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

CT Scan Imaging for Advanced Dentistry

Dental technology at The Smile Center is state-of-the-art, incorporating the latest tools for diagnostics and care. Our office includes a unique feature, the use of computed tomography (CT scan) for comprehensive imaging. This technology allows our Virginia Beach, VA, practice to provide advanced, precision diagnosis and treatment for a range of dental conditions.

Dr. Scott Parr, Dr. Tara Frey, and The Smile Center team are committed to maintaining the highest standards of dental care. To schedule an appointment, please contact our office today.

A photo of a woman positioning her head for a CT scan.
The CT scan provides a 360 degree image of your head to give the dentist a comprehensive view of your case.

About CT Scan Technology

CT scan imaging has been widely used in medicine for over 35 years, helping doctors diagnose heart disease, malignancies, bone fractures, and more. The technique incorporates multiple computer-processed X-rays, combining cross-sectional “slices” to produce precise, high-resolution images. A single scan can generate three-dimensional images that can be viewed on a computer monitor or digitally transferred for a variety of uses.

In recent years, CT scans have been increasingly utilized in dentistry, proving highly valuable in diagnosis and planning for oral surgery. The scans offer unparalleled detail, allowing the dentist to visualize the patient’s internal structures from every angle. Offering much more information than traditional, two-dimensional x-rays, CT scans increase surgical accuracy and help to minimize complications for patients.

CT Scan and Dentistry

At The Smile Center, our dentists use our CT scanner for specific procedures that call for optimized, 3-D visualization. Dr. Parr always uses the CT scan for dental implants patients, securing a complete anatomical picture of the mouth, sinus cavities, and jawbone. He uses the technology to check jaw bone density and to plan precise surgical implants placement.

The scan allows us to proceed with surgery with a detailed plan, including the exact location of the alveolar nerve and precise, 3-D renderings of the jawbone ridge. This extra planning and precaution pays off for our patients. Our practice is consistently able to provide outstanding outcomes for implant dentures and other restorations.

Both Drs. Parr and Frey also use the CT scan to plan for orthodontia, diagnose tooth or bone fractures, and prepare for root canal procedures. The technology has also been useful in detecting cysts and anatomical irregularities, conditions that remain invisible on traditional X-ray images.

About The Procedure

For patients, the CT scan experience is non-invasive, pleasant, and extremely efficient. In contrast with traditional X-rays, there are no cumbersome ‘wings’ to bite down upon repeatedly, nor is anything at all inserted in the mouth. Your only task is to sit comfortably in the chair and remain still for 20 seconds as the machine circles you. Your head is never fully encased, and you are able to see the surroundings at all time.

While this imaging technology does utilize radiation, it is entirely safe for occasional use. The radiation level from a dental CT scan is significantly lower than the amount found in a conventional, medical CT scan.

Contact The Smile Center

Technology is just part of the story at The Smile Center, where we offer full-service dentistry in a warm, friendly environment. We provide an array of comfortable amenities. Please contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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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