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

CT Scans for Dental Implants: What They Are and Why You Need Them By drparr on February 14, 2018

Few innovations in dentistry have improved the accuracy of diagnoses like CT scans. For several decades, two-dimensional x-rays were the mainstay of dental radiology. As technology has improved over the years, we have enjoyed the benefits of cutting-edge modernizations such as cone beam computed tomography. At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA, we take CT scans for dental implants so we can provide our patients with the most accurate, precise treatment available.

doctor reviewing panoramic dental x-ray on his desktop computer

What Can a CT Scan Do?

In contrast to a two-dimensional x-ray, a CT scan delivers a 3-D image of the oral and maxillofacial structures. The doctor or clinician can manipulate the image according to the unique needs of the case and visualize the anatomy with unparalleled accuracy. A dental CT scan can:

  • Provide accurate measurements
  • Help the doctor evaluate bone health and density
  • Identify the presence of atrophy or disease
  • Demonstrate actual jaw size
  • Provide a high-quality image with minimal radiation exposure

As you can see, CT scans can be quite indispensable when it comes to placing dental implants. Patients considering implants must have strong, healthy, dense jawbone, and there must be enough of it to completely surround the post. A CT scan can easily provide this crucial information.

Diagnostic Imaging during the Implant Treatment Phases

A substantial amount of treatment planning is necessary before and during dental implant placement. CT scans are a vital part of this process. For example, during your initial consultation, your doctor may take a CT scan to determine the height and width of the jawbone and to establish the optimal locations for your new implants. For complex cases, your surgeon can even use the CT scan to perform a “virtual surgery” before the first incision is ever made. By doing so, he or she will already know exactly where the implant should be placed for long-term success.

After your implant surgery is complete, you will probably require a few months of healing before your final restoration can be placed. During this time, the surrounding bone will fuse to the implant in a process known as osseointegration. When enough time has passed, another CT scan may be taken to determine if the healing phase is complete.

What Can Happen without Appropriate Diagnostic Imaging?

Before the advent of digital diagnostic imaging, there was a lot of guesswork involved in implant dentistry. CT scans eliminate all of that. Implants placed in the lower jaw must not interfere with the mandibular nerves. Otherwise, permanent paresthesia can occur. Implants placed in the upper jaw must be an appropriate distance away from the maxillary sinuses. Otherwise, the posts could puncture the sinus membrane. CT scans can help ensure that the implants will be placed in a proper position surrounded by adequate bone structure.

Conservative, Comprehensive Care

At The Smile Center, patient safety is our priority. That is why we use digital imaging, which emits 90 percent less radiation than traditional x-ray machines. We believe that comprehensive dental care can also be conservative. Therefore, we will never take x-rays or scans unless they are necessary for proper treatment.

Learn More about CT Scans and Diagnostic Imaging

If you would like to learn more about CT scans for dental implants or for any other procedure, reach out to a team member. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (757) 473-8482.

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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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