A Patient’s 30 Year Dental Implant Success Story

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 4, 2019 2:17:46 PM

The entrance to Pi Dental Center.

Thirty years is a long time.
A new report outlines the treatment of a Pi Dental Center patient who had dental implants for over 30 years. Now that’s an awesome success story!

In February, The Journal of Prosthodontics published an article written by Pi Dental Center dentists, Thomas Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger called, “A 30-Year Follow-Up of a Patient with Mandibular Complete-Arch Fixed Implant-Supported Prosthesis on 4 Implants: A Clinical Report.” Stephen Balshi MBE of CM Prosthetics and Dr. Avinash Bidra co-wrote the article. Read Article.

The report outlined dental implant placement and ongoing treatment for a patient who had implants placed in the lower jaw supporting a full fixed implant-supported prosthesis. While most longitudinal studies have tracked patient treatment for 10 years, this one was unique in tracking patient care for 30 years.

In 1987, our patient was 53 years old. She was missing all of her upper teeth. Her lower teeth required removal due to severe periodontal disease with extensive bone loss. For her lower jaw, our patient chose the All-On-4 Dental Implant Treatment Protocol, a cost effective option that allows patients with financial challenges to have fixed teeth. She wore a complete removable denture in her upper jaw.

Key To Long Term Success

A key to long-term success is vigilant oral hygiene and regularly scheduled professional maintenance visits. With diligent follow-up care, the All-On-4 Dental Implant Protocol has proven to be a viable treatment option.

Our patient retained all four implants for 30 years with good bone levels and no biological complications. Frequent maintenance visits ensured that prosthodontic complications were swiftly resolved and chewing ability was maintained.

“Patients shouldn’t have to put their lives on hold because of dental problems. At Pi Dental Center, timely dental care is a priority. With our trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol, patients can return to their normal routines quickly,” states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger.

Pi Dental Center can help you to achieve your goal of a beautiful functional smile in a short time. Our efficient protocols make your dental care convenient. Our caring staff makes your experience pleasant. Trust your dental care to Pi Dental Center.

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Tags: dental implant research, All-On-4 dental implant treatment, prosthodontist

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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Tags: dental implant treatment, American College of Prosthodontics, dental implant research, board certified prosthodontist

Spotlight on Pi Dental Center Research

Posted by Pi Dental Center on May 13, 2014 4:40:00 PM

Dental Research at Pi Dental Center

Research has always been an integral part of Pi Dental Center. Founder, Dr. Thomas Balshi began doing dental research in 1977 and has continued that tradition with his partner, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, and the Pi Dental Center team. They have written over 100 articles on their research results which have appeared in notable dental journals such as the: Journal of Prosthodontics, The International Journal of Maxillofacial Implants, Compendium, Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery and The Journal of Implant and Advanced Clinical Dentistry. Both Balshi and Wolfinger have also presented their research at dental symposia worldwide.

Researchers at Pi Dental Center have studied implant placement protocols and success rates for All-On-4, Teeth-In-A-Day, No Bone Solution, Guided Implant Treatment, and Single Tooth Implant Treatment. They have evaluated Brånemark Zygomatic and TiUnite Implants. They have investigated patients with special needs and conditions such as congenital dental disorders, diabetes and tooth loss due to trauma. Additionally, they look for ways to optimize patient treatment procedures, laboratory techniques and the effects of treatment on a patient’s psychosocial health.

Two key researchers working closely with Dr. Balshi and Dr. Wolfinger are Stephen Balshi and Dr. Kimberly Boyd. Stephen Balshi, a biomedical engineer, is, in addition to being the CEO of CM Prosthetics, also the Pi Dental Center Director of Research. Dr. Boyd, who joined the "Pi" team in 2013, is Chair and Associate Professor of Biology and Coordinator of First-Year Advising at Cabrini College with a background in physiology.

Pi Dental Center has partnered with Cabrini College to their mutual advantage.  Students provide the dental center with assistance in analytical and other research tasks while the dental center gives students the opportunity to participate in actual ongoing studies. For example, psychology majors trained in social science can conduct statistical analyses, while biology majors can examine the specimens collected from patients in the lab at Cabrini.

Pi Dental Center and Cabrini College have formed a partnership in research. This joint venture has been advantageous to both dental center and school. Pi Dental Center is able to engage Cabrini students in actual ongoing research. Psychology majors trained in social science conduct statistical analysis. Biology majors evaluate samples in the lab at Cabrini.

There are four studies currently underway:

Self-Esteem Study: While significant improvement in oral health and quality of life have been frequently reported, very little current dental literature has focused on the effect dental implants have on a patient's self-esteem.  Over the years, the team and Pi Dental Center has noticed an improvement in patient self-esteem following dental implant treatment.  Impact of TEETH-IN-A-DAY on Psychosocial Well-being is an in-depth look at this change in self-esteem with data collected from day of initial consultation through the completion of treatment. The study covers patients who receive a single implant as well as those who require full-mouth restorations.

Smoking Study: Smoking has a negative impact on overall health, and the association between smoking and declining oral health, tooth loss, periodontal disease, and dental implant failure has been well documented. This study, called, "The Impact of Smoking on Dental Implant Short-term Survival and Long-term Success: Quantifying Smoking Toxin Levels," goes further by examines patients' smoking habits, history and how it impacts dental implant survival in order to determine the specific level of smoking that relates to implant failure.

While, previous smoking studies have relied on questionnaires, Dr. Boyd states,  "This study is unique. We do not rely on questionnaires to determine the level the patient smokes. People do not admit how much they actually smoke. We are measuring the toxins in bone." Bone samples are taken during surgery, which are then analyzed using atomic absorption spectroscopy to determine lead and cadmium levels. These heavy metal toxins found in all types of tobacco products are good measures of long-term toxin accumulation. Saliva is also collected during healing and recovery process and analyzed to determine nicotine levels. This study of the relationship between implant outcomes and measured concentrations of smoking toxins will help to quantify the risk of implant failure in patients who smoke.

All-On-4 Study: The All-On-4 dental implant protocol is a cost-effective treatment approach to non-removable dental restoration. This All-On-4 study explores the suitability of using tilted implants to provide a fixed prosthesis for full arch rehabilitation.  Implant stability and survival will be evaluated.

Impression Technique Report: The goal of the last research project illustrates the accuracy of the impression process during the Teeth In A Day Protocol. A review of all related dental literature is underway.

Following Dr. Boyd's first visit, she commented, "Pi Dental Center was so engaged in research. It was very impressive."

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In the Photo: Viewpoint operatory where general ansesthesia can be provided and surgery filmed, Kimberly L. Boyd, Ph.D. collects data, Hillierie and Shirley, Pi Staff, update records in research database, Stephen Balshi, MBE evaluates prosthesis. 


By Chris Raines
Web Site Administrator
Pi Dental Center

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