Top Ten Reasons to Choose Dental Implants

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Sep 13, 2019 12:33:52 PM

Chewing improves with dental implants making eating more enjoyable.In 1952 a Swedish physician named Dr. Per-Ingvar Brånemark accidentally discovered a phenomenon called osseointegration that allowed metal to bond with bone. Dr. Brånemark, who is considered the "father of modern dental implantology," conducted clinical research that led treatment of the first dental implant patient in 1965. Since that time, dental implant treatment has become the standard of care for dental patients.

Osseointegration is the biological process by which living bone fuses with the titanium dental implant to form a man-made tooth root.

Dental implants are synthetic roots that replace natural teeth. Titanium implants actually bond to natural bone and become the sub-structure for non-removable teeth.

Dental implants are the best choice for replacement of missing teeth. Here are ten reasons to consider dental implant for replacement of missing teeth.

#1 Success: The success rate for dental implants is very high. Studies indicate a success rate ranging from 98 to 99% over a period of 10 to 15 years of follow-up.

#2 A Healthy Mouth: Dental implants allow you to replace a tooth without affecting the surrounding teeth. The surrounding teeth are not compromised when an implant is placed. You don’t need to get a bridge anymore to replace a single tooth. You can treat the specific area where the tooth is missing.

#3 Bone Health: When a dental implant is in place, the bone reacts by fusing around the surface of the implant. The concept is called the internal bone remodeling stimulus. The implant actually stimulates the bone. Dental implants tend to maintain bone levels.

Dental implants support facial structure.

#4 Convenience: Dental implants are a permanent non-removable solution. A dental implant supported prosthesis does not need to be stored in a jar at night.

#5 Peace of Mind: Removable dentures can loosen and fall out when least expected. Dental implant supported prostheses won’t fall out or loosen.

#6 Comfort: Removable partial appliances tend to move and rub on the surrounding teeth, which wears out the enamel and ultimately loosens the teeth in the socket. These removable appliances can weaken surrounding bone and ligaments, ultimately causing tooth mobility and even tooth loss. Dental implants do not damage surrounding teeth.

#7 Scientifically Proven: Dental implant technology is a proven protocol and because of digital technology, the overall prosthesis and the individual teeth are stronger, plus it takes less time to fabricate.

#8 Improved Facial Features: Removable dentures can lead to bone loss over time which can cause a sunken appearance of face. Dental implant treatment supports the facial structure. It’s almost like having an internal face lift.

#9 Self-Esteem: When people lose their teeth, they may become depressed and feel less confident. This can eventually lead to withdrawal and social isolation due to anxiety and embarrassment. They may feel self-conscious and avoid smiling. This can affect their social lives. Many people avoid social situations. Dental implant supported teeth dramatically improve appearance and self-confidence. Dental implant patients report a dramatic improvement in self-esteem.Dental implant patients report improvement in self-esteem.

#10 Improved Health: Dental implants make eating more enjoyable. Better chewing ability means better nutrition.

"Dental implants have improved the quality of life for numerous patients over the past 50+ years. Pi Dental Center's trademarked Teeth In A Day® protocol has provided a quick and efficient process for tooth replacement," states Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, board certified prosthodontist at Pi Dental Center.

If you have missing teeth or require tooth extraction, call us to discuss dental implants.


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The Father of Modern Dental Implants

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

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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 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 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 bestseller 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. 

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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," Sustainability Series event.

By Chris Raines
Web Site Administrator
Pi Dental Center 

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