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

Reverse the Damage of Aggressive Tooth Brushing By drparr on September 14, 2017

Toothbrush with toothpasteYou know that routinely brushing your teeth is essential for a healthy smile, so it may seem like you can never brush too much. Nonetheless, in some ways, the old adage “less is more” applies to dental hygiene. Brushing too often or too aggressively can actually cause irreparable harm to your teeth, removing the protective enamel that helps to combat decay. Additionally, overly hard brushing can erode your gums, causing the soft tissues to recede away from your dental roots.

At the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, we offer a variety of restorative dentistry treatments to repair damage from aggressive brushing. However, our primary goal is to prevent dental damage in the first place by teaching you the best ways to care for your teeth.

How Does Aggressive Tooth Brushing Damage Your Smile?

Aggressive brushing is characterized by brushing too hard or by a toothbrush with overly hard bristles. Doing so will gradually abrade your dental enamel. In turn, you will face a much higher risk for dental decay, since the underlying porous areas of tissue (dentin) are more susceptible to oral bacteria. Dental erosion will also affect your appearance. The edges of your teeth may become uneven, and your smile may look discolored since dentin is naturally off-white. Furthermore, dentin is also more sensitive, so it may be uncomfortable to eat or drink cold foods.

Aggressive brushing can also affect your gums, leading to tissue recession. As your gums begin to pull away, your tooth roots may become exposed. Dental roots contain nerve endings, so you may experience pronounced discomfort and sensitivity. In severe cases, gum erosion can even lead to tooth loss. 

Porcelain Veneers

If you have experienced pronounced dental erosion, porcelain veneers can be an excellent solution. Because it will cover the entire façade, a veneer can correct erosion that affects the front and the edges of your tooth. Our dentists and laboratory team will work with great care and precision to design completely customized veneers.

Before placing the veneers, your dentist will need to reshape your teeth and trim off some enamel. Therefore, it is necessary that you have enough enamel for this process. If your dental erosion is particularly severe, you may not qualify for veneers.

Dental Bonding

Bonding can be an effective alternative to veneers, particularly if pronounced erosion precludes you from veneers treatment. Bonding will cover up the front of your teeth in a similar way, but your dentist will not need to reshape your teeth. Instead, he or she will apply the composite directly onto the surface of your teeth. All that is required in the way of prep work is a conservative etching process during which your dentist will treat your teeth with a mild acidic solution. By creating microscopic grooves in the front of your teeth, the chemical will provide greater surface area for a more reliable bond.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns may be appropriate for cases of severe erosion.  This type of restoration will fully cover your damaged tooth. At The Smile Center, we proudly use CEREC® technology to create crowns, so we can complete the treatment in just one office visit. Your dentist will dramatically reshape your tooth and take digital impressions with the CEREC scanner. Then the connected milling system will carve the crown in under an hour.

Treatment for Damaged Gums

Much of our periodontal care is focused on treatment for gum disease, but we can also address gum erosion. A minor gum grafting surgery can restore your gum line and cover your exposed dental nerves. To perform the treatment, your doctor will take a tissue sample (usually from your soft palate), grafting it onto the uneven, worn areas of your gum line.

If gum recession has resulted in tooth loss, we can also provide several types of restorations. Traditional bridges are a reliable and affordable option. Whenever possible, however, we recommend dental implants. These restorations are much more secure since they replace the dental roots, as well as the missing crowns.

Contact Us to Repair Your Damaged Teeth

Contact The Smile Center online today to learn more about how we can repair damage due to aggressive tooth brushing. In addition to determining the right treatment, we will also teach you how to avoid damage in the future.

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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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