Your New Captivating Smile After Quarantine

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jun 23, 2020 5:08:50 PM

Drs. Robert Slauch and Glenn Wolfinger, Board Certified Prosthodontists at Pi Dental CenterPeople often try to hide their smile when they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. Right now, many people are covering their smiles with a face mask. Hopefully, we will all be able to remove our masks soon. Right now would be a good time to improve your smile!

It is now safe to move forward with dental care. Dental offices have been practicing high levels of sterilization for many years. And now, there are even more protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of both patients and staff.

Pi Dental Center provides comprehensive long-term dental solutions through a team approach. All phases of treatment are conveniently provided in our Fort Washington office. Our in-house dental labs ensure that your teeth will fit comfortably and look beautiful.

A Founding Dental Implant Center in the US

Pi Dental Center is a founding dental implant center in the United States. Dr. Thomas Balshi was one of the first dentists in the United States and Canada to learn Nobel Biocare’s dental implant protocol. He began placing dental implants in the late 1980’s. Over the years, Balshi and partner, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, improved upon implant technology, making treatment time shorter, success rates better and prosthetics more attractive and durable. Best of all, treatment is more affordable with the All-On-Four Treatment Concept™.

The Teeth In A Day™ protocol dramatically shortens treatment time allowing a patient to leave the office with non-removable teeth supported by dental implants on the day of surgery.

Board Certified Specialists

Our board certified prosthodontists, Drs. Glenn Wolfinger and Robert Slauch, practice advanced dentistry grounded in evidence based science. All procedures and materials have been thoroughly researched and proven to be safe with long-term success.

Pi Dental Center dental implant treatments have a record of predictability. Patients can feel confident that their dental implants will remain in-tact for many years. Every single dental implant case is tracked from the day of placement and throughout each stage of treatment. Each implant becomes part of our in-house database as well as an international index. We have followed some implants for over 35 years. This tracking system contributes to our overall research and knowledge about implants and implant protocols.

Emerge from this pandemic better than before

This is a great time to begin dental treatment so that when we are all able to show our pearly whites again, yours will be sparkling and beautiful. Pi Dental Center can be your dental home where you can feel secure that you will receive excellent treatment in a warm caring environment. Let us help you achieve your oral health goals. Give us a call at 215-646-6334 or click the link below to submit a request form.

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Pi Dental Center Year-End Roundup

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Dec 30, 2019 12:42:36 PM

Year-End Round Up Collage for Pi Dental Center.Happy New Year! It is hard to believe that 2019 is almost over and a new decade is right around the corner! We had an incredible year, thanks to our doctors, dental team, patients and friends. We celebrated 33 fantastic years creating beautiful healthy smiles! In 2019, we welcomed new faces at Pi Dental Center; we published original dental research; and our doctors received several awards.

Dr. Robert Slauch joined Pi Dental Center in July and became a Board Certified Prosthodontist in November. Dr. Slauch has proven to be an enormous asset to our clinical care team by building patient relationships, placing dental implants, conducting dental research and improving protocols.

Nancy Gausz, dental ceramist, moved her ceramic lab into Pi Dental Center’s second floor office. Her professionalism and skill are evident in all of her daily tasks. As a ceramist, Nancy builds and finishes porcelain to metal, works with full contour zirconia and eMax, and performs chairside custom shades.

Stephen Balshi, MBE and CM Prosthetics developed a closer relationship with Pi Dental Center. Moving directly into our office has streamlined and improved our patients’ prosthetics.

Photo of Dr. Thomas Balshi with Dr. Robert SlauchFour journal articles were published in 2019. The authors included Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Dr. Robert Slauch, Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi, MBE:

Relationship between Radiographic Misfit and Clinical Outcomes in Immediately Loaded Complete-Arch Fixed Implant-Supported Prostheses in Edentulous Patients. Slauch RW, Bidra AS, Wolfinger GJ, Kuo CL. Journal of Prosthodontics, (Online) 2019 Aug 21. doi: 10.1111/jopr.13105. (Printed) October 2019, Vol 28, Issue 8, 861-867.


Management of Biotechnical Complications Associated with a Full-Arch Implant Restoration Using Digital and Conventional Workflows: A Clinical Report. Joshi BDS, MDS, Piermatti J, DMD, FACP, Nahon M DDS, Balshi TJ, DDS, PhD, FACP. Journal of Prosthodontics. 28 (2019) 483-487.


Evolution of Full-Arch Implant Prosthodontics: From Analog Protocols to Digital Workflows. Rawal S, Balshi TJ, Jivraj S, Birdi B. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2019 Oct; 40(9):578-585; quiz 586.


A 30-Year Follow-Up of a Patient with Mandibular Complete-Arch Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis on 4 Implants: A Clinical Report, Balshi TJ, Wolfinger GJ, Balshi SF, Bidra A, Journal of Prosthodontics, February 2019, Vol. 28, Issue 2, 97-102.

Both Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Slauch were chosen Top Dentist by their peers. Dr. Wolfinger was also awarded Main Line Today Magazine Top Dentist.

We welcomed a large influx of new patients, provided full mouth restorations, made AvaDent® digital crowns, created veneers, and placed dental implants using the Teeth In A Day® protocol with All-On-4® treatment. To date, Pi Dental Center has placed and tracked 23,304 dental implants! Our team helped many patients maintain their oral health through our robust oral hygiene program.

Thank you to all of our awesome patients. We value each and every one of you.

We look forward to 2020 with jubilance and excitement. We invite you to contact Pi Dental Center to begin your dental journey. 😃

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Dr. Slauch’s First 100 Days At Pi In Implant Prosthodontics

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Dr. Robert Slauch, Board Certified Prosthodontist, at Pi Dental CenterIt has been 100 days since Dr. Robert Slauch joined Pi Dental Center as a prosthodontist. In this blog, Dr. Slauch talks about his dental school experience, working as a prosthodontist during the past three months and about his board certification.

What made you choose Pi Dental Center?

Pi Dental Center and I have a close history dating back to 2012. When I was deciding if a career in dentistry is what I wanted to pursue, Drs. Tom Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger allowed me to intern at the practice and learn about prosthodontics. Their guidance helped me fall in love with the dental profession and pursue a career in it. As I was completing my prosthodontics residency at University of Connecticut, Pi approached me and asked if I wanted to join the practice. I was delighted at the opportunity to return to the Philadelphia area as well as begin my professional career in the practice that made me fall in love with the profession.

How did you prepare to work at Pi Dental Center?

The process of becoming a prosthodontist is a rigorous one: 4 years of undergrad education, 4 years of dental school and finally 3 years of prosthodontics specialty training. It is in residency where you are trained in all the complex aspects of prosthodontics including diagnosis, treatment planning, and the surgical and restorative aspects of care.

What have you learned at Pi Dental Center?

I am learning a lot about the surgical protocols that Pi Dental Center has created and implemented over the past 32 years. Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Balshi have introduced me to aspects of prosthodontics that will make a great contribution to patient care.

What are some highlights of your first 100 days?

Private practice is a lot different than residency! It’s great to have the clinical and administrative support around you to be able to focus on patient care. I have learned a lot from having great mentors like Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Balshi, who have been in practice for over 60 years combined!

Is anything different than you expected?

Given the fact that I have had a close relationship with Pi Dental since 2012, I had a strong idea what working here would be like. I believe the transition for myself and everyone at the practice was a seamless one. Everything has been what I have expected.

What are your goals for your patients, the center and yourself?

My goal is to help patients achieve their esthetic and functional desires for their teeth and smile. Some of these cases require a lot of planning and communication and I love working with patients, as a team to achieve the results they expect. I look forward to helping Pi Dental Center maintain a strong hold in the area as a respected dental practice. As I begin my career in private practice, I look forward to making my patients happy with the prosthodontic services I provide as well as be a leader and advocate for the specialty of prosthodontics.

Please discuss your contributions and accomplishments.

I have been fortunate enough to have obtained board certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. In addition, my research in implant prosthodontics has received national recognition by the American College of Prosthodontists and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.

What has been your most meaningful experience?

So far, the most meaningful experience has been learning from great mentors in residency and private practice. Also having an in-house laboratory technician and ceramist has provided me the ability to learn their workflows and make the patient experience that much better.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding thing is being able to come to work and love what you do. Also, to work with the great clinical assistants and administrative staff here at Pi Dental.

What relationships have you built?

Building relationships with the patients is the best. I want them to have a sense of trust in me when they come to the practice. We help patients navigate through life-changing dental experiences that have a long-lasting impact.

In terms of patients’ oral health, what is some key dental health information that you would like them to understand?

Dental patients need to understand that lifelong maintenance is the key to protecting the investment in their smiles.

Seeing your dentist every four to six months is crucial. Don’t think that since you’ve gotten expensive restorative work done on your teeth, that you are immune to future potential complications. PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY is still the key to maintaining your dental health!

If you are looking for a new dentist or need dental care such as dental implants or well-crafted replacement teeth, Dr. Slauch and the Pi Dental Center team can help.

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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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10 Reasons Why Rebuilding A Smile Is A Big Job

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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