What your dentist needs to know

Posted by Chris Raines on Jun 19, 2019 2:22:50 PM

A Word Cloud illustration showing the words used in blog, "What your dentist needs to know."At Pi Dental Center, our goal is to deliver beautiful smiles and make your office visit as comprehensive and worthwhile as possible. In order to provide you with effective dental care, we need a complete dental and medical history. Here are some of the things that we will need to know when you become a patient.

Your Complete Dental and Medical Health History:

What dental treatment did you receive in the past and were your dental experiences positive?

Are you a dental phobic? Let us know if you have anxiety in the dental office. We are experienced in successfully treating patients with all levels of dental phobia.

Following dental treatment, you may need a prescription for pain relievers, so we need to know any medical allergies.

Your medical history impacts your dental condition. For example, acid reflux can erode tooth enamel. People who have diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease, cavities and tooth loss.

What medications are you taking? Stomach ulcer meds can cause dry mouth and blood pressure lowering meds can cause inflammation, bleeding and ulceration of the gums.

Do you smoke? Smoking has a negative impact on your entire body including your mouth. If you smoke, we highly recommend that you quit. We can provide helpful information to help you quit smoking.

Your Lifestyle and Habits:

What are your dietary and social habits? Do you have a sweet tooth?

Alcohol consumption and drug use can have a serious impact on your dental health. Soda consumption increases acid levels in the mouth.

What are your oral hygiene habits? Perhaps we can improve your hygiene regimen.

Your Goals and Expectations:

Knowing your goals and expectations will help us to provide you with a personally customized treatment plan. What are your goals and expectations for your dental treatment? What do you expect your teeth to look like when treatment is completed? What is your budget and are you considering financing treatment?

If you are planning to have dental surgery, do you have a support system at home? On the day of surgery, will someone be available to transport you?

On the day of treatment, let us know how you are feeling. Knowing your state of mind will help us to make your visit pleasant.

The prosthodontists at Pi Dental Center deliver captivating smiles so that you can smile with confidence. Call to discuss your dental needs and schedule your dental appointment for a diagnostic evaluation. We look forward to helping you.

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Why Pi? Our restorative dental care is both skilled and heartfelt

Posted by Joanne Balshi, Director of Public Relations on Feb 19, 2016 5:11:41 PM

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Patients who come to Pi for restorative dental care often write us “love letters” expressing their sheer wonderment at how profoundly we prioritize each individual.  Though many come for the miraculous cosmetic techniques available as a quick fix in today’s prosthodontics, most still come with serious dental issues that affect function, create pain, and diminish overall health.  Those patients are anxious, have fears and need questions comprehensively answered.  From the first phone call to our reception staff to the delivery of our most custom restoration, our eyes, ears and even arms are open to give first class personal service to every human being.

Not all prosthodontics involves teeth, though, and on this gray February day in Fort Washington, a small glow came from the operating room where a most heartwarming procedure was taking place. Those who follow our Pi Foundation stories know that one of our youngest patients is a charming young Afro-American soccer enthusiast who came to Pi not for dental implants but for implants to give him back a nose! Having been viciously attacked by a wild hyena when only six years old, our Sisay lost the entire center of his face and was substantially disfigured until the Pi team came up with a prosthetic replacement, especially designed to be altered when a growing boy required a new look.

Today, another young, vivacious Afro-American boy nearly the same size as Sisay, volunteered to have an impression of his nose taken to help our team create Sisay’s next nose.  The procedure was painless and simple, but the concept was really no different than the concept of a living organ donor.  A child was using his own body to enhance the physical existence of another. Surrounded by our Pi team of doctors, two sweetheart dental assistants and our bio-medical engineer, the appropriate model was taken and the production of a nose-to-grow-with is now underway.

Why Pi?  This simple project was unrushed.  The people involved were keenly compassionate and sensitive to both children, aware of the value of the gift in the development of an invaluable medical solution.  It was not simply a process; it was a fulfillment.  Alongside creative, cutting edge technology was the unmistakable impact of a tender and lingering human touch, something rarely reported in 2016 healthcare.

Everything went so smoothly that the appointment took less time than expected—another hallmark of dental care at Pi Dental Center.  When the doctors were finished, Martha and Julie remained with the boys, gave both of their faces a little spa treatment, and most importantly engaged in conversation that was right in their young zone.

This little excerpt from a Wednesday at Pi is a small taste of the big picture.  Why Pi?
Because when people are hurting, our job is not just nuts and bolts and know-how.  It’s the CARE part of healthcare and we challenge ourselves to do it better than anyone else around.

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