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

Dental Implant Alternatives

While dental implants are an appealing restorative dentistry treatment for patients who are missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Patients may be unable to receive dental implants for a variety of reasons, including if they do not have enough bone to support implants. In other cases, patients may simply want to avoid the lengthy dental implants procedure.

Fortunately, there are a number of dental implant alternatives that patients can turn to. These treatment options restore both the health and appearance of the smile. A qualified dentist can help you determine what course of treatment is right for you. In the meantime, learn more about some of the available tooth replacement options.

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Traditional removable dentures are an affordable alternative to implant-supported dentures.

Full Dentures

Dentures are a removable restorative dentistry option for people who have lost nearly all of their natural teeth. Dentures are typically made of a strong plastic material, although some more expensive versions are made of porcelain. The artificial teeth are attached to a support piece to increase comfort in the mouth. Dentures can be removed by the patient to be cleaned, and may also be taken out before going to bed.

Benefits

  • Effectively replace all of the teeth and improve patient appearance 
  • Preserve facial structures 
  • Can improve speech over time 
  • Prevent infection and jaw misalignment 

Disadvantages

  • Can cause sores or discomfort 
  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Enjoying certain foods can become difficult 

Partial Dentures

For people who have lost several, but not all, of their natural teeth, removable partial dentures are a good dental implant alternative. These dental implant alternatives are composed of a plastic base to which the artificial teeth are attached, and metal clasps are affixed to the surrounding natural teeth.

Benefits

  • Safe way to replace missing teeth 
  • Prevent further tooth decay and gum infection 
  • Make talking and chewing more comfortable 

Disadvantages

  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Can cause sores or discomfort 

Dental Bridges

Bridges, sometimes called fixed partial dentures, are artificial teeth that are supported by crowns and attached to the natural teeth on either side of a gap. They are made of strong and durable porcelain, and are crafted to complement the size, shape, and color of surrounding natural teeth. Because bridges are custom made for each patient, they will fit securely and comfortably in the mouth.

Benefits

  • Increased stability over dentures 
  • Prevent jaw disorders or tooth and gum decay 
  • Can last up to 10 years 
  • Improve appearance of smile and preserve facial structure 

Disadvantages

  • Can only be used to replace a few teeth 
  • Other natural teeth may need to be removed or altered to make room for the bridge 
  • Can add pressure to surrounding natural teeth 
Photo: Kelly Hong, DDS

“Teeth in a Day”

Traditional dental implant surgery and the period of osseointegration that follows (the time during which the gums heal around the posts) generally require five month to two years. However, a new procedure enables patients to literally have “Teeth in a Day.” This innovative procedure uses computer-guided technology to determine the best placement of implants, and accurately insert posts within one hour. This procedure also drastically decreases the procedure recovery period, and most patients can even eat comfortably the same day.

Teeth in a day can restore your smile in a single visit.

Benefits

  • Fast, safe method for replacing teeth 
  • More stable than dentures or bridges 
  • Reduced recovery time 
  • Preserves facial structures and health of the mouth 
  • Prevents bone deterioration or jaw shifting 

Disadvantages

  • Not suitable for all implant candidates 
  • Typically more expensive than other treatment options

Many patients find that dental implants are the best option for their needs.

Find a Dentist

Are all dental implants the same?

There are several types of dental implants available. The most common dental implant is a root-form titanium implant, however the type of dental implant used will vary based on the condition of the individual patient's mouth, specifically where the implants are being placed. Find a dentist in your area to learn more about the dental implant procedure and the type of implant that is right for you.

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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