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The Slippery Slope of Dental Bone Loss

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 22, 2016 2:45:15 PM

Illustration of Destruction of a Home from Beach ErosionErosion of the earth and dental bone loss in the human mouth share some similarities.  Both are devastatingly damaging; both are financially costly; and both have similar solutions.

We have all seen images of hillside homes toppling from cliffs in California and heard about the destruction of beaches at the New Jersey shore.  Erosion has frequently been reported in the news.  Watch Dramatic Video Showing Effects of Erosion

Erosion of the Earth:

The word erosion comes from the Latin word "erosionem" which means "a gnawing away."  Erosion is the process by which the surface of the earth gets worn down. There are many different forces in nature that cause erosion. The three main forces that cause erosion are water, wind, and ice.

Water is the main cause of erosion and is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. Rainfall can cause erosion both when the rain hits a surface, called splash erosion, and when raindrops accumulate and flow like small streams. Rivers can create a significant amount of erosion over time. They break up particles along the river bottom and carry them downstream. Ocean waves can cause the coastline to erode. The shear energy and force of the waves causes pieces of rock and coastline to break off changing the coastline over time. Large floods can cause erosion to happen very quickly acting like powerful rivers. Beach erosion occurs when waves and currents remove sand from the beach system. The loss of sand causes the beach to become narrower and lower in elevation. Storm waves carry the sand offshore, depositing and storing the sediment in large sandbars.

An eroded stream bankA Solution to Soil Erosion:

One way to limit erosion is by planting trees and vegetation. Watch this YouTube Video demonstrating how erosion occurs and how the process is reduced when plants are present. (https://youtu.be/im4HVXMGI68). Notice that roots keep the water from eroding the soil by holding it in place. The deeper the roots reach into the soil, the more effectively they reduce erosion.

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Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around the teeth, including the gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. A healthy mouth includes bones and teeth surrounded snugly by connective and gum tissue. In the case of periodontitis, bacteria gradually eat away at the underlying jawbone and at the periodontal ligaments that connect tooth to bone.

Bone loss occurs when lost teeth are not replaced. The jawbone melts away with removable dentures or no teeth at all. In the first year after tooth extraction a whopping 25% of bone is lost, and this bone loss continues as each year passes.

Replacing teeth with removable dentures doesn’t solve the problem of bone loss. This is because dentures exert less than 10% of the chewing pressure on bone compared to that of natural teeth. People who wear removable dentures can experience another severe consequence of bone loss: collapse of the lower third of their face.

Removal of the molars in the upper jaw can cause additional resorption of the bone due to expansion of the sinus cavity. With no teeth in place, the air pressure in the sinus cavity causes resorption of the bone lining the sinuses.

A Solution to Bone Loss:Illustration of the similarities between a natural tooth and a dental implant

A proactive approach can help to ensure a healthy mouth.  “Preventing bone loss with good oral hygiene and follow-up is more ideal than trying to rebuild the defective site,” states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, a board certified prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.

Bone loss can be prevented by replacing a tooth with a dental implant because an implant acts like a natural tooth root exerting similar pressure as real teeth. An implant can be placed during the same surgical procedure as the tooth extraction.  By replacing single teeth with dental implants or by using a fixed implant-supported bridge, bone loss is minimized.

A single-tooth implant, or a dental bridge supported by dental implants, provides a chewing power that can exceed the bite force of natural teeth.  A prosthesis, secured with dental implants, such as our Teeth In A Day® procedure, provides significant biting force and helps considerably in preventing bone loss.Illustration of facial collapse due to bone loss and restoration of facial proportion following dental implant treatment

While maintaining our beaches, streams and properties supports a healthy Earth, preserving bone in the jaw helps to preserve a healthy mouth and maintains a healthy appearance.

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Terminology:

Alveolar Bone: The bone of the upper jaw or lower jaw that surrounds and supports the teeth.

Dental Implant: Dental implants are replacements for your natural teeth. Natural teeth are connected to biologic roots inside the gum and bone tissue. When they become decayed or compromised and unable to function properly, the best solution is recreating teeth that most closely resemble nature. Dental implants are synthetic roots. The scientifically proven ones are made from titanium, a substance that is compatible with bone tissue and in just a few months’ time, bone actually bonds to the titanium surface of the implant. They become the sub-structure for a whole new set of non-removable teeth.

Edentulous: Without teeth. Patients may be described as fully edentulous when they are missing all their teeth, or partially edentulous when they are missing some of their teeth.

Bone Resorption: Resorption is the process or action by which something is lost or taken away. Bone resorption is a process by which areas of bone structure are lost due to activation of the body's innate capacity to remove mineralized tissue, as mediated via cells such as osteoclasts.

One More Cool Video:

Erosion Video with Bill Nye the Science Guy:    https://youtu.be/J-ULcVdeqgE

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 By Christine Raines
Web Site Administrator
Information Systems Manager
at Pi Dental Center

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The No Bone Solution of Dental Implant Treatment

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Dec 20, 2012 3:34:00 PM

A healthy smile is achieved using the No Bone Solution Dental Implant Protocol

Patients, who have been told that they do not have enough bone for successful dental implant treatment, feel discouraged and overwhelmed by the limited number of options presented to them by their dentists.  Many of these patients are presented with a choice of removable dentures or lengthy and invasive treatment protocols.

Some of the dilemmas denture wearers experience include sore spots on the gums from rubbing, a decrease in bite force and an inability to eat many foods. Loose dentures move around and cause embarrassment in public. Some denture wearers have difficulty speaking with whistling or clicking of denture teeth.  Many people who wear dentures also complain that food tastes bland.

Successful dental implant rehabilitation of the upper arch depends on the quality and quantity of bone.  The term used to describe an upper jaw with very little bone is called a severely atrophic maxilla.  Rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla presents significant challenges for treatment.  Inadequate bone volume often results in the use of bone grafting procedures that can lengthen treatment time and delay delivery of the non-removable prosthesis.

The No Bone Solution is a special treatment protocol developed at the Pi Dental Center. It combines unique computer guided implant surgery with precision screw retained fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla. The protocol eliminates the need for invasive bone grafting and extensive procedures.

This summer, The Journal of Cosmetic Dentistry published, A “No Bone” Treating the Atrophic Maxilla with Immediate Implant-Supported Fixed Prosthesis. Dr. Thomas Balshi and Stephen Balshi MBE wrote the article, which provided CE credits for dental professionals.

This article identified patients who might be candidates for this type of treatment.  It discussed zygomatic and pterygomaxillary implants and described minimally invasive timesaving benefits of this protocol in comparison to sinus lift procedures.

The No Bone Solution protocol provides a restorative option for patients with severely atrophic maxillary bone. This protocol does not require bone augmentation and significantly reduces total treatment time for the patient compared to alternative procedures.

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A New Smile in Just One Day? YES

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 14, 2012 2:23:00 PM

A new smile in just one day!

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Meet the doctors who developed the revolutionary methods to make it happen.

The staff at world-renowned Prosthodontics Intermedica (or “Pi”) knows that a new, permanent smile is life changing -- and they offer it in just one day.

“We developed Teeth In A Day® 20 years ago and have been training doctors to offer it around the world ever since,” says Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, who pioneered the dental implant protocol with Dr. Thomas Balshi.

How it works: after a thorough examination and customized treatment plan, doctors remove diseased teeth and place anchors into the jawbone. A sophisticated laboratory team prepares temporary, non-removable teeth so that patients leave with a sturdy, natural-looking smile. Once the implants have fused to the natural bone, the permanent prostheses are positioned.

No Bone Solution™

Dental implants are vastly superior to dentures-aesthetically and functionally.

“In many cases, the constant rubbing of dentures causes the jawbone to retreat, requiring comprehensive preparation prior to placing implants,” explains Dr. Balshi. The customary answer is bone grafting, a risky, invasive process. Pi offers a better option.As seen in Redbook, Good Housekeeping and Women's Day

“The No Bone Solution™ is a zygomatic implant that combines computer-guided surgery with fixed prosthodontic rehabilitation,” says Dr. Balshi.

An advanced CT scanner gathers radiographic information in just seconds. “By recreating the patient’s skull virtually, we can guide the exact positioning of the implants,” says Dr. Wolfinger. “This approach is avant-garde, blending industry technology with dental medicine.”

The benefits are enormous,” adds Dr. Balshi. “It is drastically faster with less risk of infection. Pi is among only a few centers nationwide with this technology.”

The combination of No Bone Solution™ and Teeth In A Day® yields immediately functional teeth in a single procedure.

Treating the Whole Person

An exceptional experience begins the moment patients walk in: “We’ve created a welcoming ‘oasis’ to make patients feel comfortable. We want them to know we really care about them,” says Joanne Balshi, director of public relations.

Concludes Dr. James Bowers: “We love seeing patients leave with restored teeth and self-esteem.”

Hope for a Healthy Future

The affects of anorexia and bulimia nervosa are detrimental to teeth, and Pi Dental Center is passionate about helping these patients heal-physically and emotionally.

“Giving these patients a healthy mouth restores their ability to chew properly and gives them confidence,” says Dr. Balshi. “It jumpstarts the road to recovery.”

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Dental Implant Treatment Using The "No Bone" Solution

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Aug 10, 2012 3:23:00 PM

No Bone Solution Dental Implant Treatment

Rehabilitation of the severely atrophic maxilla presents significant challenges for the restoring dental team.   Inadequate bone volume often results in bone grafting procedures that delay treatment and delivery of the final prosthetic solution.  This article discusses the use of implant anchorage in maxillary sites for the support of an immediately loaded screw-retained prosthesis.

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Pi Dental Care Center Home of Teeth In A Day®

Posted by Pi Dental Center on May 30, 2012 4:08:00 PM

One of America's leading centers for zygomatic dental implants with Teeth In A Day® treatment, inviting colleagues to join in collaborative patient treatment eliminating bone grafting with
"No Bone Solutions."


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Our roster of implant courses serves graduate students, oral surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists and cutting edge general dentistry.

Our favorite critique from the profession:

"Where reason and imagination converge with pure science and art..."

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Pi Dental Center’s YouTube Channel

Posted by Thomas Balshi, DDS FACP on Jun 2, 2011 2:41:00 PM

Pi Dental Center YouTube Channel

Pi Dental Center's extensive library of videos on YouTube illustrate advancements in dentistry and dental implant treatment at Pi Dental Center.

Pi Dental Center has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and ABC’s Good Morning America.  Don Polec’s Visit to Pi Dental Center appeared on Action News.  All of these videos and more can be viewed at:  http://www.youtube.com/user/PiDentalCenter

Subjects include the No Bone Solution, Teeth In A Day treatment, guided dental implant surgery using the Teeth In An Hour protocol and Zygomatic Implants and All-On-4 economical treatment. The site includes numerous patient interview.

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