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 Care

Dentures are a long-term investment in your oral health and aesthetics. Thorough denture care plays an important role in helping your prosthetics look and feel great for many years to come. If you clean their dentures daily, avoid damaging your prosthetics, and schedule frequent evaluations with your dentist, you can enjoy your partial or full dentures for up to a decade. If your dentures are accidentally damaged or broken, a dentist can provide a quick repair or realignment. To lower the risk of broken dentures, many patients choose implant-supported restorations for added stability, superior aesthetics, and simpler care.
keep dentures moist
It is important to keep your dentures moist to prevent changes in shape.

How to Clean Your Dentures

Dentures should be brushed daily like your normal teeth. Removing food and plaque after each meal can ensure that your dentures maintain their look and feel for as long as possible. To clean your dentures: 

  • Start by thoroughly rinsing off food and other particles. Do not use boiling or hot water, as this can warp your dentures. Some patients choose to fill the sink with water or a towel during cleanings to prevent damaging their dentures if they fall. 
  • Gently brush the entire denture with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Do not use a hard-bristle brush, as this can scratch the dentures and cause bacteria to get trapped in the crevices, causing denture odor. 
  • Do not use whitening toothpaste or an abrasive toothpaste, as these contain powerful levels of peroxide that may damage your dentures without whitening them. Instead, use a denture cleanser. 
  • Brush your own teeth, gums, and the inside of your mouth to remove plaque accumulated throughout the day 

Be gentle when handling your dentures during cleaning. Do not bend the plastic or attempt to modify any of the metal clasps, as this can affect the fit of your dentures and cause irreparable damage. 

With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement. 

Removing Dentures Overnight 

Although you will use dentures for a majority of the day to chew and speak properly, you will need to remove them nightly. This is a requirement for both partial and full dentures. When you are not wearing your dentures, you should carefully place them in a container filled with water or denture-soaking solution. Do not leave them in a dry place; this can cause warping. If your dentures have metal clasps, only use water to protect the metal. Be sure to cover the container to avoid contamination and spillage. Before putting the dentures back in your mouth in the morning, rinse them thoroughly to remove the soaking solution. 

Caring for Implant-Supported Dentures 

Many patients choose implant-supported dentures because of their superior stability, security, and aesthetics. As implant-retained dentures are securely affixed to your jawbone through dental implants, they are less likely to fall out and become damaged. You will care for implant-supported dentures the same as you would with your natural teeth. You should also schedule frequent visits to your dentists to assess the health of your implants, abutments, and gum tissue. 

The Importance of Routine Checkups 

Dentures are an expensive investment and should be properly cared for and maintained. To prevent damage to your dentures and help them maintain their function for as long as possible, you should schedule regular visits to your dentist. If your dentures feel uncomfortable, hurt your gums, or appear damaged, schedule a visit to your dentist right away. He or she may be able to realign, repair, or replace your dentures. With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last five to seven years without needing replacement. 

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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