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

A Time-Tested Treatment: Dental Bridges By drparr on August 08, 2014

Middle-aged man with a healthy smile, thanks to a custom dental bridgeFor centuries, dental bridges have been restoring form and function to the mouths of people who were missing one or more of their natural teeth. In recent years, advanced technologies and techniques have led to bridges becoming stronger and more lifelike, while dental implants now offer patients the strongest, most stable support available to date for their restorations. Truly, dental bridges are among the most important and life-changing prosthetic devices in the history of medicine.

At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, dental bridges treatment of the most surpassing standard is available to our patients. Our talented team of dental professionals, led by Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey, provide patients with bridges that fit comfortably in their mouths and blend seamlessly into their smiles. If you are missing one or more of your natural teeth, we can restore health, beauty, and function to your mouth with a custom dental bridge.

What are dental bridges?

Dental bridges are appliances comprised of between one and three artificial teeth that are supported on either end by dental crowns. When these crowns are bonded to the natural teeth adjacent to a gap, the artificial teeth - called pontics - literally bridge the gap.

Alternatively, dental bridges can be attached to dental implants, sparing the natural teeth on either side of the gap from the structural alterations necessary to placing dental crowns.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Most people would probably agree that the loss of a tooth creates a cosmetic problem, especially if the resulting gap is obvious when a person speaks or smiles. However, the problems associated with missing teeth run far deeper than that. When a tooth is lost:

  • The teeth adjacent to the gap can begin to drift toward the space, moving out of their optimal positions in the mouth. This in turn results in a compromised bite and a heightened risk of oral health problems including tooth decay and gum disease.
  • The body interprets the missing tooth as a sign that the underlying supporting hard and soft tissues are no longer essential to the mouth. As a result, both the jawbone and the gums can begin to degrade.
  • Everyday functions such as biting, chewing, and talking can become more difficult.

Traditional crown-supported dental bridges prevent the teeth adjacent to the gap from moving out of their optimal positions while allowing patients to bite, chew, and speak with renewed ease and confidence. Implant-supported dental bridges offer these benefits in addition to restoring a patient’s oral health. Because the dental implant posts are made of pure titanium, a substance that is treated as organic material by the human body, they fuse with the jawbone. As a result, the human body is “tricked” into believing that the tooth root is once again in place and in need of support, which halts the degradation of the jawbone.

Learn More about Dental Bridges

To learn more about restoring the appearance and health of your mouth with dental bridges, we invite you to contact 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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