Holistic Dentistry and Pi Dental Center

Posted by Chris Raines on Oct 28, 2020 12:00:00 PM

Image taken at Cape May Point State Park of lighthouse.

People often ask us if we are a holistic dental practice. In many ways, Pi Dental Center has a lot in common with a holistic office. In other ways, we do not. Read on to learn about the philosophy of a holistic office and what aspects are applicable to our center.

What do holistic dentists believe?

A holistic dentist sees the mouth as an integrated part of the body and considers oral health problems as they relate to total body health.

The doctors and staff at Pi Dental Center agree that dental health affects the entire body. One example of the relationship between oral health and overall health is the connection between periodontal disease, heart disease and diabetes. Research has proven that there is a strong link between them. We also believe that a person’s habits and behavior can affect their dental health.

Holistic dentists choose minimally invasive options. At Pi Dental Center, long-term predictable dental health is our goal for our patients. When a patient is evaluated, all reasonable options are explored and when it is feasible, Pi Dental Center will consider a minimally invasive option.

Holistic practices build a partnership with their patients. Our goal is to empower each of our patients to achieve optimal dental health. We do this through wide-ranging treatment options, advanced prosthodontic care and a comprehensive program of oral hygiene maintenance and education.

What types of treatment do holistic dentists provide?

Traditional dentists treat problems that affect the teeth, gums, oral structures and the jaw. Holistic dentists focus on the entire person. Not all holistic dentists’ approach to dentistry is the same and they don’t all offer the same procedures, but here are some of the most common offerings.

Holistic dentists offer only composite fillings rather than mercury fillings. Pi Dental Center also offers composite fillings and has never used mercury fillings.

While many holistic dentists remove mercury fillings and replace them with composite fillings, Pi Dental Center removes mercury fillings that show decay or breakdown.

Like holistic practices, Pi Dental Center utilizes advanced 3D low dose digital x-rays.

The titanium dental implant systems that Pi Dental Center uses are backed by substantial research and can be used in all indications of tooth replacement. Ceramic implants have little long-term follow-up and are only indicated for single tooth replacement.

When compared to traditional impressions, digital scanning technology is more efficient, precise and comfortable for the patient. At Pi Dental Center, TRIOS scanning technology is used for crowns, bridges and single tooth dental implants.

What types of treatment don’t holistic dentists offer?

Holistic dentists do not perform root canals. At Pi Dental Center, patients are referred to an endodontist (root canal specialist) when necessary.

Holistic dentists don’t advocate the use of fluoride. Pi Dental Center focuses on scientifically proven treatment, procedures, techniques and products. While we do provide fluoride products and treatments, patients can choose not to use them.

Pi Dental Center works closely with dental offices that provide additional holistic dental procedures, and referrals to those offices can be made for those who are interested. The health of the mouth impacts the entire body. At Pi Dental Center, our mission is to work with our patients to help them achieve and maintain healthy mouths. Give us a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or have questions.

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Photo Credit: Andrea Clendaniel shot this photo of the lighthouse at Cape May Point State Park.

Tags: dental fillings, oral health and quality of life, good doctor/patient relationship, prosthodontic dental restoration, dental care

Main Line Today Top Dentist 2019

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 27, 2019 12:37:25 PM

Dr. Glenn Wolfinger has been voted Main Line Today Top Dentist as a Prosthodontist for 2019

Pi Dental Center is pleased to announce that Dr. Glenn Wolfinger has been voted Main Line Today Top Dentist as a prosthodontist for 2019! Wolfinger is the owner of Pi Dental Center and a board-certified prosthodontist.

Recipients of this award are nominated by their peers for their advanced skill, experience and leadership in the dental community. This is the second year in a row that Dr. Wolfinger has been awarded this distinction.

Prosthodontists are called, “the architects of the smile.” These ADA recognized dental specialists have advanced training in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, dentures, crowns, bridges, TMJ therapy, facial prosthetics and total mouth rehabilitation.

Dr. Wolfinger grew up in North East Philadelphia, where he attended LaSalle College High School then Villanova University. He attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and specialized in prosthodontics at Harvard University School of Dental Medicine. In 1993, Wolfinger became a Diplomate (board certified) of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Dr. Wolfinger joined Pi Dental Center in 1963. He was a clinical professor at Temple University and Director of Prosthodontics and Implant Dentistry at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Dr. Wolfinger has received numerous awards and honors. He’s been a Philly Magazine as well as Main Line Today Top Dentist, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Academy of Osseointegration, and the American College of Prosthodontists.

Dr. Wolfinger and his colleagues at Pi Dental Center conduct ongoing research for dental implants, dental products, and dental treatment for patients with medical diagnoses such as diabetes and osteoporosis. Dr. Wolfinger is particularly interested in dental treatment using the Teeth in A Day® protocol and treatment of patients who have very little bone.

Dr. Wolfinger was asked why he believes he was chosen for this award. He said, “I was voted by my peers, who refer their complex patient treatments to me. It is a true honor to be voted by my peers, those who understand the quality of services my office delivers.”

Improving Patients' Lives

 Dr. Wolfinger continues, “It is a great feeling when you can make a big difference in the life of a patient. Many of the procedures we do improve the quality of patients’ lives.”

“Our goal is to provide patients with predictable treatment options that meet their goals and expectations,” Dr. Wolfinger states.

Dr. Wolfinger and all of the staff at Pi Dental Center have a caring attitude toward patients. They go above and beyond standard care with advanced dental skills and expertise in dental technology, often treating patients with special needs. They strive to make every patient’s appointment convenient and comfortable. Give them a call if you would like to schedule an appointment or simply discuss your dental health.

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Dental Implant Treatment with Accelerset Prosthesis by AvaDent: Part 2

Posted by Stephen Balshi MBE on Nov 18, 2016 2:45:17 PM

Ken smiles following completion of dental implant treatment with an AvaDent prosthesis.During the last blog post, we discussed Ken who was diagnosed with rare disorders called Osteogenesis Imperfecta and Odontogenesis Imperfecta. These disorders caused extensive dental problems. Ken was treated by Dr. Balshi and the team at Pi Dental Center with implant supported AvaDent Accelerset prostheses. This technology is discussed below.

Ken's is the first Accelerset Prosthesis engineered by AvaDent (Global Dental Science). It's fully automated and consists of 3 main parts:

1) a milled titanium framework that is designed with individual keys to support,

2) fully milled keyway teeth and is veneered with

3) a fully milled PMMA gingiva.  

The teeth can be made of several different materials.  In Ken's case, the front teeth are lithium disilicate (e.max) and the back teeth are multi-layer zirconia.  


Photos detailing progression from computer model to final:
AvaDent prosthesis design in AvaDent Viewer

AvaDent prosthesis design in Viewer Software

From the design the framework is built and individual crowns are placed.

From the design the framework is built and individual crowns are placed.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed according to the digital design that was created in the AvaDent Viewer.

The completed restoration, which has been designed
according to the digital design that was created in the Viewer.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed according to the digital design that was created in the AvaDent Viewer.

The completed prosthesis which has been designed
according to the digital design that was created in the Viewer.

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Ken's final restoration


Ken is also part of a research project to study the retention of the crowns to the milled titanium framework.  Half of the crowns are cemented to the titanium framework with resin cement and the other half are press-fit to the framework using an intermediary sleeve made from polyether ether ketone (PEEK).  

The technique of cementing the crowns in place is the industry standard.  

The press-fit technique with the PEEK sleeve is the subject of our clinical research.  All of the milled components are made separately in three different types of milling machines simultaneously.  They are then assembled and made ready for delivery to the patient.  

Ken's Accelerset prosthesis is the first of its kind.  It is supported by 6 dental implants.  Accelerset prostheses can be be made on any number of implants and most types of dental implants.

Ken before and after dental implant treatment with delivery of the Accelerset AvaDent Prosthesis

Board certifed prosthodontists, Dr. Thomas Balshi and Dr. Glenn Wolfinger, are skilled at providing advanced dental implant care and delivering superior prosthetic solutions.  To learn more about dental implant treatment using the Accelerset call 215-646-6334 or contact us using the link below.

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Terminology:

Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) is a rare disorder affecting the connective tissue and characterized by extremely fragile brittle bones that break or fracture easily, often without apparent cause. The specific symptoms and physical findings associated with OI vary greatly from case to case. The severity of OI also varies greatly, even among individuals in the same family.

Odontogenesis Imperfecta is a developmental disturbance of one or of several adjacent teeth, characterized by deficient formation of enamel and dentin. Such teeth exhibit delayed eruption into the oral cavity.

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