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

Denture Alternatives

For decades, traditional dentures were the mainstay solution for full-arch teeth replacement. If you are a longtime denture-wearer, then you likely understand the drawbacks of conventional prostheses. While dentures are certainly better than having no teeth, they can still present a myriad of issues for many patients. For example, conventional dentures tend to shift around and slip out of place during routine tasks such as chewing, eating, and speaking. This can lead to dietary restrictions and trouble enunciating, not to mention a lack of confidence. Fortunately, advances in technology and techniques have provided denture alternatives that not only look natural but offer optimal function, as well. Securing your denture with dental implants can provide benefits that are nothing short of life-changing for the right patients

Comparing Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures

Fewer innovations have improved the field of dentistry as much as dental implants. These medical-grade titanium posts are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. 

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. 

Implants are a game-changer for denture patients. While traditional dentures rely on adhesive or simply rest on the dental arch, implant-supported dentures are connected to dental implants for increased stability. If you are seeking alternatives to dentures, this option offers a lifelike, functional smile that can preserve your oral health for years to come.

The Only Option Which Preserves Bone Health

The most significant advantage of an implant-supported restoration is bone preservation. Natural tooth roots actively simulate the jawbone. This action prevents jawbone recession, which is a common effect of tooth loss. If a tooth is not replaced after it is lost or extracted, it could lead to significant jawbone atrophy over the years. However, dental implants actually mimic the function of dental roots to preserve the jawbone in the same way. Patients who choose implant-supported restorations will typically enjoy enhanced oral health for many years. In fact, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Illustration of traditional vs. implant-supported denture
Implant-supported dentures remain firmly fixed in place, which provides several benefits over traditional restorations. 

Additional Treatment Benefits

There are several additional advantages to this type of treatment. Implant-supported restorations offer:

  • Increased stability: When compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations offer unparalleled security and stability.
  • More convenient: Traditional dentures must be removed and cleaned daily, and require messy adhesives. Fixed implant-supported options often require special cleaning tools but are much more convenient.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place and rest directly against the gums. This makes them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. 
  • More flexible diet: Denture wearers often find it difficult to eat their favorite foods, such as steak and apples. Securing your restoration with implants can allow you to confidently eat an unrestricted diet. 
  • Improved oral health: By placing dental implants into the jawbone, your bone density will be preserved, and further bone loss will be prevented.

Although implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional options, most patients consider them an invaluable investment in their health. Many dentists offer financing options to help manage out-of-pocket costs. 

Understanding Your Options

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. By choosing an implant-supported prosthesis, you are not only enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, but you are improving the function and overall health, as well. If you are considering dental implants as an alternative to traditional dentures, seek professional advice. A skilled and knowledgeable dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine which option will meet your unique needs. 

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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