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

Importance of Seeking Treatment for Tooth Fractures By drparr on November 16, 2016

A patient experiencing tooth painA fractured tooth is not only painful, but can also be detrimental to your oral health. If left untreated, tooth loss is likely. We offer a variety of different treatments for tooth fractures at our dental practice in Virginia Beach, VA, to help preserve your tooth and your oral health. The particular restorative dentistry treatment used will depend on the location and severity of the fracture. At The Smile Center, we will do everything we can to save your tooth and restore your oral health while also improving the aesthetics of your smile.

Common Causes of Tooth Fractures

Tooth fractures can result from a wide variety of problems. Trauma is one of the most frequent causes of dental cracks and fractures. Car accidents, collisions during athletic events, and a fall can all cause a fractured tooth. Other typical causes of fractures include:

  • Bruxism, or teeth grinding and clenching while you sleep
  • Fillings that are too large for a tooth, especially silver amalgam fillings, which damage the tooth over time
  • Misaligned teeth placing excessive force on certain areas of the teeth
  • Chewing on hard objects like ice cubes or your fingernails

Symptoms of a Tooth Fracture

Depending on the location of the crack or fracture and how deep it is, you may experience constant pain, it may come and go, or you may feel no pain at all. When you are not in constant pain, you may ignore the problem and put off going to the dentist. This can cause the fracture to worsen, and can eventually lead to tooth loss. If you experience any of the following symptoms, we urge you to contact our office as soon as possible for an exam.

  • Sharp pain when chewing and biting down that is relieved when you stop chewing

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold food or drinks, or sensitivity when inhaling
  • Constant pain in and around the fractured tooth

Our Treatments for Tooth Fractures

The best way to treat tooth fractures is through prevention. For athletes, we recommend custom sports guards to protect your teeth from trauma. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, a night guard can protect your teeth from damage. To treat fractured teeth, we offer a variety of services:

  • Composite resin, used for tooth-colored fillings, can repair fractured cusps caused by large fillings. The composite can replace the existing filling and repair the tooth.
  • For more severe cracks and fractures, dental crowns are typically recommended. They not only provide strength to the tooth, but also protect the tooth from additional damage.
  • When a fracture has reached the inner pulp of the tooth, root canal therapy can eliminate bacteria, and a crown can protect the tooth.
  • If the fracture extends too far below the gum line, extraction is often the only possible solution. After the tooth is extracted, we can provide a suitable restoration, such as a dental implant and crown, to restore your health and the aesthetics of your smile.

Learn More about Our Treatments

If you are suffering from a painful or sore tooth, contact our office to schedule an exam.

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The Smile Center

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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