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 Loss Statistics By drparr on March 06, 2019

Bottom row of male jaw is seen from viewpoint of a dentistTooth loss is a common dental problem in the United States that often results from inadequate dental care. As many as 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth, according to the American Academy of Prosthodontists. Of those individuals, an estimated 40 million adults in this country are missing all of their teeth.

If you recently lost a tooth or wish to restore oral function that was lost due to missing teeth, Dr. Scott Parr offers several restorative dentistry treatments at our Virginia Beach, VA.  The absence of one or more teeth can cause adjacent teeth to drift. Jaw bone recession can be another undesirable result of tooth loss. Here, we review tooth loss statistics.

How Common Is Tooth Loss in the United States?

The main risk factor for tooth loss is age. As we age, our chances of experiencing accidents or trauma increase. Older adults are also more likely to have advanced gum disease. The loss of jawbone density, especially as we reach our 60s, 70s, and 80s further increases the likelihood of tooth loss.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults age 20 to 34 have an average of 26.9 of their original 32 teeth remaining. Adults between the ages of 35 to 40 have an average of 25.05 teeth while individuals between 50 and 64 have around 22 teeth.

The American College of Prosthodontists compiled the following statistics.

  • Tooth loss can be a risk factor for certain forms of disease, including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • Most individuals (90 percent) who are missing an entire row of teeth use dentures.
  • Among the elderly, around 23 million individuals are completely edentulous (missing all their teeth) while about 12 million are edentulous in one arch.
  • By about 15 years, an estimated 200 Americans will be missing one or more teeth.

Causes of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss can result from a number of reasons. Some factors, such as accidents, are unavoidable in most cases. In the United States, tooth loss is commonly attributed to:

  • Inadequate oral hygiene: One of the best ways to ward off gum disease is to brush and floss regularly. Surprisingly, only 13 percent of Americans floss daily while one-third of individuals in this country fail to brush twice a day.
  • Gum disease: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly half of adults in this country have some form of gum disease. Advanced periodontitis can lead to gum tissue loss and jawbone recession.
  • Inconsistent professional dental care: Nearly 50 million Americans do not have dental insurance included in their overall healthcare plans.
  • Smoking: Smoking can cause a host of oral health problems, including bone loss, infection, and enamel staining.
  • Disease: Certain diseases, including diabetes, can be a risk factor for periodontal disease.

Treatment Options for Tooth Loss

Dr. Parr offers several restorative treatments for tooth loss, including:

  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Implant-supported dentures

Restore Lost Teeth at The Smile Center

No matter the cause of your tooth loss, Dr. Parr has the right restorative treatment for you. Dental implants and implant-supported dentures can prevent jawbone recession by stimulating jawbone growth through the use of titanium implants.

To learn how you can stop being a statistic while regaining your youthful smile, contact our office online or call (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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