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

Are You a Good Candidate for an Inlay or Onlay? By drparr on December 09, 2014

Young couple in an embrace, the woman showing off her healthy smile made complete with an inlayFor many decades, traditional metal fillings performed their jobs perfectly well, preserving the remaining healthy structure of natural teeth that had been damaged by decay or trauma admirably, if not aesthetically. Restorative dentistry has come a long way in recent years, however, and it is no longer necessary to compromise aesthetics in order to salvage one’s natural teeth. In fact, inlays and onlays - also known as “indirect fillings” - are virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth matter, and also give traditional metal fillings a run for their money in terms of strength and durability.

At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, inlays and onlays candidates include most patients who would have been good candidates for traditional metal fillings. We provide these patients with all of the information they need about inlays and onlays, including honest comparisons between these modern restorations and their metal counterparts, so that they can make educated decisions about whether to proceed with treatment. We invite you to find out if you are a good candidate for an inlay or onlay by meeting with one of our esteemed dentists at our state-of-the-art office today.

What are inlays and onlays?

The top surfaces of your teeth have between one and five raised parts called cusps. Depending on whether the damage to your tooth occurs within these cusps or extends to one or more of these cusps, the damaged portion will be replaced with either an inlay or an onlay.

An inlay is custom crafted from medical-grade ceramic to fit with absolute precision within the cusps of a damaged tooth. Once it is bonded into place, it blends seamlessly into the tooth, fully restoring it in terms of function, appearance, and structural integrity.

An onlay differs only in that it extends onto the biting surface of the tooth, extending to at least one of the cusps.

Once in place, inlays and onlays can last for up to ten years or, in some cases, even longer with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits.

Are you a suitable candidate for an inlay or onlay?

There is a good chance that if you are a candidate for a traditional metal filling, you are also a candidate for an inlay or onlay. As long as you have a sufficient amount of natural tooth structure to support a filling, then an inlay or onlay is a viable treatment option. You must, of course, be willing to observe proper oral hygiene habits, including proper brushing and flossing and twice-yearly visits to our practice for dental exams and professional cleanings, to ensure the longevity of your restorations.

If the damage to your teeth is too extensive for you to be a good candidate for an inlay or an onlay, then our dentists will most likely suggest a dental crown. A dental crown is also made from the finest materials and will be customized to blend perfectly into your smile, but will cover the entire visible surface area of your tooth.

Find Out Whether You Are a Suitable Candidate for an Inlay or Onlay

To learn whether you are a good candidate for an inlay or an onlay, 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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