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

Same Day Crowns

A same day crown can immediately restore the aesthetics and function of your smile if you have a tooth compromised by damage or decay. A same day crown serves the same purpose as a traditional crown. However, unlike a traditional restoration, which typically requires two visits to the office, a same day crown can be designed and crafted in a single appointment. Dental offices that provide same day crowns are equipped with advanced computer software, a 3-D digital scanning system, and an in-office milling unit. Crowns are typically crafted from medical-grade porcelain, which is shade-matched to blend beautifully with your smile.

What a Same Day Crown Looks Like

What a Same Day Crown Looks Like
A same day crown can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with your smile.

Candidates for Treatment

A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth, adding strength and protection. This restoration can also conceal cosmetic imperfections. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you:

  • Have cracked teeth
  • Have chipped teeth or uneven edges
  • Have deep discoloration that does not respond to professional teeth whitening
  • Have misshapen or disproportionate teeth
  • Have severely decayed or damaged teeth
  • Have weakened or significantly worn teeth that require added support
  • Have an uneven bite as a result of teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Have undergone root canal therapy

It is important that the remaining tooth structure is sound and stable enough to support a restoration. Should the tooth be unsalvageable, your dentist may recommend extraction and an implant-supported crown.

Unlike a traditional restoration, which typically requires two visits to the office, a same day crown can be designed and crafted in a single appointment.

Same Day Crown Technology

Same day crown fabrication involves the use of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, such as CEREC®, to deliver a restoration in just one office visit. The accuracy of CAD/CAM technology can improve your overall dental experience, reduce costs, and provide stunning results.

The Treatment Process

If you are a candidate for a same day crown, your dentist can begin by preparing your tooth. This involves removing any damaged tissue, as well as a small amount of enamel, to create sufficient space for the crown. Although the area will be numb, you may elect to receive additional sedation if you are particularly nervous about treatment. After preparing your tooth, your dentist can capture 3-D images of your smile and then immediately upload them to a nearby computer.

Using specialized software, your dentist can create a virtual model of your crown, taking into account the measurements of your smile as well as the shade of your teeth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the overall design, an in-office milling unit can construct your crown from single block of porcelain. This process typically takes about one hour. Once your crown is ready, your dentist can check it against neighboring teeth to ensure it fits comfortably in your bite. If no modifications are needed, the crown will be bonded in place and polished to add the finishing touches.

Benefits of Same Day Restorations

With the advent of same day technology, dentists are able to provide more convenient and efficient care. In addition, patients can enjoy:

  • Immediate results: You can experience fully restored dental function and aesthetics in a single appointment.
  • Lower treatment costs: Same day crowns reduce the need for temporaries as well as multiple office visits, saving you time and money.
  • Realistic aesthetics: Porcelain is an incredibly lifelike material. It mimics the sheen and translucency of enamel. In addition, porcelain feels natural. The dentist will carefully select the shade of porcelain that matches your smile.
  • Increased precision: Digital technology ensures more predictable and accurate results.
  • More comfort: With 3-D imaging, you can avoid messy traditional impressions.

A same day crown can last as long as a traditional crown with the proper care.

Caring for Your Same Day Crown

To extend the longevity of your crown, you should:

  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, such as pen caps
  • Avoid using your teeth to open packages
  • Wear a mouthguard at night if you suffer from teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Maintain good oral hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily

One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is to schedule biannual checkups at your dentist’s office. During these visits, your dentist can assess your teeth and gums, as well as identify and treat areas of concern. 

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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