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

Dental Implant Recovery Timeline By drparr on June 06, 2019

A diagram of an implant-supported dental crownThere are many treatment options out there for people who are missing teeth. Implant dentistry remains one of the most effective options to consider. Our Virginia Beach, VA practice uses dental implants to support crowns, bridges, and dentures for tooth replacement, giving patients healthy and beautiful smiles in the process.

Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey receive many questions about the treatment time for dental implants. The team at The Smile Center would like to offer this general recovery timeline so you understand what this process involves.

What to Expect After the Oral Surgery

Immediately following the oral surgery for dental implants, patients can expect to feel some grogginess and discomfort as the sedation and local anesthetic wear off. Patient may want to consider taking a day or so off from work to recover if their jobs are physical demanding.

Patients should focus on resting after their oral surgery, and avoiding strenuous physical activities.

The First Few Days After Getting Dental Implants

In the first few days after getting dental implants placed, patients can expect some amount of soreness and discomfort. This can be addressed with pain medications used as directed. Swelling around the gumline and face is normal, and can be managed with cold compresses applied to the cheek in 15 to 20-minute intervals.

Patients should modify their diet to prevent sensitivity and discomfort. Eat soft foods or liquid foods during this time. Make sure all food items and beverages are room temperature. Avoid using drinking straws to prevent harming the blood clots or sutures used during oral surgery.

Make sure to brush and floss normally to prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and post-surgical infection. There may be some additional oral hygiene instructions provided for the implant itself, which you should follow closely.

The First Two Weeks After Getting Dental Implants

Patients will notice improvements in their surgical side effects over the course of the first two weeks. This means reduced discomfort, less bruising and swelling along the gumline, and a general return to normal.

By the end of the first week or so, patients will have returned to our Virginia Beach practice for a follow-up visit. This will be the first in a series of follow-up to ensure that the patient is healing properly. Attend all of these follow-ups as scheduled.

The First Month After Getting Dental Implants

At the end of the one-month mark, patients should be generally back to normal in terms of their overall health and wellness. There may still be some sensitivity around the implant itself, but it will be much less pronounced than it was in the initial days of recovery. Continue practicing good oral hygiene in the months ahead to ensure successful treatment.

The Process of Osseointegration

Over the course of the next few months, a process known as osseointegration will occur. This means the fusion of the dental implant post with the jawbone and gum tissue. The process allows the dental implant to function just like a natural tooth root would. Only when osseointegration is done will the dental implant be ready to support a bridge, crown, or denture.

How Long Does Dental Implant Recovery Take?

The overall recovery time for dental implant patients can vary. Most patients will reach the end of their treatment by six to nine months. During the consultation process at our Virginia Beach dental care center, we will be able to discuss these matters in greater detail and give you a better timeframe for your treatment.

Learn More About Dental Implants

For more information about dental implants and why they may be a good option for you, be sure to contact our team of skilled cosmetic and restorative dentists. The Smile Center can be reached by phone 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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