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

Gum Disease Treatment By drparr on June 06, 2015

Close-up of a patient’s mouthHealthy gums provide a strong foundation for your teeth. If your gums are in poor health, you are at a higher risk of experiencing bad breath, dental discomfort, and tooth loss. At the Smile Center, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey provide general dentistry services to prevent oral health problems and identify the early signs of gum disease and tooth decay. If we find that you have developed gum disease, we can perform effective treatment to restore the health of your gums. To learn more about the gum disease treatment options that we offer, contact our Virginia Beach practice today.

The Stages of Gum Disease

When gum disease first develops, it is known as gingivitis. In this early stage of the condition, patients may notice symptoms such as swollen gums, gums that bleed easily, gum discomfort, and bad breath.

If gingivitis is not treated, the condition progresses to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a much more serious condition. In addition to the tenderness and inflammation of the gums, pockets of bacteria develop beneath the gum line, causing the gums to pull away from the teeth. Eventually, the teeth become loose, and either fall out or require extraction.

Gingivitis Treatment

Fortunately, gingivitis is fairly easy to treat. In fact, in many cases, proper at-home care can improve the health of the gums. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss daily, and use anti-bacterial mouthwash. After a few days of good oral care, you should notice that the swelling, discomfort, and bad breath subside.

Periodontitis Treatment

Treatment for periodontitis is more aggressive than gingivitis treatment. In addition to exercising proper at-home care to improve the health of the gums and prevent gum disease from returning, patients will need to come into our office for additional treatment, such as:

  • Root planing and scaling: Root planing and scaling, which is also known as a deep cleaning treatment, allows our dentists to remove plaque and bacteria that have accumulated beneath the gum line. First, we will administer a local numbing agent to prevent any discomfort. Then, we will use special instruments to clean the roots of the teeth. Once the built-up plaque and bacteria have been removed, we will smooth the surface of the roots to make it more difficult for plaque and bacteria to accumulate.
  • Antibiotics: After the root planing and scaling treatment is complete, we may insert antibiotic fibers beneath the gum line. The antibiotics eliminate any remaining infection, and the fibers are removed after about a week.
  • Gum surgery: If periodontitis is severe, we may recommend gum surgery. In flap surgery, or pocket reduction, the dentist pulls back the gums so plaque and bacteria can be thoroughly removed. The gums are then put back in place so they fit up against the teeth. If the gums have receded, you may require a gum graft, in which soft tissues are removed from one part of the mouth, and stitched into place where the gums have receded.

To find out if you suffer from gum disease, 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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