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

Indirect Fillings: Custom-crafted Inlays and Onlays By drfrey on November 07, 2014

An elderly woman smiling happily, her teeth healthy thanks to custom-crafted inlays and onlaysTraditional metal fillings used to be the only game in town when it came to restoring the structure of a tooth that had been damaged by decay or trauma. Now, however, thanks to advances in restorative dentistry, modern dental patients enjoy a number of aesthetically pleasing, highly durable alternatives to those old-fashioned amalgam eyesores, including custom-crafted, ceramic inlays and onlays.

At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, inlays and onlays are made from the highest-quality materials to ensure the best possible results in terms of form, function, and longevity. Also known as “indirect fillings,” inlays and onlays allow patients to restore the structural integrity of their teeth without compromising the beauty of their smiles.

Inlays and Onlays vs. Traditional Fillings

Inlays and onlays perform exactly the same function as traditional amalgam fillings. Like amalgam fillings, they are used to replace the missing structure of a tooth from which a damaged portion has been removed by a dentist or from which a portion has been lost due to trauma. Unlike amalgam fillings, however, inlays and onlays can be matched to complement the precise color of the natural tooth so that they blend seamlessly into the smile. They are also completely mercury free and do not expand and contract when exposed to hot and cold temperatures, unlike metal fillings.

Inlays

Each tooth in your mouth contains between one and five elevated peaks at its surface. These peaks are called cusps. Inlays are used to treat damage that occurs within these cusps, but leaves the cusps themselves unscathed.

An inlay is custom crafted from an impression made of a tooth after the damaged portion has been removed. The inlay is made according to exacting specifications to fit precisely in the space within the cusps of the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned and prepared, the inlay is bonded into place, where it will remain for years with proper care.

Onlays

Onlays are identical to inlays in terms of their creation and purpose. Unlike inlays, however, onlays are used to replace the damaged portion of a tooth when it extends to at least one of the tooth’s cusps. In some cases, onlays cover most of the biting surface of a damaged tooth.

In cases in which a tooth is too extensively damaged to support an onlay, it may be necessary to cover the entire tooth with a dental crown. Dental crowns are crafted from the same high-quality ceramic materials and offer the same aesthetic and functional benefits as inlays and onlays. However, crowns replicate the entire tooth, from the gumline upward. Crowns offer the additional benefit of reinforcing the whole tooth, preventing it from further damage while strengthening the bite and preserving as much of the natural structure of the tooth as possible.

Learn More about Inlays and Onlays

If you are interested in learning more about inlays and onlays, or you would like to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Scott Parr or Dr. Tara Frey, we would be happy to assist you. Please 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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