Acid Erosion and Your Teeth

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 8, 2018 11:56:27 AM

Comparison of acidic foods and beverages

Acidic beverages and sugary foods can wear away tooth enamel. Unfortunately, damaged tooth enamel is permanent and increases the risk for tooth decay.

Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of the teeth. It is the hardest substance in your body. But acidic foods and beverages can wreak havoc on tooth enamel. 

Soft drinks, fruit drinks, alcoholic beverages and sports drinks are highly acidic and frequent consumption of these acidic beverages can harm your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and some medications, such as aspirin, can also damage tooth enamel. Acid reflux is another culprit.

Recent studies show that teens are especially at risk for tooth erosion. One study confirmed that over 45% of teens aged 13 to 19 have tooth erosion. Another indicated that 56% of teenagers aged 18 to 19 had tooth erosion.

Photo illustrates how teeth can be eroded by soft drinks.Tooth enamel cannot be regrown or regenerated, so it’s important to protect the teeth. Prevent tooth erosion by limiting intake of acidic and sugary beverages and foods. Sipping water while you eat sugary treats can help to wash particles from teeth. If acid reflux is a frequent occurrence, see your doctor. Many effective treatments are available. Follow a regular oral care routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Fluoride has been shown to be beneficial in strengthening and protecting teeth. Over 50 scientific studies have documented the benefits of fluoride in protecting tooth enamel.

Some toothpastes contain minerals that help to replenish calcium in weak spots. These toothpastes reinforce areas where erosion has occurred and can lessen further damage.

Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for you.

Get regular dental checkups with and oral hygiene cleaning to identify problems early and address them promptly.

Tooth enamel erosion can be readily identified.  Symptoms of enamel loss include increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods, yellowness of the teeth, and roughness on the edges of the teeth. (Photo illustrates acid erosion of teeth caused by frequent consumption of soft drinks. View before and after photos of patient).

Acid erosion can become so extensive in some cases that root canal therapy or even tooth extraction may be indicated.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger stated, “Lost tooth enamel can be replaced with porcelain restorations (veneers or dental crowns). Crowns tend to be the stronger and more effective way to replace missing enamel.”

Prosthodontists are the specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist in the Philadelphia area, and can provide expert diagnosis and treatment for tooth erosion.

Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss acid erosion and your teeth and to learn about rebuilding a smile. If you’ve noticed changes in the appearance or sensitivity of your teeth like breakage, discolorations, shifting or tooth pain, feel free to give us a call to discuss treatment options. At Pi Dental Center, we create sparkling smiles.

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Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 8, 2017 2:57:46 PM

Rebuilding a smile is a big job - photo of prosthodontist working on a giant set of teeth on an articulator

Rebuilding a smile is no small undertaking. Once teeth are lost, replacing them with enduring, attractive, healthy, functional ones takes years of training, advanced technology, manual dexterity, and varied skills. Pi Dental Center’s Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a Board Certified Prosthodontist who is equipped to take on this task. 

After completing the doctoral degree program in dentistry, a Prosthodontic specialist receives at least three years of additional training in an ADA-accredited graduate prosthodontic program. Prosthodontics blends science, engineering and esthetics to provide a prosthesis with optimum appearance and function. Prosthodontists treat dental and facial problems that restore missing tooth and jaw structures. They are highly trained in cosmetics, dental implants, crowns, bridges, dentures, and temporomandibular disorders. 

A Board Certified Prosthodontist has successfully passed a rigorous four-part examination conducted by the American Board of Prosthodontics. 

Prosthodontists are experts in many areas: 

  1. A Communicator: Learning what the patient wants is essential to excellent patient outcomes. Effective communication skills with patients, other doctors, family members, and laboratory staff are paramount, as is putting the patient at ease.
  2. A Director: Knowing the best options that integrate the patient’s desires with the best clinical, functional and esthetic needs enables them to provide outstanding dental care.
  3. A Coordinator: Coordinating treatment with other specialists allows Prosthodontists to thoroughly address the patients’ dental needs.
  4. A Teacher: Prosthodontists explain complex concepts about the diagnosis and treatment to patients and their families.
  5. Perceptive: These dental specialists are perceptive with an accurate awareness of the patient’s desires. Prosthodontists are innovators who frequently lead the dental world in new technologies and practices that improve the field.
  6. Precise: The field of Prosthodontics requires extreme attention to detail, sharp analytical skills with exceptional problem solving ability.
  7. Dexterous: Great manual dexterity with a gentle touch is a necessity.
  8. A Scientist and Machinist: Prosthodontists have a clear understanding of anatomy and physiology. They must learn about all of the advanced dental and computer equipment used in the dental office. Understanding the science involved in delivering secure dental implants, placing compatible bone grafting, and doing dental extractions is imperative.
  9. A Creator: Artistry and creativity are major aspects in prosthetic design. The doctor must build a prosthesis that is both esthetically attractive, mechanically functional for chewing and speaking, and long lasting.
  10. Medical Knowledge: Treatment must be performed in a way that will not impair the patient’s medical conditions. Prescription medications must be appropriate for the patient’s medical and psychological condition. Prosthodontists must be up on every new discovery, disease, medication and technology to provide the best patient care.

And A Bonus Reason: In It For The Long Haul: After treatment is completed the doctor must help the patient to adequately maintain the prostheses and avoid further dental breakdown in the coming years. 

Every dental patient and case is unique. At Pi Dental Center, our dedicated team strives to provide customized care specific to individual needs.  Call us to discuss any dental treatment you may need including replacing missing teeth or to schedule your comprehensive evaluation.


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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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July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month

Posted by Chris Raines on Jul 18, 2016 5:40:40 PM

July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness MonthJuly is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month and Pi Dental Center is educating the public about these birth defects.

Cleft lip and cleft palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s lip or mouth do not form properly during pregnancy.

Cleft Lip:

The lips form between the fourth and seventh weeks of pregnancy. Body tissue and special cells from each side of the head grow toward the center of the face and join together to make the face, as the baby develops during pregnancy, forming the facial features. If the tissue that makes up the lip does not join completely before birth, a cleft lip occurs, resulting in an opening in the upper lip. This opening can be a small slit or a large opening that goes through the lip into the nose. A cleft lip can be on one or both sides of the lip, or in rare cases, the middle of the lip. Children with a cleft lip also can have a cleft palate.

Cleft Palate:

Between the sixth and ninth weeks of pregnancy, the roof of the mouth is formed. A cleft palate occurs if the tissue that makes up the roof of the mouth does not join together completely during pregnancy. In some babies, both the front and back parts of the palate are open. For others, only part of the palate is open.

Cleft lips and palates can cause problems with feeding and speaking clearly. Dental problems, frequent ear infections, and hearing problems are also common.

The fourth most common birth defect in the U.S., cleft lips affect one in 700 babies annually. Clefts occur more often in children of Asian, Latino, or Native American descent. Twice as many boys than girls have a cleft lip. But, twice as many girls have cleft palate without a cleft lip.

While most scientists believe clefts are due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors, the actual cause of orofacial clefts is unknown. The CDC recently reported findings from research studies about factors that increase the chance of having a baby with these birth defects. They include women who smoke during pregnancy, women who have been diagnosed with diabetes prior to pregnancy, and women who used certain medicines to treat epilepsy during the first three months of pregnancy, such as  topiramate or valproic acid. Other medications that can increase risk include anti-seizure/anticonvulsant drugs, acne drugs containing Accutane, and methotrexate, a drug commonly used for treating cancer, arthritis, and psoriasis.

The prosthodontists at Pi Dental Center recommend a coordinated approach to care for patients with orofacial clefts by a team that consists of experienced dental professionals, qualified physicians and health care providers from several different specialties.  

Here are some of the specialists that the team includes:

  • a plastic surgeon
  • a prosthodontist
  • an oral-maxillofacial surgeon
  • a craniofacial surgeon
  • a neurosurgeon
  • a pediatric dentist
  • an orthodontist
  • a speech-language pathologist
  • an audiologist
  • a geneticist
  • a pediatrician
  • a psychologist, social worker or other mental health specialist
  • an ophthalmologist 

Prosthodontists are part of the team that helps cleft palate patients. Prosthodontics is a dental specialty recognized by the American Dental Association. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth and has completed dental school plus three additional years of advanced training and education in an ADA-accredited prosthodontic graduate program. A prosthodontist is the best specialist to choose to make a dental prosthesis. 

Infant with cleft lip and cleft palateBoth of Pi Dental Center’s Board Certified Prosthodontists, Dr. Thomas Balshi and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger treat cleft defect patients. Dr. Balshi states, “We cater to adolescents and adults who have had the cleft surgically repaired. If they have not had it repaired, we can refer them to a number of good plastic surgeons who work with us.”

“Once the soft tissue is closed surgically and the lip heals, we can take care of the dental component using various forms of prosthodontics. Orthodontic treatment may also be needed, since most cleft palates are missing a tooth in the area of the cleft, and the palate collapses inward reducing the diameter of the arch form.”

A maxillary obturator is one type of prostheses produced at Pi Dental Center that is commonly used for patients with cleft defects. At Pi Dental Center, doctors also replace congenitally missing teeth with dental implants, design prostheses and provide ongoing complex treatment as patients grow into adulthood.

Three of the leading organizations that raise awareness for cleft lip and cleft palate conditions include The American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association (ACPA), the Cleft Palate Foundation and Smile Train.

ACPA is an international non-profit medical society of health care professionals who treat patients and perform research on oral cleft and craniofacial conditions in children and adults with cleft lip, cleft palate, and craniofacial anomalies. Read More: http://www.acpa-cpf.org/

The Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) serves individuals and families affected by cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial conditions by team coordination, education, and patient support.  CPF, founded in 1973, benefits millions of children in developing countries who live with untreated clefts. Cleft repair surgery is simple and the transformation is immediate. Their sustainable model provides training, funding and resources to empower local doctors in over 85 developing countries to provide free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own community’s public service arm of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. http://www.cleftline.org/

Smile Train is an international children’s charity that helps millions of children in developing countries who have untreated clefts by providing training, funding and resources empowering local doctors in more than eighty-five developing countries to provide free cleft repair surgery and comprehensive cleft treatment. http://smiltrain.org

If you know someone who is struggling with the dilemma of choosing specialists to treat cleft defects, feel free to contact Pi Dental Center.

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Palatal Obturator – A palatal obturator is a prosthesis that can be used to close defects such as an opening in the roof of the mouth. They are similar to dental retainers. Openings in the hard and soft palate may affect speech or cause nasal regurgitation during feeding. A palatal obturator can improve speech, proper air flow, eating, reduce regurgitation. People who use palatal obturators must be monitored regularly by their prosthodontist to insure continued effectiveness and comfort of the prosthesis.

Palate - The roof of the mouth

For More Information About Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate and Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness Month:

CDC – Cleft Palate Information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/cleftlip.html

Web MD –Information: http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/cleft-lip-cleft-palate

Resources by Location: http://www.cleftline.org/parents-individuals/team-care/state-listings-p/

Information about Choosing a Cleft Palate or Craniofacial Team: http://www.cleftline.org/docs/PDF_Factsheets/Choosing_Team.pdf

Cleidocranial Dysplasia And Dental Health: http://dentalimplants-usa.com/cleidocranial-dysplasia-and-dental-health/

Pi Dental Center Stories:

Monique’s Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMg0RTmpsAA

Patient photos of Monique who was born with a cleft lip and palate:

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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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Dental Implants in Philadelphia Making “Wildcat” Smiles

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 5, 2016 12:59:31 PM

Dental Implants in Philadelphia Making "Wildcat" Fans SmileFor those who are avid fans of the National Champion Villanova Wildcats, and even for those who just like to view an epic basketball game now and then, the 2016 NCAA Men’s Finals concluded with a monumental “shining moment.”  Rarely is a championship decided at the sound of the final buzzer, but for the Villanova Wildcats, a season of remarkable dedication and unselfishness ended in widespread memorable reward.

Today at the Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, it is a double celebration.  Pi will kick off National Prosthodontics Awareness Week with our first Open House, VIP tours, refreshments, giveaways, celebrities and more. But in addition to celebrating smiles we create in house, we will also be celebrating the Wildcat win…Big Time!  That is because both Pi’s founder, Dr. Tom Balshi and his partner, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, are graduates of Villanova University…one in 1968 and one 1986.  And neither of them are bandwagon fans.  They are energetic, professed supporters of all Villanova sports and proudly sport the logo attire all over the USA!

The amazing Wildcat win on April 4, 2016 made the Pi team smile exuberantly, but as our Open House will showcase throughout the rest of this week, WE are making smiles that change lives and have remarkable longevity. When our patients gaze in the mirror after a total Teeth in a Day Makeover, they feel the same “rush” that fans felt when Kris Jenkins sunk the final basket that won the game.  It’s all about spirit, skill, satisfaction, confidence, balance, hope, trust, even love. Catch the ball. Feel it in your hands.  Make the appointment and let us coach you to a winning smile.  Everyone has a little bit of “Wildcat” inside them.

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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

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The Heart of Pi Dental Center: Our Team

Posted by Chris Raines on Sep 3, 2015 10:58:00 AM

2107-pi-spring-staffphotos (53).jpgThe dedicated team at Pi Dental Center is all about helping people. Prosthodontists and staff aim to provide the ultimate in dental care using revolutionary dental technology in a serene setting.  Our committed team helps patients achieve both attractive healthy smiles and enhanced lives.

The Pi Dental Center web site has always had a page listing each of our doctors. It now includes a clinical and administrative staff bio page with descriptions of each team member’s position, responsibilities and the reason why each one chose to join this cutting-edge dental implant center. In addition to the advanced training and capability evident in all the bios, the enjoyment we attain from helping patients is quite apparent.  Mary Ellen, Director of Finance and Operations, states that she is, “Amazed at the transformation that occurs in not only a patient’s appearance, but personality and life, when a smile is restored and healthy!”  Dr. Zhang’s motto is, “If a patient is happy, we are all happy.”  Amy feels rewarded when patients’ lives are changed by their new beautiful smiles. Pat says that the, “Patients become part of our extended family and she enjoys seeing them thrive.”  Connie relishes working in an environment where the patient always comes first.

Skilled dental specialists, clinical and administrative staff deliver a high level of professionalism and comprehensive care ensuring an outstanding patient experience from the first telephone call and office visit to the delivery of the final prosthesis. 

Our patient relations representatives welcome and reassure every patient as they explain dental treatment options and thoroughly answer questions.  Clinical staff assist the doctors and ensure maximum patient comfort as they alleviate anxiety while helping patients achieve their ultimate dental goals.

What does the number 435 represent? That's the combined total of years of service of the entire Pi team, proof of our high level of commitment. The staff at Pi Dental Center are so dedicated that they have a total of 435 years. 

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Prosthodontists Are Smiling: Their Victory Is Also Yours

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 21, 2015 4:17:36 PM

Thomas Balshi, Board Certified Prosthodontist with ACP members

Dr. Tom Balshi, the founder of the Pi Dental Center, was one of the first board certified prosthodontists to place dental implants.  To him, it only seemed the natural thing to do.  No architect wants to build his building on another man’s foundation.  Something is lost in the vision of the final result.  For the prosthodontist, building a smile with perfect occlusion means building it on implants set exactly where he wants them.  This is the mantra that has shaped Pi’s treatment protocols for the past twenty-nine years. 

Such a perfect world has not existed in prosthodontic offices across the country, and for a very long time there was controversy over the appropriateness of prosthodontists engaging in surgical procedures.  The pros and cons were at odds until enough education seeped through the corridors that even students saw the patient benefit of dental implant treatment all under a single specialist’s care. Eventually the American College of Prosthodontists banded together for the sake of their patients to be sanctioned as the primary deliverers of surgical and prosthetic dental implant restorations, and a strategic plan was made to aggressively seek approval. 

Winning poster presentation by Rob Slauch and Pi Prosthodontists

Today the jubilant letter arrived in Fort Washington from Dr. Frank Tuminelli, the current president of the American College of Prosthodontists, announcing that the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has approved and will adopt the surgical placement of dental implants as an integral part of the training of all new prosthodontists. 

For the Pi team in Fort Washington, this is a tremendous victory.  It underscores a concept we have known is right and have fought to achieve for three decades.  In Dr. Tuminelli’s own words, our profession has forever changed for the better…and we can care for patients with the level of expertise they deserve. 

For those seeking dental implants now and for those who will seek them in the future, this is also a milestone.  The comfort of having expeditious treatment under one roof will be much more accessible.  Not every prosthodontist will elect to provide the treatment, but wherever the credentials of a board certified prosthodontist are displayed, there will be expert guidance for dental implant patients, and with their colleagues, the promise of predictable success.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
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Prosthodontists Do Not Fear Second Opinions

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Jul 9, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Board Certified Prosthodontists, Drs. Balshi and Alfano


Today’s consumers are not satisfied to have the neighborhood dentist exclusively in charge of their smile. Patients seeking comprehensive dental implant makeovers want to “shop around” and compare everything from philosophy of care to the always important bottom line.

Knowledge of how critically important healthy teeth are to overall wellness has pushed the “patching as needed” concept into the background and led those who prize optimum health to consider a major investment in their smile. Searching for the right team with the right experience is the ideal methodology. An individual should commence treatment only when the perfect mix of confidence, skill, credentials and published results blend together. Several opinions allow prospective patients to draw educated conclusions about what will be their best long-term dental solution. Collecting all of the facts is highly recommended.

The prosthodontist is part engineer, part artist, and ultimately the dental perfectionist. Even before the prosthodontist looks inside a patient’s mouth, he or she has in mind a vision of the dimensions needed to create the best possible arrangement of teeth for each individual’s face. It is in the professional nature of the prosthodontist to recommend a treatment plan that will result in excellent occlusion, esthetics, comfort and longevity. Their patients receive a product at the highest end of the dental spectrum, and one that holds its value in both glamour and function long after it leaves the “show room” floor.

Prosthodontists do not fear second opinions because their vision of the end result includes all facets of execution. Their expertise in aligning prosthetic teeth makes them the prime architect for implant placement, ensuring that a single mind guides both the surgical foundation and the ultimate delivery of a sound, sparkling smile.

Other oral specialists might call the prosthodontist arrogant, but in education, practice and three-dimensional challenge, these are the men and women who are envisioning, building and maintaining the most natural looking and enduring smiles. They welcome second opinions!

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing 
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA 

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