A New Smile and Kissable Mouth This Valentine’s Day

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

Kissing couple in profile for Valentine's Day blog.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Be true to your teeth,
Or they’ll be false to you!

 

Valentine’s Day is a time when people think about romantic evenings with that special someone. Whether it’s a candle-lit dinner or romantic stroll, an unsightly mouth can be a downer. Here are some tips for your smile and mouth.

Your smile is one of your best assets in communicating. A gorgeous new smile can increase your confidence and transform your life.

Sparkling white teeth project confidence and charm. Lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Habits such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine can discolor teeth. Our in-office tooth whitening systems are effective, fast, convenient and long lasting. Pi Dental Center’s professional tooth whitening products are proven safe and effective. Consider tooth whitening to brighten your smile and give you a more youthful appearance.

Fresh breath and a healthy mouth are essential to ensure an enjoyable date night. A rigorous at-home oral hygiene regimen by brushing twice a day, flossing and regular dental visits with exam and dental cleaning can help you maintain your dental health and keep your breath fresh. For more information about fresh breath, read blog.

Stop smoking. This can be the best Valentine gift that you give to yourself and to a loved one. The benefits are numerous. Quitting is not easy but you will feel better and be healthier. You will have more energy and improve your lung function. For tips to quit smoking, click here

Replace your toothbrush every three months. Worn bristles are abrasive to the teeth and damaging to gums. In addition, remember to change your toothbrush after you have been sick.

Make a date with your dentist to repair or replace damaged and missing teeth. If you would like to learn how to get a new smile with a kissable mouth, give Pi Dental Center a call.

Pi Dental Center opened its doors 34 years ago on Pennsylvania Avenue in Fort Washington. Our board certified prosthodontists have placed over 23,000 implants.

Teeth in a Day® is a safe and proven technique for dental implant placement. With the Teeth in a Day® protocol, damaged teeth can be extracted, dental implants inserted and non-removable teeth delivered in one office visit. Drs. Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger created the Teeth in a Day® protocol over 25 years ago and own the trademark for this groundbreaking procedure.

The All-On-4® Treatment Concept is a cost-saving dental implant treatment option. Learn more about All-On-4.

Get a new smile and kissable mouth this Valentine’s Day. Call us at (215) 646-6334 to schedule your complimentary evaluation.

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Holistic Dentistry and Pi Dental Center

Posted by Chris Raines on Oct 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Image taken at Cape May Point State Park of lighthouse.

People often ask us if we are a holistic dental practice. In many ways, Pi Dental Center has a lot in common with a holistic office. In other ways, we do not. Read on to learn about the philosophy of a holistic office and what aspects are applicable to our center.

What do holistic dentists believe?

A holistic dentist sees the mouth as an integrated part of the body and considers oral health problems as they relate to total body health.

The doctors and staff at Pi Dental Center agree that dental health affects the entire body. One example of the relationship between oral health and overall health is the connection between periodontal disease, heart disease and diabetes. Research has proven that there is a strong link between them. We also believe that a person’s habits and behavior can affect their dental health.

Holistic dentists choose minimally invasive options. At Pi Dental Center, long-term predictable dental health is our goal for our patients. When a patient is evaluated, all reasonable options are explored and when it is feasible, Pi Dental Center will consider a minimally invasive option.

Holistic practices build a partnership with their patients. Our goal is to empower each of our patients to achieve optimal dental health. We do this through wide-ranging treatment options, advanced prosthodontic care and a comprehensive program of oral hygiene maintenance and education.

What types of treatment do holistic dentists provide?

Traditional dentists treat problems that affect the teeth, gums, oral structures and the jaw. Holistic dentists focus on the entire person. Not all holistic dentists’ approach to dentistry is the same and they don’t all offer the same procedures, but here are some of the most common offerings.

Holistic dentists offer only composite fillings rather than mercury fillings. Pi Dental Center also offers composite fillings and has never used mercury fillings.

While many holistic dentists remove mercury fillings and replace them with composite fillings, Pi Dental Center removes mercury fillings that show decay or breakdown.

Like holistic practices, Pi Dental Center utilizes advanced 3D low dose digital x-rays.

The titanium dental implant systems that Pi Dental Center uses are backed by substantial research and can be used in all indications of tooth replacement. Ceramic implants have little long-term follow-up and are only indicated for single tooth replacement.

When compared to traditional impressions, digital scanning technology is more efficient, precise and comfortable for the patient. At Pi Dental Center, TRIOS scanning technology is used for crowns, bridges and single tooth dental implants.

What types of treatment don’t holistic dentists offer?

Holistic dentists do not perform root canals. At Pi Dental Center, patients are referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) when necessary.

Holistic dentists don’t advocate the use of fluoride. Pi Dental Center focuses on scientifically proven treatment, procedures, techniques and products. While we do provide fluoride products and treatments, patients can choose not to use them.

Pi Dental Center works closely with dental offices that provide additional holistic dental procedures, and referrals to those offices can be made for those who are interested. The health of the mouth impacts the entire body. At Pi Dental Center, our mission is to work with our patients to help them achieve and maintain healthy mouths. Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions.

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Photo Credit: Andrea Clendaniel shot this photo of the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park.

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Nine Common Dental Myths Debunked

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Nine common dental myths debunkedCommon dental myths can keep people from taking care of their teeth adequately. Ultimately, dental neglect has a negative impact on their quality of life. Here are nine myths that patients have expressed to us in our prosthodontic practice.

Myth 1:

I don’t need to go to the dentist unless I have a problem with a tooth.

Just because your teeth feel and look fine does not mean that no problem exists. Tooth decay can occur in areas that are not visible. A comprehensive evaluation including x-rays and a clinical exam is the only way to ensure that your teeth are healthy.

It is easier and less expensive to correct a dental problem when it is diagnosed early. This is why it is important for you to see your dentist for regular oral hygiene cleanings and exams at least twice a year. A meticulous dental care regimen, both at home and in-office, is necessary in maintaining your healthy mouth.

Myth 2:

I don’t need to take care of my teeth because I am not young anymore.

Patients have said that they don’t know how long they are going to live, so they don’t think that investing in their dental health should be a priority. Your quality of life is important at every age and dental health is a significant factor. The ability to chew and enjoy food is fundamental and of monumental importance for your overall health as well as enjoyment of life. People of all ages can have healthy teeth with full function.

Myth 3:

I don’t need to go to the dentist or get dental check-ups because I have dentures.

People with removable dentures need to have regular dental checkups. These checkups help to ensure that gum tissues remain healthy. Oral cancer screening is part of a routine dental examination. Your dentist will check for mouth sores caused by rubbing of loose or ill-fitting dentures. These mouth sores can quite uncomfortable and, in some cases, can cause infection.

The absence of teeth can cause bone loss. This bone loss can make your dentures loose and difficult to wear. When this occurs, your dentist will determine if the denture needs to be relined or remade.

Myth 4:

If I don’t have teeth, I don’t have dental problems.

This is a fallacy. Some people believe that they can function adequately without teeth or dentures. When the jaw bones are not stimulated by natural teeth, bone loss occurs. This bone loss gives the face a sunken and aged appearance causing people to look significantly older than they are. It’s impossible to eat food properly without teeth, leading to digestive problems. It is also hard to speak clearly without teeth.

Myth 5:

When I use lots of denture adhesive, my dentures fit just fine.

A well-fitting denture will not require dental adhesive. Otherwise, it needs to be relined or remade. “Patients who have ill-fitting dentures are also great candidates for dental implants,” states Dr. Rob Slauch, prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.

Myth 6:

Zirconia is not a metal.

Today, many patients are concerned about metal allergy and believe that zirconia is a non-metal alternative for dental implants. The fact is zirconia actually is a metal on the table of elements. Zirconium is a chemical element with atomic number 40, located in group 4 from the periodic chart of elements.

In addition, titanium has proven to be one of the most bio-compatible materials used for dental implants. True allergy to titanium is very rare. A MELISA test can determine if you have an allergy to titanium.

Dr. Kyle Stanley and Dr. Matt Nejad thoroughly explained the difference between zirconia and metal implants in an article that they wrote in April 2019. Click here to read article

Myth 7:

I had my teeth completely restored, so I don’t need to go to the dentist anymore.

Insure your investment by taking care of your new teeth. For most dental implant patients, we recommend oral hygiene cleanings every 4 months. A dental implant supported prosthesis and surrounding gum tissue needs to be professionally cleaned of debris. Failure to do so can result in bone loss which can lead to implant failure.

“As prosthodontists, this is one of the most frequent things that I hear. Routine maintenance is imperative to keep your investment of a new smile lasting a long time,” says Dr. Slauch. 

Myth 8:

I have crowns, so I cannot get cavities again.

A crown is a non-removable restoration that covers a major portion of the visible part of a natural tooth. Many people believe that once they have a crown, they can never get a cavity. This is not the case. The area around the base of the crown, called the margin, can be susceptible to decay. Crowns need to be carefully cleaned to avoid decay and assure they will last for many years.

Myth 9:

They are only teeth.

There are so many reasons why your teeth are important. Your dental health impacts your whole body. Poor dental health can contribute to heart disease, stroke and diabetes. During pregnancy, periodontal disease can contribute to premature birth, low birth weight and even miscarriage. There is a link between osteoporosis and periodontitis. Periodontal disease can make lung conditions worse.

What’s the takeaway? It is clear that following a rigorous oral hygiene regimen along with regular dental office visits helps to ensure a healthy mouth and dental health positively affects your overall health. A nice smile with healthy attractive teeth increases your confidence. Feel free to give us a call if you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

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Tags: removable dentures, dental care, permanent tooth replacement, dental treatment options

Eight Ways Dentists Save Lives

Posted by Chris Raines on Apr 17, 2019 1:45:17 PM

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Dentists are dedicated to the health of your entire mouth; but also provide a significant contribution to your medical health. Dentist’s role in overall medical health is sometimes underestimated. In reality, dentists are an important part of their patient’s health team.

  • Dentists save lives by identifying dental conditions that contribute to serious health issues. A dentist can identify medical health problems by looking into the patient’s mouth. Tell-tale signs of anorexia, bulimia and even drug use are evident from the gum tissues and teeth. The dentist can then address these dilemmas and offer suggestions to seek treatment before they become crises.

  • When dentists rebuild smiles, they improve patients’ confidence levels. Self-assurance has a huge impact on patients’ well-being.

  • Dentists identify both dental and medical health conditions using cone beam CT scanning technology. Diagnoses range from chronic sinusitis to intracranial calcifications, multiple myeloma, soft tissue masses, osteoarthritis of the TMJ, degenerative cervical spine, and narrowing of the airway. Doctors at Pi Dental Center wrote a journal article outlining pathologies discovered using Cone Beam CT technology. Read Article.

  • Tobacco is the leading cause of preventable illness in the United States and accounts for approximately twenty percent of deaths. Dentists play an important role by providing smoking and tobacco cessation counseling.

  • Oral cancer screenings are conducted at every oral hygiene visit. Approximately 53,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer each year and nearly 10,860 of those people will die. Early detection improves treatment outcomes and saves lives.

  • Patient safety is a priority. The dentists and clinical team at Pi Dental Center are equipped to aid patients during a medical emergency. The entire team at Pi Dental Center is certified in CPR.

  • Glenn Wolfinger mentions, “Routine clinical examinations are done following every hygiene appointment at Pi Dental Center. During those exams we are checking the health of the teeth, gums, bone and surrounding tissues.  Systemic disease can sometime be detected by tissue changes in the oral cavity. Oral cancer screening is an essential part of routine dental exams.”

  • The connection between oral health and medical health is well documented. There is a correlation between coronary heart disease and gum inflammation. The relationship between diabetes and dental health can be a vicious cycle. Blood sugar is harder to control for people who have gum disease because serious gum disease can cause blood sugar to rise. Patients with poorly controlled diabetes are at risk for gum infections.

    Dentists help the patient maintain a healthy mouth!

If you have questions about your dental care or would like to schedule an appointment at Pi Dental Center, please give us a call at 215-646-6334. We are very happy to speak to you.

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ProsthImagination – The Key to Exemplary Dental Care

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 18, 2018 2:10:06 PM

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“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination,” Albert Einstein

Creativity is a key component in prosthodontic dental care and imagination is required to create a flawless dental restoration. Whether it’s a crown, bridge, denture, or dental implant supported prosthesis, creativity is an integral component. It takes creativity to construct an ideal final product that fits well, feels comfortable, looks attractive and suits the patient’s face.

In many cases, a prosthodontist is the best choice for your dental care. A prosthodontist is a dental specialist who has completed dental school plus three additional years of rigorous advanced training in an ADA accredited prosthodontic graduate program.

Dentistry is an exacting science with protocols that are driven by research. But where science stops, creativity begins.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation,” George Bernard Shaw said. Creating an exquisite restoration begins with really understanding our patient’s vision for their perfect smile. Collaboration and communication allows the prosthodontist to help the patient attain their goal.

One of the biggest challenges is creating a smile for a person who is missing all of their teeth. It’s like starting from scratch. The shape of the face, surrounding dentition, bite, jawline and midline are all considered when creating a new smile.

Comfort and function is crucial. Your teeth should feel like you were born with them.

A person’s smile is very personal and the teeth must suit their features precisely. A prosthodontist understands the complexities of facial structures. Shape, color and size are key components in the design when making a smile that looks natural and pleasing.

Who should seek treatment from a Prosthodontist?

  • Anyone who is missing a tooth
  • People who are considering dental implant treatment
  • People who need precisely fitting removable dentures
  • Patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMJ/TMD)
  • People who have advanced dental health issues
  • Anyone who is looking for impeccable esthetic results
  • People who want to go to a single specialist who can perform all phases of treatment
  • Those who need crowns, bridges or any type of dental prosthesis
  • Folks who are looking for a dedicated professional who is responsive to their unique dental needs.
Creativity and prosthodontics go hand in hand.

Great dentistry is the integration of science with creativity. Pi Dental Center is a prosthodontic practice located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger is a Board Certified Prosthodontist with over 30 years of experience. At Pi Dental Center, we combine science, skill and state-of-the-art technology with creativity to provide outstanding care and prosthetics. Contact us to schedule your comprehensive evaluation.

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What Do the Eagles Super Bowl Win and Dental Care Have In Common?

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec Super Bowl Challenge Photo

The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds to win Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, beating the favorite and defending Super Bowl Champion, the New England Patriots, in a game that came down to the last play.

The Eagles chances of winning were slim. In Feb. 6, 2017, Las Vegas sportsbook Oddsshark pegged the Eagles' chances of winning a title this season at 42 to 1. They were 18th out of 32 NFL teams. The Eagles became underdogs last month when star quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL. The Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, and Seahawks had the best chance of winning the Super Bowl, according to Oddsshark.

"If you told me before September, 'No you're not going to have Jason Peters, you're not going to have Darren Sproles, you're not going to have Jordan Hicks, you're eventually not going to have Carson Wentz, you're going to lose your best special teams player in  S Chris] Maragos - oh, by the way, your field goal kicker, you're not going to have him either - it's a lot of body blows at that point," Jeffrey Lurie said. "If you had said that, I would have told you, 'No I don't think we'll make the playoffs.' Right? So the resiliency amongst this group is phenomenal."

The Eagles came up with critical plays when they were most needed. They took risks and played consistently. Each individual player had an integral role throughout the season.

A football player faces countless challenges. To be the best, he must continually improve skills and execute each play with perfection; he must maintain excellent physical health, keep nerves in check and be continuously alert. He must continue to learn and know his competition.

Attitude is essential. A great football player does not doubt that he can achieve his goals. He does not give up. He thinks positively and is tough. In practice and in every game, he gives 100 percent.

Maintaining top physical health includes precise diet and rigorous exercise, regular doctor’s visits, addressing health concerns immediately.

People can learn quite a bit from football players. Many of a football players challenges can be applied to people’s lives. Continuing to learn and grow, having a positive attitude, giving 100 percent and maintaining physical health will help people to reach their goals.

Prior to the final Super Bowl game on Sunday night, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Pi Dental Center and Dr. Joseph Milavec of Boston made a friendly wager. If the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, Dr. Milavec's office would send New England clam chowder. If the New England Patriot's won, Pi Dental Center would be sending Dr. Milavec's office Philly Soft Pretzels.

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are good friends. And like Pi Dental Center, Dr. Milavec’s office offers high-quality dental care. Both Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are prosthodontists, dental specialists skilled in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Dental health is just as important as medical health and contributes to overall vitality.

Dental pain can dominate your life. When a tooth hurts or when it’s hard to chew, it is hard to concentrate on anything else. Dental emergencies disrupt your schedule and can affect everyone on “your team.”

But when your mouth feels comfortable, you are able to focus on goals. Healthy teeth and gums eliminate the possibility of being “out of action.” A healthy mouth allows you to perform at your highest possible level without distractions.

When a tooth is missing, your tongue will find that space hundreds of times each day. It’s more difficult to eat and speak. People who have missing teeth often feel self-conscious. A healthy attractive smile increases your overall confidence.

A dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants are scientifically proven to be effective with over 96% success rate. Dental implants replicate biologic tooth roots. They are made of titanium, a substance that is compatible with bone. Within a few months of implant placement, titanium osseointegrates (bonds) with bone. A tooth supported by a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. Because an implant supported is non-removable, you can be confident with daily activities like eating, talking and smiling.

Pi Dental Center is one of the leading centers for dental implant treatment in the United States.

Our center provides customized treatment options for each patient in a comfortable and relaxed setting. For patient comfort, dental implant placement can be performed under general anesthesia. Every member of the team is sensitive to our patients’ needs and excels in making every patient feel at ease. If you would like a winning smile contact Pi Dental Center at 215-646-6334 or contact us by clicking the button below.

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Sources:

http://www.pennlive.com/philadelphiaeagles/index.ssf/2018/01/super_bowl_surprise_philadelph.html

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/Barnwellx180205/2017-nfl-playoffs-how-philadelphia-eagles-beat-new-england-patriots-super-bowl-lii

Joseph J. Milavec, DMD, 400 Commonwealth Avenue # 1, Boston, MA 02215 • (617) 266-8404

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP, Pi Dental Center • 467 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 201 Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-646-6334

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