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

A Royal Pain in the Mouth: Tooth Sensitivity and Chewing By drparr on April 14, 2017

A woman clutching her jaw due to tooth sensitivityWhen you have a mouth full of healthy teeth, it is easy to take chewing for granted. You may love to sink your teeth into your favorite foods, and you may savor each bite, but chewing is a fairly utilitarian task. It’s something you have to do - until you can’t, at least not comfortably. Once tooth sensitivity sets in, chewing is something you can no longer take for granted. In fact, you’d do nearly anything to grind up a nice, crunchy piece of lettuce or a kernel of corn without twinges of discomfort again. Fortunately, you could be just a restorative dentistry treatment or two away from resolving your tooth sensitivity for good.

At The Smile Center, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey offer a full range of treatments that can restore function to teeth affected by sensitivity. In discussing the issue of tooth sensitivity and chewing during consultations at our Virginia Beach, VA practice, our dentists explain that tooth sensitivity is often a precursor of developing issues within the mouth. If these issues are treated immediately, more serious oral health problems can usually be prevented, saving patients time, money, and considerably more discomfort. Patients generally emerge from treatment feeling better with a renewed ability to chew and enjoy eating once again.

If you are tired of experiencing tooth sensitivity while chewing, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey at The Smile Center today.

Treating Tooth Sensitivity and Restoring the Ability to Chew

In most cases, tooth sensitivity is caused by the exposure of microscopic tubules, the entrances to which are located in the dentin layer of the tooth. The dentin lies directly beneath the protective enamel layer above the gum line and a substance called cementum below the gum line. When either of these superficial layers are eroded or otherwise breached, the dentin and the entrances to the tubules are uncovered. The tubules lead directly to the nerves at the center of the tooth, which is why you will then experience tooth sensitivity.

In order to put an end to tooth sensitivity and protect the tooth from further damage, our dentists must re-conceal the delicate dentin layer and the openings to the tubules. This can be done through:

  • The placement of a dental crown, a tooth-shaped restoration designed to cover the entire visible surface area of the tooth
  • The bonding of porcelain veneers to the surfaces of front teeth that have sustained enamel erosion
  • Treatments for periodontal disease, such as the cleaning and disinfection of pockets that have formed between the gums and the teeth and the smoothing of the tooth roots to create a less hospitable environment for bacteria to reside
  • Root canal surgery, if necessary, to remove infected dental pulp and relieve tooth pain

Learn More about Tooth Sensitivity and Chewing

If you would like to learn more about tooth sensitivity and chewing, please contact The Smile Center today.

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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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