Dear patients.

We are happy to say that we are planning to reopen our office for patient treatment on Monday, May 4th. Initially we will be open from 8am til 2pm though we will expand those hours as needed.

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 are ONLY opening because we have carefully planned and revised our 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 will be 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

Temporary Dental Crown

Temporary dental crowns protect modified teeth while permanent crowns are being crafted. They can safeguard you from dental sensitivity, tooth decay, and shifting teeth during treatment. Temporaries are typically composed of either stainless steel or acrylic and are made to last only a few weeks, whereas permanent crowns are designed to last 10 years or more. These restorations are bonded in place using provisional dental cement, which is easier to remove during a follow-up appointment.

The Structure of a Temporary Crown

Temporary Crown
A temporary crown can safeguard you from dental sensitivity while your custom crown is being manufactured.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

When Are Temporary Dental Crowns Needed?

When a tooth is severely damaged, a dental crown can restore its strength and integrity. However, to accommodate a dental crown, the existing tooth must be reshaped. This process can leave nerves exposed and cause significant sensitivity. Dental crowns are typically crafted at a special laboratory, and the turnaround time is approximately two weeks. While the permanent crown is being manufactured, a temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and prevent discomfort.

Temporary dental crowns are also used during other dental treatments, including:

  • Root canal therapy: This procedure involves removing compromised tissue and reshaping the inner chambers. The tooth is then filled with a rubber-like material called gutta percha. A crown is typically placed to fortify the tooth after treatment. While the crown is being crafted, a temporary may be used.
  • Dental bridges: A dental bridge can fill the gap left by tooth loss. This restoration features artificial teeth flanked by two dental crowns. As such, the teeth on either side of the gap (abutment teeth) are reshaped to make room for each crown. While the bridge is being manufactured, temporary crowns may be placed to protect the abutment teeth.
  • Dental implants: Missing teeth can leave gaps in your smile and make chewing difficult. While you wait for your permanent crowns, temporary crowns can be affixed to the implant posts.

Temporary crowns not only serve to ensure your comfort, but also make daily functions like eating and speaking easier.

The Treatment Process

After removing any compromised tissue, the dentist will file the tooth to make room for the crown. The dentist will then take an impression of the tooth using either putty or digital software, which will be used by the laboratory to fabricate your custom restoration. While you await your final crown, your dentist can place a temporary crown. These can be easily manufactured in the dentist’s office. Using provisional cement, the dentist can secure the crown in place. They can then check your bite for proper occlusion and make any necessary adjustments. At your follow-up appointment, the dentist can remove the temporary crown and place the permanent restoration.

Caring for Your Temporary Crown

You should practice routine dental hygiene while wearing your temporary crown. Make sure to brush your teeth gently around the crown and use mouthwash as directed. When flossing, do not pull the floss directly upward but instead pull it to the side to slide it out. You should not eat for the first 30 minutes after a crown is placed to avoid disrupting the setting process. You should also refrain from eating very sticky foods, as this could pull the crown off the tooth.

What to Do If the Temporary Crown Falls Off

It is not uncommon for temporary dental crowns to loosen or fall out before the permanent crown is placed. If this happens to you, call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule a visit. Should you be unable to see the dentist immediately, you may apply personal denture cement and fix the crown back in place. It is important to reapply the crown in a timely manner, as teeth can shift and make placing the permanent crown difficult.

How Much Do Temporary Dental Crowns Cost?

The cost of a temporary dental crown is usually included in the overall cost of your treatment. However, expenses may vary depending on the type of procedure performed and materials used. Other contributing factors may include the office location, the dentist’s experience, the number of crowns placed, and the preparation required. Many dental practices offer in-house payment plans or accept third party financing to make treatment more affordable.

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