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

Understanding Dental Implant Side Effects By drparr on July 26, 2020

A dental implant with crown restorationAdult tooth loss can make individuals shy away from smiling, and also turn eating into a painful and/or uncomfortable process. Dental implants provide a natural feeling option for permanently replacing missing teeth, restoring the smile, and improving dental function. 

Dental implant surgery is a fairly minor surgical procedure but when considering dental implant surgery, it's important to understand that there are some side effects that may occur after treatment. At The Smile Center, Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey explain the possible dental implant side effects to patients in Virginia Beach, VA

What Side Effects Should Be Expected?

As with any oral surgery, patients should expect some side effects after dental implant procedure. Side effects are a normal part of healing and recovery and should not be confused with complications, which are unanticipated outcomes.

For our Virginia Beach patients, side effects from dental implant surgery are typically mild and temporary. Let's take a closer look at the possible side effects of dental implant surgery. 

Pain or Discomfort

During dental implant surgery, an incision is made in the gums and a screw-like, titanium post is inserted into the jawbone. Patients are medicated to keep them comfortable during surgery, but may feel some pain and discomfort as the pain medications wear off, and in the first few days following surgery. 

For most patients, pain can be managed with pain medications, either prescribed or an approved over-the-counter medication. 

Swelling

Swelling is one of the body's natural responses to injury and happens because there is an increase in white blood cells and fluid to injured areas. Swelling helps the body heal and is common after dental implant surgery. 

Dental implant patients may experience some swelling of the gums at the incision site. The cheeks and side of the face may also appear swollen following dental implant surgery. Applying an ice pack to the check and jawline periodically during the first couple days of recovery can help reduce swelling and ease discomfort.  

Bleeding

Some bleeding at the dental implant site should be expected after surgery. Gauze is frequently placed over the implant site for the first few hours after surgery. Although steady bleeding should stop within a few hours of surgery, patients may experience some mild bleeding for several days after surgery. 

Bruising

Although not all of our Virginia Beach patients will experience bruising, some will notice bruising on the side of the face near the implant site. 

Bruising may not show up immediately after surgery but instead may take a couple of days to appear. If bruising occurs, it generally fades within a week or two after surgery and as the body heals. 

Schedule a Consultation

Dental implants can help restore your smile and improve dental function. For more information about dental implant side effects or to find out if dental implants are right for you, we welcome you to call (757) 473-8482 or send our office a message to schedule a consultation at The Smile Center. 

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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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