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How To Be An Educated Consumer While Shopping for Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jan 18, 2018 11:50:33 AM

Image of a scale illustrates balancing options and becoming an educated consumer.Today’s dental patient has more options than ever before for restoring health and beauty. In the prosthodontic offices, all ceramic crowns and ultra-thin veneers provide natural-looking restorations; and dental implants are the most cutting edge dental solution. A computer generated prostheses built upon an implant system that is scientifically and statistically successful is the most customized smile available, and in addition to excellent esthetics, has extraordinary longevity.

The internet has become the primary resource for the dental consumer to research dental care. Like any form of information gathering, one must peruse beyond the creative genius of the web designer to find the real qualifications of the doctor. These are not always apparent in photos of a slick environment or in the stage presence of a strong and authoritative personality.

While dental implants are not new, many practices have been slow to invest in the education, equipment and materials necessary to comprehensively provide this care. As a result, some doctors who advertise implant care are very new to these protocols. Seek experience. Ask for implant practice statistics. How many implants has the doctor placed? What is his published success rate?

Demand implant products that have been thoroughly scientifically researched and proven successful for the long term. New implant companies have popped up around the globe, mimicking the classics at lower price points. Do not forget the maxim, “You get what we pay for.” Fringe applications do not usually come with guarantees and once they have failed, they may be both physically and financially difficult to correct.

Don’t overlook the importance of the laboratory. The dentist will place the implants, engineer the design of your teeth, and eventually connect the teeth to the implants, but the actual fabrication of your smile will be in the hands of technicians whose level of skill is directly proportional to the strength, the shapeliness and the sparkling esthetics of the final result. Ask whether the lab is “in house.” Patients have the greatest input about the appearance of their smiles when the master technician can actually see the patient’s face.

Ask for a treatment time line. Your time is precious. You don’t want to spend too much of it in a dental chair. Current technology provides for high quality care with minimal visits.

a beautiful smileLook for patient testimonials. Word of mouth is the best reference. A reliable implant practice will have a roster of patients who will be pleased to share their experiences and who will offer many perspectives on how positively life-changing a smile can be.

Finally, test the team. Talk at length to the person who answers the phone. In a good practice the entire staff is integrated for the purpose of serving their patients’ needs. This person should be able and willing to provide a wealth of information about the practice. Look for a kind listener who also provides clear, complete, direct answers to your questions.

Dental implant treatment is a significant investment because the materials are costly and the expertise of many professionals is required to achieve superlative results. Shop carefully and invest wisely. A perfect smile yields lifelong rewards. Call 215-646-6334 for information about dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center or click this link to request info.

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Pi Dental Implant Videos Inform and Educate

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 9, 2016 11:40:36 AM

Dental Implant Education Videos Inform and Educate Patients

A picture is worth a thousand words and a video might even be worth more than that! And while dental implants  improve quality of life, restore confidence, and renew health, many people are undecided about this big step and are afraid to move forward.  Researching dental implant treatment options can be confusing and difficult. To make it easier for people to learn about implants, Pi Dental Center provides an extensive video library of documentaries on YouTube.  Our documentaries give clear and concise information including patient testimonials that motivate many to seek treatment. 

 Pi Dental Center has produced at least 105 high quality videos that have been viewed over 814,000 times!  Our videos include a wide array of subjects related to dental implant treatment. Actual Pi patients discuss their hopes and expectations, traumatic dental histories and the condition of their teeth before they came to Pi Dental Center. They describe how they felt at all stages of dental treatment and talk about their comfort level throughout the process.  Our patients relay what foods they ate, details about their post-op home care, and their amazing final transformations.  These patients continually report how much they are smiling now that they have gotten their lives back. 

Specific dental protocols in these documentaries include computer guided Teeth In A Day®, CM prostheses, the AvaDent digital cosmetic dentures, No Bone Solution, Zygomatic implant treatment, prosthodontic and lab techniques.  Many of our patients have high risk dental conditions including cancer, eating disorders, periodontal disease, severe bone loss and traumatic injury. 

Pi Dental Center is fortunate to be part of a clinical training center, the Institute for Facial Esthetics, where Drs. Balshi, Wolfinger and Bowers present advanced surgical training programs for dental professionals coming from all over the country to learn cutting-edge dental protocol.  Several of our dental implant videos demonstrate surgical placement and restoration. 

As Vice President of Marketing, Jake Verterano creates all of our documentary videos and surgical films in Pi’s Viewpoint Conference Center. 

Vice President of Marketing, Jake Verterano, creates documentaries and surgical videos.Jake states, “I’ve always loved telling stories – not just my own but other people’s. Everyone has a unique journey to share and something that makes them who they are. Video may just be the most important responsibility of mine at Pi and I absolutely love it. I interview many of our patients before and after their treatment and am able to show through video how they’ve gained confidence as a person. I have also created documentaries that have brought people to tears by capturing the emotion of our patients on film. It is perhaps the most rewarding aspect of my position. I may not be a clinical member of the staff but I’m able to hear the emotional aspect of how implants have helped change lives. I also film many surgeries for educational purposes. While some may find this a little gruesome, I love the challenge. I operate our fully functional television studio and have even broadcast surgeries across the country to dental conferences. I love hearing doctors tell me how much they loved the up close view of what Pi doctors are doing in the surgery.” 

Pi Dental Center dental education videos are for everyone; especially those who are interested in learning about dental implants.  Our goal is to provide coherent information for anyone who is looking for an effective solution to tooth loss, including people with accessibility barriers, such as those with disabilities.  We want our viewers to be able to navigate, comprehend, interact and benefit from our videos.  To reach our goal, we are gradually including closed-captioning in each video. This captioning has been carefully edited for accuracy. 

As Jake puts it, “Our video library has a little something for everyone. For dentists, there are graphic dental implant surgeries to watch. It’s also almost like our video collection is a heartwarming movie as you can see people who suffered their entire life and now have gone on to dreams they never thought possible. When our patients are the ones telling their story, when you can see it firsthand, that’s when people realize what Pi Dental Center has to offer. Seeing is believing.” 

We encourage you to visit us at: https://www.youtube.com/user/PiDentalCenter, watch our videos, subscribe to the PiDentalCenter channel, like and share our videos and comment on them.

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