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

TMJ Disorders

In the simplest terms, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders affect the proper, comfortable functioning of the jaw joints.

TMJ disorders trigger painful symptoms. Left untreated, they can cause long-lasting damage such as cracked teeth.

What are some signs I have it?

TMJ Disorders Cause Grinding, Jaw Stiffness, and Other Symptoms

Clenching & Grinding

Teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw are hallmark symptoms of TMJ disorders. These symptoms often worsen during stressful periods and occur mostly during sleep.

Jaw Stiffness

Patients may have trouble opening their mouths. They may experience limited movement or a locking sensation when partly opening their jaws.

Facial Pain & Headaches

TMJ disorders can cause symptoms ranging from tenderness in the jaw and chin to pain in the neck and shoulders. Patients often experience headaches as well.

Clicking Sounds

Healthy jaw joints make sound from time to time, but TMJ disorders can cause an increase in the frequency or volume of pops and clicks. A grinding feeling often accompanies these noises.

Finger pointing to TMJ on model of skull

Stress, Misalignment, and Other Factors That Can Trigger a TMJ Disorder

Although stress might not cause a TMJ disorder on its own, it certainly exacerbates symptoms.

Dental Misalignment

When the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly, it can place a huge amount of stress on the TMJs.

Injury or Arthritis

A jaw injury can substantially affect TMJ function. Arthritis can also contribute to a TMJ disorder.

So How Can I Prevent Symptoms from Worsening?

Stress Management

TMJ disorders tend to flare up during times of stress, so many patients find relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to be beneficial. 

Don’t Chew Gum

Chewing gum activates the muscles that become inflamed by TMJ disorders, spurring the cycle of clenching and grinding. Consider sticking to softer foods as well. 

Proper Posture & Stretching

Take care to massage and carefully stretch the muscles around the jaws. Remember that poor posture, tight shoulders, and a stiff neck can also contribute to the condition.

Your Doctor Will Perform an Exam & Take Your Medical History

Diagnosing TMJ disorders can often be done simply by discussing your symptoms. Your doctor will also examine your teeth and jaw, checking for signs of grinding and tender areas.

In some cases, further testing, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, will be conducted to check for damage to the soft cartilage that cushions the TMJs. 

Modern TMJ Disorder Treatments Are Even More Effective

Oral Appliances

Also known as occlusal splints, dental splints, or bite guards, oral appliances are worn during sleep. These customized devices improve alignment and prevent teeth from grinding.

Orthodontics & Restorative Dentistry

Substantial misalignment may require braces, Invisalign®, or another type of orthodontic correction. Restoring worn teeth with dental crowns and replacing missing teeth can also help.

Injections & Other Medications

Some patients respond positively to BOTOX® therapy or steroid injections. Muscle relaxers, benzodiazepines, and other depressants might also be recommended.

Surgical Correction

Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that can remove damaged tissue within the jaw joint. In the most severe cases, total joint replacement might be needed.

A Medical Professional Can Provide Relief

TMJ disorders can be incredibly frustrating, but they are treatable. Many cases will not resolve without professional intervention. Speak with your doctor today about the best way to stop your symptoms for good.

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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