Friday, May 22nd, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has made it difficult for many of our patients to receive their necessary preventative dental care. As we begin to reopen our office, we want to stress the importance of seeing a professional dentist at least once every six months. Here is why you should prioritize scheduling a preventative dental care appointment as soon as possible:
Your Dental Health Is Directly Intertwined With Your Overall Health
Your dental health affects more than just your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Because your mouth acts as an entryway to both your digestive and respiratory systems, it’s important that it remains healthy and free of harmful bacteria. Preventative dental care appointments consist of a thorough teeth-cleaning and examination of your dental health to ensure that excess bacteria are not building up around your soft tissues. Allowing your gums and teeth to collect plaque and tartar buildup puts your more at risk for certain health complications like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Preventative Care Saves Time and Money
One of the best ways to reduce your risk of needing costly restorative dental procedures is to schedule regular preventative care appointments. These preventative care appointments allow for your dentist to keep a close eye on your dental health and catch any underlying dental concerns before they become major issues. Most dental concerns do not showcase noticeable symptoms until they progress into later stages, causing sudden pain or tooth loss. It’s important that your dental structures are evaluated by a professional to help reduce your risk of unexpected dental expenses and discomfort.
Patient Safety is Our Priority
At Dental Distinction, we understand that offices can no longer proceed with care the same way we did even just a few months ago. Our office has ALWAYS exceeded CDC standards, and we plan on continuing to do so. During the coronavirus pandemic, our team has developed an improved infection control plan to ensure that our office continues to be the safest, cleanest office in the Chester Springs area. We have updated our procedures and protocols to ensure that we can safely see all of our patients and provide preventative dental care once again. For more information on our patient safety initiatives, click here.
Schedule An Appointment
Dental Distinction is a family dental office in Chester Springs, PA, led by Jason Petkevis, DMD. If you are in need of preventative dental care, please contact us regarding scheduling your next appointment.
Monday, May 4th, 2020
We are eagerly awaiting to see all of your smiles again! We want to take a moment to remind you that our top priority is always your health, safety, and well-being. As we reopen our office, we are proud to say, that after much hard work and preparation, we are prepared to deliver the high-quality dental experience you have come to expect from us, in the safest environment possible.
We are vigilant in monitoring the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the American Dental Association for infection control related to COVID-19. After reviewing the latest guidelines, we can say, with confidence, that our increased protocols go above and beyond those recommendations to keep you safe.
We are committed to implementing safety protocols. In addition to our existing measures, you should anticipate noticing the following protective efforts when you enter our dental office:
- All patients answer a screening questionnaire prior to arrival. Appointments rescheduled if the risk of patient transmission of illness, including COVID-19 has been determined.
- Plexiglass barrier upon exiting at the front desk to reduce the spread of germs in an area where social distancing may be compromised.
- Increased efforts to disinfect throughout our office and reception area. Wiping down countertops, touch screens, and credit card machines after each use and regularly disinfecting bathrooms, furniture, doors, and handles.
- Reduction in the number of people allowed in the reception area at one time.
- Improved traffic flow upon entering and exiting the office by use of all entrances and exits.
- Reduction in the number of patients treated simultaneously.
- Increase in the time between patient visits to allow for more thorough disinfection.
- Enhanced disinfecting protocol in our exam rooms including additional disposable barriers changed between patients, all surfaces disinfected with Cavicide chemical germicide between each patient with appropriate application times.
- Additional manpower to focus solely on sterilization and disinfection.
- Increased PPE for all staff who provide dental care including face shields, and N95 masks.
- Improved air filtration in the HVAC system to remove germs from the air utilizing an Aerus air scrubber with HEPA filtration and UV light to destroy pathogens.
- Aerosol control through High Volume Evacuation (HVE) during dental procedures using the VacuLUX HVE Adapter which helps remove over 90% of aerosols created during procedures.
- Additional aerosol control using Vanguard Gold Extraoral Chairside Suction with HEPA and Charcoal filtration to help remove and destroy any residual aerosols.
In addition to our efforts, we ask for your cooperation and support with the following safety measures as we work through the current situation:
As you can see, we have gone above and beyond usual and customary efforts to keep you safe. We care about you! Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all work towards a happy and healthy future.
Dr. Petkevis and the team at Dental Distinction
Tuesday, April 28th, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has left many people around the world stuck at home. Many of our patients have had to postpone their preventative dental care appointments because of this crisis. As a result, we wanted to provide some suggestions on how you can continue to care for your dental health at home. Here are three smile-friendly snacks to keep around your home during quarantine:
Cheese is one of the best snacks you can munch on throughout the day. It is full of calcium, which your teeth need to maintain their strength. Additionally, cheese is soft and easier to chew than crunchier snacks. For patients with TMJ disorders or frequent jaw pain, crunchier snacks like potato chips often overwork your mouth muscles and can lead to even more discomfort later on. Additionally, potato chips contain harmful starches that can contribute to plaque and tartar buildup. Instead, try opting for a cheese snack. We suggest sliced cheese, cubed cheese, or string cheese for maximum convenience. You can enjoy this snack knowing that it is both delicious and good for your dental health.
Fruit smoothies are fun to make and delicious for the whole family to enjoy. Include all of your favorite fruits in a smoothie and serve it as a snack. We recommend making a smoothie with kiwis or strawberries. Kiwis are high in calcium content, while strawberries contain high levels of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential to your dental health because it helps fight off gum disease. Both of these fruits are highly fibrous, making them great for your overall health. You can even include some plain Greek yogurt in your smoothie to increase the amount of calcium while also making your smoothie creamier.
We understand that sometimes you might crave a crunchier snack. To help with this craving, we suggest assorted nuts. They are much better to keep around than a bowl of candy. Nuts like almonds, walnuts, and cashews contain loads of vitamins or minerals that are essential to your dental health. Additionally, they help with saliva stimulation which your smile needs to maintain a moist environment for your teeth and soft tissues. Just make sure that you are careful as you chew on this snack, and always opt for a softer snack if you are experiencing jaw pain or soreness.
Schedule An Appointment
Dental Distinction is a family dental office in Chester Springs, PA, led by Jason Petkevis, DMD, that offers all of that and more. As a family dentist, Dr. Petkevis believes that a smile should do more than just look good. It should also be healthy and stable to last a lifetime. Our office is currently only seeing emergency dentistry patients; however, we look forward to seeing all of our patients again soon. If you have any questions regarding scheduling your next dental appointment, please reach out to our office at 610.458.8025
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