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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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. In October, he appeared on CBS Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi to discuss Avadent Digital Dentures.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Thomas Balshi became a career coach in the Temple University Alumni Network advising students about the finer points of a career in prosthodontics.
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.
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.
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.
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/ ”
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.