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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T or F: Gum Disease Quiz

ThinkstockPhotos-151338885Healthy gums are essential for good oral health. Our gums help support the structure of our smiles and protect the roots of our teeth from becoming exposed. Brushing twice a day with a soft bristle brush and gentle flossing can protect your gums. If your gums become swollen, red, or begin to bleed you may be showing signs of gum disease. Chester Springs Dental Distinction dentist office wants to test your gum disease knowledge. T or F: If my gums bleed when flossing or brushing, I am doing a good job. Answer: False: Your gums should not bleed from brushing. Try easing up on the pressure you apply while brushing and floss gently. If your gums still bleed, schedule an appointment with dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis. Bleeding gums are a common symptom of gum disease. T or F: Gum disease is rare. I probably do not have gum disease. Answer: False! Over half of adults age 30 and older have a form of gum disease. The ADA estimates that almost 80% of adults will suffer from a form of gum disease in their lifetime. T or F: Gum disease only affects my oral health. Answer: False: Recent studies show a direct link between oral health and whole body health. Advanced periodontal disease has been associated with higher risks of developing heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, and low birth weight in babies of women with gum disease. T or F : I have never had cavities or other complex dental concerns. I can not have gum disease. Answer: False: Gum disease can be silent. Many patients who have gum disease do not realise they have it until it has advanced to periodontal disease. Even if you have never had cavities or other dental concerns, you may still have gingivitis or periodontal disease. Know the facts of gum disease and prevent advanced oral health concerns. Chester Springs dentist, Dr.Petkevis encourages patients to schedule routine dentist visits and teeth cleanings to help prevent gum disease. Yearly dentist visits can lead to early diagnosis of gingivitis, the only reversible stage of gum disease.

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Alternatives To Eating Halloween Candy

Alternatives to halloween candy, Chester Springs, PAHalloween brings on an excess of sugary treats which can deteriorate both overall and oral health. It’s hard to resist those sweets all month long- and everyone wants to enjoy the holiday. So, set realistic goals- enjoy a few treats but practice moderation. Make a plan ahead of the big candy foraging day for what to do with the excess candy bounty. Get your children mentally prepared to give up at least some of that extra loot early- offer them options, and explain the rewards for each idea. Get your kids excited about healthy holiday habits to build lifelong oral health. Chester Springs, PA Dentist Dr. Jason Petkevis has a few suggestions of what to do with all that extra candy: The Great Candy Exchange: Offer your kids small trinkets or a toy they’ve had their eye on in exchange for their candy. Set rules for your exchange- make it as simple as one lump trade, or create a whole mock economy- have your kids barter and negotiate using their candy as currency. Have a few of their favorite healthy snacks or books and games for them to “purchase”. Turn a sugar high into a great bonding and teaching moment! Donate To Those In Need: There are a lot of families and children who don’t get to enjoy the festivities of Halloween. If your family has extra candy, teach your children the joys of giving. Contact your local Ronald McDonald House, nursing homes, food pantries, children's hospitals, veterans' homes, or women's shelters. Many of these places will be happy to take your packaged candy or healthy snack alternatives to distribute to their patrons. It’s never too early to teach your family the importance of giving, and get them in the spirit for the coming Holiday Season. Reuse & Recycle: Use all those candy wrappers to make some cool art! Get a jump start on holiday gifts or just make something neat for you and your kids! You can use wrappers to make up cycled wallets, purses, coasters, or whatever you can dream up! There are some great tutorials on the internet. Build A Candy City: Use all that unwrapped candy to build a fun candy land! Think gingerbread house… but anything goes! Make tall chocolate towers and meandering skittle streams. Just find some cardboard, wrap it in tinfoil- and have a blast. You can use real glue, toothpicks, or make a frosting glue. Of course you and your kids will consume some candy this Halloween, and that is okay! Dr. Petkevis just recommends after eating candy, brush your teeth and floss if possible, or bring some mouthwash with you to rinse away that sugary residue. If you’re eating candy, drink water instead of sugary juice or soda. Eating candy after a meal is ideal, this way your saliva production is already increased, helping to wash away the sugar build up. Schedule a routine dental cleaning with Dr. Petkevis today to clean away the damage of spooky sugar. Dr. Petkevis will provide you with a comprehensive oral exam to help you maintain a healthy smile- and teach young patients the benefits of good oral habits.

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