Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are now open and operating under our full schedule.

COVID-19 has been a very difficult time for all of us. Many of you have been forced to wait for dental care, and we deeply appreciate your understanding while we kept our office closed to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

Your health and well-being continue to be our highest priority, and we opened with carefully planned and revised office procedures to greatly minimize the risk of infection for our patients and our team members. Our own families are also patients here, so you can be assured that we’ll be taking care of you just as well as we’ll be taking care of them.

For your peace of mind, the measures we are taking to provide a safe dental treatment experience include, but are not limited to, the following:

Upon Your Arrival at the Office

●     Patients will be screened BEFORE treatment and temperatures will be checked. Any patients showing signs of a fever or other symptoms of illness will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

●     ONLY patients will be allowed entry into the office. Parents and other family members will be asked to wait outside whenever possible.

●     Patients are asked to wait in their cars or outside the office until their scheduled appointment time.

●     The waiting area chairs will be spaced apart to allow for 6 feet of distancing.

●     We will ask that you continue to practice social distancing measures in common areas of the office, including the front desk.

●     The front door and the door between the waiting area and operatories will be propped open all day.

●     There will be no physical contact with patients with the exception of treatment.

During Treatment

●     All rooms will be COMPLETELY sterilized before each patient is seated, and public areas, including restrooms, will be cleaned and sterilized frequently throughout the day.

●     All operatories have high-volume air filtration and we have installed a whole office purification system. This system will kill the Covid virus along with other contaminates

●     Our team will STRICTLY follow guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, and ADA in regards to personal protective equipment (PPE) and office sterilization.

●     During patient care, goggles or face shields will be worn by everyone and changed between patients.

●     All surfaces that came in contact with the patient will be wiped with disinfectant including the patient chair.

Checking Out After Your Appointment

●    We will be requesting prepayments when we know the amount of payment which will expidite your visit 

●     All efforts will be made to complete scheduling in the back of the office so you can leave without stopping at the front desk

We are proceeding with an abundance of caution, but we want you to feel as confident as we do that any visit you make to our office will be a safe one.

We also realize that many of you have been impacted financially during this outbreak, and we have solutions to keep dental care affordable for you and your family.

To discuss these payment options, schedule an appointment, or ask us any questions you may have about your next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 757-473-8482

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dr. Parr, Dr. Frey and the Smile Center Team

What Are the Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings? By drparr on April 04, 2014

Virginia Beach Tooth-Colored FillingsIf you have a cavity, you know that you probably require a filling. You may not know, however, that you now have more options when it comes to the material used for your restoration. In the past, fillings were always made of silver amalgam, a material comprised of several metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Today, however, our Virginia Beach practice offers tooth-colored fillings, made from advanced dental composite. This material offers enormous cosmetic and health benefits that previous generations of dental fillings simply cannot provide.

How a Filling Can Save Your Tooth

When you have a cavity, the bacteria will continue to spread until the decay is treated. If left untreated long enough, the bacteria may eventually spread to your dental nerves, leading to infection, abscesses, and significant discomfort. Before placing a filling, your dentist will clean out all bacteria and seal the inside of your tooth to stop the spread of decay.

Cosmetic Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

Perhaps the most significant benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that this material maintains the appearance of your smile. Both amalgam and composite fillings look great at first, and most patients enjoy a healthy, restored smile. Over time, however, metal fillings often begin to show through your teeth, making your teeth appear discolored. Even the most effective whitening treatment cannot target this discoloration. On the other hand, composite fillings will not show through your teeth, and because your cosmetic dentist can match the composite to the natural color of your teeth, there is no better option to protect the appearance of your smile.

Health Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

There are also a number of health benefits related to composite fillings. First, metal fillings expand and contract with changes in temperature. Although these variations are slight, over time, they can damage the structure of your teeth, and you may require more extensive restorative work, such as a dental crown. Second, to place a filling, your dentist must reshape the inside of your tooth. When the dentist places a composite filling, he or she must remove far less of your tooth structure than when placing a metal filling.

Composite Fillings Do Not Contain Mercury

“Silver” amalgam is actually compromised of more than 50 percent mercury. This substance has been linked to a number of health risks including:

  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic illness
  • Oral cancer
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease

Although the mercury is initially contained within the metal filling, after several years, it may begin to leak out and enter your blood stream, where it is transported all over your body. There is currently a heated debate in the dental community regarding metal fillings. Some believe they are an enormous health risk, while others believe there is no danger associated with silver amalgam. With so many unanswered questions and the many other benefits of composite resin, choosing tooth-colored fillings seems an easy choice.

Suffering from Dental Decay? Schedule Your Appointment Today

Our dentists proudly place tooth-colored composite fillings that are carefully selected to match your teeth. We can also replace old metal fillings with modern composite. To learn more about tooth-colored fillings, call The Smile Center today.

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The Smile Center

The Smile Center in Virginia Beach has been providing high-quality dental care since 1988. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • American Academy of Facial Esthetics
  • The American Orthodontic Society
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry

For more information about our services, contact us online or call (757) 473-8482 today.

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