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

Root Canal Therapy vs. Extraction: Which One Is Necessary? By drparr on December 14, 2017

An x-ray of a molar tooth with root canal therapyIf you are experiencing a severe toothache or dental abscess, there is a good chance your dentist will discuss two treatment possibilities: root canal therapy vs. extraction. Your treatment will depend on several unique factors, which can be explored during an oral examination.

In many cases, a damaged or decayed tooth can be repaired with root canal therapy. While it is always preferable to save teeth when possible, sometimes the damage is simply too extensive. In these situations, an extraction may be recommended. At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, our doctors provide both procedures, and can help you determine which one is most appropriate to address your dental needs.

Exploring Root Canal Therapy

If a tooth has an infected or damaged pulp, root canal therapy is necessary. Pulp damage can occur due to trauma or because of deep decay. If a damaged tooth is otherwise healthy and can support a dental restoration, root canal therapy can be performed to save the tooth. It is important to note that in order to save a tooth, there must be sufficient healthy tooth structure remaining.

During root canal therapy, the internal structure of the tooth is accessed. After removing the diseased pulp, tissues, and nerves, the canals will be thoroughly disinfected to eradicate all residual bacteria. Once the canals are cleaned, they will be filled with a malleable dental material called gutta percha, and the tooth will be sealed off with a composite resin material. After a short healing period, a dental crown can be placed to protect the tooth.

When Should Teeth Be Extracted?

A damaged tooth that has a severe fracture, extensive decay, or a crack that extends down the root will need to be removed. If sufficient tooth structure is not present, root canal therapy may work for a short time, but will not be a long-lasting solution.

Extractions are typically more affordable than root canal therapy, but to understand the big picture, you must consider teeth replacement options as part of your treatment plan. Patients who have a tooth extracted have a few choices, which include:

  • Replace it with a dental implant. The next best thing to a natural tooth is a dental implant. Because the implant actually replaces the root of your tooth, it preserves your jawbone and prevents bone recession over time. Dental implants are an investment that can last a lifetime with proper care.
  • Replace it with a dental bridge. A missing tooth can be replaced quickly with a bridge, filling in the gap to complete your smile. Dental bridges can last up to 15 years with proper care.
  • Do nothing. It is important to consider the long-term consequences of not replacing a missing tooth. If you remove a tooth and do nothing to replace it, other teeth could shift and cause problems with your bite.

When it comes to your oral health, the choice is ultimately yours to make. There are several factors to consider when deciding between root canal therapy and extraction, including cost, long-term goals, health condition, and more. Our doctors can help you determine a solution that will effectively meet your needs.

Learn More about Treatments in Restorative Dentistry

To find out more about root canal therapy and extractions, schedule a visit with one of our doctors. You can call our office at (757) 473-8482 or contact us online anytime.

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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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