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 Alternatives By drparr on November 23, 2020

A custom full dentureWhen adult teeth are lost, oral functions are compromised and the structure of the mouth and the health of surrounding teeth are threatened. Dental implants replace the roots and crown of a missing tooth to restore oral function and preserve the integrity of the smile. While dental implants are a highly effective treatment, not all patients are ideal candidates for this procedure.

At The Smile Center, we offer several dental implant alternatives that allow individuals from Virginia Beach, VA, and surrounding areas to address tooth loss. Patients can choose the treatment method that is right for them based on their unique needs and desires.

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge is suitable for patients who have lost one to three teeth from the same area of the mouth. Like an implant-supported bridge, a traditional dental bridge is made up of a pontic piece, which is one solid restoration that is designed to resemble up to three missing teeth.

Whereas an implant-supported bridge is anchored down by dental implants, a traditional bridge is supported by two dental crowns. One dental crown is fitted to each of the two teeth that are immediately adjacent to the area of tooth loss. The pontic piece is bonded to these dental crowns to provide patients with a strong and secure appliance.

Removable Partial Denture

Removable partial dentures are another common alternative for dental implants. A partial denture is customized to replace up to several missing teeth. Dentures can be fabricated to fit around the natural teeth, so a partial denture is a good for individuals who have lost multiple teeth from their top or bottom dental arch.

A removable partial denture consists of a plastic base (which resembles the natural gumline), artificial teeth, and usually some type of metal structure (such as hooks) that helps secure the partial denture around adjacent teeth. Removable dentures are meant to be taken out of the mouth for cleaning, or while a patient sleeps.

While not secure as dental implants or a dental bridge, new technology allows us to customize the fit of your partial denture. Modern partial dentures sit much more comfortably and securely than the partial dentures of the past.

Removable Full Denture

If our Virginia Beach patients have lost most or all of their teeth along an entire dental arch, then a full denture will be necessary. Full dentures can be anchored to a series of dental implants. However, if patients lack the bone density to support a dental implant, or if dental implant treatment is too costly, they can consider a removable full denture.

Like a partial denture, full dentures have a plastic base that supports the false teeth. The denture sits over the patient’s natural gumline, creating a seal that helps to hold them in place. Denture adhesives can be used for additional stability.

Removable full dentures do not provide the same security as implant-supported dentures, but they allow patients to restore the appearance of their smile and help patients eat many of their favorite foods again.

Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss

If you have experienced tooth loss and are unsure about the best way to rebuild your smile, the experienced dentists at The Smile Center can help you explore your treatment options. To learn more, contact us online at your earliest convenience, or call our Virginia Beach dental practice at (757) 473-8482.

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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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