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.
What To Expect From Dental Distinction
Our routine is anything but routine. Our examinations go beyond a visual inspection of the teeth. Our team is led by Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD. Our general visits include a comprehensive evaluation that includes a physical examination of the mouth, teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support 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 with the best possible results.
Our 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 dentist 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 gum. 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.