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You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile

Posted by Chris Raines on Nov 3, 2017 3:56:33 PM

Pi Dental Center Open House

We’ve all heard the song, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” In the Broadway musical, songwriters, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin talk about how one’s smile and values outweigh the importance of elaborate attire or designer shoes.

The holidays are right around the corner. Festivities and gala events are on the schedule. Whether it’s for a Thanksgiving celebration, office Christmas party or New Year’s Bash, finding the perfect outfit is on many a to-do list. While accessories, like jewelry and scarves, can be an essential part of an outfit, it’s your smile that pulls everything together. A confident healthy smile is an essential part of a “wardrobe.”

Broken, stained and missing teeth not only detract from your appearance, they also reduce confidence and contribute to an array of health problems.

Jennifer Soong wrote in WEBMD, “Gum disease is linked to a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. By combing through 1,000-plus medical histories, researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry found that people with gum disease were twice as likely as others to die from a heart attack and three times as likely to have a stroke. The mouth can act as a portal of entry for an infection, says Salomon Amar, DMD, PhD, professor and director at the Center for Anti-inflammatory Therapeutics at Boston University School of Dental Medicine. Ongoing inflammation in your mouth can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream, which may lead to more inflammation in other parts of your body, such as the heart.”

At Pi Dental Center, our goal is to help our patients gain a gorgeous smile with healthy, gleaming white teeth that feel comfortable and function well.

Brilliant White Teeth

The Zoom Tooth Whitening system is a fast and convenient in-office service available at Pi Dental Center. Zoom is safe, effective and long lasting. Teeth can be lightened effectively as much as eight shades in just one office visit.

Digital Dentistry

AvaDent® Digital Dentures are superior to traditional solutions. AvaDent® teeth are robotically milled, for predictable precision and strength.

Digital Crown Technology

Digital crowns are faster and more accurate than traditional crowns. Impressions are more comfortable and this technology provides a better experience for our patients. Crown colors are realistic and the final product is superior.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental implants are the best option for replacement of missing teeth. Implants have a 96% success rate that has been proven through a vast body of research. They provide support and security without adding force to remaining teeth. Implants can replace a single missing tooth, a few teeth or all of the teeth in the entire mouth. They feel like your own teeth and look natural and attractive.

Learn What Sets Pi Dental Center Apart

This is your chance to learn about Pi Dental Center. An Open House is scheduled for Thursday, November 16th, 2017 from 10:00am to 3:00pm. The event is open to the public. Join us for a tour of our elite facility, a complimentary dental exam and some refreshments. We will be handing out an array of gifts and prizes. Meet board certified prosthodontist, Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, and the “Pi Team” and ask questions. The first step to a beautiful healthy smile is investigation. Pi Dental Center’s Open House is your opportunity to learn what treatment is needed and explore available dental procedures in a relaxed setting.

Take necessary steps for a dazzling smile

Call us at 215-646-6334 or click on this Link to reserve your spot at the Open House. If you need more information, please feel free to contact us!

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Are Dentures Back? Maybe..

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 13, 2015 4:41:00 PM

Young people today are choosing dentures

This week the national news media focused on a very interesting dental phenomena—the number of young people opting to have dentures. If the older population has missed the impact of what a smile means to self-confidence, the up and coming work force knows the value. Executives do not hire individuals with missing teeth, with crooked teeth, or with severely discolored teeth. We are living in a culture of newfound customer service and one in which a bright and welcoming smile is not only preferred but has actually become a basic requirement.

While the viewpoint from the prosthodontist is still that dental implant treatment is every patient’s most ideal restoration, the process requires the expertise of multiple professionals and the use of very costly materials, equipment and even sophisticated robots. Even the most basic implant restoration known as “All On Four,” can cost over forty thousand dollars for an entire upper and lower sparkling smile. This is not usually financially possible for our thirty-something rising stars.

Dentures come with some compromises, but esthetically today’s dentures can fulfill a life-changing role. Like all other technology, denture science has significantly advanced, giving prosthodontists the tools to provide dentures with a much more customized fit, unparalleled comfort, and a very natural appearance. Moreover, these new, digitally made dentures are virtually indestructible, rendering a one time investment a reasonably solid economic choice.

At the Pi Dental Center, we have actually seen a resurgence of interest in dentures. Thanks to a company called Global Dental Science and a new denture technology known as AvaDent™, our board certified prosthodontists feel confident that they can provide patients who choose dentures with a smile solution light years better than the dentures of a decade ago. Our biomedical engineer, Stephen Balshi, renders his laboratory opinion that AvaDent™ technology applies superlative precision to the denture process and Drs Balshi, Wolfinger and Alfano see clinical results that indicate a high rate of patient satisfaction.

By Joanne Balshi
Director of Public Relations and Marketing
At Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

Link to USA Today Article

Tags: missing teeth, AvaDent digital dentures, removable dentures

Dr. Alfano discusses AvaDent Digital Dentures Live on CBS Talk Philly

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Oct 17, 2014 1:53:00 PM

Dr. Alfano with Pat Ciarrocchi Live on CBS Philly

Dr. Alfano appeared on CBS Talk Philly with Pat Ciarrocchi where he introduced Avadent Digital Dentures, a new technology available at PI Dental Center in Fort Washington.  Here is the conversation: 

Pat Ciarrocchi:  “Well If you have been struggling with your dentures, now `there is some new technology that can give you a custom fit that looks more like natural teeth than custom dentures. Here to talk about it is Dr. Steve Alfano of Pi Dental. You call these digital dentures.” 

Dr. Alfano begins,  “Yes, that’s right.  It has been kind of exciting. There have been so many advances in dentistry with implants and crowns. And finally, for someone that loves to make dentures, now we can take advantage of the CAD CAM technology. And this denture is made from a block of acrylic that is processed 50 times stronger. It is made out of this acrylic which is processed in an industry setting so it much stronger than a conventional denture and there is no porosity in it. So it resists bacteria and that smell that you would get.   It is really a wonderful thing.” 

Pat:  “You know there are a lot of people who like dental implants, you hear about that, but you say that this is an alternative.”

Alfano:  “Well it is an alternative.  Dental implants are great, that’s state of the art.  You can actually use this product eventually with dental implants. There is a technique to do that. But not everybody can go straight to dental implants.  This is a wonderful product. You can have it made in as little as 2 visits. And if anything happens to it, there is a digital file. They can remake it right away. You don’t have to go through the whole process of having it made again.” 

Pat:  “Terrific and look at this, (shows photo of patient).  What a wonderful difference that is.  Isn’t that wonderful?--. And we also wonder if dentures are durable. I think that’s a real concern and we have a fun picture, it’s actually a dog with dentures!  (showing dog chewing on AvaDent denture) 

Dr. Alfano: “It is the unofficial dog chew test. So this one survived!  But let’s say something happened and you lost it and you needed another; you can have a new one shipped out, because they maintain a copy. But this dog was not able to destroy the denture. That is nice”.  

Pat: “So tell us about Avadent denture.” 

Dr. Alfano: “That’s what this is. Avadent is a company that a few years began doing this process. It has come a long way. Drs. Balshi and Wolfinger at Pi Dental Center are working closely with them and really developing the product and it is a wonderful denture.” 

Pat: “We really want to make sure that people smile well and that they can eat and enjoy their food.” 

Alfano: “It’s a wonderful denture. Thank you.” 

Pat: “So if you want more information about Pi Dental Center and also Avadent digital dentures you can go to CBSPhilly.com and click on Talk Philly. When it comes to smiles, the hottest new technology is the digital denture. If you or someone you know is interested in this, or can use the expertise of PI Dental, please visit: http://dentalimplants-usa.com/ ”

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Stephen G. Alfano, DDS, MS

Dr. Stephen Alfano, a board certified prosthodontist, joins Pi Dental Center October 2014. Dr. Alfano is a faculty member at Temple University - Maurice H. Kornberg School Of Dentistry and teaches prosthodontics. Previously, Dr. Alfano served as Chairman of Oral Surgery and Hospital Dentistry at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California. His Navy practice focused primarily on dental implant treatment for completely edentulous and conventional prosthodontic patients. Dr. Alfano is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Maxillofacial Prosthetics. Dr. Alfano taught General Practice Residents basic restorative and implant dentistry at the Naval Medical Center. He has published articles about prosthetics, surgical techniques and dental materials in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, the Journal of Facial and Somato Prosthetics and Operative Dentistry.

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