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

The Benefits of Root Canal Therapy By drfrey on July 07, 2015

A tooth and its interior structureAt The Smile Center here in Virginia Beach, it's important to us that patients understand the nature of the treatment that they wish to undergo. Patient education is an important part of comprehensive general dentistry.

With this in mind, we'd like to go over the basics of root canal therapy and provide information on the various benefits of the treatment process.

About Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is performed in order to treat teeth that have become infected. Within each tooth is a small cluster of soft tissue known as dental pulp. This dental pulp was crucial for the formation of a tooth when it was first emerging, but it is no longer essential when the permanent tooth is in place. The pulp is comprised of connective tissue, nerves, and blood vessels, helping with the sensations of heat, cold, and pressure.

When a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, bacteria can infect the pulp within a tooth. This can result in serious discomfort and the formation of an abscess. If the tooth is not treated, the infection can spread the jawbone and other parts of the mouth.

Root Canal Relieves Severe Tooth Pain

By undergoing a root canal, a patient is able to have serious dental pain relieved. While root canals have a reputation for being painful, they are actually far less painful than the pain associated with having a tooth that is infected. Modern advances in anesthetics and pain management have resulted in less pain during the procedure and after the procedure.

Root Canal Restores the Strength of a Tooth

After the dental pulp is removed and tooth fully treated, the treated tooth is capped with a dental crown. The dental crown helps restore the strength of tooth, allowing patients to bite and chew as they did prior to treatment.

Root Canal Prevents the Spread of Infection

As noted above, the root canal treatment helps prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth. If infection spreads to the gum tissue, jawbone, and other parts of the mouth, it can result in major dental health and general wellness issues.

Root Canal Avoids the Need for Tooth Extraction

When a root canal infection is untreated, the only remedy for the pain and infected tissue may be the extraction of the tooth. Root canal therapy prevents the need for tooth extraction, allowing the tooth to remain in place. It's always most ideal for patients to maintain as much of their healthy tooth structure as possible, which is what root canal therapy helps achieve.

When to Consider Root Canal Treatment

If you have been experiencing serious and persistent tooth pain for some time, it's a good idea to visit your dentist so these matters can be looked into in more detail. During the exam, your dentist can determine if your tooth pain is related to a root canal infection or another dental health concern.

Learn More About Root Canal Therapy

For more information about root canal therapy and how it can help you have a healthy and beautiful smile, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at The Smile Center looks forward to your visit.

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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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