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The Father of Modern Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Dec 23, 2014 10:01:00 AM

Pi Brånemark at Pi Dental Center

On December 20, 2014, Per-Ingvar Brånemark, the father of modern dental implants, died in his hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden, leaving family, friends and colleagues all over the world in mourning.  All of us at Pi are deeply saddened by the passing of Professor Brånemark.

Dr. Thomas Balshi and Pi Dental Center have had a long association with Professor Brånemark.  Dr. Balshi received his surgical and prosthetic implant training from him and they later collaborated on many dental implant research projects. Brånemark and Balshi have remained long-time friends.

Without the work of Per-Ingvar Brånemark, osseointegrated dental implants might not exist. His discovery of the phenomenon of osseointegration in 1952 and subsequent research has revolutionized the fields of dental, maxillofacial and orthopedic rehabilitation. 

Osseointegration refers to a direct structural and functional connection between ordered, living bone and the surface of a load-carrying implant. Dr. Brånemark demonstrated that, under carefully controlled conditions, titanium could be structurally integrated into living bone with a very high degree of long-term predictability.

In the early 1990’s, Professor Brånemark came to Pi Dental Center. During his stay, he visited the clinical facility and also attended our annual “Festival of Formerly Forbidden Foods.” There he was introduced to over 200 of our Brånemark dental implant patients, and saw first-hand the amazing effect that his groundbreaking work had on patients in the U.S.

Dr. Balshi said it succinctly, “Losing Professor Brånemark is like losing a father. He has been an inspiration and a mentor to hundreds of dental colleagues and bio-medical researchers all over the world.”

Friends and close associates of Dr. Brånemark, call him “PI.” To honor this great man, our practice incorporated his initials into our company name. This is one of the reasons we are called Pi Dental Center!

In 2015, the world of dentistry will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of applied osseointegration. Pi Dental Center and dental professionals worldwide will celebrate the innovations of Dr. Brånemark and the remarkable benefits of dental implants.

 

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Nutrition and Patients Part 3: Milk Shakes and Smiles at the Bistro

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 31, 2014 2:31:00 PM

Smiles Bistro in Fort Washington

The Smiles Bistro has a new “flavor.”  Earlier this month, Kelsey Dougherty and Joe Bruno took over management of the restaurant and are enthusiastic about their unique new menu offerings. What will remain the same are the wonderful Pi milkshakes.

As a matter of fact, this in-house restaurant came into being because of these milk shakes! To help patients recover comfortably following Teeth In A Day dental implant surgery, Pi Dental Center offered refreshing milk shakes during recovery. 

As Mrs. Joanne Balshi explains, “Teeth in a Day® is much more than a clinical procedure. It is a total embrace of a patient in need of a completely restored smile. There is a definite nutrition component to dental implant surgery, and our famous Pi milkshake following the placement of implants led straight to the concept of Smiles Bistro. Our little oasis is a haven for comfort food and TLC and uplifts not only patients, but everyone coming in and out of the building.”

Before the Bistro opened its doors, a staff member had to run out to buy milkshakes. Lunches for doctors taking dental courses at the Viewpoint Conference Center were catered by outside establishments, with inconsistent results. Many options were considered to provide better food in a timely manner and the idea for an on-site restaurant provided the answer.

Joe Bruno describes his philosophy, “When we were asked about taking over management for the bistro, I used what I learned from my fine dining experiences as a chef and my experiences working in corporate dining to develop a menu with quality ingredients that would be appealing to everyone and wouldn't take too long to make. If there's one thing I know about lunch time it's that you don't have much time. So speed is as important as quality. We try to make things as quick as Wawa but as good as Ristorante Toscanos. 

Kelsey expresses her enthusiasm, “Re-opening Smiles Bistro with Joe is very exciting for me. I am now able to do my two favorite things all day: cooking and talking to people. Every morning I come in and get the coffee started and customers start coming in and are more than excited to talk with me while they fix up their coffee and I fix up their breakfast. It is my goal to provide a friendly atmosphere and great food.” 

The bistro offers breakfast and lunch.  Belgian waffles, pancakes, omelets and fresh fruit are just a few choices available for breakfast. Soups, wraps, Panini sandwiches and salads and many other options are available on the lunch menu. Specials and desserts are provided daily.

The Smiles Bistro is a comfortable friendly place where patients, staff and visitors can grab a quick snack, or enjoy a relaxing meal with a friend. It is a place where family and friends can sit and wait for patients using our wireless network to connect to the web with their laptops and mobile devices.  The diverse menu provides many tasty and affordable options.

And of course, the Smiles Bistro still makes the best milkshakes!

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Nutrition and Dental Care Part 1: Diet and Dental Implant Treatment

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 31, 2014 2:30:00 PM

 

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One of the primary goals of successful dental rehabilitation is maximizing a patient's ability to eat, enjoy and chew healthy, delicious foods and, as a result of healthier diet, improve overall health. Nutrition, healthy food choices and diet are subjects on everyone’s mind. A wealth of information about nutrition is available in the community, on the Internet and in books. To ensure adequate healing following dental implant treatment, maintaining a healthy diet is essential. The doctors and staff at Pi Dental Center discuss nutrition with patients prior to their surgical treatment.  

In an interview, Dr. Thomas Balshi was asked what he tells his patients about nutrition.  “We tell them that they need to keep their protein levels up.  After surgery they should eat frequently to reduce stomach acids.  Bland foods may be helpful. Liquids are also very important prior to and following surgery. At least four 8-ounce glasses of fluid are recommended.”

Patients need to stay away from some foods and drinks after surgery.  Balshi said, “We suggest that patients avoid carbonate beverages immediately following surgery. These drinks can loosen clots which can interfere with healing.  In addition, the sugar and preservatives in soda are not optimal for bone metabolism.”

 “For the human body’s engine to run at top speed it needs the right fuel.  When you look at the physical consequences of malnutrition and the devastating way that the body reacts to a lack of nutrition, it is a wakeup call.” stated Dr. Balshi.

Prior to surgery, patients receive pre-treatment instructions about diet and fluid intake as well as a list of recommended vitamins.

Nutritional Instructions After Surgery

While undergoing dental implant treatment, patients should maintain their current body weight to ensure proper healing. This is not the time to begin a new diet and skipping meals is not suggested. Nutritional supplements and vitamins are encouraged.

Immediately following surgery, patients should avoid hot beverages and carbohydrate beverages.   Liquids only should be taken until all numbness wears off. Soft foods are recommended for one to two days after extractions, and for 3 months following implant surgery.

Not eating correctly can result in fatigue, headache, dehydration and delayed wound healing.  For patients with health conditions such as diabetes, particular care must be taken in maintaining food intake. Diabetics should also closely monitor blood sugar.

Cups Full of Nutritious Enjoyment

Following dental surgery, finding foods that are both nutritious and enjoyable is not always easy. Pi Dental Center has produced a cookbook called, “From Soup to Nuts.” This hardcover book is designed to provide nourishing recipes for dental patients as they progress through each stage of treatment.  “From Soup to Nuts,” is available in our office and on the Pi Dental Center website.

Nutritional Resources Outside of Pi Dental Center

The Fort Washington area, where Pi Dental Center is located, offers abundant resources for anyone interested in nutrition.  These range from individual consultations, group sessions, movies, and discussions to farm cooperatives, cooking classes, and other activities.

The Giant Food Stores provide individual nutrition consultations by certified nutritionists and dieticians in their Flourtown, Willow Grove and Montgomeryville stores. Consultations are tailored to specific health concerns. In addition, the nutrition department teaches a variety of free group classes geared toward healthy lifestyle.  The fee for a one-on-one session is twenty dollars.  However, following the consultation, the student receives a $20 gift card—so the session is essentially free.   Topics of group classes vary depending on the season.  April is healthy eating month with a focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables.  May is gluten free month.  Giant’s Nutrition Program also goes to people’s homes, health fairs, schools and wellness events. Courtney Schoepe MA, RD, LDN runs the nutrition program at the Flourtown Giant.  Courtney is a licensed Registered Dietitian. Courtney said, “Subjects that may be discussed during individual counseling sessions include weight loss management, food allergies, gluten free diets, heart-healthy diets and digestive issues.” To schedule a consultation or learn more, she can be reached at (215) 836-4300. 

The Pennypack Farm & Education Center is a local community supported farm that offers a variety programs and services including providing locally-produced, healthy, toxin-free food, teaching environmental education to children and adults. Pennypack Farm has two locations—in Horsham and Fort Washington.

Pennypack has sponsored a Sustainability Film Series each winter and spring since 2010 at the Ambler Theater.  These community events, which focus on diet, health, the food industry, sustainability, and the environment, include a movie and panel discussion. The last in this year’s series aired on April 8th, a documentary called, “GMO OMG,” on April 8th.

The U.S. Department of agriculture website choosemyplate.gov addresses many issues and includes information such as meal plans, sample menus, recipes, budget tips, calorie charts and BMI calculators. 

Opinions about food choices and diet vary considerably. There are a number of new books about nutrition available; some are considered controversial. One of them is, now on the best seller’s list, is called, “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers” by David Perlmutter and Kristin Loberg. Another is called, “Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It,” by Jeff O'Connell.

Pi Dental Center continues to restore patient's smiles maximizing patient enjoyment of foods and promoting healthier diets. Feel free to discuss nutrition with your doctor at your next office visit.  Look for upcoming blogs about dental care and nutrition and health on our web site. 

Read Nutrition and Dental Care Part 2: Diet and the Nursing Home Resident


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In the photo: Dr. Thomas Balshi, Pennypack Farm Greenhouse, field and display, Pi Dental Center's "From Soup to Nuts Cookbook," Sustainablility Series event.

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