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What Do the Eagles Super Bowl Win and Dental Care Have In Common?

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 9, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec Super Bowl Challenge Photo

The Philadelphia Eagles defied the odds to win Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, beating the favorite and defending Super Bowl Champion, the New England Patriots, in a game that came down to the last play.

The Eagles chances of winning were slim. In Feb. 6, 2017, Las Vegas sportsbook Oddsshark pegged the Eagles' chances of winning a title this season at 42 to 1. They were 18th out of 32 NFL teams. The Eagles became underdogs last month when star quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL. The Patriots, Cowboys, Packers, and Seahawks had the best chance of winning the Super Bowl, according to Oddsshark.

"If you told me before September, 'No you're not going to have Jason Peters, you're not going to have Darren Sproles, you're not going to have Jordan Hicks, you're eventually not going to have Carson Wentz, you're going to lose your best special teams player in  S Chris] Maragos - oh, by the way, your field goal kicker, you're not going to have him either - it's a lot of body blows at that point," Jeffrey Lurie said. "If you had said that, I would have told you, 'No I don't think we'll make the playoffs.' Right? So the resiliency amongst this group is phenomenal."

The Eagles came up with critical plays when they were most needed. They took risks and played consistently. Each individual player had an integral role throughout the season.

A football player faces countless challenges. To be the best, he must continually improve skills and execute each play with perfection; he must maintain excellent physical health, keep nerves in check and be continuously alert. He must continue to learn and know his competition.

Attitude is essential. A great football player does not doubt that he can achieve his goals. He does not give up. He thinks positively and is tough. In practice and in every game, he gives 100 percent.

Maintaining top physical health includes precise diet and rigorous exercise, regular doctor’s visits, addressing health concerns immediately.

People can learn quite a bit from football players. Many of a football players challenges can be applied to people’s lives. Continuing to learn and grow, having a positive attitude, giving 100 percent and maintaining physical health will help people to reach their goals.

Prior to the final Super Bowl game on Sunday night, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger of Pi Dental Center and Dr. Joseph Milavec of Boston made a friendly wager. If the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl, Dr. Milavec's office would send New England clam chowder. If the New England Patriot's won, Pi Dental Center would be sending Dr. Milavec's office Philly Soft Pretzels.

Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are good friends. And like Pi Dental Center, Dr. Milavec’s office offers high-quality dental care. Both Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Milavec are prosthodontists, dental specialists skilled in the restoration and replacement of teeth.

Dental health is just as important as medical health and contributes to overall vitality.

Dental pain can dominate your life. When a tooth hurts or when it’s hard to chew, it is hard to concentrate on anything else. Dental emergencies disrupt your schedule and can affect everyone on “your team.”

But when your mouth feels comfortable, you are able to focus on goals. Healthy teeth and gums eliminate the possibility of being “out of action.” A healthy mouth allows you to perform at your highest possible level without distractions.

When a tooth is missing, your tongue will find that space hundreds of times each day. It’s more difficult to eat and speak. People who have missing teeth often feel self-conscious. A healthy attractive smile increases your overall confidence.

A dental implant is the best option for replacing a missing tooth. Implants are scientifically proven to be effective with over 96% success rate. Dental implants replicate biologic tooth roots. They are made of titanium, a substance that is compatible with bone. Within a few months of implant placement, titanium osseointegrates (bonds) with bone. A tooth supported by a dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth. Because an implant supported is non-removable, you can be confident with daily activities like eating, talking and smiling.

Pi Dental Center is one of the leading centers for dental implant treatment in the United States.

Our center provides customized treatment options for each patient in a comfortable and relaxed setting. For patient comfort, dental implant placement can be performed under general anesthesia. Every member of the team is sensitive to our patients’ needs and excels in making every patient feel at ease. If you would like a winning smile contact Pi Dental Center at 215-646-6334 or contact us by clicking the button below.

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Sources:

http://www.pennlive.com/philadelphiaeagles/index.ssf/2018/01/super_bowl_surprise_philadelph.html

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/page/Barnwellx180205/2017-nfl-playoffs-how-philadelphia-eagles-beat-new-england-patriots-super-bowl-lii

Joseph J. Milavec, DMD, 400 Commonwealth Avenue # 1, Boston, MA 02215 • (617) 266-8404

Glenn J. Wolfinger, DMD, FACP, Pi Dental Center • 467 Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 201 Fort Washington, PA 19034 • 215-646-6334

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Acid Erosion and Your Teeth

Posted by Chris Raines on Feb 8, 2018 11:56:27 AM

Comparison of acidic foods and beverages

Acidic beverages and sugary foods can wear away tooth enamel. Unfortunately, damaged tooth enamel is permanent and increases the risk for tooth decay.

Tooth enamel is the thin outer covering of the teeth. It is the hardest substance in your body. But acidic foods and beverages can wreak havoc on tooth enamel. 

Soft drinks, fruit drinks, alcoholic beverages and sports drinks are highly acidic and frequent consumption of these acidic beverages can harm your tooth enamel. Sugary foods and some medications, such as aspirin, can also damage tooth enamel. Acid reflux is another culprit.

Recent studies show that teens are especially at risk for tooth erosion. One study confirmed that over 45% of teens aged 13 to 19 have tooth erosion. Another indicated that 56% of teenagers aged 18 to 19 had tooth erosion.

Photo illustrates how teeth can be eroded by soft drinks.Tooth enamel cannot be regrown or regenerated, so it’s important to protect the teeth. Prevent tooth erosion by limiting intake of acidic and sugary beverages and foods. Sipping water while you eat sugary treats can help to wash particles from teeth. If acid reflux is a frequent occurrence, see your doctor. Many effective treatments are available. Follow a regular oral care routine by brushing twice a day and flossing daily.

Fluoride has been shown to be beneficial in strengthening and protecting teeth. Over 50 scientific studies have documented the benefits of fluoride in protecting tooth enamel.

Some toothpastes contain minerals that help to replenish calcium in weak spots. These toothpastes reinforce areas where erosion has occurred and can lessen further damage.

Talk to your dentist about which toothpaste is best for you.

Get regular dental checkups with and oral hygiene cleaning to identify problems early and address them promptly.

Tooth enamel erosion can be readily identified.  Symptoms of enamel loss include increased sensitivity to hot, cold, and sweet foods, yellowness of the teeth, and roughness on the edges of the teeth. (Photo illustrates acid erosion of teeth caused by frequent consumption of soft drinks. View before and after photos of patient).

Acid erosion can become so extensive in some cases that root canal therapy or even tooth extraction may be indicated.

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger stated, “Lost tooth enamel can be replaced with porcelain restorations (veneers or dental crowns). Crowns tend to be the stronger and more effective way to replace missing enamel.”

Prosthodontists are the specialists in the restoration and replacement of teeth. Dr. Wolfinger is a board certified prosthodontist in the Philadelphia area, and can provide expert diagnosis and treatment for tooth erosion.

Call us at 215-646-6334 to discuss acid erosion and your teeth and to learn about rebuilding a smile. If you’ve noticed changes in the appearance or sensitivity of your teeth like breakage, discolorations, shifting or tooth pain, feel free to give us a call to discuss treatment options. At Pi Dental Center, we create sparkling smiles.

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

“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: Meet Dr. Glenn Wolfinger

“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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