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

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? By drparr on June 26, 2020

Two dental crowns sit on a white reflective surfaceA decayed or damaged tooth can become a serious oral health and quality of life issue. To restore strength and structure to an injured tooth, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey can have you fitted with a natural-looking and durable dental crown.

Following the placement of your dental crown at our Virginia Beach, VA, dental practice, you will need to follow straightforward steps to maintain and care for your dental crown. Following the steps outlined in this blog post can extend the lifespan of your restoration. Read on to learn more about how long dental crowns last.

How Long Can I Expect My Crown to Last?

The lifespan of a dental crown can vary widely. Some patients may require a new crown after a few years or several years while other patients may be able to retain their crowns for 20 years or longer. On average, a ceramic dental crown will last 10 to 15 years.

Factors that affect the lifespan of your dental crown include:

  • Your diet
  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Frequency of dental visits
  • The type of material your crown was fabricated from
  • Your bite characteristics
  • The quality of your crown placement

Tips for Extending the Lifespan of Your Crown

Beyond working with qualified and experienced dentists like Drs. Parr and Frey, patients can take simple steps to extend the lifespan of their dental crowns following placement at our Virginia Beach dental practice.      

Schedule Regular Dental Cleanings and Exams

There are many benefits to scheduling cleanings and exams at an interval that one of our dentists recommends. Cleanings remove buildup on your crowns so the restorations remain white and beautiful. Exams allow one of our doctors to carefully check for signs of dental crown wear or damage.

Minor chips can often be repaired while extensive damage or a loose crown may require that a new crown is fabricated. Addressing a loose or damaged dental crown can prevent dental problems like cavities or jaw alignment issues.

Be Mindful of What You Eat

Ceramic crowns are durable, but they can still suffer damage. Common causes of dental crown failure include habits like chewing on ice or eating hard or chewy candies. As a general rule, treat your crowns like natural teeth and avoid using them to bite hard objects.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene Habits

The underlying abutment tooth should be cared for to prevent infection. Tooth decay and gum disease can compromise the stability of your dental crown. In some cases, poor oral hygiene habits can even lead to the need for tooth extraction. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, and using a quality therapeutic mouthwash are great ways to keep your teeth (and crowns) healthy and beautiful.

Schedule Your Dental Crown Consultation Today

By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can extend the life of your dental crown. The restorations are not designed to last forever. Once you begin noticing signs of wear or damage, one of our doctors can repair or replace your dental crown. To schedule your next visit to our dental practice, please contact The Smile Center online or by calling (757) 231-7965.

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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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