Are you accepting new patients?
Yes, Dental Distinction is accepting new patients including adults and children for general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. Jason Petkevis, DMD gladly welcomes new patients from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, and surrounding areas including Main Line, Exton, and Downington PA.
Do you see children?
Yes, Dr. Jason Petkevis is a family dentist in Chester Springs, PA. We generally begin seeing children at age 3, when all of the primary teeth have erupted. If you have a child younger than 3 who needs to see the dentist, please contact our office for accommodations.
Do you accept dental insurance?
We accept most insurance plans and will gladly process your claim. Please bring the necessary information with you on your first visit. Dental insurance policies generally cover only a portion of the total treatment cost. Unless other arrangements have been made, we ask that you pay your portion of the bill at the time of treatment. It is your responsibility to pay any balance not paid by your insurance company.
What do I do if I have a dental emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, contact our office for further instruction. If your emergency is taking place during normal office hours, we will do our best to see you as quickly as possible. For emergencies happening after hours or during the weekend, contact our office for an emergency number to reach the dentist. We will get in touch with you quickly to recommend a course of treatment.
How often should I visit for check-ups and cleanings?
The American Dental Association recommends a minimum of two visits per year (every six months) for an oral examination and professional dental cleaning. Some patients benefit from more frequent visits, your dentist will recommend a schedule that is best suited for your condition.
Do you offer cosmetic dentistry?
Yes, Dr. Petkevis is an experienced cosmetic dentist. Whether you wish to make subtle changes to your smile or a dramatic transformation, we offer a range of treatment options to help. Our cosmetic dentistry services include teeth whitening, ClearCorrect, porcelain veneers, and cosmetic bonding.
What causes tooth decay?
Tooth decay is caused by plaque in your mouth reacting with sugary and starchy deposits from food. This reaction produces acid which damages the enamel over time and weakens the tooth. The best dental care is preventative care, many treatments are available for tooth decay depending on its stage. Dr. Petkevis provides treatment for every degree of tooth decay from fillings to root canals.
What causes my jaw to pop when I open it?
There is a pad or disk that separates the jaw bone from the base of the skull. The primary cause of the “popping” occurs when the jaw bone “pops” off the pad or disk. The noises can be due to a number of reasons, including problems with the bite. If left untreated, structural damage to the joint can occur over time. Learn more about TMJ Therapy.
Does bleaching damage the teeth?
No. When carbamide peroxide (the active agent in teeth whitening) contacts water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize, or weaken the teeth.
Are there any alternatives to dentures?
Dentures are no longer the only way to restore a mouth that has little or no non-restorable teeth. Strategically placed support, or dental implants can now be used to support permanently cemented bridges, eliminating the need for a denture. The cost tends to be greater, but the implants and bridges more closely resemble the “feel” of real teeth. Dental implants are becoming the alternative of choice to dentures, but not everyone is a candidate for implants.
What causes gum disease?
Gum (periodontal) disease is caused by bacteria that build up along the gum line, causing irritation and eventually inflammation. The prolonged build-up will lead to bleeding gums. Over time, bacteria will migrate into deeper pockets of the gum and cause the bone to demineralize and dissolve. As the bone dissolves around the teeth, the teeth become unsupported and will fall out. Unfortunately, pain does not occur until the final stages of gum disease, and treatment at that time has very little chance of being successful. Bleeding gums is an early sign of gum disease. If you have bleeding gums, contact our office for treatment.