Halitosis and Your Teeth

Have you been experiencing persistent bad breath? You may have developed halitosis. Halitosis is often linked to poor oral hygiene, but in other cases, halitosis can be an indicator of a more complex dental problem. During a visit to Chester Springs Dentistry, general dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the cause of your halitosis. Depending on the cause, Dr. Petkevis can offer a range of services to help improve your smile. If you haven't visited the dentist for a comprehensive exam, visit Chester Springs Dentistry. Dr. Petkevis offers compassionate, patient-focused dental care and will work with you to get you the dental treatment you need. We offer a wider range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dental treatments to help restore health and function back to your smile. Contact our Chester Springs, PA dental office and schedule an appointment.

Halitosis

Discovering what is causing your halitosis is the best way to find a dental treatment specific to your needs. In the meantime, patients can improve their oral hygiene routine. Try brushing your teeth for two minutes a day at least twice a day. Also, try incorporating flossing into your routine. Flossing can help remove debris that is hiding between the teeth. Look for products with an ADA approved stamps like certain types of fluoride rinse and toothpaste. Once you visit Dr. Petkevis, he can instruct you on what steps you need to take to maintain a healthy smile. Possible Causes of Halitosis:
  • Gum Disease: Once gum disease develops, they become sensitive, irritated, and full of bacteria. The bacteria that develops in the pockets of your gums can cause your teeth to shift, tooth sensitivity, toothache, bleeding gums, and halitosis. It is important that patients visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office to receive a thorough examination of their teeth, mouth, and gums. Most patients do not realize they have gum disease until they visit the dentist.
  • Dry Mouth: When the mouth isn't producing the necessary amount of saliva, it can cause dry mouth. Dry mouth may be caused by dehydration, illness, smoking, and certain kinds of medication. Progressive dry mouth may leave you more susceptible to tooth decay, cavities, and even gum disease. It is important to stay hydrated and visit your dentist or doctor to determine if your dry mouth is caused by a more serious problem.
  • Tooth Decay/ Cavities: If tooth decay is left untreated, it can cause halitosis, tooth loss, and infection. Regular checkups with Dr. Petvekis and practicing an excellent oral hygiene routine can minimize your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities.

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August is Dental Implant Month!

Hiding your smile because of missing teeth can be tiresome and challenging. However, there are plenty of tooth replacement options to help restore your beautiful smile. Chester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers a wide range of tooth replacement options, including dental implants. Dental implants can be a convenient, sustainable solution for your missing teeth. As an active member of the International Congress of Implantologists, Dr. Petkevis dedicates hours of continuous training and education to stay up to date on the current techniques and advancements in dental implant dentistry. Dr. Petkevis is specially trained to perform both the surgical and restoration aspects of the dental implant procedure. He will work with you to help create a natural looking, functional smile for patients who are missing one or more teeth.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a small, titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jawbone. They can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dr. Petkevis will consider the position and number of missing teeth perform suggesting a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture as your final restoration. Dr. Petkevis will also determine if dental implants are right for you. To receive dental implants, patients may need to have an adequate amount of healthy bone structure to be an ideal candidate for the dental implant procedure. However, if you are not an ideal candidate for dental implants, Dr. Petkevis offers a wide range of tooth replacement options. Dr. Petkevis will work with you to determine the best choice for your smile.

Types of Dental Implants

  • Single tooth implants: Single tooth dental implants are usually capped off with a dental crown. Dental crowns can be color matched to blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
  • Multiple tooth implant: If you are missing several consecutive teeth, Dr. Petkevis can use dental implants to secure a bridge to restore your smile.
  • All On Four: For patients missing a full set of either the top or bottom arch of teeth, All-on-Four can replace a full mouth of teeth. Using as few as four strategically placed dental implants, Dr. Petkevis can secure a denture.

The Process: Dental Implants

Dr. Petkevis will begin by surgically attaching the dental implant into the jawbone. It typically takes anywhere from 3-6 months for the dental implant to integrate into the jawbone. In some cases, Dr. Petkevis can attach a restoration all in the same day. In other cases, Patients will be given a temporary restoration while their dental implants heal. Once the healing process is completed, Dr. Petkevis will securely attach a dental crown, dental bridge, or denture as your final restoration. In the case of a single missing tooth, Dr. Petkevis will use a dental crown. For two or more missing teeth, he may use a dental bridge or denture.

Visit Chester Springs Dentistry

Restorative dentist, Dr. Petkevis offers a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry services at Chester Springs Dentistry in Chester Springs, OH. He will work with you to provide a personalized treatment plan to help improve your smile. If you are looking for an experienced dentist, schedule a visit with Dr. Petkevis. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 610.400.1459

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Wisdom Teeth

Happy guy During your teen and early adulthood years, you may begin to notice the development of your wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are often the last teeth in your upper and lower jaw to develop. During development, patients may feel a pressure in their jaw or nothing at all. It is important to get your teeth checked regularly to make sure your wisdom teeth are developing properly.General dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis of Chester Springs Dentistry has years of experience dealing with wisdom teeth and is committed to helping you maintain a healthy smile. When wisdom teeth come in properly then they usually don't pose any risk. However, if they are misaligned they can cause a number of dental issues for the patient and may need to be properly removed. Dr. Petkevis will work with you to develop the best plan of action.

Wisdom Teeth

Depending on the way your wisdom emerge, they may need to be removed to ensure the quality and health of the rest of your teeth isn't compromised. When wisdom teeth come in properly, they can help aid activities like chewing harder foods. However, most times, wisdom teeth don't develop properly. Dr. Petkevis can thoroughly examine your teeth during a routine preventive care exam to determine whether or not you will need your wisdom teeth removed. Cause for wisdom teeth removal:
  • Wisdom teeth don't emerge properly
  • Causing over crowding in the mouth
  • Excessive tenderness and swelling at wisdom teeth site
  • Teeth Damage
  • Infection
  • Tooth Decay
Treatment: After your consultation. Dr. Petkevis will determine if removing the tooth is necessary. If removing the tooth is necessary, Dr. Petkevis will perform a tooth extraction on the affected teeth. Patients will be put under with the use of sedation dentistry and Dr. Petkevis will go in and remove your wisdom. After the procedure, swelling and minimal bleeding are normal. It is important to follow the after care instruction so that no complications occur after surgery.

Schedule An Appointment

To learn more about your options about wisdom teeth, visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office. Dr. Petkevis is an experienced dentist who is committed to providing comprehensive, personalized dental care. You can schedule an appointment online or call 610.400.1459

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The Importance of Preventative Care

495780253 Preventative dental care is important to your oral health in the long run. Avoiding complex dental issue is just one of the benefits of learning the importance of maintaining a healthy, bright smile. Chester Springs dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis, DMD believes that patients should be equipped with the tools to take charge of their oral health. At Chester Springs Dentistry, we offer a variety of cosmetic and restorative treatments for patients looking to improve their oral health.

Preventative Dental Care In Chester Springs, PA

Dr. Petkevis highly encourages patients to visit our Chester Springs dental office biannual for a comprehensive exam. A comprehensive exam allows Dr. Petkevis to check your teeth for any signs of dysfunction. With information from the comprehensive exam, Dr. Petkevis will develop a plan based on your oral health needs. Our Comprehensive Exam Includes:
  • Dental x-rays
  • Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Review of medical history
  • Photographs
  • Cosmetic dental evaluation
  • TMJ exam
  • Occlusal (bite) analysis
Benefits of Preventive Care Preventive dental care helps keep your smile healthy and is imperative to the health of your teeth. Finding a dentist you trust with your smile is an important aspect of mainating your oral health. Dr. Petkevis is dedicated to your oral health journey.
  • Catches complex dental issues or dental dysfunction
  • Helps remove plaque buildup and debris
  • Helps avoid complex dental treatment
  • improves your overall oral health

Schedule An Appointment

If you are looking for an expereinced dental professional in Chester springs, Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jason Petkevis, DMD. At Chester Springs Dentistry, we value each of our patients and want them to experience patient focused, personalized dental care. Come visit our Chester Springs, PA dental office, feel free to schedule an appointment online or give us a call 610.400.1459

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Combat Bad Breath

chester springs dentist oral hygiene Have you noticed, or been told, that you have bad breath? Bad breath can cause embarrassment, and if you notice that it does not go away after a thorough brushing and flossing, you should let your dentist know as soon as possible. Your bad breath could be an indicator of a more complex oral health concern. Chester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis encourages any patient with chronic halitosis to schedule an oral health exam to diagnose and treat the root of the problem. What is your bad breath saying about your oral health? Bad breath may be an indicator of an oral or systemic health condition. If Dr. Petkevis suspects that your halitosis is caused by diabetes, lung infection, kidney or liver condition or a gastrointestinal problem he will refer you to your general physician for further care. If the cause of your halitosis is an oral health concern, our Chester Springs, PA dental care team can help you address the root of the problem so you can enjoy fresh breath and oral health.

Oral Health Causes Halitosis

  • Cavities- Untreated, tooth decay causes a strong oral odor. The smell is the bi-product that bacteria leaves behind on your teeth and gums. Caught early, tooth decay can be treated with a dental filling. Advanced tooth decay may require a more advanced dental procedure such as a root canal or tooth extraction. Dr. Petkevis is a highly trained and experienced dentist who provides personalized and comprehensive treatment plans for the treatment of tooth decay.
  • Dry Mouth- Dry mouth could be the result of many conditions. Dry mouth is a condition where you have a lack of saliva productions in your mouth. Without a healthy saliva flow, food debris and bacteria can build up causing bad breath and ultimately tooth decay or even gum disease.
  • Gum Disease-Patients suffering from gum disease may experience unpleasant odors in their mouth. The bacteria build up causes a bad smell creating chronic halitosis. Dr. Petkevis offers professional teeth cleanings, planing and scaling for the treatment of gum disease.
  • Oral Hygiene – Brushing and flossing twice a day can help keep your bad breath under control. Brushing and flossing help to remove plaque and bacteria build up that frequently causes bad breath. Diligent oral hygiene can also help prevent the development of complex oral health problems. If you have questions about what oral hygiene products are right for your oral health needs, our Chester Springs, PA dental care team will be happy to assist you.

Schedule A Consultation

To learn more about chronic halitosis and how it may be a sign of more complex oral health concerns, contact our Chester Springs dentist office. Biannual dental check-ups with Dr. Petkevis can help you keep your breath fresh, teeth clean, and smile brightly for years to come.

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Chester Springs Dentistry Patient Reviews

Man having teeth examined at dentistsChester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers patients comprehensive and personalized dental care. With state of the art dental technology and years of advanced training and experience, our Dental Distinction team puts an emphasis on preventative dental care and provides cosmetic and restorative dentistry for complex dental concerns. Our patients can feel the difference when they come to our Chester Springs dentist office. Our compassionate and highly trained dental care team will welcome you, making you feel like a part of our family. We offer dental care for patients of all ages making our dentist office convenient go to place for your whole family.

What Our Patient’s Say About Us

“Dr. Jay saw me on short notice today because I was having tooth pain. Although I am typically not a fan of going to the dentist, Dr. Jay is truly exceptional! Not only is his staff pleasant and professional, his office is beautiful. He made short work of my cracked filling, easily dispersing my anxiety about going to the dentist, and sent me away with a smile on my face. Dr. Jay is a skilled, efficient, and friendly dentist. It is obvious the pride Dr. Jay has put into his practice and the value he has of his clientele. I easily saw today why staff members answer the phones asking “Thank you for calling Dental Distinction. How can I make you smile?” Victoria
“Our family (me, my wife and two little girls) recently moved to the Chester Springs, PA area. We had to drop our old dentist and find a new one. We consider ourselves very lucky that we found Dr. Jason Petkevis and his staff! With our varying dental needs, Dr. Petkevis and his skilled staff were courteous, informative and easy to work with. We didn’t feel that they were just out to get our money, Dr Petkevis and his staff were all about serving us and genuinely cared for the dental health of our family. They have made our family feel right at home in Chester Springs! Any family in the area should consider seeing Dr. Petkevis! “ Ron C.
“I had to have my FRONT tooth replaced and saying I was nervous about the procedure and how it was going to look after was an understatement. I am not the easiest patient due to severe anxiety and panic attacks with all things “medical”, especially needles. Dr. Jay did such a fantastic job! He explained everything and took the time to make sure that he was prepared for a special needs I required. I called multiple times before the procedure with questions and concerns and Crissy was amazing. She explained everything and made me feel comfortable. I was terrified walking into the back, knowing I was going to get a shot. They sat me down, put on the massaging chair, asked me what I wanted to watch on TV and let me relax until I was ready. I didn’t feel a thing!!! The tooth looks EXACTLY the same if not a little better than the real one. Color matches perfectly. I honestly cannot believe how good it turned out. I have been going to Dr. Jay for about 2 years and I would never go to anyone else! Not only are they great with major procedures but even going in to get a cleaning, Julie the Hygienist is so welcoming and makes the visit enjoyable.” Michelle

Schedule An Appointment

Bi-annual dental check-ups are a great way to keep your teeth and gums in their best healthy. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new patients from Main Line, Chester Springs, Exton, or Downingtown PA.

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Oral Cancer Screening

african man visiting dentistEarly diagnosis of oral cancer may save your life. Oral cancer often goes undetected for too long. Often difficult to spot, it is essential to have a trained dentist examine your mouth at least twice a year. Chester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis provides thorough and regular oral cancer exams for all of his patients at their biannual dental checkups. Oral cancer may develop on your tongue, tonsils, gums, cheeks or on the floor of your mouth. It can be difficult to see these areas in your own mouth. Having Dr. Petkevis examine your mouth will allow for a better range of vision. Dr. Petkevis is also highly trained and experienced dentist and knows what signs to look for. Some patients have a lifestyle or genetic factor that may increase their risk of developing oral cancer. Anyone can develop oral cancer, but those with risk factors may consider being screened more frequently. If you notice any changes in the soft tissues of your mouth, cheeks or face, it is important to contact Dr. Petkevis as soon as you can.

Oral Cancer Risk Factors

  • Age: Patients over the age of 45 are more likely to develop oral cancer. Due to an increase of HPV exposure, oral cancer is now being diagnosed in men and some women as early as in their twenties.
  • Tobacco Use: Any tobacco use, smoking, vaping, or chewing, may increase your chances of developing oral cancer. And if you drink alcohol and smoke, you may be at an even higher risk of developing oral cancer. These lifestyle habits also increase your chances of developing other advanced oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth decay, and cardiovascular disease.
  • HPV Exposure: If you have been exposed to or diagnosed with HPV, be sure to let Dr. Petkevis know. HPV increases your chances of developing oral cancer.
  • Gender: Men are more likely to develop oral cancer. Although it is important to stress that women still do develop oral cancer and should be screened.

Schedule An Appointment

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis for a quick and painless oral cancer screening. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new patients from Main Line, Chester Springs, Exton, or Downingtown PA.

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Dental Implants for Missing Teeth

Dental_Implant_2_teeth.204153719_stdChester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis offers dental implants for the replacement of missing teeth. Dental implants are the preferred method for restoring missing teeth due to their durability and high function. Dental implants are natural looking and comfortable restorations that can provide patients with a lifetime of healthy and beautiful smiles.

Why Dr. Petkevis for Dental Implants

Dr. Petkevis is dedicated to staying up to date with the latest in dental technology and technique. As an active member of the International College of Oral Implantologists, Dr. Petkevis provides dental implants that offer patients their optimal oral health and function. Dental implants are an investment in your well being and long term health and provide a full range of benefits. Whether you are missing one tooth or all of your teeth, our Chester Springs dentist office offers dental implants that can restore your smile.

Types of Dental Implants

  • Single tooth implants: Even if you are just missing one single tooth the empty root socket could lead to bone deterioration and is more susceptible to bacterial infections. A dental implant is a preferred method for replacing one tooth because it does not require damaging surrounding teeth like dental bridges do.
  • Multiple tooth implant: If you are missing several consecutive teeth, Dr. Petkevis can use dental implants to secure a bridge for optimal oral health.
  • All On Four: For patients missing a full set of the top or bottom teeth All on Four can replace a full mouth of teeth. Using as few as four dental implants, a denture is permanently secured for a long term restoration.

Schedule An Appointment

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis to find out how cosmetic dental restorations can offer you your best oral health. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new patients from Main Line, Chester Springs, Exton, or Downingtown PA.

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Q&A : Dental Crowns

3d lower teeth and dental implant isolated on whiteDental technology has improved many cosmetic and restorative dental procedures. Dental crowns are one restorative dental procedure that has come a long way with modern advances in material technologies. Metal caps were once the only option for dental crowns, and left many patients dissatisfied with the aesthetics of their smile. Today, porcelain crowns offer patients lasting function and beauty with a more natural looking smile. Chester Springs, PA dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis answers some commonly asked questions about porcelain crowns.

Dental Crown Q & A

  1. Q: What are porcelain dental crowns? A: Dental crowns are used like a cap to strengthen or replace a natural tooth. Crowns can be used to restore cracked, crooked, or decayed teeth. The crown is custom fit to your smile and is permanently secured to your root canal or dental implant.
  2. Q: Are porcelain dental crowns safe? A: Yes. Porcelain crowns are metal free. Unlike traditional crown material, porcelain does not cause gum discoloration.
  3. Q:What are the benefits of porcelain dental crowns? A: Porcelain dental crowns are durable dental restorations that offer aesthetically pleasing results. With today’s dental technology, porcelain veneers can appear like natural teeth. Because dental crowns are custom fit and permanently secured, they allow patients to eat and speak normally with confidence. Dental crowns can restore function and comfort to your smile.
  4. Q: I have an existing gold crown. It is visible and distracting from my natural smile. Can I have it replaced with a porcelain crown? A: Yes. Dr. Petkevis can replace old crowns with newer porcelain technology. When an old metal crown is on a highly visible tooth, it can be aesthetically displeasing and may make patients self conscious of their smiles. Crown replacement is an easy procedure. Ask Dr. Petkevis if replacing your metal crown with porcelain is right for you.

Schedule An Appointment

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis to find out how cosmetic dental restorations can offer you your best oral health. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new patients from Main Line, Chester Springs, Exton, or Downingtown PA.

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Spread Holiday Cheer With Your Beautiful Smile

June is oral health month, Chester Springs, PASmile bright this holiday season with confidence. Feel good about sharing your smile at holiday parties and family gatherings. Whether you are looking for a subtle change, or a total smile makeover, our Chester Springs dentist office provides an array of cosmetic dental treatments that can improve your oral health and brighten and whiten your smile. Cosmetic dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis can use dental veneers to fix one tooth, or all your teeth. During a comprehensive oral exam, Dr. Petkevis will help you determine what dental treatments are best suited for your oral health needs and cosmetic goals. Dental veneers are a great way to treat a wide range of dental concerns.

Types Of Dental Veneers

Composite Resin Veneers: Made of a tooth colored biocompatible material, composite resin veneers are applied to your teeth and sculpted into shape. Composite resin dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation. Resin veneers are not a permanent cosmetic restoration. Resin veneers will have to be touched up every few years for optimal results. Resin veneers tend to be more cost effective than porcelain veneers. Resin veneers are similar to the tooth bonding procedure. A lumineer: These dental veneers require little to no tooth preparation and are removable if desired. Lumineers are not for everyone; Dr. Petkevis will help you determine if this style of veneer is right for your cosmetic goals. Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a natural looking veneer option that are designed to last a lifetime with proper care and maintenance. Translucent shells of tooth-like material are permanently bonded to the surface and sides of the teeth. Dr. Petkevis will shave down the surface of your teeth to securely bond the cosmetic porcelain veneer. Porcelain veneers are highly stain resistant with light reflecting properties similar to your natural teeth.

Schedule An Appointment

Let your smile shine this new year with porcelain veneers. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis to find out how cosmetic dental restorations can offer you your best oral health. Highly trained and experienced, Dr. Petkevis uses the latest in dental technology to offer his patients quality and compassionate dental care.

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