Rare Formula

At Pi Dental Center, discover a comforting, nonthreatening environment—and much more—for all restorative dental care

by J.M. Kovacs


“Pi” officially stands for Prosthodontics Intermedica, a multidisciplinary medical approach to engineering smiles that are comprehensively healthy for a lifetime and sparklingly attractive, distinctively suited to each individual patient.

The professional website pidentalcenter.com highlights numerous other designations for the signature letters, but probably none is more apparent than “Passionate Ingenuity.” Here is where a truly inspired and experienced team will go far beyond the norm to ensure scientific perfection and total patient satisfaction. The Pi team thinks as if with one mind, embraces as if with one heart. Warmth is evident in every genuinely welcoming handshake and professional passion is defined by immeasurable energy to succeed.

Drs. Thomas J. Balshi and Glenn J. Wolfinger have never turned a patient away without a solution. Sometimes “it takes a village,” and the dental village in Fort Washington thrives on their synchronization and their seemingly endless resourcefulness.

Meet a patient named Frank, age 28, alone in the world with both parents deceased and no known siblings. Once homeless and damaged by unknown history, he now resides in a group residential home as a ward of the state, befriended by members of a local church. Frank is eager to hold a job but because of missing, misshapen and numerous abscessed teeth, his best efforts to smile often frightened others, causing him to be rejected. His dream of a life well lived had nearly disappeared until his very loving church friends sought to find him a bridge to a better world.

Frank’s case was doubly challenging because his fear of dental treatment was nearly paralyzing. On the day he received his smile, the first hour was devoted simply to helping him grow beyond his fear and making him emotionally comfortable to accept the gift he so desperately wanted.

With that accomplished, three doctors, one anesthesiologist, one registered nurse and six surgical assistants worked in tandem, strategically ensuring that Pi’s trademarked Teeth In a Day™ would imminently happen and magically transform Frank’s life, like it had transformed many others before him.

The staff gently massaged Frank’s neck as he fell into sleep; the Dr. Balshi deftly performed the surgery; while Dr. Wolfinger flew back and forth into the laboratory to fine tune and custom shape the wonderful surprise teeth that Frank would wake to find in his mouth. Not a dry eye was in the “village” as the procedure came to its close.

This is passionate ingenuity. It happens at the Pi Dental Center almost every day.

Although the Pi Dental Center is a nonthreatening and comfortable environment for all restorative dental care, it is also a haven for “Premium Instruction.” Doctors who share the passion for cutting-edge care come from around the world to learn the miraculous strides achievable through implant dentistry, and some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the country send their prosthodontic residents to the Pi Dental Center to be trained.

The blend of skill and compassion at Pi is a rare formula in improving the patients' dental health, but it is evenly applied for the smallest tweak or the most dramatic dental achievement. (Published in SuburbanLife Magazine, June 2012)

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Pi Dental Center’s YouTube Channel

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Jun 2, 2011 2:41:00 PM

Pi Dental Center YouTube Channel

Pi Dental Center's extensive library of videos on YouTube illustrate advancements in dentistry and dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center.

Pi Dental Center has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Don Polec’s Visit to Pi Dental Center appeared on Action News.  All of these videos and more can be viewed at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/PiDentalCenter

Subjects include the No Bone Solution, Teeth In A Day treatment, guided dental implant surgery using the Teeth In An Hour protocol and Zygomatic Implants and All-On-4 economical treatment. The site includes numerous patient interview.

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