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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Dr. Slauch’s First 100 Days At Pi In Implant Prosthodontics

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Nov 16, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Dr. Robert Slauch, Board Certified Prosthodontist, at Pi Dental CenterIt has been 100 days since Dr. Robert Slauch joined Pi Dental Center as a prosthodontist. In this blog, Dr. Slauch talks about his dental school experience, working as a prosthodontist during the past three months and about his board certification.

What made you choose Pi Dental Center?

Pi Dental Center and I have a close history dating back to 2012. When I was deciding if a career in dentistry is what I wanted to pursue, Drs. Tom Balshi and Glenn Wolfinger allowed me to intern at the practice and learn about prosthodontics. Their guidance helped me fall in love with the dental profession and pursue a career in it. As I was completing my prosthodontics residency at University of Connecticut, Pi approached me and asked if I wanted to join the practice. I was delighted at the opportunity to return to the Philadelphia area as well as begin my professional career in the practice that made me fall in love with the profession.

How did you prepare to work at Pi Dental Center?

The process of becoming a prosthodontist is a rigorous one: 4 years of undergrad education, 4 years of dental school and finally 3 years of prosthodontics specialty training. It is in residency where you are trained in all the complex aspects of prosthodontics including diagnosis, treatment planning, and the surgical and restorative aspects of care.

What have you learned at Pi Dental Center?

I am learning a lot about the surgical protocols that Pi Dental Center has created and implemented over the past 32 years. Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Balshi have introduced me to aspects of prosthodontics that will make a great contribution to patient care.

What are some highlights of your first 100 days?

Private practice is a lot different than residency! It’s great to have the clinical and administrative support around you to be able to focus on patient care. I have learned a lot from having great mentors like Dr. Wolfinger and Dr. Balshi, who have been in practice for over 60 years combined!

Is anything different than you expected?

Given the fact that I have had a close relationship with Pi Dental since 2012, I had a strong idea what working here would be like. I believe the transition for myself and everyone at the practice was a seamless one. Everything has been what I have expected.

What are your goals for your patients, the center and yourself?

My goal is to help patients achieve their esthetic and functional desires for their teeth and smile. Some of these cases require a lot of planning and communication and I love working with patients, as a team to achieve the results they expect. I look forward to helping Pi Dental Center maintain a strong hold in the area as a respected dental practice. As I begin my career in private practice, I look forward to making my patients happy with the prosthodontic services I provide as well as be a leader and advocate for the specialty of prosthodontics.

Please discuss your contributions and accomplishments.

I have been fortunate enough to have obtained board certification by the American Board of Prosthodontics. In addition, my research in implant prosthodontics has received national recognition by the American College of Prosthodontists and the Greater New York Academy of Prosthodontics.

What has been your most meaningful experience?

So far, the most meaningful experience has been learning from great mentors in residency and private practice. Also having an in-house laboratory technician and ceramist has provided me the ability to learn their workflows and make the patient experience that much better.

What has been the most rewarding?

The most rewarding thing is being able to come to work and love what you do. Also, to work with the great clinical assistants and administrative staff here at Pi Dental.

What relationships have you built?

Building relationships with the patients is the best. I want them to have a sense of trust in me when they come to the practice. We help patients navigate through life-changing dental experiences that have a long-lasting impact.

In terms of patients’ oral health, what is some key dental health information that you would like them to understand?

Dental patients need to understand that lifelong maintenance is the key to protecting the investment in their smiles.

Seeing your dentist every four to six months is crucial. Don’t think that since you’ve gotten expensive restorative work done on your teeth, that you are immune to future potential complications. PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY is still the key to maintaining your dental health!

If you are looking for a new dentist or need dental care such as dental implants or well-crafted replacement teeth, Dr. Slauch and the Pi Dental Center team can help.

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