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

Types of Bone Grafting

Bone grafting allows dentists to rebuild or strengthen the upper and lower jaws. A graft can address isolated bone loss or more widespread degeneration. There are several different types of bone grafting materials, including natural and synthetic options. Although grafting can be performed to correct the effects of injuries or congenital defects, the procedure is most often recommended for dental implant patients. The prerequisite procedure can increase the chances of an implant successfully fusing with the jaw, and also help patients who would otherwise not be considered good candidates

Treatment Planning

Dental roots are necessary to maintain a dense, healthy jaw. Once a tooth is lost or extracted, the bone will naturally begin to deteriorate. Grafting can be performed immediately, known as socket preservation. The procedure can also be done after months or even years have passed. This is most often referred to as ridge augmentation. A sinus lift is a special type of graft in which the sinus floor is raised and the material is packed into the space below. Grafting techniques can also be combined to achieve the best outcome.

The dentist will typically base their recommendation on several factors, such as the location of the surgical site, the patient's health and treatment goals, and the properties of the graft material. Ideal bone grafting material should integrate well with the patient’s natural bone, promote the growth of new tissue, and have a low likelihood of rejection at the surgical site.

Autografts

An autograft, also referred to as an autologous or autogenous bone graft, is bone taken from the patient’s own body. Autografts for dental procedures are typically harvested from the jaw, hard palate, or the chin. If there is not enough bone available in these areas, the tissue graft may be taken from the hip or shinbone. The main benefit of an autograft is that there is a low risk of graft rejection since the bone is native to the patient’s body. A drawback, however, is that an additional surgical site is required.

Understanding Autografts

Dotted lines on jaw showing recipient and donor areas for bone grafting
In order to perform an autograft, a sample of healthy bone tissue can be taken from the chin.

Allografts

An allograft is usually harvested from deceased donors. Before bone or any other tissue can be used, the donor must be thoroughly screened to ensure no infectious diseases are present. After it is harvested, the bone must undergo a series of treatments to make it compatible with a recipient, with the goal of minimizing any potential immune reaction. Some of these treatments include irradiation (exposure to radiation), freeze-drying, and other chemical processes, such as the application of hydrochloric acid. The main drawback of allografts is the potential for an immune reaction or rejection of the donated tissue.   

Xenografts

A xenograft is taken from an animal source, typically a cow or pig. With this type of graft, the bone is carefully processed so that the remaining tissue is primarily made up of mineral components. One advantage of xenografts is the ease of harvesting large samples of bone with the desired microstructure, which improves compatibility at the intended surgical site. Xenografts work well to help rebuild bone because they act as both a mechanical and biological placeholder in the jaw. Initially, the xenograft adds physical support at the surgical site. Over time, the body replaces the xenograft with new bone. 

Alloplastic Grafts

An alloplastic graft is composed of material that is not taken from an animal or human source. Alloplastic grafts can be derived from natural sources (such as an elements or minerals), synthetic (man-made) substances, or a combination of the two. One reason many dentists prefer alloplastic grafts is that they do not require tissue to be harvested from another source.

Bone grafting can increase the chances of an implant successfully fusing with the jaw, and also help patients who would otherwise not be considered good candidates. 

Alloplastic grafts can be made of hydroxyapatite (HA), calcium carbonate, and tricalcium phosphate. Hydroxyapatite is the most frequently used due to its strength, durability, and ability to integrate well with bone. In fact, a large percentage of human bone is composed of a form of hydroxyapatite. Calcium carbonate is becoming less popular because it tends to resorb more quickly and make the bone susceptible to breakage.

Ceramic

Another frequent component of alloplastic grafts is ceramic. Ceramics are inorganic, non-metallic materials composed of one or more elements. Ceramics are extremely hard and able to withstand very high temperatures. One major benefit of ceramic grafts is their ability to integrate with existing bone and promote the growth of new bone.

Bioglass

Bioglass, or bioactive glass, is similar to ceramic and is another potential source for dental bone grafts. Bioglasses can bond completely and seamlessly to bone. Unlike some other types of bone grafts, bioglass is available in many malleable forms, such as pastes and putties, making it ideal for shaping into a jawbone socket.

Polymers

Polymers are molecules composed of many repeating, smaller units. Polymers occur naturally, and they can also be synthetic. Dentists may choose a polymer-based alloplastic graft because it completely resorbs into the body over time.

Many types of alloplastic bone grafting materials can be combined to form a product with the most desirable characteristics. Alloplastic grafts may also contain one or more growth factors, which are made using recombinant DNA technology. These growth factors serve to facilitate new bone growth.

Protect Your Oral Health

For the right patients, a bone graft can provide the strong foundation needed to ensure their oral health. Consulting with your dentist or a specialist is necessary in order to learn more about your candidacy for these types of procedures. 

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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