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

Cosmetic Dentistry to Repair Damage from Teeth Grinding By drfrey on October 08, 2015

Close-up of a colorful mouth guardDo you consistently wake up with a sore jaw? Are you suffering from increased dental sensitivity, or have you noticed small cracks in your teeth? If so, you are likely suffering from bruxism, or chronic teeth grinding and clenching. Bruxism can cause lasting dental damage, and it can greatly affect your appearance. At the Smile Center, we offer restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to repair damage. First, however, we will treat the foundational causes of your bruxism to prevent further damage in the future. To undergo teeth grinding treatment, contact our Virginia Beach practice today.

What Causes Bruxism?

There are two common reasons for teeth grinding and clenching: stress and dental misalignment. If you are under a lot of mental or emotional pressure, your body will produce excess adrenaline. You will need to rid yourself of this biochemical in some way, and this could lead to increased jaw movement. Typically, you will grind your teeth, primarily at night, but, like some patients, you could clench your jaw when you are under pressure during the day. For example, you could have excess jaw tension at work.

In other cases, you may have bruxism because of dental misalignment. Ideally, your upper and lower dental arches should correspond. Each top tooth should touch the matching one on the bottom. If you have crooked or missing teeth, you will attempt to restore proper alignment by constantly moving your jaw back and forth.

How Does Bruxism Damage Your Teeth?

Grinding your teeth will gradually weaken them. You may develop cracks or chips, especially in your molars. The constant back and forth motion will also erode your dental enamel. Without this protective layer, it will be much easier for bacteria to get inside your teeth. As a result, you will have a higher risk for cavities and dental infection.

The First Step: Preventing Future Damage

Before restoring your smile, Dr. Parr or Dr. Fray will provide treatment to reduce teeth grinding. Mouth guards are the simplest and, usually, the most effective option. We will provide a custom-crafted appliance, made from impressions of your teeth. You will wear it at night, and it will keep your top and bottom teeth from touching.

If you suffer from bruxism because of crooked or missing teeth, you may require more extensive care. We offer traditional orthodontics and Invisalign®, as well as bridges and implants.

Next Up: Restoring Oral Function

After we are confident that your bruxism is under control, we will repair your compromised teeth. Dental crowns are one of the most common restorative options among bruxism patients. These tooth-shaped restorations can strengthen weakened teeth, cover large cavities, and build up severely worn teeth. With our advanced CEREC® system, we can create and place crowns in a single appointment. These porcelain restorations will match the color and shape of your teeth, and the durable material will last for years.

The Final Touches: Cosmetic Enhancement

After your teeth are structurally sound, we will address the appearance of your smile. Dental erosion and small chips can affect the look of your teeth. Fortunately, we offer several treatment options, and we will help you select one that suits your goals and budget. Dr. Parr or Dr. Fray can attach porcelain veneers, covering up blemishes and lengthening worn teeth. Affordable dental bonding offers similar results, though composite will not typically last as long as veneers. Still, like porcelain, the material will be a near-perfect match to your tooth enamel.

Contact Us for the Treatment You Need

With our care, we can stop your teeth grinding and restore your healthy smile. Contact The Smile Center to schedule your first appointment.

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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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