Pi Dental Center's New eBook

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 6, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Learn the Basics: Dental Implant Treatment at Pi Dental CenterDental implants are the first choice in dental care for the replacement of missing teeth. Pi Dental Center has produced a handy guide to dental implant treatment in a convenient eBook.


In this eBook you will learn about life-changing dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center with our new eBook. This detailed volume describes what to expect at every stage of treatment.


Here is a list of some of the subjects covered in the eBook:

• What are dental implants?
• Your first and second visits to Pi
• Will the procedure hurt?
• How long will it take?
• The healing phase of treatment
• Your final smile
• Ten reasons to choose implants
• What is a prosthodontist?
• Dentures accelerate aging. Dental implants preserve youth.
• Dental implants versus crowns or bridges
• Everyday rewards with dental implants
• Avoiding chips and breaks
• Dental implant technology
• Teeth in a Day®
• “No Bone Solutions.”
• Zygomatic implants
• The All-On-4® Treatment Concept
• The AvaDent® digital implant supported prosthesis
• General anesthesia
• How do I maintain my dental implants?
• Fees and insurance

Click the link below to request your copy.

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Dental Implant Searches In Google

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 17, 2020 12:00:00 PM

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Google is the largest search engine in the world with 3.5 billion searches per day. We answered some of the most frequently asked questions about dental implants that "Googler's" ask.

Why Get Dental Implants

Permanent teeth add comfort, security, confidence, and vitality to your quality of life. Besides the psychological benefits of having natural looking beautiful teeth, a fixed smile eliminates lifelong visits for the relining of removable dentures as the gum and bone tissue perpetually recedes.

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Over forty years of worldwide research has shown that dental implants are safe and that titanium is biologically compatible with the human body. Many of the earliest dental implant patients continue to enjoy healthy, stable smiles.

How Do Dental Implants Stay In Place?

Osseointegration is what makes dental implants stay in place. When a titanium dental implant is surgically placed, it fuses to the jaw bone over a period of 3 to 5 months. Osseointegration is the name for this biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Most implant procedures can be performed using local anesthesia. Local or general anesthesia helps to ensure that your procedure is pain-free. -----Pi Dental Center offers general anesthesia through the services of an experienced, board certified anesthesia team.

What Are All On 4 Dental Implants?

Dental implant procedures using the All-On-4® treatment concept is a cost-effective option that provides stability and outstanding esthetic results. A non-removable prosthesis is supported by four dental implants positioned for maximum stability. Implants can be placed using Teeth In A Day® and computer guided implant protocols. The success rate for prostheses built on four implants in each arch is the same as the success rate for cases requiring more anchorage. All-On-4® allows a patient to choose from a wide variety of approaches to the fabrication of their new smile. The final prosthesis can be made in various grades of laboratory materials from acrylic to porcelain.

What Are Mini Dental Implants?

Mini-implants have been touted as an inexpensive option for tooth replacement. Unfortunately, research has shown that mini-implants do not provide sufficient support for the strong forces of biting and chewing that a dental prosthesis must withstand. The purpose of the dental implant is to take the place of a natural tooth root, the stronger the implant, the more stable and enduring the restoration built upon it will be. Mini-implants cannot do this. Read more about mini implants.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

Costs vary depending on the number of implants, the type of prosthesis, bone grafting, anesthesia and whether extractions and other procedures will be performed. The best way to determine cost is to schedule an initial evaluation in our center.

When considering dental implant treatment, it is important to consider value. While dental implants are more costly than other options like removable dentures, the long-term value makes them a great financial investment.

Prosthetic teeth do not decay. Removable dentures require frequent relines and can move.

Damaged teeth are usually painful and removable dentures can be quite uncomfortable. Perfectly fitting dental implant teeth are comfortable and functional

Dental implants contribute to your overall health. A key part of dental implant treatment is removal of diseased teeth. You can eat what you want and your nutrition improves.

At the Pi Dental Center, we rely on evidence-based science and we use only the highest quality materials with proven track records. Our fees are competitive.

Where Is The Cheapest Place To Get Dental Implants?

As with most purchases, you get what you pay for. Many implant advertisements promote a “cheap low-cost deal.” In some cases, these companies show the cost for one part of service and the total fee is much higher than advertised. In other cases, low quality components are used. Dental implant treatment is very specialized and complex. Don’t scrimp on your health!

Are Dental Implants Covered By Health Insurance?

Typically, medical carriers do not provide coverage however dental insurance might. Since no two dental plans are the same, it is best to submit a predetermination prior to scheduling a procedure. Many plans cover part of the implant treatment such as extractions and radiographs and some may reimburse part of the prosthetic fee. It is also important to know what your maximum limit is per calendar year. For most patients, the limit is $1,500.00.

Pictures of Dental Implants

There are many photos of dental implant patients on our Pi Dental Center website. Click here to view.

How long do dental implants last?

With regular maintenance and care and good general health, dental implants can last a lifetime.

The long-term success of implants depends on how well they are maintained. Shortly after implant treatment is completed, an oral hygiene cleaning and home care instruction is scheduled.

Home care instruction is a home care regimen that is specifically designed to meet your unique requirements. It includes training in correct brushing techniques. Dental implants require just as much care as natural teeth. A consistent schedule of brushing and flossing helps to ensure that your implants and gums stay healthy.

Regular dental office visits ensure that your implants and mouth remain in top condition. It is recommended that patients visit their dentist for professional cleanings every 3 to 6 months.

Like natural teeth, periodontal disease can affect the tissues around dental implants. Periodontal disease, if left untreated, can cause bone loss and lead to the loss of dental implants.

If you are missing teeth, consider dental implant treatment. Dental implants improve your health, confidence and self-esteem. If you would like to schedule an evaluation or have additional questions about dental implants please contact us.

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Tooth Loss Facts

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Dec 10, 2019 2:23:33 PM

Tooth Loss Facts GraphicQuiz Question: Which of the following tooth loss facts is true?

  1. A. At least 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth.
  2. B. The number of people who are missing at least one tooth is increasing.
  3. C. Losing teeth can feel devastating.
  4. D. All of the above 

The answer is: D (All of the above)

Many people in the United States have missing teeth and the number is growing. Losing your teeth can feel devastating! Loss of teeth affects your overall health, appearance and lifestyle. But you can avoid losing your teeth by following a rigorous oral health routine. There are many options for tooth replacement.

Why do people lose their teeth?

Tooth loss can occur because of gum disease, tooth decay, injury or cancer. Tooth loss affects older people and the economically disadvantaged more than any other group.

Dry mouth can be caused by medications or illness and contributes to tooth loss. Tooth decay and infection increase in people who have dry mouth.

How common is tooth loss?

Thirty-six million people in the United States are missing all of their teeth. Because life expectancy is increasing, the number of people with missing teeth is also increasing. At least half of elderly people are missing all of their teeth. One study found that 96% of adults over the age of 65 had tooth decay.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, periodontal “gum” disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults.

What happens to the person when they lose their teeth?

Losing your teeth can feel overwhelming because it affects many aspects of life such as appearance, physical health, comfort, nutrition, social relationships, confidence level and speech. Tooth loss can even lead to depression and make you feel older.

Bone loss in the jaws occurs when teeth are missing leading to changes in facial structure, and leads to a sunken appearance.

Living without teeth can be embarrassing. Many people try to hide the fact that they have missing teeth. Avoiding embarrassing incidents can be a full time job.

Tooth loss limits food choices. Chewing foods is a challenge and the risk of choking increases. Maintaining a healthy diet can be difficult.

Losing your teeth is no laughing matter but it has often been the brunt of jokes in literature, comic strips, on stage, television, movies, in songs and even in animations.

Some people begin to avoid social situations. They turn down parties, stop dining out in restaurants, avoid eating in public, and cover their mouth when they talk or laugh. Food choices can become limited.

What are the health implications of tooth loss?

Studies indicate that tooth loss and periodontal disease may be related to the risk of oral, esophageal, head and neck, upper gastrointestinal, lung and pancreatic cancer. There is an association between periodontal disease, tooth loss, cancer, cardiovascular disease and preterm birth.

Can people avoid tooth loss?

Yes, you can prevent tooth loss by making healthy diet choices and taking care of your teeth.

Quit Smoking! Smoking is a major risk factor associated with gum diseases that cause inflammation around the teeth. This inflammation affects bone and supporting structures, and can lead to tooth loss.

Protect Your Teeth. While participating in sports, wear a mouth guard. A direct impact to your teeth can fracture or knock them out. If you are prone to clenching or grinding your teeth, discuss the problem with your dentist and consider wearing a night guard.

Practice Thorough Oral Hygiene. Dental plaque causes tooth decay that destroys enamel and inflames gum tissues. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Visit your dentist every six months for routine oral hygiene care and dental exams. Contact your dentist immediately if you have a dental problem or pain in your teeth.

Make healthy dietary choices. Avoid sugary acidic beverages. Limit candy and sweet snacks.

Dr. Wolfinger says, “A healthy dentition is essential to your psychological and medical well-being.”

What should people do if they have loose or missing teeth?

If you already have missing teeth, there are several tooth replacement options to consider.

Removable dentures are worn by 90% of people who have missing teeth. These prostheses typically cost less than permanent options and can restore appearance and function. Removable dentures can be used for a full or partial arch of missing teeth. Many people are able to adapt and find them to be a comfortable option. Others find them difficult or even unbearable. Over time the shape of the jaw changes and, as a result, removable dentures can become loose and uncomfortable.

A removable denture can be a good temporary option for patients who plan to get dental implants in the future.

A bridge may be an option when some of the teeth are healthy and others are missing. A bridge can be supported by adjoining teeth or by dental implants. Dental bridges are designed to match the shade and proportion of adjacent natural teeth. They eliminate unsightly gaps in the mouth and can improve occlusion. However, over time, a tooth-supported bridge can compromise the strength of supporting teeth.

Dental implants are, by far, the best choice for the replacement of missing teeth. A dental implant is a small man-made titanium fixture that replaces the root of a missing natural tooth. Most dental implants are titanium, which is compatible with our human body. A dental implant is an anchor for the artificial tooth. Dental implants can support a single crown, a partial bridge or an entire arch just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Research has shown that implants are a successful long-term option.

Unlike a tooth supported bridge, dental implants provide additional support where teeth are missing without putting excess force onto remaining natural teeth.

Pi Dental Center has successfully placed over 23,000 dental implants since it opened in 1986. Both Dr. Glenn Wolfinger and Dr. Robert Slauch are board certified prosthodontists. They have advanced skill and training in all types

“Invest your time and money in your mouth to avoid losing your teeth,” Julia, Registered Dental Hygienist at Pi Dental Center states. Contact Pi Dental Center if you have questions about your teeth or would like to schedule an appointment. We look forward to talking to you.

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What’s a Conversion Prosthesis and Why Should You Care?

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 15, 2019 9:30:00 AM

Conversion Prosthesis used in Teeth In A Day<sup>®</sup> dental implant treatmentThe doctors at Pi Dental Center are constantly improving dental implant treatment techniques. Over 26 years ago, they created the Teeth In A Day® process that allowed patients to leave the office with fixed teeth the day of implant placement. The conversion prosthesis is a crucial aspect in the Teeth In A Day® dental implant procedure.

The concept of osseointegration

Osseointegration is an important concept when discussing dental implants. This phenomenon is what makes dental implant treatment possible. Osseointegration is the biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

What is a conversion prosthesis?

A conversion prosthesis is a transitional fixed implant-supported prosthesis. It’s a temporary device that “converts” an area where teeth were missing to non-removable teeth.

During dental implant placement, a complete removable denture is converted into a temporary fixed prosthesis. This prosthesis is worn by the patient from the day of surgery until the delivery of the final permanent prosthesis.

The conversion prosthesis technique was designed by Dr. Thomas Balshi in 1985. He and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger further developed the technique at Prosthodontics Intermedica (Pi Dental Center) and it was described in depth in dental journals in 1996.

“The development of the conversion prosthesis in 1985 enabled the development of the Teeth In A Day® procedure in 1993,” stated Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, board certified prosthodontist and owner of Pi Dental Center.

 

How does it benefit implant treatment?

A conversion prosthesis technique provides non-removable teeth immediately following surgery. This technique allows the patient to have attractive, stable fixed teeth while dental implants osseointegrate.

A conversion prosthesis provides function immediately after dental implant surgery. With a conversion prosthesis, the patient is able to smile confidently, chew comfortably, and speak clearly.

The conversion prosthesis provides stability in the jaw and protects the gum tissue. It acts as a splint during the healing period.

The conversion is used to make the final prosthesis. It serves as a prototype for the final prosthesis. With the help of the conversion prosthesis, the dentist and patient work together to create a perfectly suited final prosthesis.

The conversion prosthesis technique reduces the total number of treatment visits. Assisting long-term patient maintenance is another advantage.

The conversion prosthesis has proven to be a valuable component in Teeth In A Day® dental implant treatment. If you are considering replacement of missing teeth, give Pi Dental Center a call to schedule your evaluation. We will be happy to thoroughly explain Teeth In A Day® and discuss all of your treatment options.

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Footnotes:

Balshi TJ. Wolfinger GJ. Conversion prosthesis: a transitional fixed implant-supported prosthesis for an edentulous arch—a technical note. IJOMI. 1996. 11(1):106-11.

Evolution of Full-Arch Implant Prosthodontics: From Analog Protocols to Digital Workflows. Rawal S, Balshi TJ, Jivraj S, Birdi B. Compend Contin Educ Dent. 2019 Oct; 40(9):578-585; quiz 586.

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Top Ten Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 13, 2019 12:33:52 PM

Chewing improves with dental implants making eating more enjoyable.In 1952 a Swedish physician named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark accidentally discovered a phenomenon called osseointegration that allowed metal to bond with bone. Dr. Brånemark, who is considered the "father of modern dental implantology," conducted clinical research that led treatment of the first dental implant patient in 1965. Since that time, dental implant treatment has become the standard of care for dental patients.

Osseointegration is the biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

Dental implants are synthetic roots that replace natural teeth. Titanium implants actually bond to natural bone and become the sub-structure for non-removable teeth.

Dental implants are the best choice for replacement of missing teeth. Here are ten reasons to consider dental implant for replacement of missing teeth.

#1 Success: The success rate for dental implants is very high. Studies indicate a success rate ranging from 98 to 99% over a period of 10 to 15 years of follow-up.

#2 A Healthy Mouth: Dental implants allow you to replace a tooth without affecting the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth are not compromised when an implant is placed. You don’t need to get a bridge anymore to replace a single tooth. You can treat the specific area where the tooth is missing.

#3 Bone Health: When a dental implant is in place, the bone reacts by fusing around the surface of the implant. The concept is called the internal bone remodeling stimulus. The implant actually stimulates the bone. Dental implants tend to maintain bone levels.

Dental implants support facial structure.

#4 Convenience: Dental implants are a permanent non-removable solution. A dental implant supported prosthesis does not need to be stored in a jar at night.

#5 Peace of Mind: Removable dentures can loosen and fall out when least expected. Dental implant supported prostheses won’t fall out or loosen.

#6 Comfort: Removable partial appliances tend to move and rub on the surrounding teeth, which wears out the enamel and ultimately loosens the teeth in the socket. These removable appliances can weaken surrounding bone and ligaments, ultimately causing tooth mobility and even tooth loss. Dental implants do not damage surrounding teeth.

#7 Scientifically Proven: Dental implant technology is a proven protocol and because of digital technology, the overall prosthesis and the individual teeth are stronger, plus it takes less time to fabricate.

#8 Improved Facial Features: Removable dentures can lead to bone loss over time which can cause a sunken appearance of face. Dental implant treatment supports the facial structure. It’s almost like having an internal face lift.

#9 Self-Esteem: When people lose their teeth, they may become depressed and feel less confident. This can eventually lead to withdrawal and social isolation due to anxiety and embarrassment. They may feel self-conscious and avoid smiling. This can affect their social lives. Many people avoid social situations. Dental implant supported teeth dramatically improve appearance and self-confidence. Dental implant patients report a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.Dental implant patients report improvement in self-esteem.

#10 Improved Health: Dental implants make eating more enjoyable. Better chewing ability means better nutrition.

"Dental implants have improved the quality of life for numerous patients over the past 50+ years. Pi Dental Center's trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol has provided a quick and efficient process for tooth replacement," states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, board certified prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.

If you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction, call us to discuss dental implants.

 

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Prosthodontist Dr. Rob Slauch Joins Pi Dental

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 13, 2019 12:45:00 PM

Rob Slauch, DDS, MDSc Prosthodontist at Pi Dental CenterPi Dental Center is pleased to announce that Robert Slauch, DDS, MDSc will join our long established prosthodontic practice on July 22, 2019. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Slauch will provide quality restorative patient treatment including placement of dental implants, esthetic crowns, bridges, veneers and state-of-the-art digital dentures.

Dr. Slauch is not a newcomer to the Pi Dental Center. Since 2012, he has been engaged in scientific research with the Pi Team and published in several dental journals. In addition, he has achieved recognition from the American College of Prosthodontists and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics for his research.

The Pi Team has been eagerly awaiting Dr. Slauch’s full-time presence. Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Director of the Pi Dental Center, expresses his excitement to fill the vacancy of recently retired Dr. Thomas Balshi, the Founder of Pi. “I have personally witnessed Dr. Slauch’s professional development and believe he will be a future leader in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Our patients will quickly benefit from his gentle and compassionate nature along with his prosthodontic skill.”

Dr. Slauch grew up in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, and attended Perkiomen Valley High School.

Dr. Slauch received a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, where he also played baseball. He earned his DDS from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and completed both his residency in Prosthodontics and his Master’s Degree from the University of Connecticut Health Center in July 2019. He is a candidate for board certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics and has already successfully completed the first part of the board examination.

He is also a 2019 finalist in the American College of Prosthodontists John J. Sharry Research Competition.

“I am beyond excited to be joining a practice that has so much history and has made so many contributions to the specialty of Prosthodontics and to implant dentistry,” says Dr. Slauch.

“It is my goal to continue this tradition by providing excellent dental care in a warm, friendly, outgoing environment. I look forward to being involved with this great community and with helping people find real joy in their smiles.”

Pi Dental Center, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, has been on the cutting edge of prosthodontic care, research, education and product development since 1986. It has been a benchmark from which many doctors have taken their lead.

An Open House is planned for September to introduce Dr. Slauch to the community.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Slauch and read his curriculum vitae.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Slauch, please call 215-646-6334 or click the link below:

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