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Prosthodontist Dr. Balshi Earns Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted by Chris Raines on Jul 29, 2016 1:12:11 PM

Dr Balshi awarded Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. Thomas Balshi will receive the Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) this October at the ACP Annual Session in San Diego. 

Dr. Balshi describes the Dan Gordon Award, “It is given for lifetime achievement in the specialty of Prosthodontics, reflecting on the patient care, research, teaching, and development of new concepts and for participation in the growth of the field of prosthodontics.”

The Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement award is presented to ACP members who have significantly contributed to the welfare and advancement of the College and to the field of Prosthodontics including outstanding contributions to dentistry, exceptional service to the college, and advancements to the sciences and health professions. The award recognizes the lifetime achievement of members who have provided education to the public about new treatment modalities and provided innovative specialty education in prosthodontic resident programs.

Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. Prosthodontists are dentists with advanced training in esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth including two to three years of additional training in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. They are experts in restoring missing and compromised teeth with veneers, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures and treating problems of the jaw. Their skills range from partial tooth restoration to full mouth reconstruction. These dental specialists are experts in digital dentistry and CAD/CAM dental implant treatment.

Dan Gordon Lifetime Achievement AwardDr. Thomas Balshiis a board certified prosthodontist with over forty years of experience in education, research and clinical expertise.  His worldwide roster of lectures and his abundant publication of research serve to underscore his innovative prosthodontic skill.  Dr. Balshi would define himself by his passion for dental implant achievements leading to two trademarked protocols, Teeth in a Day® and No BoneZ Solution™. His most prized professional milestones are his honorary PhD in science from Cabrini College (2010), his United States Army Medal of Commendation, and the Freedom’s Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor and in 2014, Dr. Balshi was named to Temple University’s Gallery of Success. (View CV)

The American College of Prosthodontists is the official sponsoring organization for the specialty of Prosthodontics. Founded in 1970, the ACP is dedicated to enhancing patient care, advancing the art and science of Prosthodontics, promoting the specialty of Prosthodontics to the public, dentists and healthcare professionals, ensuring the quality of Prosthodontic education and providing professional services to its membership.

A prosthodontist is an excellent choice for your dental care. If you are looking for a dentist specializing in prosthodontics to diagnose and treat you, please feel free to call 215-646-6334 or click below to schedule an appointment.
American College of Prosthodontists President, Dr. Carl Driscoll presented the Dan Gordon award for life time achievement in the specialty of prosthodontics at the 46 Annual Scientific session of the college last week in San Diego CA.

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Prosthodontic Collegiality: A Lifelong Synergy

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Nov 6, 2015 1:04:11 PM

Dr. and Mrs. Mingledorff with Dr. Tom and Mrs. Balshi

The dental specialty of Prosthodontics enjoys an almost spiritual dimension because of the dramatic change that can be made in a human life by applying a prosthodontist’s expertise.  Even before dental implant protocols allowed for radical smile restoration in a single visit, the critical eye and skillful hands of a prosthodontist could create very esthetic, youthful, male and female crowns, bridges and veneers.  In this specialty lies not only a strong blend of science and architecture to ensure the longevity of dental function, but also the artistic grasp of what is most appropriate to enhance the appearance of every face.  Add to all that an understanding of ceramic materials and perhaps even a touch of magic that comes from passion to recreate the natural teeth with perfection, and there you have a communion of celebration as colleagues bask in what can actually be achieved. 

For decades, this prosthodontic dynamic has united colleagues, professors and students, mentors and interns, academics and clinicians.  To make such a substantial contribution to the quality of a patient’s life has unspeakable rewards. It is natural that at national and global conferences, doctors will share their experiences, continually striving to advance quality of care and predictable results. Prosthodontics has the most cutting edge and newsworthy technology in all of dentistry. 

Every prosthodontist can look back and identify the one individual who taught them to cherish this profession, and who imbued in them the excitement to embrace this field.  For Dr. Tom Balshi, the founder of the Pi Dental Center, this person was the Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at Temple University throughout both his undergraduate and graduate studies in the discipline.  Ernest Beckwith Mingledorff, a southern born and raised soft-spoken gentleman with a dry humor and a charming Georgia drawl, brought out the best in all of his students.  He knew only how to give constructive criticism and to improve the quality of the skills he was challenged to convey.  Many revered him, perhaps none with as much long-lasting gusto as Dr. Tom Balshi. 

En route to the 45th meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists from Philadelphia last month in Orlando, Florida, Dr. and Mrs. Balshi detoured from their course to visit with the Mingledorff’s, long retired and living in Springfield, Georgia in the home where “Ernie” grew up.  At the age of ninety-one, not very mobile and partially blind, this prosthodontic icon embraced his student and sat back to chat vibrantly about days long past in the halls of Temple Dental School.  He also expressed wonderment at the concepts of Teeth in a Day®, zygomatic implants and AvaDent® Digital Dentures. 

There is no better re-fueling of inspiration and prosthodontic spunk than in visiting the one who shaped one’s professional profile and gave it life.  And there was no better moment than the one in which Amber, the full time caregiver, blurted out, “I am so happy to finally meet Dr. Mingledorff’s favorite student.”

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and
Marketing At Pi Dental Center,
Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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AmericanCollege of Prosthodontists Applauds Philadelphia Best Dentists

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Nov 4, 2015 4:09:37 PM

Dr. Ron Woody, ACP Past President, Dr. Tom McGarry, ACP Past President, Dr. Thomas Balshi, Board Certified Prosthodontist, Dr. Joseph Breitman

For Three Consecutive Years Philadelphia Best Dentists Have Been Recognized

At the forty-fifth annual session of The American College of Prosthodontists in Orlando, Florida, a specialist from the greater Philadelphia area was chosen once again to receive the College’s laurels for extraordinary “collegiality, outreach and community service” in private practice.

In  2013, the College initiated this new award to give high level peer recognition to those prosthodontists who are particularly skilled and passionate about the specialty and who reach out to the community in service that is deemed exceptional and noteworthy.  The country is divided into five regions for this selection and one prosthodontist is chosen from each section to receive the award.

For three consecutive years, the awardee from the Middle Atlantic States has been a Philadelphia area prosthodontist.  The inaugural award for this region was presented to Dr. Thomas Balshi, founder of the Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, a clinician, researcher, educator and philanthropist.  He was followed last year by Dr. Joseph Breitman who in addition to private practice serves on the faculty of Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry.  This year’s awardee was Dr. Robert Bentz, a Norristown area prosthodontist. 

The recognition by the American College of Prosthodontists of these three Philadelphia area practitioners underscores the bounty of expertise in prosthodontics and in dental implant treatment available in the Philadelphia community.  The City of Brotherly Love has become a dentistry destination, in which cutting edge treatment and welcoming patient care have been duly recognized.

Dr. Tom Balshi, who has been placing dental implants and building new smiles in Fort Washington for thirty years, proudly admits that his patients come from forty-nine of the fifty states.  His Pi team is still searching for a smile seeker from the state of North Dakota to complete the map.  Most likely, in keeping with the magic that unfolds at the Pi Dental Center, there will be more than a smile for the achievement of that goal!

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and
Marketing At Pi Dental Center,
Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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Prosthodontic Insights: Dr. Thomas Balshi Presents Lecture at ACP

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 8, 2012 9:43:00 AM

ACP Annual Session with Dr Thomas Balshi and Rob Slauch
Dr. Thomas Balshi stands with Rob Slauch in front of their poster presentation

Dr. Tom Balshi, a Diplomate of the American Board of Prosthodontics since 1976 presented a lecture entitled “The Zygomatic or Pterygoid Implant: Guided and Unguided Strategies” at the annual scientific session of the American College of Prosthodontists in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Balshi presented his findings in successfully treating patients having extreme upper arch bone loss with a sound non-removable prosthesis using the Teeth in a Day protocol.  The procedure, which is patient friendly, eliminates more invasive bone grafting and allows for a rapid treatment option.

The Pi Dental Center was represented at the 42nd annual session of the American College of Prosthodontists in other ways.  Former Pi research intern and current dental student at the University of Maryland, Mr. Rob Slauch competed in the poster presentations, examining mechanical and biomedical complications of temporary prostheses using the All-on-4 dental implant protocol. The poster research was a collaboration of Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger, Stephen Balshi, the director of Research for the Pi Dental Center, and Mr. Slauch.

Drs Balshi and Wolfinger at New Beauty Magazine Display
Dr. Glenn Wolfinger and Dr. Thomas Balshi at New Beauty Magazine Display

New Beauty Magazine, a Sandow Publication, was showcased in the Exhibit Hall. The Magazine, devoted to healthy beauty innovations, has a single philosophy: Always Exceed Expectations. Dr. Balshi, who serves on the magazine’s editorial advisory board, believes that the specialty of Prosthodontics holds the keys to providing the most innovative, healthy and esthetic smiles.

The Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implant Presentation
"The Zygomatic and Pterygoid Implant: Guided and
Unguided" presentation by Dr. Thomas Balshi

 

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