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

Maryland Bonded Bridges

A Maryland bonded bridge is a minimally invasive alternative to a traditional dental bridge, as it does not require extensive modification to neighboring healthy teeth. Developed by researchers at the University of Maryland, this bridge features one or more artificial teeth (pontics) and two small wings. Wings are made of a tooth-colored resin material, so they can attach to the backside of adjacent teeth without affecting the aesthetics of your smile. Typically these restorations are used to replace a single missing tooth. However, Maryland bonded bridges can replace two or more teeth in qualifying cases.

Bridge Design and Placement

The Maryland bonded bridge traditionally featured metal wings and porcelain pontics. Although sturdy, the metal caused the enamel to appear darker and teeth to take on gray tint. Today, the wings are composed of a custom-colored composite resin for more realistic results. To secure the bridge, the supporting teeth are chemically etched to create a strong bond between the wings and teeth. The bridge is then secured with a biocompatible bonding agent.

Who Is a Candidate?

You may be a candidate for a Maryland bonded bridge if you have one to three consecutive missing teeth. To qualify, the teeth on either side of the gap should be healthy and sturdy enough to support the bridge. Your dentist will examine your teeth and gums using x-ray technology to determine whether this form of treatment is right for you.

Traditional Bridges vs. Maryland Bonded Bridges

A fixed bridge features one or more pontics nestled between two dental crowns. These restorations are secured to remaining healthy teeth, known as abutment teeth, on either side of the gap. To create sufficient space for a traditional crown, neighboring teeth must be reshaped. As abutment teeth are altered, this procedure is considered irreversible. If teeth are uncovered, patients can experience significant dental sensitivity and have difficulty eating properly.

With Maryland bonded bridges, remaining teeth are not extensively reshaped, so you can maintain more natural, healthy tissue.

Maryland bonded bridges, however, require minimal alteration to the enamel of adjacent teeth. If ever you want to remove the bridge, a dentist can do so without causing long-term damage. 

Understanding the Cost of Maryland Bonded Bridges

Understanding the Cost of Maryland Bonded Bridges
There are several factors that can impact the cost of treatment, including the number of teeth treated and the experience of your dentist.

Cost of Maryland Bonded Bridges

Maryland bonded bridges typically cost between $1,185 and $2,340. Each wing costs anywhere from $250 to $550, and replacement teeth range from $685 to $1,240. The overall cost is dependent on several different factors, including:

  • Materials used: Although porcelain-fused-to-metal bridges are typically more affordable, composite resin and porcelain bridges are more aesthetically pleasing.
  • Number of teeth being replaced: The more extensive the treatment, the higher the cost.
  • Condition of your oral health: If you have gum disease, you may require preliminary periodontal care before proceeding with treatment. This can add to the overall cost.
  • Dentist’s experience: A more experienced dentist often charges more than a dentist new to the industry. While costs may be comparatively higher, a more qualified dentist can deliver better results and reduce your risk for complications.
  • Location of the dentist: Costs are dependent on the location of the dental office. Treatment costs are generally higher in larger metropolitan areas.

As there are many contributing elements, the best way to establish the cost is to schedule a consultation with your dentist. To make treatment more affordable, many dental offices provide in-house payment plans or accept third-party financing.

What to Expect During the Procedure

During your examination, your dentist can assess your oral health needs and review your medical history. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding the procedure or timeline.

The process typically takes two office visits. The first step involves taking either digital or traditional impressions of your teeth. These will be sent to a professional dental laboratory and used to fabricate your custom bridge. The turnaround time is typically one to two weeks.

When the Maryland bonded bridge is ready, you can return to the office for placement. The dentist can check to ensure the bridge fits properly. If no adjustments are needed, a chemical solution will be applied to the back surface of teeth. A bonding agent will then be used to permanently secure the bridge.

Benefits of Maryland Bonded Bridges

For patients with missing teeth, Maryland bonded bridges can provide an excellent solution. The many benefits of treatment include:

  • Realistic aesthetics: These bridges are shade-matched to blend seamlessly with your smile. In addition, porcelain closely mimics the sheen and translucency of enamel for lifelike results.
  • Low risk: Remaining teeth are not extensively reshaped, so you can maintain more natural, healthy tissue.
  • Lasting results: When properly cared for, these restorations can last for over 10 years.
  • Quick and affordable: Maryland bonded bridges take just a few weeks to complete and are typically more affordable than traditional fixed bridges or implant-supported bridges.
  • Improved dental function: With the bridge in place, dental function will be restored. You can once again eat, chew, and speak with ease.

Tooth loss can be distressing, especially when it affects teeth close to the front of the mouth. However, once your bridge is secured, you can smile with confidence.

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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