Pi Dental Center Open House 2018

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 14, 2018 3:15:00 PM

Pi Dental Center Open House Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

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Celebrating National Prosthodontics Awareness Week

Pi Dental Center cordially invites you to an Open House on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in celebration of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic specialty dental practice located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) strives to raise awareness of our specialty so that patients and dental professionals understand the advanced skills and expertise that prosthodontists offer. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is an active member of the ACP.

Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist with over 25 years of experience specializing in the restoration and replacement of diseased, damaged and missing teeth. He is skilled in providing a wide array of dental treatment options including dental implants, digital crowns, bridges, and veneers. Cost-effective treatment options include removable AvaDent Digital dentures and the All-On-4 Treatment Concept.

Tooth loss is a devastating and immense problem in the United States. At least 36 million people are missing all of their teeth in one or both jaws and approximately 120 million people have at least one missing tooth. Self-confidence, social relationships, medical health and employment prospects are negatively affected by missing teeth. Replacement of missing teeth can improve your overall health as well as your quality of life.

The Pi Dental Center Open House on April 12th, visitors will be able to ask any questions they have about the dental treatment we offer. Visit Pi Dental Center to find out what’s new in dentistry, how digital dentistry improves dental care, and when a dental implant is the best option. Tour our elite facility, get a complimentary exam with refreshments & gift bags. Call 215-646-6334 to or click the link below to RSVP.

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

“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: Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger

“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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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 smile
A recent reference letter 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
Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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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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