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

Finding Relief: Treating Tooth Pain and Toothaches By drfrey on March 10, 2016

A woman with a sore toothThe Smile Center is proud to serve patients in and around Virginia Beach, offering advanced general dental care as well as state-of-the-art restorative dentistry to alleviate pain and discomfort. Our procedures also emphasize patient empowerment, prevention, and natural aesthetics.

A number of patients visit our practice suffering from toothaches. We thought it would be a good idea to use this post to explore the issue of dental pain, namely its common causes and ideal treatment options.

Tooth Decay and Serious Cavities

If you suffer from serious tooth decay, it's likely that you will experience issues with major pain and discomfort of your teeth. Not only will the serious tooth decay lead to pain while biting and chewing, it can also make eating hot foods or cold foods quite painful.

Tooth decay can be easily dealt with thanks to dental restorations such as fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns.

Tooth Injury: Chips and Cracks

When you suffer from a severe chip or crack of your teeth, this can lead to similar pain and discomfort as major tooth decay. Even minor cracks can result in significant problems with tooth sensitivity and pain.

As with tooth decay, dental restorations are the best treatment.

Root Canal Infections

Within each tooth is a chamber full of soft tissue known as dental pulp, which was essential for the development and maturation of a tooth. If you experience major decay or tooth damage, this can expose the dental pulp within to serious infection, which can be quite painful.

When a tooth is infected, endodontic therapy can be performed to remove the diseased dental pulp.

Receding Gums and Sensitive Teeth

When your gums recede, it exposes more of a tooth's root structure to potential harm. This means an increased chance of tooth decay and tooth sensitivity, not to mention a high chance of experiencing a root canal infection as well.

Thankfully a gumline can be rebuilt thanks to modern soft tissue augmentation procedures.

Crooked Teeth

When your teeth are crooked, dental pain can occur for a variety of reasons. For one, crowding and spacing issues can make it painful to bite and chew. In addition, the teeth may be pressing against one another in a such a way what pain is unavoidable.

Orthodontic care is the best option for dealing with serious malocclusion.

Tooth Grinding (Bruxism)

Tooth grinding occurs when you are asleep. When you are under stress or your teeth can't find a comfortable position, your teeth will gnash, shift, and move as a result. This increases the chances of tooth damage occurring (chips and cracks), and the constant pressures placed on your teeth can lead to gum recession as well as general soreness.

Tooth grinding can be treated through orthodontics, mouth guards worn at night, stress management techniques, or a combination of these.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the extra sets of molars that grow in during a person's late teens and early twenties. When the wisdom teeth come in crooked, they can press against the existing molars, causing severe pain and possibly even cracking the molars in the process.

A routine wisdom tooth extraction surgery can help alleviate problems with impaction.

Schedule a Consultation at The Smile Center

For more information about toothaches and dental pain, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. The team here at The Smile Center will help you have the healthiest smile possible.

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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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