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

Tooth Sensitivity Caused by Exposed Tooth Roots By drparr on June 14, 2017

An illustration of gums being treatedAt The Smile Center, we have been dedicated to providing restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and general dentistry of the most surpassing quality since 1988. Among the most gratifying of the treatments we perform are those that restore function to the mouths of our patients. People who have sensitive teeth due to exposed tooth roots, for example, can find it difficult to eat their favorite foods, drink their favorite beverages, or even breathe through their mouths without discomfort. Fortunately, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tina Frey offer a wide selection of dental treatments that can resolve tooth sensitivity, restoring the ability to bite, chew, and breathe without pain once again.

In determining the appropriate treatment plan for patients with tooth sensitivity and exposed tooth roots at their Virginia Beach, VA cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry practice, Drs. Parr and Frey proceed very methodically. They examine each patient to evaluate the extent of the damage done to the teeth and how far it has spread. They then carefully examine the gums, as periodontal disease is the most common cause of exposed tooth roots. Based on their examinations, they formulate a customized treatment plan likely to yield the best possible results with the most conservative combination of procedures.

If you’re suffering from tooth sensitivity and would like to restore function to your mouth, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Parr or Dr. Frey at The Smile Center today.

Why Do Exposed Tooth Roots Cause Tooth Sensitivity?

One of the primary purposes of your gums is to provide protection for the roots of your teeth. Healthy gums perform this job admirably. However, when periodontal disease strikes, the gums can begin to degrade.

During the earlier stages of periodontal disease, gingivitis, symptoms are quite subtle and any damage done is generally reversible. People who visit the dentist regularly will usually have gingivitis diagnosed before it has the chance to do any real harm. If left untreated, however, gingivitis will develop into the more destructive form of periodontal disease, periodontitis. During this stage, the gums will eventually pull away from the teeth, creating pockets between the periodontal tissues and the tooth roots, leaving the latter exposed. Bacteria will take refuge in these pockets, giving them the chance to eat away at the layer of cementum that protects the roots beneath the gum line.

As the cementum erodes, the underlying layer of tooth called dentin is exposed. This layer has thousands of openings to microscopic tubules that lead to the root canals of the teeth, where the nerve-rich dental pulp is located. These open passageways to the nerves of the teeth are the reason that you will feel sensitivity when the tooth roots are exposed.

Depending on whether the dental pulp within the tooth is infected, it may be possible to treat the tooth with a simple crown and periodontal treatments to eradicate the effects of periodontitis. However, it may be necessary to perform root canal therapy to remove infected dental pulp.

Learn More about Tooth Sensitivity and Exposed Tooth Roots

To learn more about tooth sensitivity and exposed tooth roots, please contact The Smile Center today.

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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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