Pi Dental Center on Patty Jackson Show WDAS-FM

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Mar 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Pi Dental Center’s Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, Dr. Robert Slauch, and Toni Robinson were interviewed by Patty Jackson on WDAS-FM (iHeart Media) 105.3 on February 21, 2020. They discussed National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, dental health issues, dental treatment for missing teeth and dental implants.

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Patty Jackson: We’re gearing up for National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. Its April 19th through the 25th.

Y’all know little me, I’m the little teeth expert here and the people that not only saved my life, but changed my life. The Pi Dental Center in Fort Washington

We got Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, We’ve got Dr. Robert Slauch. They are here. We are talking dental health. Let’s talk about this week and what exactly it is that you do.

Dr. Wolfinger: Well, as a prosthodontist our specialty is restoring and replacing teeth and National Prosthodontics Awareness Week is a week where we try to get the word out to the people in the country to know what we do and what services we provide.

Patty: Let’s talk about tooth replacement, when you say tooth replacement, what kind of tooth replacement?

Dr. Slauch: So, there’s many ways you can replace teeth. And most of what we deal with is dental implants. Replacing teeth that have been lost, whether it be from cavities or gum disease. We can replace teeth with a simple titanium screw. Like replacing your jawbone and giving you the teeth you never had before.

Patty: What about veneers. Is that more for cosmetic purposes?

Dr. Wolfinger: Veneers are purely cosmetic procedures. And they can be done if you are trying to replace the shape of the tooth, change the color of the tooth. A lot of times we see people coming in and they want veneers, but when we look at the x-rays and we do an exam we find out that there is a lot more going on than just the need for a veneer. We have to really look at the big picture and the health of the teeth.

Patty: I think that that is so important. Because A lot of people are walking around and they have gum disease. Now May be they realize it, maybe they don’t realize it. The ultimate care of your tooth is most important.

Dr. Slauch: Absolutely, that is why we always advocate coming in every four to six months to get your dental professional to get your teeth checked. A lot of people we see have not been to a dentist in years. And they don’t realize they have gum disease because a lot of times gum disease doesn’t hurt patients at all. So coming to the dentist every 6 months is something that we advocate. And it is something that you need to do to realize how well your teeth are being maintained. And if you do have gum disease it could be potentially a life threatening issue.

Patty: What about these services where they can send it to you, you can fix it, and they mail it to you. These kind of like alignment.

Dr. Wolfinger: I’ve seen this on TV commercials, the club. There are at home things. We Were through this this years ago with people doing at-home whitening procedures. We have seen it. The problem is, you really have to have a diagnosis of what the problem is first. You can’t move diseased teeth. You’re only going to create a worse situation. You really need to make sure the mouth is healthy. And once that’s done, if teeth need to be moved, there are specialists that actually have extensive training moving teeth so you don’t have more problems.

Patty: The Pi Dental Center is located in Fort Washington. No, you don’t have to go out of the country. No, you don’t have to travel to New York or other places because there is a place right here in our backyard and they can help you with everything that’s dental. Everybody looks towards the beauty of it, but there’s a process and there’s a step before we even get to the beauty.

National Prosthodontics Awareness Open House April 22, 2020Patty: Tell us how we can find you. Information and that big week everybody is April 19 to 25.

Dr. Slauch: Yes so we have our website (pidentalcenter.com) we are also on social media on Instagram @pidentalcenter.com and Facebook. Plus I have a personal Instagram @drslauch. So you can definitely find us in many ways. You can contact us on Social Media and also on the phone and in person.

Patty: The big Open House is April 22nd.

Patty: We don’t want to leave Toni, the teeth lady, out of this. Toni is here, and you create, if a person is getting the dental implants.

Toni: Well, I am the dental technician at Pi Dental Center. I’ve been there for 33 years, and it’s a challenge for me when I get these cases, but I love the results and I love seeing the change in the patient after they receive a beautiful, healthy smile. It changes personalities. It changes attitudes. It’s like getting your diamonds back for females. And females love diamonds.

You know, words can really express it. It’s a really great feeling and I am just grateful and privileged to be a part of it. And I’m really thankful.

Patty: The big Open House is Wednesday, April 22nd. You can RSVP at 215-646-6334. The Pi Dental Center. You guys not only saved my life, but you changed my life and I will be forever indebted. Thank you so much.

Dr. Slauch: Thank you.

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Tags: National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, dental veneers, implant prosthodontics

Is Do-It-Yourself Dentistry a Good Choice?

Posted by Chris Raines on Aug 20, 2018 10:20:03 AM

 Caveman saying, "What if I just hit myself in the mouth with a rock?"

Finding a fast and simple solution can be quite tempting. Snap-on-veneers provide the instant gratification that many people seek. New dental labs now bypass the dentist with a cheap, “Do It Yourself” product.  These removable veneers cover the teeth to hide a world of dental health problems.

Traditional dental veneers that are made in a dental office are a viable option in some dental situations. They are thin shells made of porcelain or composite resin that are bonded to the front of the teeth. These custom veneers improve the appearance of the teeth. They are purely cosmetic and do not provide support or coverage but simply hide imperfections.

Snap-on-veneers are a type of removable prosthesis that fit on top of the teeth to change their appearance.

Some dentists make snap-in-veneers. They can be a reasonable short-term solution in certain situations, provided that patients receive quality dental care and necessary treatment in a timely manner.

But there are now dental labs that attempt to cut out the dentist altogether and promote the idea that patients can successfully treat themselves “in the comfort of their own homes” with no dental visit. These labs advise the public not to fix their teeth, but instead, cover up the problem.

One company refers to their snap-in-veneers as “dental contrivances.” The definition of a contrivance is “a device that gives a sense of artificiality.” While an artificial appearance may be one drawback of these phony snap-in-teeth, there are other significant issues to consider.

Here are some of the problems that customers have been reported with Do-It-Yourself Snap-In Veneers:

  • People have reported that the teeth keep falling out.
  • Customers have discovered the teeth were the wrong shade.
  • Some people cannot talk while wearing them.
  • Others cannot eat with them.
  • They have been referred to as “Joke Shop Teeth.”
  • They sometimes curl at the gum line to expose the underlying natural teeth.
  • The plastic material can be prone to degrade when exposed to UV radiation, such as sunlight.
  • Some of the companies have been unresponsive to customer complaints.

These dental labs purport that these “contrivances” are affordable options; however, the long term cost of ignoring necessary dental care is economically expensive and unhealthy. Ignoring dental care can lead to periodontal disease and the loss of teeth, which in turn affect overall health.

"Do it yourself dental treatment can produce hazardous results"

Dr. Wolfinger states, “Do it yourself treatment can produce hazardous results. A proper diagnosis is essential prior to embarking on dental treatment. Dentists are properly trained to make a diagnosis and recommend treatment options. Overlooking disease to simply mask the problem could lead to more serious problems. Teeth may be discolored due to an abscess or decay. Teeth may be mal-positioned due to bone or gum disease. It is essential to do a thorough dental examination including radiographs and a clinical exam to fully understand the etiology of the problem and to determine the proper treatment.”

Lab technician, Toni Robinson, quipped, “Hiding decay and disease will eventually catch up to you … and usually at the most inconvenient time!”

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about the appearance or health of your teeth.

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Tags: dental veneers, do it yourself dentistry