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

Fighting Tooth Decay: Treatment Options for Cavities By drparr on August 06, 2015

A diagram showing placement of a dental fillingAt The Smile Center here in Virginia Beach, we believe in providing patients with exceptional dental care. That means advanced restorative dentistry for major dental problems as well as basic prevention and maintenance for routine care.

When it comes to routine dental treatments, fighting tooth decay is quite common. Let's look at tooth decay and the various ways it can be dealt with and prevented.

Explaining Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is the result of oral bacteria in your mouth feeding on food particles, particularly sugars and carbs. When feeding on food particles, oral bacteria creates an acidic substance that wear away the enamel layer of a tooth. When the enamel is eaten away, that is known as a cavity. Left untreated, the cavity can increase in size, destroying the enamel, the underlying dentin layer of a tooth, and potentially infecting the soft tissue located inside of a tooth.

The treatments noted below are an effective means of dealing with tooth decay in various forms.

Dental Fillings

Dental fillings are small and very common dental restorations used to treat minor and basic cavities. These restorations come in metal and tooth-colored form. The ideal kind of restoration will depend on the tooth that's being treated and the nature of the tooth decay. (The restorations below all come in metal or tooth-colored form, and similar considerations are made with regard to their proper use.)

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are the next level of dental restorations used when a dental filling is not sufficient for treating tooth decay. The inlays and onlays are essentially larger fillings, able to restore larger portions of a tooth that's been damaged or decayed. The inlays/onlays are even able to rebuild the cusps (biting surfaces) of the teeth.

Dental Crowns

When a tooth is seriously decayed or damaged, the last option to save the tooth is a dental crown. A dental crown caps the remaining healthy tooth structure, protecting the tooth from pain, discomfort, and acute sensitivity. The crown will also restore a patient's ability to bite and chew normally. Typically, tooth-colored fillings are common for the prominent front teeth, while metal fillings are more common for the molars and pre-molars.

Root Canal Therapy

If tooth decay progresses and leads to the infection of the dental pulp, a root canal is performed in order to prevent further spread of infection and to alleviate pain. The soft tissue inside of the tooth is removed, the pulp chamber sterilized, and the hollow chamber within the tooth filled with an inert material to ensure the stability of the tooth. A dental crown is then placed to restore the tooth's strength and functionality.

Tooth Extraction

When a tooth is too decayed to be saved, the best option will be extraction. This is generally avoided when possible since it's most ideal for patients to maintain as much of their natural tooth structure as possible.

Tips for Cavity Prevention

In order to prevent the formation and progression of tooth decay, it's best to consider the following dental tips:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss your teeth at least once a night
  • Avoid snacking on sugary foods
  • Avoid drinking sodas and fruit juices
  • Drink water to remain well hydrated through the day
  • Visit your dentist twice a year for your regular checkups

Learn More About Treating Cavities

For more information about treating and preventing cavities, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team at The Smile Center looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you achieve the best dental health 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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