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

Cantilever Bridge

A dental bridge can restore the function and aesthetics of your smile if you have lost one or more consecutive teeth. However, some patients do not qualify for a traditional bridge, which relies on two healthy teeth for support. When there is only one tooth available to uphold a restoration, dentists often recommend a cantilever dental bridge. This restoration is comprised of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, and a single dental crown. If you are a candidate, a cantilever bridge can improve your bite, as well as your ability to eat and speak with confidence.

How a Cantilever Bridge Works

Cantilever Bridge
This bridge is supported by a single abutment tooth for support and spans the gap left by missing teeth.

Cantilever vs. Traditional Bridges

Traditional bridges feature pontics flanked by two dental crowns, and they span the gap left by missing teeth. To secure the restoration, the dentist will need to sculpt neighboring teeth by removing a small portion of enamel. Though identical in function, cantilever bridges only require a single abutment tooth to be reshaped. The pontic will then project into the nearby space. Typically, dentists only use cantilever bridges to replace single missing teeth.

Explore Your Candidacy

Your dentist will examine your bite and the structural integrity of surrounding teeth before recommending a cantilever bridge. This restoration is often appropriate for those who do not have two teeth that are healthy enough to support a traditional bridge. Weakened or decayed teeth, for example, cannot provide adequate support for a crown. In other cases, a neighboring tooth might be supporting another restoration that cannot be replaced.

Cantilever bridges enable those who would not otherwise qualify for a bridge to receive a fixed restoration.

Cantilever brides are not quite as strong as traditional bridges and cannot bear the full force of a patient's bite. Therefore, these restorations are not typically recommended for back teeth. The doctor will also evaluate your alignment. If pressure falls unevenly across the dental arches, it could damage or break a cantilever bridge. In these cases, an implant-supported bridge may be a better option. If you need to replace multiple teeth, implants or a partial denture may offer more support.

What to Expect during Treatment

Prior to the procedure, patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. To place a cantilever bridge, the dentist will need to reshape the abutment tooth that will uphold the restoration. By removing a small portion of the enamel, the dentist can ensure the restoration fits comfortably in your smile and does not disrupt occlusion.

Once the tooth is prepared, the dentist will take impressions and note the appropriate shade for the restoration. If the dental office is equipped with CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, your dentist may be able to craft the restoration in-house. Otherwise, the impressions will be sent to a local laboratory and used to fabricate the cantilever bridge. In the interim, patients are provided with temporary restorations to protect against sensitivity.

Before bonding the bridge in place, your dentist will check to ensure it fits properly. If no modifications are needed, your dentist can attach the prosthetic with dental cement and polish your teeth to add the finishing touches.

Common Materials Used

Cantilever bridges can be made from several materials, including porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), all-porcelain, and zirconia. PFM bridges are more affordable than other options. However, it is important to note that the metal base can make the tooth appear darker over time. Patients seeking more natural-looking results may choose porcelain or zirconia restorations. These materials are shade-matched to blend seamlessly with adjacent teeth, and they never lose their vibrancy.

Risks Associated with Treatment

Cantilever bridges have a high success rate. However, they are not as strong as traditional bridges. To extend the lifespan of your bridge, you should avoid biting your nails, chewing on hard objects, and using your teeth to open packages.

Though the abutment will be covered by a crown, this tooth is still susceptible to decay if debris becomes trapped beneath the restoration. To preserve the health of your smile, you should practice good oral hygiene. Brush twice each day and floss daily, and schedule biannual visits to your dentist's office. With proper care, bridges can last 10 or more years.

The Benefits of a Cantilever Bridge

Like traditional bridges, cantilever bridges can restore your bite and your ability to eat comfortably. They also enable those who would not otherwise qualify for a bridge to receive a fixed restoration. Replacing missing teeth can prevent other teeth from shifting and protect you from misalignment. Of course, bridges also have important cosmetic advantages. A complete smile can renew your confidence and encourage you to smile and laugh freely. 

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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