Dr. Patrick A. Petrillo Works to Create Beautiful Smiles for His Patients
When Dr. Patrick A. Petrillo joined Lehigh Valley Smile Designs in 2012, he brought extensive experience from his own practice in creating smile makeovers and full mouth reconstruction. Joining Lehigh Valley Smile Designs allowed him the opportunity to focus on his true passion – creating beautiful smiles that produced happy and healthy patients – rather than managing a practice.
“I have a real passion for developing relationships with my patients,” he explains. “You have to get to know them as more than a mouthful of teeth, but as an entire person.”
Dr. Patrick Petrillo decided he wanted to become a dentist because of years of dental work he had to endure growing up in Wilkes-Barre, PA. “I had bad teeth that needed constant work, and I said to myself at some point, ‘I think I can do better than the guy working on me.'”
Eventually he took that desire to Temple University’s Dental School, and it’s been fueling his approach to dentistry even since. “I am still fascinated by my craft,” he says with a smile. “There have been so many changes in technology over the years I have been in practice, and those changes have allowed me to be even better as a dentist for my patients.” Dr. Petrillo notes that new technology and dental materials provide him with the ability to provide his patients “with an even more natural smile.”
Dr. Petrillo was attracted to Lehigh Valley Dental Smiles because of the practice’s philosophy of emphasizing not just dental health, but overall health, as the key to a good smile. He truly enjoys working with the staff because of the “high skill level” and “commitment to excellence in patient care.”
A hallmark of Dr. Petrillo’s dental career has been his focus on continually enhancing his skills and knowledge as a dentist. He has regularly taken advanced dentistry courses at a national level, including the Peter Dawson Academy, The Frank Schuster Center for Professional Development, The Frank Spear Continuum, and Implant Courses through Nobel, Zimmer and 3i. He is also a member of the Suburban Study Club in Philadelphia.
Dr. Petrillo has three children, Jeffrey, Kimberly and Gregory. In his spare time, he likes to exercise (“keeps me young”), go to car shows, and “spend time with my wife Linda.” He also has a ShihTzu named Wicket who “thinks he is a prince” and keeps Dr. Petrillo and his wife constantly entertained.