Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 148 CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM / November/December 2016 33 Some patients are concerned about be- ing without teeth during the healing process. Dr. Petkevis frequently provides temporary replacements to ease speaking and chewing. In some instances, when bone structure is strong enough and clinical factors are favor- able, he may be able to insert the implant and replacement tooth in one visit. After the entire process is complete, adjustment is im- mediate for most patients. CARE & MAINTENANCE ARE MUSTS Dr. Petkevis insists that quality maintenance is instrumental to the longevity of implants. “Care of implants is the same as it is for natural teeth. Brush twice daily and floss im- plants just like natural teeth. It’s also a good idea to schedule as many as four dental hy- giene visits per year to ensure gum health. “Implants can last forever with proper care,” he continues. “Studies show the suc- cess rate for dental implants is around 98 percent. Other research attests that over a period of five years, traditional alternatives to implants such as partial dentures have a success rate of 30 percent and fixed bridges around 75 percent.” Dentures rely on the gums and underly- ing bone, resulting in lack of support. Many patients may have difficulty adjusting to this prosthetic device. Dental implants can simulate natural teeth or provide the retention needed for denture wearers and are stable and perma- nent. These important reasons are why demand is rising in direct correlation with the fact that people are living longer. “There are many other improvements, as well,” offers Dr. Petke- vis. “People can eat solid food without pain or problems. They look and feel better. Quality of life is enhanced, which is tremendous,” he con- cludes with his own very attractive smile. As 2017 approaches, there is no better time to enrich your life with a striking smile and ful- ly functioning teeth. Dr. Petkevis welcomes new implant candidates. Dental Distinction offers an interest-free finance program and accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. It can be the happiest year of your life, a year of broad grins, the joy of savoring delicious food, and a time to bask in compliments on your handsome or beautiful new appearance. CCL Dental Distinction 126 Pottstown Pike Chester Springs, PA 19425 610.458.8025 ChesterSpringsDentist.com Dr. Petkevis welcomes new implant candidates. Dental Distinction offers an interest-free finance program and accepts Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Pictured are Jason Petkevis, DMD; Julie Fioravanti, RDH; Brynne Gallagher; Crissy Mettinger; and Yvette Rivera.