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Making the World More Beautiful One Smile at a Time

Posted by By Blue Bell’s Finest Resident Writer Tamra Phillips on Aug 9, 2017 6:09:24 PM

 Photo: Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger

“Smile and the world smiles with you” is an old saying, but what if bad or missing teeth make you reluctant to smile?  A person self-conscious about their smile is held back from just being their confident best self —an exuberant or spontaneous smile just doesn’t happen.  If this sounds like you, or someone you know, I’ve got just the person you should talk to—and he’s a neighbor!

 Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Sawgrass Village.  He and his staff at Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington get no greater pleasure than resolving a dental challenge.  Some who walk through the Center’s doors have been told their dental problem can’t be fixed.  

“It’s incredibly satisfying when we get those real life-changing experiences,” Dr. Wolfinger said.  “We see a lot of patients who’ve been told they can’t have implants, or they’re not a good denture candidate, and we love seeing how getting their smile back can really change their lives.  That’s a great day.”

Pi Dental Center does all the normal things you're accustomed to at the dentist's office:  routine restorative and cosmetic dentistry, but is best known for its years of experience and success with dental implant treatment.  Teeth in a Day® is Pi's own trademarked protocol and represents an exclusive delivery system for a smile built upon dental implants that is achieved in a single visit.

Photo of Dr. Glenn Wolfinger with the clinical team at Pi Dental Center

“We have patients that come in from all over the world for our specialty work,” Dr. Wolfinger said.  “A lot of offices try to duplicate, but it’s not the same.  Teeth in a Day® is a process that we developed, published on, and have extensive experience doing.  The conventional process for getting an implant is you begin with the post insertion under the gum line.  Then you would wait 3-6 months, and then start building the teeth.  So for that 3-6 month period the person would suffer with removable dentures while they’re waiting for the bone to heal.”

“While I was at Harvard doing my studies there was a group of researchers there who were working on immediately loading the implants.  They published on it while I was there, so I was very familiar with the very early research.  When I joined my practice, I told my partner this is something we should get involved with, and we did a clinical study which was one of the first clinical studies with private patients with immediate loading.  We put implants in and teeth on the same day.  We follow the patients 24 years later.  It worked out wonderfully.  We published on it, and did additional studies helping refine the process.  Now it's the routine thing that everyone does."

Dr. Wolfinger went on to explain that there are not a lot of prosthodontists in the country—only a few thousand.  "It's one of the smallest of the 9 ADA specialties, but definitely a growing specialty because of the demand.  We're involved in restoring and replacing teeth:  dentures, crowns, fillings, and implants."  Dr. Wolfinger is also board certified.  "Everyone who goes through prosthodontic training is a prosthodontist, but you can go a step further and get your board certification.  When I got mine in 1997, there were only two in the Delaware Valley.  I'm now probably the longest standing board certified prosthodontist around.”

Glenn Wolfinger was born and raised in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia.  He graduated La Salle College High School and went on to Villanova University.  He received his DMD from Tufts University in Boston and did his general practice residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and his prosthodontic residency at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics.

After leaving Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 1993, Dr. Wolfinger joined Pi Dental Center as an associate and then quickly became a partner.  After nearly 24 years of providing dental care, Dr. Wolfinger became the sole owner of Pi Dental Center in early 2017 when his partner retired.

When asked about the name of his dental practice, Dr. Wolfinger explained when his partner was setting up the practice he wanted to incorporate the PI because Per-Ingvar (also known as P-I) Brånemark was the ‘father of modern dental implantology.”  Additionally, the name came from Prosthodontics Intermedica.  The Intermedica portion of the PI was used because the practice worked closely with other medical professions. 

Dr. Wolfinger is a full-time father of 3 children.  His eldest son Matthew is 19 and will be starting his third year at DeSales University.  Danny is 17 and entering his senior year at LaSalle College High School, his Dad’s alma mater.  Hope is 12 and going into 7th grade at Wissahickon Middle School.

His greatest passion after his family and dental practice?  GOLF!  “I love golfing at BBCC, Dr. Wolfinger said.  “I used to belong to Rivercrest in Skippack, but when we moved here two years ago, I joined and have met a lot of great people in the community and at the golf club.  I have friends I play with and get involved in the tournaments.”

In addition to Dr. Wolfinger, there are others at the Pi Dental Center affiliated one way or another with BBCC.  Julia Solomon, Bay Hill, has been a hygienist at the practice for about 20 years.  Stephen Balshi, who’s the son of Dr. Wolfinger’s former partner, Dr. Thomas Balshi, is a member of BBCC golf club. 

The Pi team is a family, and they look forward to welcoming more Blue Bell Country Club residents into the Pi family of patients.  Many neighbors are already Pi Dental Center fans.  "My experience with Pi Dental Center since 2010 has truly been a pleasure," said Birkdale resident Arpita Bhattacharjee.  "I have gone through initial assessment, actual procedure to annual maintenance, and I am very happy with the results, and look forward to my cleaning visits.  They are a professional team that functions as a family to take care of all dental needs with a personal touch.”

“Dr. Wolfinger and all the staff at Pi Dental Center are amazing,” added Alan Sausner, also of Birkdale.  “From day one I was treated like I am the most important person at the center.  As a patient, you are at ease knowing the experience and the professionalism that makes up this outstanding group!”

Pi Dental Center is located at 467 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 201, Fort Washington.  You can reach the office at 215 646 6334, or piteam@pidentalcenter.com.  The website is pidentalcenter.com.

By Blue Bell’s Finest Resident Writer Tamra Phillips
Tamra has been a Blue Bell Country Club resident for 20+ years.
She can be reached at tamraphillips21@gmail.com.

Photos by Alex Lowy Photography LLC

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Open House Draws Celebrity to Fort Washington

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is celebrated by Drs. Balshi, Wolfinger, Pi Team and rich Zeoli with the WPHT Radio Staff

As part of Pi Dental Center’s week long celebration of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, WPHT radio personality, Rich Zeoli, broadcasted three hour daily show “live” from Pi, followed by a “meet and greet” engagement with the dental center’s visitors and guests.  Zeoli, who frequently endorses Pi’s philosophy of smile care on his network, was the center point of a week long “Open House,” showcasing new prosthodontic technology and providing prospective patients the opportunity to have questions answered without a formal appointment.2015_0405OpenHouse-_9.jpg

2015_0405OpenHouse-_2.jpgTwo board certified prosthodontists, Dr. Tom Balshiand Dr. Glenn Wolfinger lead the Pi facility which is a center for comprehensive clinical care, education and research.  They are known for their trademarked Teeth in a Day® streamlined dental implant procedures as well as innovative dental solutions for patients without sufficient bone for traditional implant treatment.  They are also the East Coast “hub” for futuristic AvaDent dentures.

National Prosthodontics Awareness Week raises public awareness about the having a healthy mouth and the importance of maintaining good dental care.

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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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Tags: dental implants, zygomatic implants, American College of Prosthodontics, AvaDent digital dentures, board certified prosthodontist, prosthodontist and dental treatment

Judged By Your Smile: Prosthodontic Patients Take Top Billing

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 27, 2015 3:15:00 PM

AvaDent Digital Dentures for a durable lasting smileA recent reference letter supporting an application for dental care to the Pi Foundation used the comment, “You can tell a lot about a person by the condition of their teeth.”  Though after more than thirty years of working in a prosthodontic practice, I clearly know that to be true, the precise architecture of that sentence startled me.  The smile tells a story of personal priorities, of the valuation of a healthy body, of one’s appreciation of art and symmetry affecting function, and of the effort expended to be the best that one can be. 

There is no longer any need to hide a smile.  In the care of a prosthodontist, even the most twisted and discolored compilation of teeth can be rearranged, restored or replaced.  While esthetics plays a significantly important role, function is always really the king.  The perfect alignment of one’s bite is so much more than a nice cosmetic achievement. Like anything well engineered, the structure supports everything around it, making the correct occlusion of the upper and lower jaw the natural framework for both cranial support and a youthful, well filled out face. 

Perhaps more importantly, the body’s digestive system is critically dependent on our ability to send a properly chewed balanced diet into our food stream.  Teeth that have become soft with decay and teeth that do not properly come together will not promote good digestion or the ideal absorption of nutrients.  Years of tooth neglect can directly translate to the neglect of the more delicate systems in our bodies.  Since we rely on our food supply for energy, healthy teeth play a major role in cultivating energy reserve. 

The Pi Dental Center has a mission to maintain and to create smiles with ideal occlusion.  Sometimes the state of the art to accomplish that task can require dental implant protocols and may carry a high price tag.  In most cases, though, the fruits of correctly rebuilding and restoring the smile will actually be less costly than patch maintenance over a long period of years. 

The most exciting news, though, is the advent of AvaDent®, the very futuristic digitally formatted and milled prostheses that promises to be a time efficient and cost effective solution to making America smile.  If your heart is in having a strong smile but your hand needs to reach into a conservative pocket, the word on your tongue should be AvaDent®.  Ask us or your dentist for details. 

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

Tags: dental implants, AvaDent digital dentures, removable dental prosthesis, prosthodontist and dental treatment, dental and medical health, cost of dental treatment

Are Dentures Back? Maybe..

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 13, 2015 4:41:00 PM

Young people today are choosing dentures

This week the national news media focused on a very interesting dental phenomena—the number of young people opting to have dentures. If the older population has missed the impact of what a smile means to self-confidence, the up and coming work force knows the value. Executives do not hire individuals with missing teeth, with crooked teeth, or with severely discolored teeth. We are living in a culture of newfound customer service and one in which a bright and welcoming smile is not only preferred but has actually become a basic requirement.

While the viewpoint from the prosthodontist is still that dental implant treatment is every patient’s most ideal restoration, the process requires the expertise of multiple professionals and the use of very costly materials, equipment and even sophisticated robots. Even the most basic implant restoration known as “All On Four,” can cost over forty thousand dollars for an entire upper and lower sparkling smile. This is not usually financially possible for our thirty-something rising stars.

Dentures come with some compromises, but esthetically today’s dentures can fulfill a life-changing role. Like all other technology, denture science has significantly advanced, giving prosthodontists the tools to provide dentures with a much more customized fit, unparalleled comfort, and a very natural appearance. Moreover, these new, digitally made dentures are virtually indestructible, rendering a one time investment a reasonably solid economic choice.

At the Pi Dental Center, we have actually seen a resurgence of interest in dentures. Thanks to a company called Global Dental Science and a new denture technology known as AvaDent™, our board certified prosthodontists feel confident that they can provide patients who choose dentures with a smile solution light years better than the dentures of a decade ago. Our biomedical engineer, Stephen Balshi, renders his laboratory opinion that AvaDent™ technology applies superlative precision to the denture process and Drs Balshi, Wolfinger and Alfano see clinical results that indicate a high rate of patient satisfaction.

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

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Tags: missing teeth, AvaDent digital dentures, removable dentures

Pi Dental Center New Year Reflections and Goals (Part 2)

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jan 13, 2015 5:00:00 PM

2015 goals and plans

GOALS AND PLANS FOR 2015

The year 2015 gives Pi Dental Center another opportunity to welcome new patients and help them attain healthy mouths. We love to see our patients’ glow when they see their damaged mouths transformed into confidence-building, healthy dazzling megawatt smiles.

This year, patients will benefit from new dental technologies, techniques, materials and advanced laboratory procedures that have only become available recently. 

Patients now have the option to be treated by our newest member, Dr. Stephen Alfano, a board certified maxillofacial prosthodontist, who joined our team last October.  Patients and staff are impressed with Dr. Alfano’s skills, enthusiasm, charm and warm responsive personality.

Dental treatment can put a strain on the budget.  We strive to find financial solutions to treat all of our dental patients’ problems. We offer financing options and various levels of treatment to help patients balance dental care needs and finances.

Digital radiography has improved considerably during the past few years, allowing for more thorough diagnostic evaluation and reduced exposure to radiation.  This technology enables us to design prostheses with greater accuracy, better engineering and improved esthetics.

Patients love their new AvaDent® digital dentures!  These digital dentures are the world’s first computer designed and computer manufactured dentures. Because AvaDent® Digital Dentures are computer designed and precision milled, they feel lighter and more natural in the mouth, fit precisely, resist bacteria and can be replaced quickly if lost or damaged.  In 2015, Pi Dental Center will also use AvaDent® Digital Dentures for fixed restorations in conjunction with dental implants.

Pi Dental Center leads the dental community in ongoing research in the quest to improve patient dental health, through pain-free dental care.  Our ongoing studies include investigation of smoking in the dental implant patient, self-esteem for dental implant patients, the biomechanics of All-On-4 dental implant protocol, and review of dental impression techniques.

The Pi team is Philadelphia's premiere dental implant center! With so many competitors popping up in the area claiming they're the best, our 30+ years of implant treatment, research and teaching speak for themselves.  Our team has placed over 40,000 dental implants.

We seek to show our world class professionalism, hospitality and surgical and prosthodontic talent to all of those who walk through the Pi doors offering courses for dental specialists and students in subjects like, “Immediate Loading of Dental Implants Using The Teeth In a Day® Protocol,” “All-on-4® Treatment Concept: Complete Arch Oral Rehabilitation and Immediate Function Using Tilted Implants and AvaDent® Fully Milled Monolithic Screw-Retained Prosthesis,” and “Advanced Guided Surgery with Zygoma Implants.” 

The Pi Foundation will present, “Smiles Uncorked,” on Thursday evening, April 23, 2015. The fund-raising event will take place at the beautiful Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and include several wine tasting stations featuring world class vineyards. Tastings will even take place on the Arboretum's famous Out-on-a-Limb Forest Canopy walk. If wine isn't your thing, there will also be a vodka bar featuring the Pi Foundation's signature cocktail. Throughout the event there will be gourmet small plates, live music and an auction featuring trips, one of a kind collectibles and other wine related items. Proceeds from the event will support treatment for deserving Pi Foundation patients.

Pi Dental Center is active in supporting worthy community endeavors. This April, Pi Dental Center will sponsor the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council’s Earth Fest promoting a clean, safe and healthy environment and increasing environmental awareness.

Each year, the Pi Team gets recertified by the American Heart Association in Basic Life Support for CPR/AED (cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator).  The yearly classes have become a Pi Dental Center tradition with everyone from the doctors and clinical staff to the front desk and technical departments in attendance. Rigorous standards are outlined ensuring a comprehensive response will be followed in the event of an emergency.  We maintain an emergency action plan, a fire prevention strategy, and a state of the art infection control procedure using the latest techniques and guidelines. We conduct continuous evaluations so that all departments function at their optimum level and all practices are current.

This year Pi Dental Center remains focused on delivering radiant smiles using the highest quality dental restorations in a competent yet friendly environment.

We encourage our patients to schedule routine maintenance in advance so that small problems are discovered and handled quickly and efficiently.  We are proud to have four outstanding dental hygienists to provide effective and thorough prophylactic care.  With new technologies, team members and energy, we are taking Pi Dental Center to new heights in 2015!

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Pi Dental Center New Year Reflections and Goals (Part 1)

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jan 13, 2015 3:15:00 PM

Pi Dental Center in 2014

Reflections of Pi Dental Center in 2014

January is a great time to look back at the previous year to see what has been accomplished and to spell out goals for the new year. Two-thousand-fourteen was a year of “news” for Pi Dental Center: new faces, new research, new innovations, new technology, new presentations and just plain news.

Dr. Stephen Alfano , board certified maxillofacial prosthodontist,  joined Pi Dental Center in October. Dr. Alfano is a Board certified prosthodontist who has who served as Chairman of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. READ BIO In October, he appeared on CBS Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to discuss Avadent Digital Dentures. READ MORE

The doctors at Pi Dental Center continued their long-standing mission to conduct relevant research and publish scientific articles in the field of dental implants.

In June, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of PI Dental talks with Pat Ciarrocchi to talk about how the Teeth In A Day® process can transform a person’s mouth and life. VIEW VIDEO

Diverse areas were analyzed, such as implant placement protocols, dental implant success rates, patients with special needs, patient treatment methods and laboratory techniques.

Articles were published in Implant News, the International Journal of Maxillofacial Implants, Implant Dentistry, the Journal of Oral Implantology, Inclusive Magazine, The Journal of Prosthodontics, and Periodontology 2000. CLICK HERE TO VIEW ALL PUBLICATIONS

Pi Dental Center is part of The Institute For Facial Esthetics, an established training center, educating dental specialists and students in dental implant technology and offering numerous courses throughout the year.  VIEW COURSE SCHEDULE

Pi and IFFE welcomed dental students from university dental schools and dental programs, including Temple University: Maurice H. Kornberg School of Dentistry, University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, and University of Maryland School of Dentistry.  Four Chinese doctors from Chongqing Medical University came in April to observe surgery in the Viewpoint surgical center and work one-on-one with our talented team learning hands-on techniques. VIEW PHOTOS OF COURSE PARTICIPANTS

Dr. Thomas Balshi became a career coach in the Temple University Alumni Network advising students about the finer points of a career in prosthodontics. LINK TO INTERVIEW

After careful evaluation of research and hands-on assessment, Pi Dental Center embraced the AvaDent Digital Denture as a superb treatment option for any patients where cost is an issue. READ MORE

Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi MBE presented a program called, “What Do a Gun, Malignant Tissue, and a Hyena Have in Common?” at ACP 2014 - 44th Annual Session in New Orleans in November. They discussed engineering principles for dental implant prosthodontics when restoring dental and facial deficiencies.

Fox 29 News aired a documentary in February about Monique, a young woman diagnosed with Ectodermal Dysplasia and cleft lip and cleft palate at birth. Ectodermal Dysplasia causes missing teeth and reduced jaw bone.  Pi Dental Center gave Monique a new smile with a non-removable set of beautiful teeth supported by Brånemark dental implants using the No-Bone Solution Protocol. READ MORE

The Ambler Gazette published a story about Dr. Balshi and Pi Dental Center. READ ARTICLE

In reviewing last year’s exciting accomplishments, Pi doctors and staff made an undeniable difference for patients by delivering numerous dramatic new smiles and transforming countless lives. They made rewarding scientific discoveries and increased awareness about dental implants among professionals, students, patients and the general public.

 

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Tags: dental implants, Pi Dental Center, AvaDent digital dentures, restorative dentistry, periodontics

Dr. Alfano discusses AvaDent Digital Dentures Live on CBS Talk Philly

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 17, 2014 1:53:00 PM

Dr. Alfano with Pat Ciarrocchi Live on CBS Philly

Dr. Alfano appeared on CBS Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi where he introduced Avadent Digital Dentures, a new technology available at PI Dental Center in Fort Washington.  Here is the conversation: 

Pat Ciarrocchi:  “Well If you have been struggling with your dentures, now `there is some new technology that can give you a custom fit that looks more like natural teeth than custom dentures. Here to talk about it is Dr. Steve Alfano of Pi Dental. You call these digital dentures.” 

Dr. Alfano begins,  “Yes, that’s right.  It has been kind of exciting. There have been so many advances in dentistry with implants and crowns. And finally, for someone that loves to make dentures, now we can take advantage of the CAD CAM technology. And this denture is made from a block of acrylic that is processed 50 times stronger. It is made out of this acrylic which is processed in an industry setting so it much stronger than a conventional denture and there is no porosity in it. So it resists bacteria and that smell that you would get.   It is really a wonderful thing.” 

Pat:  “You know there are a lot of people who like dental implants, you hear about that, but you say that this is an alternative.”

Alfano:  “Well it is an alternative.  Dental implants are great, that’s state of the art.  You can actually use this product eventually with dental implants. There is a technique to do that. But not everybody can go straight to dental implants.  This is a wonderful product. You can have it made in as little as 2 visits. And if anything happens to it, there is a digital file. They can remake it right away. You don’t have to go through the whole process of having it made again.” 

Pat:  “Terrific and look at this, (shows photo of patient).  What a wonderful difference that is.  Isn’t that wonderful?--. And we also wonder if dentures are durable. I think that’s a real concern and we have a fun picture, it’s actually a dog with dentures!  (showing dog chewing on AvaDent denture) 

Dr. Alfano: “It is the unofficial dog chew test. So this one survived!  But let’s say something happened and you lost it and you needed another; you can have a new one shipped out, because they maintain a copy. But this dog was not able to destroy the denture. That is nice”.  

Pat: “So tell us about Avadent denture.” 

Dr. Alfano: “That’s what this is. Avadent is a company that a few years began doing this process. It has come a long way. Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger at Pi Dental Center are working closely with them and really developing the product and it is a wonderful denture.” 

Pat: “We really want to make sure that people smile well and that they can eat and enjoy their food.” 

Alfano: “It’s a wonderful denture. Thank you.” 

Pat: “So if you want more information about Pi Dental Center and also Avadent digital dentures you can go to CBSPhilly.com and click on Talk Philly. When it comes to smiles, the hottest new technology is the digital denture. If you or someone you know is interested in this, or can use the expertise of PI Dental, please visit: http://dentalimplants-usa.com/ ”

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Stephen G. Alfano, DDS, MS

Dr. Stephen Alfano, a board certified prosthodontist, joins Pi Dental Center October 2014. Dr. Alfano is a faculty member at Temple University - Maurice H. Kornberg School Of Dentistry and teaches prosthodontics. Previously, Dr. Alfano served as Chairman of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. His Navy practice focused primarily on dental implant treatment for completely edentulous and conventional prosthodontic patients. Dr. Alfano is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. Dr. Alfano taught General Practice Residents basic restorative and implant dentistry at the Naval Medical Center. He has published articles about prosthetics, surgical techniques and dental materials in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the Journal of Facial and Somato Prosthetics and Operative Dentistry.

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