Is Do-It-Yourself Dentistry a Good Choice?

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 20, 2018 10:20:03 AM

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Finding a fast and simple solution can be quite tempting. Snap-on-veneers provide the instant gratification that many people seek. New dental labs now bypass the dentist with a cheap, “Do It Yourself” product.  These removable veneers cover the teeth to hide a world of dental health problems.

Traditional dental veneers that are made in a dental office are a viable option in some dental situations. They are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of the teeth. These custom veneers improve the appearance of the teeth. They are purely cosmetic and do not provide support or coverage but simply hide imperfections.

Snap-on-veneers are a type of removable prosthesis that fit on top of the teeth to change their appearance.

Some dentists make snap-in-veneers. They can be a reasonable short-term solution in certain situations, provided that patients receive quality dental care and necessary treatment in a timely manner.

But there are now dental labs that attempt to cut out the dentist altogether and promote the idea that patients can successfully treat themselves “in the comfort of their own homes” with no dental visit. These labs advise the public not to fix their teeth, but instead, cover up the problem.

One company refers to their snap-in-veneers as “dental contrivances.” The definition of a contrivance is “a device that gives a sense of artificiality.” While an artificial appearance may be one drawback of these phony snap-in-teeth, there are other significant issues to consider.

Here are some of the problems that customers have been reported with Do-It-Yourself Snap-In Veneers:

  • People have reported that the teeth keep falling out.
  • Customers have discovered the teeth were the wrong shade.
  • Some people cannot talk while wearing them.
  • Others cannot eat with them.
  • They have been referred to as “Joke Shop Teeth.”
  • They sometimes curl at the gum line to expose the underlying natural teeth.
  • The plastic material can be prone to degrade when exposed to UV radiation, such as sunlight.
  • Some of the companies have been unresponsive to customer complaints.

These dental labs purport that these “contrivances” are affordable options; however, the long term cost of ignoring necessary dental care is economically expensive and unhealthy. Ignoring dental care can lead to periodontal disease and the loss of teeth, which in turn affect overall health.

"Do it yourself dental treatment can produce hazardous results"

Dr. Wolfinger states, “Do it yourself treatment can produce hazardous results. A proper diagnosis is essential prior to embarking on dental treatment. Dentists are properly trained to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Overlooking disease to simply mask the problem could lead to more serious problems. Teeth may be discolored due to an abscess or decay. Teeth may be mal-positioned due to bone or gum disease. It is essential to do a thorough dental examination including radiographs and a clinical exam to fully understand the etiology of the problem and to determine the proper treatment.”

Lab technician, Toni Robinson, quipped, “Hiding decay and disease will eventually catch up to you … and usually at the most inconvenient time!”

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the appearance or health of your teeth.

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Chris Raines
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Eight Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 8, 2018 3:37:04 PM

A Missing Tooth Is Like a Fork That's Missing a Tine. Here Are Eight Reasons to Replace a Missing Tooth

A healthy mouth should not be underestimated.

A missing tooth may seem like a small issue that can be ignored, but it negatively impacts your life. Here are eight reasons to consider replacing that missing tooth.

  1. Reduced Quality of Life
  2. Difficulty Eating and Dietary Inadequacy
  3. Discomfort and Pain
  4. Jaw Problems
  5. Crooked Teeth
  6. Your Appearance
  7. Self-Confidence
  8. Overall Health

Would you eat with a fork that’s missing a tine? You probably wouldn’t … if you had a choice. So why tolerate a missing tooth? There are many good reasons to replace a tooth and, usually, several options for replacement.

Your teeth are supported by the teeth around them. A missing tooth weakens the structure of the mouth and can eventually result in the loss of other teeth. When a tooth is missing, the remaining teeth shift in an attempt to fill in the gap left by that tooth. This change in tooth alignment can affect the jaw. Maintaining the alignment of teeth will protect the integrity of the entire mouth.

Replacing a missing tooth can give you a beautiful and functional smile that improves your overall health, attractiveness and self-confidence. Today there are effective and predictable methods for permanent tooth replacement. Dental implants have been proven to be safe and successful in restoring your smile.

A missing tooth can be replaced with a Single Tooth Implant restoration using the Teeth In A Day® protocol.

Teeth in A Day®, developed at Pi Dental Center, is our trademarked procedure. It allows patients to have stable non-removable healthy teeth in one office visit. In the conventional process, getting an implant took more than 3 months for the patient to have non-removable teeth. During that long 3 month period, the patient would suffer with a removable denture while they waited for the bone to heal. Teeth In A Day® has reduced this lengthy procedure to a single day.

Pi Dental Center utilizes a sophisticated approach to dental care with up-to-date treatment protocols and equipment. Contact Us To Schedule An Evaluation.    

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Is It Important To Replace A Missing Back Tooth?

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on Jun 25, 2018 3:00:20 PM

Glenn J. Wolfinger DMD, FACP, Board Certified ProsthodontistTooth loss is one of the most common ailments affecting individuals today.  It is estimated that 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. 

While a missing front tooth is an obvious problem that most people are quick to address, missing back teeth do not seem to raise as much concern.  

When a patient loses a tooth, the adjacent and opposing teeth can shift and move, and this can later create difficulty in replacing that tooth.  Studies have shown that patients with missing teeth have a decreased capacity to function and this can contribute to significant medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, digestive problems, diabetes and many other diseases. 

Studies have even shown a higher mortality rate among people with missing teeth.  Tooth replacement can be easily accomplished by a number of methods including removable dentures, fixed bridges and implant-supported restorations. 

 A Board Certified Prosthodontist is a specialist in the restoration and replacement of teeth and can provide all of the options available to address this important issue. 

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist

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Don’t Let Dental Woes Be Your New Normal

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 5, 2018 10:50:37 AM

Pi Dental Center's Patient Relations Team
It’s funny how things can creep up on you.
Something that seemed fine one day has turned into a major dilemma the next. You realize that there have been warning signals for quite a while, but you’ve been ignoring them.

These situations that creep up on you can occur in every area of life. They can happen in your home, your automobile, your body and even your mouth.

When it comes to our health, it’s amazing how much we can ignore and reason away. A small pain gets a little worse gradually. You tell yourself, this isn’t too bad. You might think it will go away if you just wait it out. Finally, that chronic pain becomes your “New Normal.”

Dental health issues such as chronic mouth pain or gradually deteriorating dental health can easily turn into a “New Normal.”

Tooth loss is an example. First one tooth is lost, and then another, and another until you are only able to chew on one side of the mouth. With the loss of each tooth, chewing becomes harder and harder. Eating becomes a major hassle and it’s impossible to enjoy a meal. Eating in front of other people is embarrassing. Chewing “calisthenics” is a “New Normal” that you don’t need.

You need not tolerate dental pain or tooth loss. Advances in dental care mean that most conditions can be successfully treated more quickly with greater patient comfort than ever before.

  • The overall success rate for dental implant treatment has improved significantly.
  • A greater number of people are candidates for dental implants than in the past.
  • Teeth In A Day® allows patients to have implants placed and leave the office with fixed teeth in one visit.
  • Improved diagnostic imaging pinpoints dental issues accurately.
  • Expert lab techniques mean attractive crowns and dentures with exacting tooth shades.
  • Digital impressions make crown and bridge treatment much easier for patients who have a strong gag reflex.
  • With new digital technology, removable dentures are comfortable and fit better.

Finding the right dental facility to handle your treatment is essential. Pi Dental Center is a leading dental center in the Philadelphia region. Board Certified Prosthodontist*, Glenn J. Wolfinger, has advanced training and experience in dental care. Every member of the Pi “team” is specially trained to provide the best care. Our patients’ well-being is our number one priority.

Patient relations representative, Mini Galluppi, states, “We take great pride in helping our patients. We aim to be the reason someone smiles today.”

It is not necessary to endure dental pain or missing teeth. Call 215-646-6334 to discuss your dental care needs or click the link below to request information. Pi Dental Center’s patient relations representatives are will be happy to answer all of your dental questions and help you to schedule an appointment.

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* A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the restoration or replacement of teeth. It is an ADA-recognized specialty. Prosthodontics pertains to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient teeth and/or oral and maxillofacial tissues using biocompatible substitutes.

Chris Raines
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Tags: tooth loss, dental implants, dental health

A Grinding Issue! Why Do People Grind Their Teeth

Posted by Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP on May 17, 2018 2:03:05 PM

Why do people grind their teeth?Why Do People Grind Their Teeth?

Nobody can really explain exactly why an individual will clench and grind their teeth; however, there are many theories. It is believed that stress can be a major factor. A bad bite (malocclusion) or psychological issues can also be factors.

What is the long-term result of grinding teeth?

The long-term effects of tooth grinding can be advanced enamel wear, weakening of teeth, tooth fracture and loosening of teeth. Tooth grinding can, not only cause destruction of the teeth and supporting bone, but can also cause damage in the TMJ (temporomandibular) joint. Degenerative joint issues can develop over time and cause pain.

What can be done to alleviate tooth grinding problems?

While some practitioners believe that they can cure the parafunctional habits of clenching and grinding, no cure has been proven by evidence-based studies.

For people who grind their teeth because of a malocclusion, correcting the bite may eliminate tooth grinding.

Controlling wear and tear to the teeth, supporting structures and joints can be managed by wearing a custom-designed hard acrylic-resin occlusal guard.

Regular oral hygiene maintenance can help to identify new damage so that small problems can be addressed quickly and efficiently before they turn into major issues.

If teeth become damaged from tooth grinding, what can be done?

Teeth can be repaired when necessary. Depending on the extent of damage, fillings, crowns or fixed teeth supported by dental implants may be suggested.

If you wonder, “Why do I grind my teeth?” and are looking for a solution, contact Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington Pennsylvania. We can help to restore your smile, provide advanced tooth repair and reduce any future damage that might occur.

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP
Board Certified Prosthodontist
at Pi Dental Center


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Five Ways That Dental Implant Treatment Has Improved

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Apr 30, 2018 3:16:16 PM

Chris Raines
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Dental implant treatment has revolutionized dental care and allowed people with missing teeth to have secure, attractive comfortable fixed teeth.

Dental implants are small titanium screws that are surgically placed in the jawbone where teeth are missing. Dental implants replace the roots of missing teeth. These versatile implants can support a single tooth, a bridge of one or more teeth, or even an entire arch.

In order for dental implants to successfully support prosthetic teeth long-term, osseointegration must occur. Osseointegration is the biological process that allows a patient to have fixed teeth supported by dental implants. It is the process by which living bone fuses with a titanium implant to form a man-made tooth root.

  • Reduced Treatment Time -

Teeth In A Day® is the centerpiece for cutting-edge dental care at Pi Dental Center. This trademarked protocol was developed at Pi Dental Center and allows patients to have stable non-removable teeth in a single visit. In the past, the conventional process for getting an implant took from three to six months or longer. During this drawn-out period, the patient would wear a removable denture while they waited for their bone to heal. The Teeth In A Day® procedure has reduced this lengthy procedure to just one day! The Teeth In A Day® protocol has been used successfully at Pi Dental Center for over 25 years.

  • More People Are Candidates For Dental Implants –

Bone quality is an important variable when considering dental implant treatment. People who have had dentures for a long time can have substantial bone loss. Some medical conditions can also cause dental bone loss. In the past, patients with extreme bone loss were not considered candidates for dental implants. The No Bone Solution™ allows patients with extreme bone loss to be successfully treated using dental implants. This protocol combines pre-planning of implant placement, computer guided dental implant surgery, and precision screw retained fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation.

  • Improved Long-Term Treatment Outcomes With A Consistently High Implant Success Rate –

At Pi Dental Center, we track and record every dental implant that we place. This allows us to gain important insight and continually improve. With 31 years of dental implant treatment experience and ongoing dental implant research, Pi Dental Center’s rate of success is 98%. To date, we have tracked 22,937 implants that we have placed, and even more that we have restored.

  • Affordable Options For Dental Implant Treatment –

People often ask, "How much is a whole mouth of dental implants?" or "How much for All On 4 dental implants?". The All-On-4® dental implant procedure uses four implants to support permanent teeth. It is both reliable and cost effective, providing both comfort and confidence that improve the patient’s quality of life. This economical treatment option is fully customized for exceptional esthetics.

  • Better Prostheses And More Prosthesis Options –

Today dental prosthetics are totally customized. For the patient’s convenience, a custom temporary prosthesis is made before the patient’s dental implant placement appointment.

Pi Dental Center has two on-site laboratories for provisional and final prosthetics.  Our on-site labs improve communications between the dentist, lab technician and patient. Our technicians frequently come into the operatory to take a tooth shade or discuss the prosthesis with the dentist and clinical team as well as the patient.

Today, dental materials are stronger and more versatile. Color matching can be precise. Digital technology improves accuracy of fit.

With advances in dental technology, implant treatment has become much more predictable. Dental treatment that was not possible in the past is now a reality. If you would like to learn whether dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center is the best option for you, please contact us. Click the link below to schedule online or call us at 215-646-6334.

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Between now and May 31st, 2018 new patients who present this offer will receive a free panoramic x-when they come to Pi Dental Center for an Initial Complete Diagnostic Workup. Please print this offer and present it during your office visit. This offer cannot be combined with other offers. One per patient. Appointments are subject to availability. Cancellation policy of 48 hours applies. No cash value for any offer. (A $95 Value)

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