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

Treatment Options for Worn Teeth By drparr on October 16, 2020

photo of broken down, worn teethTrauma, bruxism, and aging can lead to worn, eroded teeth. When the teeth become worn, they can have a direct impact on your bite function and oral health. It is important to treat the condition as soon as possible to reduce the risk of future damage.

At The Smile Center in Virginia Beach, VAcosmetic dentists Scott Parr and Tara Frey offer a range of treatment options for worn teeth. Here, we discuss common types of dental wear as well as solutions used to correct the problem.

Types of Tooth Wear

There are three primary types of tooth wear. These include:

  • Attrition: This occurs when the biting edges of the teeth become worn from tooth-to-tooth contact.
  • Abrasion: This condition most often develops due to overzealous brushing habits and is characterized by worn areas around the necks and sides of the teeth.
  • Erosion: Acidic foods and drinks can lead to dental erosion over time. This condition occurs when the enamel and dentin are compromised.

Left untreated, these conditions can lead to abfraction lesions. This occurs when a tooth is fractured due to excess stress on the enamel.

Common Causes of Tooth Wear

There are several reasons why tooth wear can occur. The most common include:

  • Bruxism: Habitual teeth grinding and clenching is one of the most common causes of tooth wear and tear. If you suffer from bruxism, it is a good idea to wear a custom oral appliance to protect your teeth.
  • Hard brushing: Aggressive brushing habits can damage the enamel and wear down your teeth. Patients should use a soft toothbrush and nonabrasive fluoride toothpaste.
  • Bite problems: When the bite is out of alignment, the teeth can wear down quickly. In these cases, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist can help determine the proper course of treatment.
  • Acidic foods and beverages: If you consume a lot of acidic foods and drinks, you have a higher risk for worn teeth. Patients should consume these foods and beverages in moderation and be sure to brush and floss regularly.

Treatments for Worn Teeth

If you have already developed worn teeth, there are several options that can help restore your smile and oral health. These include dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and dental crowns. 

Dental Bonding

Areas that are worn down can be rebuilt using dental bonding. During this procedure, your dentist applies composite resin that has been color-matched to your smile. Once shaped and molded, the material is cured and polished for a natural look.

Porcelain Veneers

If dental erosion is more significant, your dentist may recommend porcelain veneers. These restorations are bonded to the front teeth surfaces to conceal wear and tear. Keep in mind, however, that if your worn teeth are due to bruxism, you should wear an oral appliance at night to protect your new veneers.

Dental Crowns

Teeth that are badly worn may require dental crowns. These restorations offer maximum support and reinforcement. To prepare the tooth, small amounts of enamel must be removed. This creates sufficient space for your new crown, which fits over the entire tooth structure.

Schedule a Consultation Today

Regardless of the cause of your worn teeth, your Virginia Beach, VA, dentist can help find a solution for you. To find out more about treatment options, schedule a visit at The Smile Center. Contact us online or call our office at (757) 473-8482.

Related to This

The Smile Center

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.

Contact Us Today

Rate, Review & Explore

Social Accounts Sprite

Virginia Beach Office

200 Grayson Rd
Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA 23462

Open Today 8:00am - 5:00pm

What is the best time for you?

Add additional time

Tell us a bit about yourself...

(757) 473-8482 Send a message