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

Considering Replacing Your Old Fillings? Amalgam vs. Composite Filling By drparr on April 06, 2019

An illustration of amalgam vs. composite fillingsIn the past, dentists used amalgam, or silver, fillings to treat cavities. Today, composite, tooth-colored fillings are used because they offer improved aesthetics. If you still have metal fillings, you may want to weigh the benefits of amalgam vs. composite fillings.

Both have been proven to be safe and effective restorative dentistry materials. Even so, knowing the differences between the two can help patients decide if they want to replace their old fillings.

Composite, or tooth-colored fillings, are often chosen because they offer a more natural-looking appearance. Additionally, this option is often preferred by patients who do not want to have fillings that contain mercury.

To schedule a consultation, contact the Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VA.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam has been used extensively in restorative dental care for more than 150 years. The material contains liquid mercury which is mixed with a metal alloy powder predominantly made up of silver, tin, and copper.

Amalgam has a claylike consistency when it is mixed. It starts to harden almost immediately after placement, and within an hour or two, it becomes extremely hard and resistant to chewing forces.

A Strong, Durable Material

Amalgam is strong, durable, and easy to work with. It also has another important advantage: amalgam possesses the unique characteristic of corroding at the margins where it contacts the tooth. This corrosion is beneficial because it seals the edges, lessening the chances of recurrent, or new, decay developing around the filling.

Drawbacks Regarding Preparation and Appearance

In contrast to composite, the amalgam material does not bond directly with the tooth. Instead, the restoration must be retained by undercuts and grooves made to the tooth during its preparation. This means that more of the tooth's healthy structure must be removed to attain retentive strength.

Another disadvantage of amalgam is the dark, noticeable color. There is also a tendency for silver fillings to stain the adjacent enamel so that it takes on a dark gray color. Even if the restoration itself is placed in a location where it cannot be seen, the stain it causes may be visible.

Concerns Over Safety

A final concern regarding amalgam relates to its safety. The liquid mercury it contains is a toxic substance. However, the low level is considered to be safe.

Despite the presence of mercury in amalgam filling material, studies show it is not a significant health concern. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has performed an exhaustive review of related scientific literature and found insufficient evidence supporting the fact that amalgam fillings containing mercury have adverse health effects.

There were, however, some exceptions. Women who are pregnant, children under the age of six, and patients who are routinely exposed to mercury or who have a diet that consists largely of seafood (which can contain high levels of mercury) should avoid amalgam filling material.

Other agencies and organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have released similar statements.

Composite Resin Restorations

Tooth-colored plastic materials have been widely used in dentistry since the 1990s. Like amalgam, the dentist mixes this material chairside and places the filling while it is in a soft, putty-like state. Within minutes, the material hardens to nearly its maximum strength.

Natural-looking and Conservative

Composite resins have the obvious advantage of being tooth-colored. The material is available in various shades so it can be precisely matched to the patient's natural tooth.

Another advantage of composites is that they can be bonded in place with an acid-etching process. This means that they can essentially be glued to the tooth structure and do not require large, undercut tooth preparations for retention. As a result, these fillings can be very small and the preparations conservative.

Preserve Your Oral Health

Both amalgam and composite are safe and effective materials for dental fillings. Weighing aesthetics, longevity, and cost can help you choose which type is best for your needs.

To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us at (757) 473-8482.

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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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