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Making the World More Beautiful One Smile at a Time

Posted by By Blue Bell’s Finest Resident Writer Tamra Phillips on Aug 9, 2017 6:09:24 PM

 Photo: Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger

“Smile and the world smiles with you” is an old saying, but what if bad or missing teeth make you reluctant to smile?  A person self-conscious about their smile is held back from just being their confident best self —an exuberant or spontaneous smile just doesn’t happen.  If this sounds like you, or someone you know, I’ve got just the person you should talk to—and he’s a neighbor!

 Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Sawgrass Village.  He and his staff at Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington get no greater pleasure than resolving a dental challenge.  Some who walk through the Center’s doors have been told their dental problem can’t be fixed.  

“It’s incredibly satisfying when we get those real life-changing experiences,” Dr. Wolfinger said.  “We see a lot of patients who’ve been told they can’t have implants, or they’re not a good denture candidate, and we love seeing how getting their smile back can really change their lives.  That’s a great day.”

Pi Dental Center does all the normal things you're accustomed to at the dentist's office:  routine restorative and cosmetic dentistry, but is best known for its years of experience and success with dental implant treatment.  Teeth in a Day® is Pi's own trademarked protocol and represents an exclusive delivery system for a smile built upon dental implants that is achieved in a single visit.

Photo of Dr. Glenn Wolfinger with the clinical team at Pi Dental Center

“We have patients that come in from all over the world for our specialty work,” Dr. Wolfinger said.  “A lot of offices try to duplicate, but it’s not the same.  Teeth in a Day® is a process that we developed, published on, and have extensive experience doing.  The conventional process for getting an implant is you begin with the post insertion under the gum line.  Then you would wait 3-6 months, and then start building the teeth.  So for that 3-6 month period the person would suffer with removable dentures while they’re waiting for the bone to heal.”

“While I was at Harvard doing my studies there was a group of researchers there who were working on immediately loading the implants.  They published on it while I was there, so I was very familiar with the very early research.  When I joined my practice, I told my partner this is something we should get involved with, and we did a clinical study which was one of the first clinical studies with private patients with immediate loading.  We put implants in and teeth on the same day.  We follow the patients 24 years later.  It worked out wonderfully.  We published on it, and did additional studies helping refine the process.  Now it's the routine thing that everyone does."

Dr. Wolfinger went on to explain that there are not a lot of prosthodontists in the country—only a few thousand.  "It's one of the smallest of the 9 ADA specialties, but definitely a growing specialty because of the demand.  We're involved in restoring and replacing teeth:  dentures, crowns, fillings, and implants."  Dr. Wolfinger is also board certified.  "Everyone who goes through prosthodontic training is a prosthodontist, but you can go a step further and get your board certification.  When I got mine in 1997, there were only two in the Delaware Valley.  I'm now probably the longest standing board certified prosthodontist around.”

Glenn Wolfinger was born and raised in the Bustleton section of Northeast Philadelphia.  He graduated La Salle College High School and went on to Villanova University.  He received his DMD from Tufts University in Boston and did his general practice residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center, and his prosthodontic residency at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Boston and was a Clinical Fellow at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine, Department of Prosthodontics.

After leaving Harvard University School of Dental Medicine in 1993, Dr. Wolfinger joined Pi Dental Center as an associate and then quickly became a partner.  After nearly 24 years of providing dental care, Dr. Wolfinger became the sole owner of Pi Dental Center in early 2017 when his partner retired.

When asked about the name of his dental practice, Dr. Wolfinger explained when his partner was setting up the practice he wanted to incorporate the PI because Per-Ingvar (also known as P-I) Brånemark was the ‘father of modern dental implantology.”  Additionally, the name came from Prosthodontics Intermedica.  The Intermedica portion of the PI was used because the practice worked closely with other medical professions. 

Dr. Wolfinger is a full-time father of 3 children.  His eldest son Matthew is 19 and will be starting his third year at DeSales University.  Danny is 17 and entering his senior year at LaSalle College High School, his Dad’s alma mater.  Hope is 12 and going into 7th grade at Wissahickon Middle School.

His greatest passion after his family and dental practice?  GOLF!  “I love golfing at BBCC, Dr. Wolfinger said.  “I used to belong to Rivercrest in Skippack, but when we moved here two years ago, I joined and have met a lot of great people in the community and at the golf club.  I have friends I play with and get involved in the tournaments.”

In addition to Dr. Wolfinger, there are others at the Pi Dental Center affiliated one way or another with BBCC.  Julia Solomon, Bay Hill, has been a hygienist at the practice for about 20 years.  Stephen Balshi, who’s the son of Dr. Wolfinger’s former partner, Dr. Thomas Balshi, is a member of BBCC golf club. 

The Pi team is a family, and they look forward to welcoming more Blue Bell Country Club residents into the Pi family of patients.  Many neighbors are already Pi Dental Center fans.  "My experience with Pi Dental Center since 2010 has truly been a pleasure," said Birkdale resident Arpita Bhattacharjee.  "I have gone through initial assessment, actual procedure to annual maintenance, and I am very happy with the results, and look forward to my cleaning visits.  They are a professional team that functions as a family to take care of all dental needs with a personal touch.”

“Dr. Wolfinger and all the staff at Pi Dental Center are amazing,” added Alan Sausner, also of Birkdale.  “From day one I was treated like I am the most important person at the center.  As a patient, you are at ease knowing the experience and the professionalism that makes up this outstanding group!”

Pi Dental Center is located at 467 Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 201, Fort Washington.  You can reach the office at 215 646 6334, or piteam@pidentalcenter.com.  The website is pidentalcenter.com.

By Blue Bell’s Finest Resident Writer Tamra Phillips
Tamra has been a Blue Bell Country Club resident for 20+ years.
She can be reached at tamraphillips21@gmail.com.

Photos by Alex Lowy Photography LLC

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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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Prosthodontists Are Smiling: Their Victory Is Also Yours

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 21, 2015 4:17:36 PM

Thomas Balshi, Board Certified Prosthodontist with ACP members

Dr. Tom Balshi, the founder of the Pi Dental Center, was one of the first board certified prosthodontists to place dental implants.  To him, it only seemed the natural thing to do.  No architect wants to build his building on another man’s foundation.  Something is lost in the vision of the final result.  For the prosthodontist, building a smile with perfect occlusion means building it on implants set exactly where he wants them.  This is the mantra that has shaped Pi’s treatment protocols for the past twenty-nine years. 

Such a perfect world has not existed in prosthodontic offices across the country, and for a very long time there was controversy over the appropriateness of prosthodontists engaging in surgical procedures.  The pros and cons were at odds until enough education seeped through the corridors that even students saw the patient benefit of dental implant treatment all under a single specialist’s care. Eventually the American College of Prosthodontists banded together for the sake of their patients to be sanctioned as the primary deliverers of surgical and prosthetic dental implant restorations, and a strategic plan was made to aggressively seek approval. 

Winning poster presentation by Rob Slauch and Pi Prosthodontists

Today the jubilant letter arrived in Fort Washington from Dr. Frank Tuminelli, the current president of the American College of Prosthodontists, announcing that the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) has approved and will adopt the surgical placement of dental implants as an integral part of the training of all new prosthodontists. 

For the Pi team in Fort Washington, this is a tremendous victory.  It underscores a concept we have known is right and have fought to achieve for three decades.  In Dr. Tuminelli’s own words, our profession has forever changed for the better…and we can care for patients with the level of expertise they deserve. 

For those seeking dental implants now and for those who will seek them in the future, this is also a milestone.  The comfort of having expeditious treatment under one roof will be much more accessible.  Not every prosthodontist will elect to provide the treatment, but wherever the credentials of a board certified prosthodontist are displayed, there will be expert guidance for dental implant patients, and with their colleagues, the promise of predictable success.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
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Life Changing Dental Implant Smiles

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 15, 2014 9:06:00 AM

Scuba Diver and Dental Treatment

 

For a prosthodontist dedicated to dental implant care, the greatest reward is being an instrument of dramatic change.  Our patients at the Pi Dental Center all have stories.  They choose to invest in their smiles to become more healthy, to become more attractive, to become more stress free, to eat better, to kiss better, and to kiss pain goodbye.  Sometimes, it’s all of the above.

 

People only say the cost of dental implant care is expensive before the treatment. Once they possess the smile, they are enamored by their investment.  For almost every candidate, sparkling, healthy dental implant smiles are a lifelong, life-changing gift.

 

The Pi Dental Center’s very first dental implant patient would be well past a hundred years of age if he were still alive.  He was the embodiment of adventure, curious, outdoorsy and proverbially tanned.  He was passionate for causes, culture and world history, an explorer with an exotic palate, a collector of the unusual and a champion of the underdog in every venue of life.

 

Harry loved deep sea diving and personally knew Jacques Cousteau. His plunges into challenging waters ended abruptly though when he lost his teeth.  Dentures cannot grasp a mouthpiece to secure underwater breathing, so Harry’s world lost a lion’s share of color and excitement with his loss of teeth.  For him, dentures were equivalent to a loss of vision in his favorite dimension of life.

 

To Harry, dental implants became the magic that returned him to a coveted personal niche.  His new smile gave him back years, confidence, and vibrancy.  Dental implants single-handedly jumpstarted his spirit of adventure.

Years later a young woman, former WAVE with her own passion to dive for a living, came to the Pi Dental Center seeking dental implants and hoping to avoid dentures. Her natural teeth were infected and loose and her suffering was both physical and psychological, but the cost of dental implants was beyond her means.  Harry’s widow made up the shortfall in honor of her husband, and on the day that the final smile was delivered, she also gave Harry’s storied diving gear to Megan as the crowning gift.

Life changing. 

The Pi Dental Center’s very first dental implant patient would be well past a hundred years of age if he were still alive.  He was the embodiment of adventure, curious, outdoorsy and proverbially tanned.  He was passionate for causes, culture and world history, an explorer with an exotic palate, a collector of the unusual and a champion of the underdog in every venue of life.

Harry loved deep sea diving and personally knew Jacques Cousteau. His plunges into challenging waters ended abruptly though when he lost his teeth.  Dentures cannot grasp a mouthpiece to secure underwater breathing, so Harry’s world lost a lion’s share of color and excitement with his loss of teeth.  For him, dentures were equivalent to a loss of vision in his favorite dimension of life.

To Harry, dental implants became the magic that returned him to a coveted personal niche.  His new smile gave him back years, confidence, and vibrancy.  Dental implants single-handedly jumpstarted his spirit of adventure.

Years later a young woman, former WAVE with her own passion to dive for a living, came to the Pi Dental Center seeking dental implants and hoping to avoid dentures. Her natural teeth were infected and loose and her suffering was both physical and psychological, but the cost of dental implants was beyond her means.  Harry’s widow made up the shortfall in honor of her husband, and on the day that the final smile was delivered, she also gave Harry’s storied diving gear to Megan as the crowning gift.

Life changing. 

- See more at: http://www.firstclassdentalimplants.com/blog/#sthash.niTKx21M.dpuf

For a prosthodontist dedicated to dental implant care, the greatest reward is being an instrument of dramatic change.  Our patients at the Pi Dental Center all have stories.  They choose to invest in their smiles to become more healthy, to become more attractive, to become more stress free, to eat better, to kiss better, and to kiss pain goodbye.  Sometimes, it’s all of the above.

People only say the cost of dental implant care is expensive before the treatment. Once they possess the smile, they are enamored by their investment.  For almost every candidate, sparkling, healthy dental implant smiles are a lifelong, life-changing gift.

The Pi Dental Center’s very first dental implant patient would be well past a hundred years of age if he were still alive.  He was the embodiment of adventure, curious, outdoorsy and proverbially tanned.  He was passionate for causes, culture and world history, an explorer with an exotic palate, a collector of the unusual and a champion of the underdog in every venue of life.

Harry loved deep sea diving and personally knew Jacques Cousteau. His plunges into challenging waters ended abruptly though when he lost his teeth.  Dentures cannot grasp a mouthpiece to secure underwater breathing, so Harry’s world lost a lion’s share of color and excitement with his loss of teeth.  For him, dentures were equivalent to a loss of vision in his favorite dimension of life.

To Harry, dental implants became the magic that returned him to a coveted personal niche.  His new smile gave him back years, confidence, and vibrancy.  Dental implants single-handedly jumpstarted his spirit of adventure.

Years later a young woman, former WAVE with her own passion to dive for a living, came to the Pi Dental Center seeking dental implants and hoping to avoid dentures. Her natural teeth were infected and loose and her suffering was both physical and psychological, but the cost of dental implants was beyond her means.  Harry’s widow made up the shortfall in honor of her husband, and on the day that the final smile was delivered, she also gave Harry’s storied diving gear to Megan as the crowning gift.

Life changing. 

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Nutrition and Patients Part 3: Milk Shakes and Smiles at the Bistro

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 31, 2014 2:31:00 PM

Smiles Bistro in Fort Washington

The Smiles Bistro has a new “flavor.”  Earlier this month, Kelsey Dougherty and Joe Bruno took over management of the restaurant and are enthusiastic about their unique new menu offerings. What will remain the same are the wonderful Pi milkshakes.

As a matter of fact, this in-house restaurant came into being because of these milk shakes! To help patients recover comfortably following Teeth In A Day dental implant surgery, Pi Dental Center offered refreshing milk shakes during recovery. 

As Mrs. Joanne Balshi explains, “Teeth in a Day® is much more than a clinical procedure. It is a total embrace of a patient in need of a completely restored smile. There is a definite nutrition component to dental implant surgery, and our famous Pi milkshake following the placement of implants led straight to the concept of Smiles Bistro. Our little oasis is a haven for comfort food and TLC and uplifts not only patients, but everyone coming in and out of the building.”

Before the Bistro opened its doors, a staff member had to run out to buy milkshakes. Lunches for doctors taking dental courses at the Viewpoint Conference Center were catered by outside establishments, with inconsistent results. Many options were considered to provide better food in a timely manner and the idea for an on-site restaurant provided the answer.

Joe Bruno describes his philosophy, “When we were asked about taking over management for the bistro, I used what I learned from my fine dining experiences as a chef and my experiences working in corporate dining to develop a menu with quality ingredients that would be appealing to everyone and wouldn't take too long to make. If there's one thing I know about lunch time it's that you don't have much time. So speed is as important as quality. We try to make things as quick as Wawa but as good as Ristorante Toscanos. 

Kelsey expresses her enthusiasm, “Re-opening Smiles Bistro with Joe is very exciting for me. I am now able to do my two favorite things all day: cooking and talking to people. Every morning I come in and get the coffee started and customers start coming in and are more than excited to talk with me while they fix up their coffee and I fix up their breakfast. It is my goal to provide a friendly atmosphere and great food.” 

The bistro offers breakfast and lunch.  Belgian waffles, pancakes, omelets and fresh fruit are just a few choices available for breakfast. Soups, wraps, Panini sandwiches and salads and many other options are available on the lunch menu. Specials and desserts are provided daily.

The Smiles Bistro is a comfortable friendly place where patients, staff and visitors can grab a quick snack, or enjoy a relaxing meal with a friend. It is a place where family and friends can sit and wait for patients using our wireless network to connect to the web with their laptops and mobile devices.  The diverse menu provides many tasty and affordable options.

And of course, the Smiles Bistro still makes the best milkshakes!

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Learning to Relax During Dental Treatment

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 10, 2014 4:47:00 PM

Learning to Relax During Dental Care
While some patients approach the process of dental implant treatment with minimal or no anxiety, some patients may feel a sense of worry and even dread. The reasons for this anxiety can include fear of needles, “going under” from general anesthesia or the fear of experiencing pain and discomfort. Many of these symptoms are common for anyone who is approaching a medical or dental procedure. This is called anticipatory anxiety.

Developing coping strategies for anticipatory anxiety can be critical in creating a more comfortable and even positive experience as a part of having a dental implant procedure. Here are some strategies to consider:

1) Ask as many questions of your prosthodontist and the staff as you need to prior to agreeing to the procedure. Feeling informed and educated can be very important in decreasing any fears or anxiety. Examples of possible questions include asking what exactly will be done and how long will each step of the dental implant process take. Discussing the options for pain management and discomfort during and after the procedures can be important.

2) Try to understand your own anxiety. Psychological research has shown that people who take time to reflect on their own fears can prevent the anxiety from taking place. Ask yourself what is the worst fear I have as I think about having a dental implant? Speaking about your concerns with your prosthodontist and his or her staff can help prepare you and the dental team for your upcoming procedure. If you have a history of anxiety it is important to let the doctor know about it. The doctor or the staff can answer questions and alleviate some of your fears.

3) Once you have a more clear understanding of what you are fearful of try to have a conversation with yourself to help calm yourself. These inner conversations are normal and are like having a self-coach who is reassuring and encouraging. It can also be helpful to speak with a mental health professional about your fears if needed.

4) Practicing relaxation exercises, such as deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing has been shown to lower heart rate, blood pressure and symptoms of anxiety. Once you experience the ability to relax, you can approach your dental implant procedure with improved confidence. It is easy to learn deep breathing or diaphragmatic breathing.

Start by finding a comfortable chair, couch or bed to sit or lie on. Place your hand on your belly and take a deep breath. As you breathe in imagine that your lungs are like a balloon, a three dimensional object that can inflate both outward and upward. As you breathe in you will feel your hand on your belly rise up slowly. That is your lungs expanding and is the signal that you are breathing more deeply. Once you have taken in a full breath hold it for a few seconds and notice the fullness of your breath and then slowly begin to release that breath. Feel the letting go of the breath and let it all the way out. Then take another full deep breath and hold that as well. Repeat the deep breathing a third time. Then continue to breathe normally. Listening to calm music can be helpful during your relaxation exercise. As you continue to breathe you can choose to take a deeper more full breath anytime that you wish.

5) You can also begin to focus in your mind’s eye on a safe and positive place. Perhaps a place that you have been to before or that you would like to go to or have seen in a movie. This part of the relaxation exercise is called visualization or imagery. The safe place should include all of the senses. Ask yourself what you see in the place. What is there and who are you with or are you alone. What sounds are a part of this place and what is the temperature there? Is it warm or cold? What does it smell like in your safe place? Perhaps the smell of the beach or water or of trees or flowers?

6) You can also try to imagine a gentle wave of relaxation starting at the top of your head and gently moving downward into your forehead and eyes and then into your jaw muscles and chin. This gentle wave of relaxation can continue downward through your whole body until it reaches the tip of your toes.

Practicing each of these relaxation exercises twice per day can help to decrease anxiety and increase a sense of self-confidence. You can look at these exercises as tools that you can use, even during your dental implant procedures. There is always the option of medication to cope with anxiety and that option should be discussed with your doctor in advance of the implant. The relaxation strategies described above can often preclude the need for medication and should be tried prior to utilizing anti-anxiety medicine. These strategies can help to make the process of dental implants go more smoothly.

Daniel A. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
http://www.drdanpsychologist.com/
Dr. Schwarz is a Licensed Psychologist who has been in private practice in the Philadelphia area since 1988 providing treatment for a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues.

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Pi Dental Center Featured in Philly News

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 7, 2013 10:15:00 AM

WAWA Worker Receives New Smile

The Philadelphia Daily News featured Pi Dental Center describing the events that led to the treatment of a Port Richmond woman's dental implant treatment.

In the early hours of August 28th, while waiting for a bus, Barbara was attacked by two malicious robbers, damaging her teeth.

Glenn Wolfinger, DMD, of Pi Dental Center read Barbara's story and decided to help.

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The No Bone Solution of Dental Implant Treatment

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Dec 20, 2012 3:34:00 PM

A healthy smile is achieved using the No Bone Solution Dental Implant Protocol

Patients, who have been told that they do not have enough bone for successful dental implant treatment, feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the limited number of options presented to them by their dentists.  Many of these patients are presented with a choice of removable dentures or lengthy and invasive treatment protocols.

Some of the dilemmas denture wearers experience include sore spots on the gums from rubbing, a decrease in bite force and an inability to eat many foods. Loose dentures move around and cause embarrassment in public. Some denture wearers have difficulty speaking with whistling or clicking of denture teeth.  Many people who wear dentures also complain that food tastes bland.

Successful dental implant rehabilitation of the upper arch depends on the quality and quantity of bone.  The term used to describe an upper jaw with very little bone is called a severely atrophic maxilla.  Rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla presents significant challenges for treatment.  Inadequate bone volume often results in the use of bone grafting procedures that can lengthen treatment time and delay delivery of the non-removable prosthesis.

The No Bone Solution is a special treatment protocol developed at the Pi Dental Center. It combines unique computer guided implant surgery with precision screw retained fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla. The protocol eliminates the need for invasive bone grafting and extensive procedures.

This summer, The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry published, A “No Bone” Treating the Atrophic Maxilla with Immediate Implant-Supported Fixed Prosthesis. Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi MBE wrote the article, which provided CE credits for dental professionals.

This article identified patients who might be candidates for this type of treatment.  It discussed zygomatic and pterygomaxillary implants and described minimally invasive timesaving benefits of this protocol in comparison to sinus lift procedures.

The No Bone Solution protocol provides a restorative option for patients with severely atrophic maxillary bone. This protocol does not require bone augmentation and significantly reduces total treatment time for the patient compared to alternative procedures.

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How Biting Forces Effect Teeth With Large Fillings

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Aug 27, 2012 1:48:00 PM

A description of how biting forces

Filling or Crown

When a patient has a cavity (caries), the dentist must consider whether a composite restoration (filling) or a crown is the best option to repair the tooth.  If the cavity is large, biting forces exerted on the tooth must be considered.

When a person chews, tremendous forces are exerted on the teeth.  Up to 573 pounds can be exerted on the molar teeth!  This is why it is so important for dental restorations to be strong enough to withstand those forces.   Once a filling becomes too wide or too deep, the integrity of the tooth is compromised.

Large fillings destabilize teeth and, over time, biting forces from the opposing teeth can cause cracks, breakage, inflamed roots and pain.
Biting forces can cause the tooth to crack at the base.  Decay can occur causing tooth to fracture.

Complete crowns are restorations that cover the entire tooth. They offer a better option by providing more stability than a large filling.

 

 

 

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Cancer Survivor Discusses Dental Implant Treatment

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 22, 2012 9:42:00 AM

Cancer Survivor Discusses Dental Implant Treatment

Lynne is a cancer survivor who lost most of her mouth during treatment. Pi gave her the gift of a smile. Here is her story.

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