Establishing a routine oral healthcare plan is one of the best ways to avoid any unwanted dental problems. For most people, this includes biannual visits to the dentist for professional cleanings, x-rays, and other preventative maintenance procedures. Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA provides a wide range of general dentistry services to restore and maintain optimal oral health for our patients.
Dental Distinction: Your Trusted Dentistry in Chester Springs
Our routine is anything but routine. Your dental examinations go beyond a visual inspection of the teeth. The dental team is led by Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD. Our general visits include a comprehensive evaluation, a physical examination of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other supporting structures. You will spend one-on-one time with the dentist to discuss your concerns and goals. Together, you will decide on a treatment plan that will deliver you the best possible results.
Our dental examination includes:
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Oral cancer screening
- Periodontal screening (for gum disease)
- Dental caries (cavities) screening
- Digital bite analysis and examination of temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
- Digital imaging for analysis, diagnosis, and treatment planning
- 2-D and 3-D models for analysis and treatment planning
Early Detection Through Routine Visits
Routine examinations and teeth cleanings allow us to identify problems in the earliest stages and recommend the most conservative treatment options. Additionally, routine dental care is an important part of post-treatment care to ensure that your dental restorations continue to look and function their best.
During the routine dental visit, we will screen for cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer. When problems are detected, Dr. Petkevis may complete additional diagnostic imaging or tests to devise a treatment plan. If necessary, Dr. Petkevis can utilize medicated gels, prescription mouth rinses, sealants, and fluoride products for specific problem areas.
It is estimated that 75% of the adult population has some form of gum disease. This condition is highly preventable and treatable with routine visits to the dentist. For those who exhibit early signs or symptoms of gum disease, the dentist may recommend intensive cleaning procedures to remove plaque and tartar from deep pockets in the gums. Dr. Petkevis may also use laser dentistry to remove diseased tissue and prevent the spread of gum disease.
Dr. Petkevis uses an advanced laser technology called Diagnodent for the detection of dental cavities. The laser technology used by Diagnodent makes it easier to find decay hidden in cracks and crevices of teeth. Early intervention of tooth cavities means less pain, decreased risk of tooth damage, and less hassle for you down the road.
Dr. Petkevis may prevent cavities using dental sealants. Teeth that have already been affected by tooth decay can be treated through a range of procedures including dental fillings, dental crowns, or when needed, root canal therapy.
Preventive Dental Care FAQs
How often should I visit the dentist?
Most people should visit the dentist at least every six months. However, if you suffer from dental issues such as gum disease, you may need to visit Dr. Petkevis more often. You should never skip your regular checkups, even if you are not having problems with your teeth or gums. You can be suffering from issues that only your dentist can see, and these dental visits help prevent problems from developing.
Will I need a teeth cleaning at every visit?
Yes, you should expect to have your teeth cleaned at every oral health checkup. Having your teeth professionally cleaned every six months is an important step to prevent issues with your gums and teeth. During your teeth cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove plaque and tartar from hard-to-reach places, especially along the gum line. Then they will polish your teeth, leaving you with a fresh, healthy-looking smile.
How often should I get an oral cancer screening?
We recommend oral cancer screenings every three years as soon as patients turn 20. Patients over 40 will need an oral cancer screening once a year. Oral cancer is a risk among patients who regularly moke or drink, which is why we will perform oral cancer screenings at routine visits for adults.
How do I keep my teeth healthy in between dentist appointments?
The best way to keep your smile healthy in between office visits is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste and floss in between your teeth at least once a day. To additionally reduce your chance of dental issues you should also limit the number of sugary foods and drinks you consume in a day and avoid all forms of tobacco. These steps will ensure that your teeth and gums remain healthy.
What is the best age for dental sealants?
We will recommend dental sealants for children as soon as their molars emerge. The first set of molars emerges around the age of 5, and the second set of molars emerges after the age of 11. Sealants are particularly beneficial for younger patients because they can be more prone to cavities in their molars.
Why is gum disease common?
Gum disease is common because many patients may not properly care for their smiles at home. Patients may also not visit the dentist frequently for important routine cleanings and examinations. Many patients also forget to floss before they brush, or they do not brush thoroughly. Flossing before brushing and brushing for two minutes twice a day can help patients combat gum disease. Regular dental visits will also help reverse early signs of gum disease.
Schedule a Preventative Dental Care Visit
Dr. Jason Petkevis is your comprehensive top dentist in Chester Springs, PA, near you. Our dental care team provides thorough dental exams and teeth cleanings for patients of all ages. Request an appointment online today.