Friday, March 20th, 2020
Dental Distinction wants to update you on our current policies and procedures as we adapt to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Here is how our team is responding to this crisis in addition to how you can do your part to ensure your oral health during this stressful time.
Dr. Jason Petkevis’s Response to COVID-19
In an effort to help control the spread of the coronavirus, our office will limit appointments to essential and emergency procedures until further notice.
This decision is in accordance with the recommendation released by the American Dental Association (ADA) to postpone elective procedures.
At Dental Distinction, we have always followed standard universal precautions issued by the CDC and ADA to help protect every one of our patients and team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. Our patients and our staff are so valuable to us. During this time, we want what is best for our patients and what is best for our team, and are exercising this recommendation out of an abundance of caution.
If you have an upcoming non-urgent appointment, we will be in contact with you soon to reschedule and we will notify you when we are fully prepared to resume business as usual for all of our patients.
Our office will remain open Monday through Thursday 8am-4pm for your questions and concerns. Additionally, we will be treating dental emergencies on an as-needed basis.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office at 610-458-8025.
We appreciate your understanding during this time. We will continue to be in touch as this situation develops in regard to resuming normal operations.
What You Can Do
We want to encourage all of our patients to continue prioritizing their dental health during this time. Here are our tips for maintaining a healthy smile even under stressful situations:
Eat a Well-Balanced Diet – Plaque and tartar are the root causes of several dental concerns, especially gum disease. We want our patients to avoid buildup around their gum lines, even during times of high stress. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet as you continue to practice social distancing. Common comfort foods and drinks like hard candies and sodas are known for their sugary and sticky residues, which are really bad for your teeth. Practice moderation with your diet to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene – Brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day goes a long way in ensuring your oral health. While our daily schedules are all thrown out of whack right now, you should continue to practice good oral hygiene habits as regularly as possible.
Relax Your Jaw – Teeth grinding is a common response to stress. As you find yourself working from home, caring for children, or watching the news, practice mindfulness with the tension you hold in your jaw. Throughout the day, remind yourself to relax your jaw and stretch your facial muscles to reduce your likelihood for teeth grinding symptoms like headaches, earaches, and sore teeth.
As your trusted dentist in Chester Springs, we look forward to seeing you soon for your regular preventative care. Please reach out to us if you experience a dental emergency during this time.
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Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Every time you turn on the news, see your news feed, or see your doctor, you are reminded that it is important to maintain good health. Taking care of your oral health is just as important even as we age, perhaps more important due to changing dental issues as we age. For some, they may no longer have their original teeth and now have dentures or partials. For these reasons, it is vital to take proper care of your mouth to avoid future problems.
Dr. Jason Petkevis located in Chester Springs, PA is here to take care of all your dental needs, including those who patients are over the age of 55.
Fluoride Is Still Important for Your Oral Health Over 55
While it is true, fluoride is necessary for children to keep teeth healthy and help prevent decay and cavities, fluoride is still necessary even for older adults. Adults get cavities too! While the reasons why children and adults get cavities may differ, it is still important to include fluoride in your daily routine as a mature adult.
Many companies that offer dental products to consumers are now routinely including fluoride in them. It is still recommended that patients brush and floss twice a day. Many municipal water supplies are now fluorinated so drinking tap water is encouraged. This is another way of protecting our teeth and enamel against decay. Many dentists still recommend fluoride treatments as part of your six month dental check-up.
Watch Out for Dry Mouth
Aging doesn’t necessarily mean we are prone to dry mouth, but some are plagued with chronic conditions as they age and need to take more medications to treat those conditions. Those medications could be the culprit for dry mouth. Saliva is responsible for washing away food in the mouth, helping to prevent tooth decay. Any food particles left behind though, can create a breeding ground for bacteria to form and thus cause dental issues, such as chafing between your dentures and gums.
There is hope if you find yourself suffering from dry mouth by making a few lifestyle changes. Consumers have a choice and products available to them to help with this condition. There are mouthwash and sprays available that contain special mouth moisturizers to help with the problem. Another solution is to chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum encourages the mouth to produce saliva. Be sure to choose sugar-free gum! And lastly, there are artificial saliva products on the market that mimic real saliva.
Check with Dr. Petkevis for recommendations for your particular situation for additional tips and suggestions. In some cases, a change in your medication may be needed to alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.
Caring for Your Dentures
As we age, the likelihood that we will lose a tooth increases. Current estimates by dental experts are that 170 million people are missing at least one tooth. Caring for dentures is just as important in caring for your natural teeth. Keep in mind that with dentures, you must maintain them daily using toothpaste that is made for especially dentures.
It is very important to use a soft toothbrush when caring for your dentures. Brushing your dentures and tongue daily helps to remove any food particles and bacteria remaining in your mouth. Also, if you have partials or implants, be sure to floss between the implants prior to reinserting your dentures. If you need assistance in caring for your dentures or implants, please contact Dr. Petkevis or your local dentist. With proper care, your dentures, partials and implants will last a long time.
Don’t Forget about Gum Disease
Gum disease among older adults is still a real concern even if you don’t have all your own teeth. With proper care and regular visits to your dentist, gum disease can be kept at bay or even prevented. Should you see the early signs of gum disease, get to your dentist so it can be treated quickly.
Oral Health Over 55 in Chester Springs, PA
Keeping up with your routine visits to the dentist, practicing good oral hygiene and making the necessary changes to your routine as you age will help to maintain your beautiful smile for many years, no matter what your age.
If you are in the Chester Springs, PA area and are in need of routine or cosmetic dental care, please call 610-400-1459 for an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment online to see Dr. Petkevis in Chester Springs, PA today!
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Friday, January 31st, 2020
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) affects many people. The temporomandibular joint is located at the back of the jaw and it allows your mouth to open and close and move forward, backward, and side to side, as well. Along with the muscles and ligaments which connect to the skull, this efficient system allows you to speak, eat and of course, to swallow. The diagnosis and treatment of TMJ are handled by dentists. Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs, PA dentist who is well suited to treat this condition and the associated dental ailments, thus stopping the progression of TMJ.
When a person is diagnosed with TMJ disorder, it means that there is a disruption in the delicate ball and socket system that makes up the jaw. As with many joints in the body, the TMJ on each side of the jaw is made up of a ball and socket. This ball and socket also has a disc of sponge-like cartilage which acts as a cushion and allows the jaw to function properly.
A few causes of TMJ disorders:
- Stress related grinding of the teeth
- Dislocation of the jaw
- Misalignment of the jaw
Dr. Petkevis will do a thorough exam of your mouth and jaw looking for signs and symptoms of TMJ; tenderness, pain, stiffness and in some cases “popping” or clicking. For severe cases, Dr. Petkovis may refer you to a dental surgeon who can provide additional treatment which may include surgery.
Treatment for TMD
Many cases of TMJ can be treated by the patient themselves with some simple lifestyle changes:
- Reducing stress
- Learning relaxation techniques such as meditation or even biofeedback
- Avoiding tough or “chewy” foods (including chewing gum)
- Don’t bite nails
- Using a heating pad on the affected area
For more severe symptoms of TMJ, Dr. Petkevis may recommend one or more of the following treatments:
- To reduce the grinding/clenching of teeth a mouth guard or bite-plate may be recommended
- Medications to reduce anxiety
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Jaw strengthening exercises
In rare cases, you treatment may include orthodontics (braces) or just adjusting ro reshaping some of your teeth. Depending on your condition, Dr. Petkevis will recommend the most appropriate treatment for your TMJ.
TMJ Treatment in Chester, PA
If you think you are suffering from TMJ, please contact our office at 610-400-1459 for a consultation. We are a full service dentistry office including dental cleanings and the treatment of many other dental ailments. Please contact us today.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2019
Only a small percentage of dentists in the Philadelphia area provide the level of precision, patient comfort, and reduced recovery time afforded through the use of laser dentistry. Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD is among these top dental healthcare providers, offering laser dentistry to treat a wide variety of conditions.
What is Laser Dentistry?
Dental lasers improve the accuracy of dental treatments, which reduces recovery time and discomfort during treatment. There are two types of lasers, each with different uses, depending on the treatment performed:
- Hard tissue lasers: The hard tissue lasers are designed to cut through teeth and bone, such as to repair fillings or prepare teeth for reshaping.
- Soft tissue lasers: This type of laser can penetrate soft tissue and sealing blood vessels and nerve endings, which enables faster healing. These lasers are often used in treating gum disease.
How Does Laser Dentistry Work?
Laser dentistry uses a hand-held instrument called a dental laser, which offers a narrow, precise beam of high-intensity light. The beam only contacts the targeted area, which avoids the surrounding healthy tissues. Laser dentistry is painless and quick and is often used for gum lifting to correct gummy smiles.
The instrument is easy to control so the depth and cut are minimized, so your treatment is fast, predictable, and easily controlled.
Laser Dentistry Benefits
Not all dental practices offer laser dentistry, but Dr. Petkevis is proud to offer this revolutionary treatment option to help patients achieve their oral health goals. Laser dentistry has several benefits:
- Minimal bleeding
- Reduced recovery time
- Eliminated or reduced anesthesia
- No downtime
- No sutures
- More precision
Is Laser Dentistry Painful?
In most cases, patients don’t feel anything during laser dentistry treatment. In fact, patients often choose laser dentistry due to its speed and lack of discomfort. Treatment time and recovery time are significantly reduced with this method, so you can return to your normal activities faster.
Laser Dentistry in Chester Springs, PA
If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist because of fear of a painful, extended treatment and recovery, laser dentistry might be right for you. Request an appointment online or call our office at 610.400.1459 today.
Saturday, November 30th, 2019
While missing teeth may not seem to be a big deal, especially if it’s not visible when you smile, it’s still important to replace them. In addition to reduced functionality, missing teeth can pose a threat to your oral health.
Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs, PA dentist specializing in helping patients achieve healthy, beautiful, and functional smiles. Our restorative dentistry can restore your smile’s function and appearance according to your needs and budget.
Consequences of Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can affect jaw bone health, increase your risk of gum disease, and make the remaining teeth less stable. The biggest risk is jaw bone loss, which risks the long-term health of your smile.
When teeth are missing from their sockets, the jaw bone is no longer stimulated in that area and begins receding. When this happens, the surrounding teeth become less stable and may become loose, crooked, or cause jaw alignment issues.
A misaligned jaw or loose or crooked teeth can increase your risk for gum disease. Crooked teeth are inherently more difficult to clean, because certain areas of the teeth are covered or less accessible. Loose teeth may allow bacteria to settle in to small pockets in the gums which may eventually cause gum disease. These teeth can also become overcrowded as the jawbone continues to deteriorate, posing a risk of tooth fracture or tooth decay.
How to Replace Missing Teeth
It is important to replace missing teeth to keep the jaw in alignment and protect the teeth from decay. Missing teeth may result in issues with bite stability and cause problems eating or speaking, so seeking treatment is important.
There are several treatments available to replace missing teeth. Dental implants are a popular long-term tooth replacement option, as they permanently replace missing teeth and restore full functionality. Dentures or dental bridges are another option but are less permanent. If you have multiple dental concerns, you may benefit from a smile makeover, which is a combination of several treatments to give you the results you’re looking for.
Missing Teeth Treatment in Chester Springs, PA
No matter your goals, Dr. Petkevis at Dental Distinction can help you! Schedule a consultation with our experienced team online today or call 610.400.1459 to learn more about restoring your smile.
Posted in: Cosmetic Dentist Chester Springs
Friday, November 1st, 2019
When teeth become damaged, whether from injury or tooth decay, it’s important to repair it using the right treatment. A dental crown is one of the options available to dentists to repair damaged teeth and preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible. Crowns allow you to use the damaged tooth for biting and chewing and look like your natural teeth.
Dental crowns are made to resemble your existing teeth and are custom-fitted to each patient’s mouth. They can be used for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
Dr. Jason Petkevis of Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA offers dental crowns as a restorative and cosmetic treatment to patients looking to repair damaged teeth. Read on to learn about dental crowns and how they can protect your oral health.
1. Crowns are a simple procedure.
You might think that getting dental crowns is a complicated or intense procedure. In reality, this treatment is minimally invasive and relatively straightforward. Once your enamel is cleaned and the damaged parts healthy or removed, your dentist will shape the tooth so that it can securely hold a crown.
Next, your dentist will create a mold of your tooth for the crown to be cast. The crown itself is made in a dental laboratory and usually is ready in about two weeks. You will be given a temporary crown in the meantime. When it’s ready, your dentist will secure it over your prepared tooth with a strong bonding cement.
2. Crowns help relieve pain from damaged teeth.
Dental crowns are often used to complete a restorative treatment, repairing damage to a tooth’s enamel or structure. If you suffer from extensive decay, an infection of a tooth’s root, or injury to your tooth enamel such as a fracture, chip, or break, you may feel pain when you eat or drink. If the issue is severe enough, you may have constant discomfort.
Once your dentist addresses the underlying issue in your tooth with an appropriate treatment (filling, root canal, etc.), the remaining portion of the tooth may still be vulnerable to further damage or discomfort. A dental crown can protect your tooth against further damage while also reducing sensitivity.
3. Crowns can restore the appearance of teeth.
Dental crowns are mainly intended to restore teeth to health and relieve dental discomfort, but they also offer numerous cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over the existing tooth, they can instantly correct discoloration, staining, misshapen teeth, crookedness, chips, cracks, fractures, and more.
4. Crowns are custom-made for you.
Our dental lab team will design your dental crown to match the shape, size, and hue of your existing tooth. Once the area surrounding the tooth heals, you will most likely forget you even have a crown and no one will be able to tell.
5. Crowns last many years.
We use strong materials to create our patients’ dental crowns. With conscientious care such as daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine examinations and cleanings at Dental Distinction, these prosthetic teeth can last between 15 and 30 years.
Enjoy the Benefits of Dental Crowns
Dental crowns can enhance your natural smile and protect your teeth from further damage. Schedule an appointment with Dental Distinction online or call us at 610.400.1459 to find out whether they’re right for you!
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Monday, September 30th, 2019
Smoking and using tobacco poses many health risks and proven negative effects on your health, and that includes the teeth. While a smoker’s risk of developing breathing problems, COPD, lung cancer, and heart disease is increased, so are their risks for developing oral health problems. Dr. Jason Petkevis is a dentist in Chester Springs, PA who can help you mitigate these risks and have a healthier smile.
How Does Tobacco Affect My Teeth?
Smoking cigarettes slows down the body’s ability to heal, and your teeth may wear down faster as a result. Many tobacco products such as chewing tobacco, cigars, snuff and tobacco leaves contain tiny particles that wear away at tooth enamel. Once enamel is worn down it cannot be replaced.
Tobacco use and smoking also limits the effectiveness of dental treatments. Smoking reduces blood flow and increases inflammation and bacteria count in the mouth, making healing after restorative procedures slower. In some cases, people who smoke may not be able to utilize restorative dental procedures.
Dental implants or dental bridges may not be an option for smokers because the surrounding teeth and jawbone may have already weakened or deteriorated. These treatments require healthy teeth surrounding the affected area, so people who smoke may not be able to benefit from these treatments. Dental implants in particular are much more likely to fail in people who smoke versus nonsmokers.
Smoking Increases Your Risk of Gum Disease
People who smoke are twice as likely to develop gum disease compared to nonsmokers. Smoking dries out the mouth, increasing the number of oral bacteria, and it also inhibits the immune system’s ability to fight infection. Using tobacco products can cause a simple infection to turn into an abscess or sepsis.
Smoking restricts blood vessels, which reduces blood flow to the gum tissue, making it more difficult to heal after oral surgery or deal with symptoms of gum disease. Good oral hygiene habits cannot ward off the effects of smoking on your oral health.
What About Chewing Tobacco?
Chewing tobacco, also called snuff or smokeless tobacco, causes cancers of the mouth, lip, tongue, and pancreas. Chewing tobacco contains at least 28 cancer-causing chemicals, just like cigarettes.
Problems caused by chewing tobacco include:
- Increased risk of cancer of the esophagus, colon, and bladder due to swallowing toxins
- Irritation of the gums, leading to gum disease
- Increased risk of tooth decay due to sugar added to enhance the flavor of tobacco
- Tooth sensitivity and erosion due to the abrasive nature of tobacco
How to Improve Oral Health If You Smoke
Tobacco dependence is an addiction, and there are resources available to you. It’s not uncommon or unusual for people with a nicotine addiction to need psychological or physiological support. If you’re a smoker, work with your doctor and dentist to find a strategy to help you quit for good.
The effects of smoking on your oral health can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and make restorative or cosmetic dentistry impossible. For more information or help restoring teeth after tobacco use, schedule with Dr. Petkevis at Dental Distinction by calling 610.400.1459 or request an appointment online.
Posted in: Oral Health
Saturday, August 31st, 2019
One of the most common culprits behind frequent headaches or worn or broken teeth is teeth grinding. This condition, clinically referred to as bruxism, can happen both during the day and during sleep and can negatively impact quality of life and put your oral health at risk. Dentists like Dr. Jason Petkevis in Chester Springs, PA can easily identify and help you manage teeth grinding.
Why Do I Grind My Teeth?
People who grind or clench their teeth often have an issue with the bite. The “bite” is how dentists refer to the alignment of your teeth. People with bruxism often have uneven bites, such as an overbite or underbite.
Bruxism is also commonly associated with stress, whether from environmental factors in your life or stress inside the mouth and jaw from a dental problem. The teeth and jaw work using an intricate system of muscles in the mouth and neck, and when this system doesn’t work properly, it results in tension. This tension can lead to headaches, teeth grinding, and face and neck pain.
Signs of Teeth Grinding
Dentists can usually easily identify signs of teeth grinding, such as:
- Worn or dull teeth, especially chips or flat spots
- Frequent headaches
- Cuts or sores on the inside cheek
- Sensitive teeth
- Jaw pain
How to Stop Teeth Grinding
Reducing your stress levels may help you stop grinding your teeth, but if that stress is out of your control as the result of a dental problem, you’ll need other ways to help stop teeth grinding. Often, a combination of stress reduction and occlusal appliances are used to treat bruxism.
There are a few different kinds of occlusal appliances. You might be familiar with night guards, which are custom-fitted to the patient’s mouth to fit over the top or bottom teeth to stop nighttime teeth grinding.
Another type of occlusal appliance are mandibular advancement devices, which bring the jaw forward when the dentist suspects a sleep disorder as the cause of the problem. You may be familiar with these as “snore guards,” which can reduce snoring by aligning the jaw during sleep to help with sleep apnea.
Bruxism Treatment in Chester Springs, PA
Teeth grinding can damage teeth and keep you from living a pain-free life, so it’s important to seek treatment if you grind your teeth. Dental Distinction is a full-service dental office that can help you put an end to bruxism and keep your teeth and mouth healthy. Schedule an appointment online or call 610.400.1459 today.
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Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
With all the health advice available today, it’s hard to know what’s actually important to your oral health. Dr. Jason Petkevis and his team at Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA want you to know the top 10 dental care tips so you can keep your mouth and body healthy for years to come.
1. Use toothpaste with fluoride
Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth and may help reverse early signs of tooth decay. It’s an important ingredient in toothpaste to strengthen weakened spots in enamel and prevent cavities.
2. Brush your teeth every day
There’s a reason you hear this advice all the time. Brushing your teeth is the single most important way to prevent tooth decay. Brushing removes leftover food particles and oral bacteria, which when left on the teeth causes cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease.
3. See your dentist twice a year
Even the best oral hygiene regimen still needs to include seeing your dentist regularly. Your dentist can spot early signs of tooth decay or gum disease, helping you avoid painful or complicated dental procedures. Annual X-rays will examine the jaw to ensure teeth are firmly in place.
4. Flossing is as important as brushing
We know if you haven’t been flossing! Flossing is important because it removes bacteria and plaque from between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. Tooth decay often starts between teeth because these places are cleaned less often.
5. Limit sugar intake, including sugary drinks
Sugar contributes to tooth decay because it feeds the bacteria that live in our mouths. Bacteria feed off of the leftover food particles on the teeth, and if the food contains a high sugar content, bacteria can multiply even faster. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet will help keep oral bacteria at bay.
6. Maintain a healthy diet
Teeth need nutrients, too. A healthy diet filled with fresh vegetables and food that requires a lot of chewing is good for saliva production. More saliva means the mouth is naturally washed out more often, helping prevent plaque from forming.
7. Stay hydrated
Your body needs water to produce saliva, which naturally washes out the mouth and helps prevent tooth decay. This helps prevent excess plaque build-up.
8. Take care of your toothbrush
Your toothbrush doesn’t need any special cleaning, but make sure it dries after each use and there is no leftover toothpaste. Store it upright and exposed to air and your toothbrush will be good to go!
9. Don’t chew on hard items
This may go without saying, but try not to bite down on hard candies or even non-food items like pen caps or fingernails. This can damage teeth.
10. Don’t forget your tongue
Your tongue shouldn’t have a white or yellow appearance. When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to remove foul-smelling bacteria that can cause bad breath.
Our Dental Distinction team is here to help you maintain your oral health. Schedule an appointment today to keep your smile healthy!
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Monday, July 1st, 2019
The installation of dental implants is a surgery, and as with any surgery there are inherent risks. Dentists have been placing dental implants for decades now, and the technology has advanced greatly. Today’s dental implants are now very sophisticated prosthetics designed and placed by highly trained professionals like Dr Jason Petkevis of Dental Distinction in Chester Springs, PA. As of right now, dental implants are one of the most durable, reliable and naturally functional ways a dentist can offer to their patients to replace missing teeth.
Benefits Of Dental Implants
Dental implants discreetly replace missing, damaged, or infected teeth, allowing patients to eat, speak and smile with confidence and in comfort. Implants are renowned for their durability and will usually last a lifetime,often with only minimal adjustments or none at all. Because they are rooted into the jawbone using a titanium screw, implants remain stable while also promoting the growth of new, healthy bone tissue as natural roots of teeth do.
Risks Of Dental Implants
There are risks and possible complications that can occur with implants as with any surgery. However, problems with a dental implant are rarely seen, usually minor and easily repaired. Risks include:
- Infection of the site
- Damage to teeth, blood vessels, or nerves in the surgical area
- Implant rejection
- Sinus problems
- Material of replacement tooth and potential allergies (usually made of titanium or zirconia)
Working with an experienced and professional dentist like Dr. Petkevis means that your implant procedure has a much smaller risk of issues.
Some patients that have been missing teeth for some time may have lost bone tissue to deterioration with the roots of teeth present. For these patients, bone graft surgeries may be a necessity to make the jawbone tissue once again stable enough to support an implant. In a bone graft surgery, bone is harvested from other areas of the body and implanted on the jaw bone where it will eventually fuse with the existing bone, strengthening it to hold an implant. Because these are additional surgeries they come with their own risks and complications such as risk of infection, more discomfort and more time needed to recuperate.
The Success Rate Of Dental Implants
Dental implants generally have a hearty success rate of about 95%, although this rate can vary depending on the patient, the dentist, the number of implants needed, the methods used, and other factors.
However, when you choose a dentist experienced with the procedure of installing dental implants like Dr. Petkevis they are inherently safe.
Dental Implants in Chester Springs, PA
If you have lost teeth or have teeth that cannot be saved, implants may the solution to restore the appearance and function of your smile. For patients in the Chester Springs area, please call 610.400.1459 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with Dr. Petkevis at Dental Distinction to learn more!
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