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

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Sensitive Teeth

With sensitive teeth, it can be difficult to enjoy the foods and drinks you love, such as ice cream or hot beverages.

Fortunately, a variety of treatments exist for tooth sensitivity. Depending on the cause, your dentist can recommend a solution for you.

How can I be sure that I have hypersensitive teeth?

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Dental Sensitivity Causes Sharp, Temporary Pain in a Variety of Situations

Extreme Hot and Cold

If you experience sudden discomfort when you consume something very hot or cold, you may have sensitive teeth.

Acidic or Sweet Foods and Drinks

An exposed root, enamel erosion, or cavity can also make you more sensitive to things that are very sweet or acidic.

Breathing Cold Air

For some patients with sensitive teeth, even taking a deep breath during cold weather can cause significant pain.

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Sensitivity Is Often Caused by Dentin Exposure

Teeth become sensitive when the inner layer, known as dentin, is exposed. There are many different ways that dentin can become exposed, including decay and gum recession.

The Products You Use and Stress Level Can Increase the Chances of Sensitivity

Using an abrasive toothpaste or other products that are hard on your enamel can increase your chances of developing dental sensitivity. 

Some studies have also found that individuals who are under stress or have obsessive-compulsive symptoms are more likely to have sensitive teeth.
 

There Are Many Potential Causes for Dental Sensitivity

Tooth Decay

A cavity or decay under the surface can cause pain and make your tooth more sensitive to temperature changes.

Damaged Teeth

A crack or fracture in a tooth may not constantly cause pain, but instead, react to certain foods or drinks.

Older Fillings

Fillings protect areas of teeth which have been damaged. When they become worn, the nerves inside of teeth may be exposed to external elements, leading to sensitivity.

Worn Enamel

When enamel becomes too thin to protect the nerves within teeth, dentin hypersensitivity can result.

Exposed Roots

If gum recession or other issues have left your roots exposed, it can cause dental sensitivity.

Gum Disease

Inflammation in the gums can make teeth more sensitive and cause gums to recede, leaving the roots exposed.

Tooth Sensitivity Is a Relatively Common Issue

Your Doctor Can Identify the Cause and Severity of Dental Sensitivity

The first step toward finding relief from sensitive teeth is to speak with your dentist. It is a good idea to keep track of what causes your symptoms and what normally makes them better for a period of time leading up to your appointment.

Your doctor will conduct an exam to determine the underlying cause of sensitivity. The best treatment option for you will depend on the cause of your symptoms.

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Taking Care of Your Tooth Enamel Can Help Reduce or Stop Symptoms

Use Gentle Brushing Techniques

Placing too much force on your teeth while you brush can damage the enamel. Avoid brushing side-to-side right at the gum line. Instead, use a soft-bristled brush and hold it at a 45-degree angle to your gum line while brushing.

Avoid Eating or Drinking Acidic Products

Certain foods and drinks, such as soda, sticky candy, and high-sugar carbs, are more likely to cause damage to your enamel. Change up your snacking habits to include foods such as fruits and veggies high in fiber, cheese, and plain yogurt. 

Treat Clenching or Grinding

When left untreated, clenching or grinding your teeth can wear away at enamel. For some patients, reducing stress can stop the issue. However, you may need another treatment for bruxism, such as a mouth guard or orthodontic adjustment.

Keeping Your Smile Healthy Can Stop Sensitivity from Developing

"Good oral hygiene is your best defense against most oral health problems, including tooth sensitivity."
The Journal of the American Dental Association

For Some Patients, Stopping Sensitivity Is as Easy as Changing Toothpastes

For minor sensitivity, switching to a desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain and stop symptoms. There are many over-the-counter products available, so it is a good idea to discuss your options with a dentist before choosing one.

It is important to keep in mind that desensitizing toothpaste cannot treat the underlying cause of sensitivity and may not be effective for more severe issues.

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Your Doctor Can Recommend the Right Treatment for Your Needs

Fluoride Treatment

Professional fluoride treatments can strengthen tooth enamel, protecting the dentin.

Dental Filling

A dental filling can repair areas of mild to moderate damage, improving symptoms.

Restorations

For extensive damage, your dentist may recommend an inlay, onlay, or dental crown.

Gum Treatments

For gum recession, you may need treatment such as a gum graft to restore your health.

Root Canal Therapy

If sensitivity is severe and persists, you may need a root canal to address infection within the root.

Schedule an Appointment

Having sensitive teeth can interrupt your daily life and make it more difficult to enjoy the things you love. Learn more about the treatment options available to you by contacting a doctor today.

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.

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