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

Posted by Joanne Balshi on Feb 19, 2016 5:11:41 PM


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  advanced cosmetic techniques available in today’s prosthodontic practices, 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 a 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. One of our youngest patients is a charming young African 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, 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 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 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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Photos of Sisay at Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.


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Pi Dental in the Eyes of the Student Intern

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 28, 2014 4:44:00 PM

Internship at Pi Dental Center

My name is Megan Luce and I graduated from Hatboro-Horsham High School in May. I am now attending Penn State Abington and will transfer to Thomas Jefferson University, to complete my Bachelors of Science in Nursing. 

During the summer of 2014, I was given the opportunity to become an intern at Pi Dental Center exploring dentistry as a possible career choice. Mrs. Joanne Balshi arranged for me to work directly with doctors, staff and patients in surgery, observe front desk procedures, video production and marketing department tasks.  During my Internship, I shadowed staff in virtually every department and thought to myself, “Who in the world gets an opportunity as incredible as this?” 

From the beginning of my internship, learning sterilization from Martha, the Clinical Director, to the end, where I enjoyed expressing my creativity through video creation with Jake in the Marketing Department, I gained valuable skills. 

I would like to thank all of the doctors and staff who helped me to understand how they ensure patient satisfaction. The staff and the doctors work very hard to guarantee that the patients will smile at the end of their appointments. If you or a loved one always dreamed of that perfect smile, contact Pi Dental Center! I have seen the beautiful smiles that the Pi team created.


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Nutrition and Dental Care Part 2: Diet and the Nursing Home Resident

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 31, 2014 2:30:00 PM

Nutrition Blog Part 2

Jane sits in the dining room of her nursing home waiting for lunch with her friend, Josephine. The waitress serves Josephine a plate of roast beef, colorful mixed vegetables and baked potato with a dollop of sour cream. With it comes a slice of apple pie for dessert.

As Jane looks longingly at her friend's meal, the waitress brings Jane's lunch: a textureless brown glob, a beige mound, a pink mass. With it comes pudding for dessert. Jane's meal is also beef, potato and vegetables, but each food item has been pureed. A blender has turned a delicious meal into mush.

Even though this process enables people to eat who have trouble chewing, pureeing removes the texture and visual appeal that make food appetizing. A pureed diet is just plain boring!

One reason some people require this special diet is their teeth. For those with missing teeth chewing is difficult at best. For others, poorly fitting removable dentures are the problem. Even after many adjustments, modifications and remakes, they can still be loose and uncomfortable.

Mealtime for long-term care residents can be the highlight of their day. Needing to live on a pureed diet becomes one more of the age-related issues that affect their quality of life and can lead to poor self-esteem, depression, deteriorating health and weight loss. Research shows that denture wearers eat more high cholesterol foods with less protein, vitamins and minerals in their diet.

Even though they are acquainted with dental implants many seniors assume they are too old for this advanced treatment. In reality, dental implants have been successful for patients as old as 95.  Dental implants allow people to eat normally with a diet that is more nutritious as well as more appetizing. Reports have shown that older people who have replaced their dentures with implant-supported teeth have an improvement in their quality of life. 

In fact, studies have shown an improvement in quality of life for people with degenerative diseases like dementia, Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. Dental implant treatment provides satisfactory function even in individuals who have substantial needs for supportive care.

Dental implant treatment is routine for adult patients of all ages.  For more information about treatment options, please call us at 215-646-6334..

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By Chris Raines
Web Site Administrator
Pi Dental Center


In the photo: Lemon flavored sparkling water, delicious cupcakes, spinach salad with sesame seed dressing and brocolli quiche, fruit tarts, cucumber watercress and pimento tea sandwiches, Bigelow tea, assorted breads from Wissahickon Library British Tea held at the Ambler Library.

Links related to nutrition and the elderly  -  https://www.shieldmysenior.com/weight-loss-in-elderly/

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