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 Infection Symptoms By drparr on December 31, 2019

A root canal infectionWhen patients have infected teeth, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey can root canal therapy (endodontic treatment). This treatment will save a tooth from extraction, and relieve serious discomfort and other oral health problems.

The team at our Virginia Beach, VA dental care center would like to go over the basics of root canal infections. We’ll then list common symptoms and briefly go over the treatment process.

About Root Canal Infections

A root canal infection refers to an infection of the dental pulp located within a tooth. This is the soft tissue that is within all teeth beneath the enamel and dentin layer. When this tissue becomes infected, it can spread to the jawbone and gums.

The most common causes of root canal infection tend to be serious cavities and fractures to the teeth. These allow bacteria to access the internal layers of tooth structure.

Tooth Sensitivity

When your teeth are especially sensitive, that’s generally a sign that something is wrong. Usually this sensitivity is triggered by hot or cold temperatures or when you bite down on a hard or tough food item.

Toothaches and Dental Pain

For many people with root canal infections, the issue goes beyond tooth sensitivity. Toothaches and throbbing pain might occur with the affected tooth, even when a person is not doing anything that would trigger tooth sensitivity.

Swelling of the Gums

In addition to pain of the tooth, it’s important that you consider issues with the gumline. Not only have root canal infection patients complained about sore gums at our Virginia Beach practice, they’ve also noted swelling along the gumline. Usually this is centered around the infected tooth.

Discoloration of the Infected Tooth

In addition to pain in your mouth, keep an eye on how your teeth look. Serious browning, darkening, or discoloration of a single tooth is often a serious indication of a dental health problem.

Severe Bad Breath

On top of all this, you should be mindful of your breath. People with root canal infections often experience persistent and even chronic bad breath, even after brushing their teeth. This is a sure sign that there is a serious dental problem that goes deeper than the surface appearance of your smile.

What Should I Do If I Notice These Symptoms?

If you notice any of the above symptoms of a root canal infection, it’s important that you speak with a dentist as soon as possible. Endodontic treatment can be performed and your tooth can be saved. This also prevents the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth, which can lead to the formation of an abscess and more serious general health worries.

When an infected tooth cannot be saved, we can discuss extraction and options for tooth replacement. A bridge or an implant-supported dental crown may be just what you need.

Learn More About Root Canal Treatment

If you live in the Virginia Beach area and believe you suffer from a root canal infection, be sure to contact our skilled cosmetic and restorative dentists. You can reach our office by phone at (757) 241-8168.

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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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