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 Influence of the History of Dentistry By drfrey on December 14, 2016

An illustration of a tooth with a question markAt the Smile Center, we pride ourselves on our advanced restorative dentistry techniques. These procedures help our patients achieve and maintain improved oral health with greater functionality. In addition to improved health and function, these procedures can also improve the aesthetics of our patients’ smiles. The vast and surprising history of dentistry has influenced our dentists at the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

A Brief History of Dentistry

  • 3000 BC: First reference to dentistry
  • 2600 BC: Egyptian scribe referred to as dental practitioner
  • 500-300 BC: Writings by Hippocrates and Aristotle on dental health and dentistry
  • 200 AD: First use of gold for dental prosthetics
  • Middle Ages: First use of metal amalgam for dental fillings in China
  • 1530: First book dedicated solely to dentistry is published in Germany
  • 1728: First comprehensive book on the practice of dentistry published by Pierre Fauchard, known as the “Father of Modern Dentistry”
  • 1760: First dentist arrives and begins practicing in the United States
  • 1776: Paul Revere uses post-mortem dental forensics to identify remains of a friend
  • Late 18th Century: Shift toward focus on aesthetics leads to suggestion of white enamel on gold fillings for natural look and patent of porcelain teeth
  • Mid 19th Century: Denture base is created and patented; popularity of porcelain teeth and amalgam fillings rise; use of ether anesthesia; dental x-rays
  • 1841: Alabama is the first state to set forth regulations for dental practitioners
  • 1900s: Nylon bristles for toothbrushes invented; tap water is fluoridated; dental bonding with resin is developed; toothpastes become fluoridated; laser treatments grow in popularity; electric toothbrush invented; teeth-whitening methods become popular

How History Has Influenced Modern Dental Practices

As you can see, concerns with dental health date back much farther than you might have thought. The progression of the dental profession has led to countless advancements in dentistry. Dental treatments have progressively become more comfortable with the use of various forms of anesthesia. Over the years, restorative treatments have trended toward more natural appearances as well.

While restoring health and functionality has always been a top priority in dentistry, the appearance of our teeth has grown in importance as well. Thanks to previous dentists who suggested white enamel for fillings and porcelain teeth, we now have natural tooth-colored fillings. We also offer a wide range of cosmetic and restorative procedures that use porcelain, such as crowns and bridges, as well as veneers.

With the numerous advancements in dental technology, procedures are shorter and more comfortable than ever. We also have a better understanding of oral health and the effects complications can have on your physical health. Gum disease, for example, can lead to more serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes. Understanding this correlation between oral and physical health allows us to provide more comprehensive preventive and restorative treatment for our patients.

Schedule an Appointment at the Smile Center Today

Whether you need a simple cleaning and exam or you are suffering from more serious complications like tooth decay or gum disease, our skilled dentists can help. Contact our office today to schedule your 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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