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

Swelling after Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants are widely considered to be the most effective tooth replacement option in dentistry today. As with any surgery, it is important to know what to expect during your recovery. This will ensure you have necessary items on hand and know when you should contact a medical professional. Swelling after dental implant surgery typically subsides within two to three days. Your doctor will provide detailed post-operative instructions, including ways to minimize this side effect. Tips include keeping your head elevated, reducing activity, and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Is Swelling Normal?

Swelling is part of the body’s natural response to injury. You may not equate a surgical procedure with injury, however, it is a controlled form of trauma. In order to place dental implants, your surgeon must administer injections, create incisions, and place sutures. Simply stated, swelling is a buildup of fluid in the tissues. It is not dangerous and is actually a normal aspect of the healing process. Like swelling, bruising is completely normal during healing. However, some patients tend to bruise easier than others.

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Some degree of swelling is a natural and healthy response to dental implant surgery. 

How Much Swelling to Expect

The extent of swelling each individual will experience depends on several factors. First, your body’s reaction is contingent upon the surgical procedure itself. For example, someone who is receiving six dental implants will probably experience more inflammation and discoloration than a patient who is having a single implant placed.

Swelling is part of the body’s natural response to injury. It is not dangerous and is actually a normal aspect of the healing process. 

It is not uncommon to experience swelling around the mouth, jaws, cheeks, eyes, and sides of the face following dental implant surgery. Following the procedure, swelling typically reaches its peak around the second or third day before gradually diminishing. However, it can take up to several days for the inflammation to completely subside.

Common Signs of Infection

Knowing what to expect can help you avoid post-operative complications and minimize your risk of infection. It is important to be aware of any changes that take place during your recovery. The simplest way to do this is to evaluate the swelling and level of discomfort you experience after the procedure.

Swelling should substantially subside for most patients by the third day. Once the swelling begins to go down, it should not increase again. Therefore, if you notice swelling after the initial inflammation has subsided, it could indicate an infection. If you are experiencing any symptoms which indicate infection following your oral surgery, contact your doctor right away. In many cases, they will simply prescribe antibiotics to ensure proper healing.

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Persistent swelling, often accompanied by pain, may be indicative of infection.

Ways to Reduce Swelling

While swelling is common during recovery after oral surgery, there are ways to minimize the effect. Once you return home following your procedure, the doctor may recommend applying a cold compress or an ice pack to the face or jaw for 20 minutes, then removing it for another 20 minutes. Continue this process, on and off, as much as possible during the first 24 hours, as this is the most crucial time frame. You can continue icing the site for the next two days. However, after 72 hours, a cold compress will not offer any additional benefit. Moist heat is often recommended in the following days.

Keeping your head elevated following the placement of dental implants is important. You can also take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, such as ibuprofen or naproxen, as well as any prescribed medications. These will not only help reduce swelling but also alleviate any discomfort, as well. 

Experience a Comfortable Recovery

No matter what methods you use to combat swelling, bruising, and other side effects after dental implant surgery, be sure to closely follow the guidelines provided by your dentist or surgeon. By doing so, you can give yourself the best chance for optimal healing and a quick recovery.

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