Sink Your Teeth Into This One! Pi Dental Center is Serving “the Capital Smile”

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on May 23, 2016 2:25:01 PM

Sink your teeth into a sumptuous steak dinner (Photo from Bridget's Steakhouse)

After thirty years courting revolutionary exploration of prosthodontic possibilities, The Pi Dental Center is proud to announce another new concept in smile building. Because we can now engineer superior durability with no sacrifice to translucent, natural esthetics, we are naming the ultimate Pi dental restoration our “Capital Smile.”

The name comes from the complaint most often brought to the Pi Dental Center — “I can’t eat anything that tastes good.”  Taking that to the highest level solution, it is our goal that our patients can enjoy the most sumptuous premium steaks at establishments like The Capital Grille with no worries.  No pain. No motion.  No chewing issues.  No breakage.  Just pure dining pleasure.

Capital GrilleThe specialty of Prosthodontics has been impacted over the years with ever changing science and technology leading to a man-made third set of teeth.  The first giant steps were cosmetic. Laboratories developed artistic ways to shape and color teeth so that crowns and veneers no longer appeared horsey, and in the hands of a skillful clinician became indistinguishable from natural teeth.  Later the advent of dental implant restorations with CADCAM technology made the architecture of the smile more solid and functional, promoting longevity of the restoration prosthesis.  Seemingly the profession was on the threshold of the ideal smile, even if a bit costly for the average pocket.

Halfway through 2016, it’s an intensely blended dedication of engineering, product development, cosmetic experience, fresh ideas and collaboration with the worldwide expertise of Global Dental Science, Inc., headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, creator of AvaDent digital removable dentures. Pi has always been about providing our patients the highest quality in the shortest time possible with consideration of the investment. The “Capital Smile” will upgrade technology, increase durability and longevity, and become a more cost effective way to sport a young, healthy smile.

Look for it first at Pi Dental Center, home of Teeth in a Day® dental implants. Consider dental implant treatment so that you can sink your teeth

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* Photo of steak dinner graciously submitted by Brian Forrest

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Why Pi? Our restorative dental care is both skilled and heartfelt

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Feb 19, 2016 5:11:41 PM

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Patients who come to Pi for restorative dental care often write us “love letters” expressing their sheer wonderment at how profoundly we prioritize each individual.  Though many come for the miraculous cosmetic techniques available as a quick fix in today’s prosthodontics, most still come with serious dental issues that affect function, create pain, and diminish overall health.  Those patients are anxious, have fears and need questions comprehensively answered.  From the first phone call to our reception staff to the delivery of our most custom restoration, our eyes, ears and even arms are open to give first class personal service to every human being.

Not all prosthodontics involves teeth, though, and on this gray February day in Fort Washington, a small glow came from the operating room where a most heartwarming procedure was taking place. Those who follow our Pi Foundation stories know that one of our youngest patients is a charming young Afro-American soccer enthusiast who came to Pi not for dental implants but for implants to give him back a nose! Having been viciously attacked by a wild hyena when only six years old, our Sisay lost the entire center of his face and was substantially disfigured until the Pi team came up with a prosthetic replacement, especially designed to be altered when a growing boy required a new look.

Today, another young, vivacious Afro-American boy nearly the same size as Sisay, volunteered to have an impression of his nose taken to help our team create Sisay’s next nose.  The procedure was painless and simple, but the concept was really no different than the concept of a living organ donor.  A child was using his own body to enhance the physical existence of another. Surrounded by our Pi team of doctors, two sweetheart dental assistants and our bio-medical engineer, the appropriate model was taken and the production of a nose-to-grow-with is now underway.

Why Pi?  This simple project was unrushed.  The people involved were keenly compassionate and sensitive to both children, aware of the value of the gift in the development of an invaluable medical solution.  It was not simply a process; it was a fulfillment.  Alongside creative, cutting edge technology was the unmistakable impact of a tender and lingering human touch, something rarely reported in 2016 healthcare.

Everything went so smoothly that the appointment took less time than expected—another hallmark of dental care at Pi Dental Center.  When the doctors were finished, Martha and Julie remained with the boys, gave both of their faces a little spa treatment, and most importantly engaged in conversation that was right in their young zone.

This little excerpt from a Wednesday at Pi is a small taste of the big picture.  Why Pi?
Because when people are hurting, our job is not just nuts and bolts and know-how.  It’s the CARE part of healthcare and we challenge ourselves to do it better than anyone else around.

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Pi Dental Center Holds Photo Caption Contest

Posted by Chris Raines on Jan 25, 2016 10:19:54 AM

Pi Dental Implant Center Photo Caption Contest Winners

Pi Dental Center recently held a photo caption contest. Patients, social media followers from Facebook, Twitter and newsletter readers were invited to submit captions for a photo featuring a Budweiser horse. Over thirty-four humorous, creative and imaginative captions were submitted.

Our Pi team voted for their favorite captions. First place winning clever quote, “Just say "Neyyyy" to Tooth Decay.......!!!,” was submitted by Darren Rapp. Honorable mention went to Tammy Eichelberger for her whimsical music reference, “Watch me NAE NAE..Watch me..Watch me.” Each winner received a prize package in the mail.

OTHER SUBMITTED CAPTIONS:

  • I'd sure look better if I had my teeth cleaned at Pi Dental!
  • I Got My New Smile At The Pi Center.....And It Didn't Hurt A Bit!!!! Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
  • Hey Doc, You forgot my side teeth.
  • No Horsing Around....go to PI Dental for Your Beautiful Smile!
  • What do you mean I should make an appointment with Pi Dental!!
  • Dr. B., Thanks so much for the implant supported smile. Though I think I misunderstood you when you said I'd be a little hoarse afterwards.
  • Toothless happiness, forever!"
  • Holy Horses! Hope you have a Happy Holiday!
  • Seasons Greeting from our Stable to Yours
  • Straight from the horse’s mouth wishing everyone a "Happy New Year
  • Pi Dental Center has given me my confidence back. I can laugh again!
  • Giddy Up! Let’s go!
  • Look, Ma, no cavities!!!! (Remember that old TV commercial??? LOL)
  • NEW TEETH..IN ONE DAY
  • I said BAH HUMBUG!!
  • Vertical Maxillary Excess • You said 'Open wide'!
  • Look at my new choppers, aren't they grand!!!!
  • I LOVE PI DENTAL :) • Of course I floss!
  • Just check 'em and be done with it!
  • Dr. Balshi has patients in every state -- Now it's time to have patients in every STABLE!"
  • No horsing around get your dental exam at "Prosthodontics Intermedica" it the greatest place around!
  • Ma! The hay! Now!!
  • HEY!! Don't be horsing around with your dental care or you'll look like this!! Get on over to Pi and let Dr. Balshi and his staff make you proud to smile like this!!
  • Someone needs to tell this horse--that he overdue for dental hygiene visit ---looks like he needs a good cleaning!!!
  • Maybe some implants too!!!
  • Poster Horse for Zoom Whitening…
  • Look Ma, no cavities now that I've been to PI Dental • I should have gone to PI.
  • Steve Harvey is announcing the next Kentucky Derby? Now that is as funny as me going somewhere other than PI to get my molars replaced! • I believe, I believe!
  • Loving my all-on-16 procedure!

The photo (above) was taken in December, when the famous and majestic Budweiser Clydesdale horses paraded through nearby Ambler.

Thank you to all who participated in this awesome event. We hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did. Please stay tuned for upcoming contests and activities at Pi Dental Center.

Pi Dental Center offers progressive, innovative dental solutions giving patients of all ages beautiful smiles. "We build attractive, custom smiles…no horsing around!" Call us if you are looking to find a dentist or need dental care at 215-646-6334 or email piteam@pidentalcenter.com to learn more. 

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From Halitosis to a Dazzling “Breath of Fresh Air”

Posted by Chris Raines on Dec 3, 2015 4:52:54 PM

Rigorously follow the oral hygiene routine that you and your dentist discussed!

Did you ever notice that someone’s breath was so bad that you wondered if they could actually be unaware of it? Some people really don’t know they have bad breath.  They’ve probably become desensitized to it.

Bad breath is embarrassing, affects a person’s social life and can even have a negative impact on their career and job prospects. Many factors can cause bad breath and there are several proven methods to ensure that the mouth is “a breath of fresh air.”

The most common cause of bad breath is poor oral hygiene.  When food particles are not properly removed, they become embedded along the gum line, between teeth and on the surface of the tongue. The deteriorating food particles can produce gum inflammation and a bacterial infection which can result in cause an unpleasant odor.

Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by the buildup of plaque on teeth. Persistent bad breath or bad taste can be warning signs of gum disease. Bacteria cause toxins to form, which irritate the gums. If this disease continues untreated, it can damage the gums and jawbone.

Several diseases and illnesses can cause bad breath. Respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia or bronchitis, chronic sinus infections, postnasal drip, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, liver or kidney problems and some autoimmune diseases like Sjögren’s syndrome are associated with bad breath. A number of medications are prone to produce an unpleasant taste or odor or cause dry mouth, which in turn leads to bad breath.

Dry mouth (also called xerostomia) can cause bad breath because saliva is necessary to moisten the mouth, neutralize acids produced by plaque, and wash away debris that accumulate on the tongue, gums, and cheeks. If not removed, this debris can decompose and can cause bad breath. Dry mouth can be a side effect of various medications, radiation and chemotherapy, salivary gland problems and breathing through the mouth.

Poorly fitting dental appliances, yeast infections of the mouth, and dental caries (cavities) can cause halitosis.

Alcohol consumption and tobacco use both dry out the mouth and cause bad breath. Smoking damages the whole body at the cellular level, including the mouth.  Smoking increases the risk of gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems.

While most people are aware that foods that contain garlic, onions and strong spices cause a mouth odor, sweets do so as well. Sugar feeds the bacteria that cause bad breath. 

The caffeine in coffee dries the mouth, helping bacteria to flourish and increasing bad breath.

Dieting and fasting can also cause bad breath by causing the body to break down fat, which produces chemicals called ketones that have an odor.

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