An Interview with Prosthodontist Dr. Rob Slauch

Posted by Pi Dental Center on Jul 22, 2019 4:12:43 PM

Robert Slauch DDS MDScRob Slauch joined Pi Dental Center as a prosthodontist on July 22, 2019. Read this interview with Prosthodontist, Dr. Slauch to learn about him and to better understand his goals and philosophy.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in Collegeville Pennsylvania, not far from Pi Dental Center. I went to College at Penn State University, and then to the University of Maryland - School of Dentistry in Baltimore. I then finished my residency training at University of Connecticut Health Center. I am working full time here at Pi Dental Center and am looking forward to meeting the patients.

What made you decide to study dentistry?

I chose dentistry because I was interested in helping people. Dentistry is the perfect blend of art and science. It gives me the opportunity to use different biomaterials, concepts and protocols that produce a product that patients will be very happy with.

Why did I choose to specialize in Prosthodontics?

I wanted to be challenged every day. Prosthodontists are charged with treating the most complex dental cases. So I knew that prosthodontics would challenge me and give me a new concept to think about. Sometimes they require you to think outside of the box. Being challenged every day was something that I wanted to pursue.

Tell us about your involvement with Pi Dental Center.

I actually started working as an intern at Pi Dental Center in 2012 helping in the research department. When I went to Dental School, I stayed in touch with Dr. Balshi and Dr. Wolfinger. So Pi Dental Center and I have a long history and I’m looking forward to now helping in the clinical side of the practice.

Tell us what you value about Pi Dental Center.

There is a lot of history in Pi Dental Center. This is one of the first centers to place dental implants in the country. It has a lot of history and literature that was published. I am very grateful to be part of the trademark that this facility has created. I am looking forward to bringing my own contemporary ideas to the established protocols that this center has created.

Everyone here is like family. All of the employees treat each other with the utmost respect and also work hard. But we make sure that we are respectful to each other and to patients as well.

What are Pi Dental Center’s strong points?

Pi Dental Center strives to be at the forefront of the specialty of prosthodontics. It was founded over 30 years ago and is strong in terms of blending research and clinical practice. I don’t know of any other center in the area that publishes so many papers and stays so current in trends with prosthodontics and with dentistry in general. Being involved with both the research and the clinical side is going to be very rewarding. I am looking forward to being part of that continued trend of bringing out research and clinical protocols that can make a difference in our specialty and for patients ultimately.

What are your goals for Pi Dental Center?

My goals for Pi Dental Center are to bring contemporary ideas I learned in my residency training and implement them with the established treatment protocols Pi Dental Center is known for. I am hoping that we can mesh the two and produce a product that can help patients to become happy with their smiles.

Tell us about your philosophy toward patient treatment.

I want to create an environment where the patient feels comfortable, relaxed, and can talk to me about why they are here. The treatment involves a decision between the doctor and patient. We are a team together. I want to produce an environment where we can trust each other. I’m looking forward to getting to know the patient population here at Pi Dental Center and to bring in new patients.

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Dental Implants and Dental Mint Implants: The Common Denominator

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Apr 20, 2016 5:09:00 PM

dentalmintplants2 copy.jpgThis year, in honor of National Prosthodontics Awareness Week, the Pi Dental Center took our healthy smile campaign on the road. On the sunniest, warmest day in our community this year, we participated in the Ambler Earth Fest, a first time venture to bring a community together in the spirit of making our little corner of it, refreshingly natural and healthy.

Many applauded the Pi Dental Center booth as the most “green” and energetic display. Our mission was to convey the importance of a healthy smile and the positive free energy it ignites within the person and within everyone around them. We tend to think of pollution as that which goes out into the atmosphere and compromises our fresh air, but in reality, dental decay, broken teeth and intraoral bacteria are a more lethal personal pollution, capable of causing serious damage to our vital organs if not kept in check.

The obvious question was often repeated. “What does a dentist have to do with Earth Day?” But the surprising answer is that we are very tightly interwoven. Unlike most other maladies, dental disease is highly visible. We have all experienced cringing when an otherwise pretty face reveals a very compromised, unhealthy smile.

At the Pi Dental Center, we strive to restore smiles to maximum good health and keep them as natural as possible. Our specialty is dental implant treatment, replacing all that is unhealthy and dysfunctional in the mouth with porcelain teeth that mimic nature; however, our wide scope of care embraces all restorative dentistry, still promoting the preservation of natural teeth when they can be kept esthetic and functional for a reasonable, cost-effective segment of time.

Our theme for National Prosthodontics Awareness Week was “Keep Your Teeth in Mint Condition,” so it was only natural that along with toothbrushes, tooth paste and floss, we gave away healthy, living, very green mint plants. Even without clinical intervention, our team made people smile all day long with the fragrance of the fresh herb and the play on words.

The common denominator is simple: we keep our Earth healthy and we keep our selves healthy. We seek what is natural and strong and bright in both arenas. It only takes awareness and the tools of knowledge. And every now and then, it also takes a mint!

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

 

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Prosthodontic Collegiality: A Lifelong Synergy

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Nov 6, 2015 1:04:11 PM

Dr. and Mrs. Mingledorff with Dr. Tom and Mrs. Balshi

The dental specialty of Prosthodontics enjoys an almost spiritual dimension because of the dramatic change that can be made in a human life by applying a prosthodontist’s expertise.  Even before dental implant protocols allowed for radical smile restoration in a single visit, the critical eye and skillful hands of a prosthodontist could create very esthetic, youthful, male and female crowns, bridges and veneers.  In this specialty lies not only a strong blend of science and architecture to ensure the longevity of dental function, but also the artistic grasp of what is most appropriate to enhance the appearance of every face.  Add to all that an understanding of ceramic materials and perhaps even a touch of magic that comes from passion to recreate the natural teeth with perfection, and there you have a communion of celebration as colleagues bask in what can actually be achieved. 

For decades, this prosthodontic dynamic has united colleagues, professors and students, mentors and interns, academics and clinicians.  To make such a substantial contribution to the quality of a patient’s life has unspeakable rewards. It is natural that at national and global conferences, doctors will share their experiences, continually striving to advance quality of care and predictable results. Prosthodontics has the most cutting edge and newsworthy technology in all of dentistry. 

Every prosthodontist can look back and identify the one individual who taught them to cherish this profession, and who imbued in them the excitement to embrace this field.  For Dr. Tom Balshi, the founder of the Pi Dental Center, this person was the Chair of the Department of Prosthodontics at Temple University throughout both his undergraduate and graduate studies in the discipline.  Ernest Beckwith Mingledorff, a southern born and raised soft-spoken gentleman with a dry humor and a charming Georgia drawl, brought out the best in all of his students.  He knew only how to give constructive criticism and to improve the quality of the skills he was challenged to convey.  Many revered him, perhaps none with as much long-lasting gusto as Dr. Tom Balshi. 

En route to the 45th meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists from Philadelphia last month in Orlando, Florida, Dr. and Mrs. Balshi detoured from their course to visit with the Mingledorff’s, long retired and living in Springfield, Georgia in the home where “Ernie” grew up.  At the age of ninety-one, not very mobile and partially blind, this prosthodontic icon embraced his student and sat back to chat vibrantly about days long past in the halls of Temple Dental School.  He also expressed wonderment at the concepts of Teeth in a Day®, zygomatic implants and AvaDent® Digital Dentures. 

There is no better re-fueling of inspiration and prosthodontic spunk than in visiting the one who shaped one’s professional profile and gave it life.  And there was no better moment than the one in which Amber, the full time caregiver, blurted out, “I am so happy to finally meet Dr. Mingledorff’s favorite student.”

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

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Judged By Your Smile: Prosthodontic Patients Take Top Billing

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Aug 27, 2015 3:15:00 PM

AvaDent Digital Dentures for a durable lasting smile
A recent reference letter used the comment, “You can tell a lot about a person by the condition of their teeth.”  Though after more than thirty years of working in a prosthodontic practice, I clearly know that to be true, the precise architecture of that sentence startled me.  The smile tells a story of personal priorities, of the valuation of a healthy body, of one’s appreciation of art and symmetry affecting function, and of the effort expended to be the best that one can be. 

There is no longer any need to hide a smile.  In the care of a prosthodontist, even the most twisted and discolored compilation of teeth can be rearranged, restored or replaced.  While esthetics plays a significantly important role, function is always really the king.  The perfect alignment of one’s bite is so much more than a nice cosmetic achievement. Like anything well engineered, the structure supports everything around it, making the correct occlusion of the upper and lower jaw the natural framework for both cranial support and a youthful, well filled out face. 

Perhaps more importantly, the body’s digestive system is critically dependent on our ability to send a properly chewed balanced diet into our food stream.  Teeth that have become soft with decay and teeth that do not properly come together will not promote good digestion or the ideal absorption of nutrients.  Years of tooth neglect can directly translate to the neglect of the more delicate systems in our bodies.  Since we rely on our food supply for energy, healthy teeth play a major role in cultivating energy reserve. 

The Pi Dental Center has a mission to maintain and to create smiles with ideal occlusion.  Sometimes the state of the art to accomplish that task can require dental implant protocols and may carry a high price tag.  In most cases, though, the fruits of correctly rebuilding and restoring the smile will actually be less costly than patch maintenance over a long period of years. 

The most exciting news, though, is the advent of AvaDent®, the very futuristic digitally formatted and milled prostheses that promises to be a time efficient and cost effective solution to making America smile.  If your heart is in having a strong smile but your hand needs to reach into a conservative pocket, the word on your tongue should be AvaDent®.  Ask us or your dentist for details. 

By Joanne Balshi
Pi Dental Center, Fort Washington, PA
piteam@pidentalcenter.com

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