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

Root Planing and Scaling: Why Deep Cleaning Is Crucial for Your Smile By drparr on April 08, 2015

A man smiling outdoors on a cold dayPatients who visit The Smile Center here in Virginia Beach can expect to undergo some of the finest treatments in cosmetic and restorative dentistry, with a focus on ehnacing the look and health of smiles. This is part of our comprehensive approach to dental care.

One crucial part of improving dental health and wellness is root planing and scaling treatment, which we'd like to go over right now in more detail.

What is root planing and scaling?

Root planing and scaling is a dental treatment that involves the careful scraping away of plaque and tartar (dental calculus) deposits, particularly at the gumline level. The process is also known as deep cleaning.

How is root planing and scaling different from a regular dental cleaning?

Even though it is known as deep cleaning, root planing and scaling is not like a regular cleaning you get during your checkup. These normal cleanings use an electric toothbrush to polish the teeth, much like a normal brushing of the teeth. Root planing and scaling uses special scraping tools to really get at those nooks and crannies of the mouth where plaque and tartar have been built up.

Why is root planing and scaling important?

Even if you brush and floss regularly, it's possible for you to miss the hard-to-reach portions of your smile. Plaque can remain in these areas and harden into tartar, which provides oral bacteria with a place to reside on your teeth and do major damage to your tooth structure.

Root planing and scaling is crucial for removing this plaque and tartar, preventing tooth decay and gum disease, and restoring overall dental health and wellness.

Who is a good candidate for root planing and scaling?

Good candidates for root planing and scaling treatment are patients who have major deposits of plaque and tartar on their teeth. A dentist will be able to determine the ideal candidate for care during a routine dental checkup.

What to Expect During Root Planing and Scaling

Patients will receive local anesthetic during root planing and scaling in order to avoid major issues with pain and discomfort. Only one-quarter to one-half of the mouth will be treated during a session in order to prevent the use of anesthetic on the entire mouth and to ensure a reasonable treatment time.

During the actual procedure, the patient will sit back as the dentist and a hygienist carefully scrape away plaque and tartar.

What to Expect After Root Planing and Scaling

After root planing and scaling, patients can expect their teeth and gums to feel tender for about a day after treatment. To avoid discomfort of the teeth or gums, it's important that patients avoid hot or cold substances when eating or drinking—lukewarm foods and beverages are best. Avoiding spicy foods is also ideal for a day.

Patients should brush and floss as they usually would at night, though they should be extra-gentle in order to avoid harming the gumline and to prevent discomfort.

Lean More About Root Planing and Scaling

For more information about root planing and scaling and how it can help you experience improved dental health and better overall wellness, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The entire team here at The Smile Center looks forward to your visit and giving you the info you need to have a smile that's as beautiful and healthy as possible.

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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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