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

Immediate Dentures

Immediate dentures offer patients with extensive tooth loss the opportunity to restore their smile in a single appointment. This treatment is recommended for patients who are missing most of their teeth and require extractions for any remaining teeth. Immediate dentures can be placed as soon as teeth have been extracted, so you can leave the office feeling confident in your appearance.

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Immediate dentures can renew your confidence in your smile.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates for immediate dentures include patients who:

  • Have severe tooth decay or a widespread dental infection
  • Are missing the majority of their teeth
  • Are looking for an immediate solution to tooth loss
  • Have been diagnosed with aggressive periodontal disease and require complete tooth extraction

To determine whether you qualify for immediate dentures, your dentist will conduct a thorough examination and review your goals for treatment.

Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth.

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, your dentist may request digital x-rays or other advanced images for a comprehensive picture of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. These scans will also be used to plan your treatment. It is important to come prepared with questions and be ready to discuss your medical history.

Fabrication of Immediate Dentures

Prior to extraction, digital or traditional impressions will be taken. These molds will then be sent to a dental laboratory, where skilled technicians will craft your dentures. Immediate dentures are typically made from acrylic dental polymers, color-matched to provide realistic, yet durable results. In most cases, the turnaround time is about two to three weeks.

Tooth Extraction and Denture Placement

On the day of tooth extraction, your gums will be numbed using local anesthesia. If you are especially nervous about treatment, your dentist may offer stronger forms of sedation. Once teeth are removed, the immediate denture will be inserted. Since this is the first time your prosthetic will be placed over the gums, temporary linings or tissue conditioners may be required to provide a better fit.

Recovery and Maintenance

It is vital that you follow all postsurgical instructions. Immediate dentures should be worn constantly for three days. Removing the denture beforehand could cause gums to swell, making it difficult or impossible to reinsert. Keep in mind that it may be necessary to reline your dentures after your gums fully heal if they become uncomfortable.

After tooth loss or extraction, your gums and jawbone will naturally begin to recede. Regular check-ups will allow the dentist to monitor your results and replace linings as needed. Six to 12 months after your gums heal, a permanent liner can be designed and inserted into the denture to improve the fit.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Immediate Dentures

While immediate dentures can help you maintain, as well as improve, the appearance of your smile, there are also drawbacks to consider. Immediate dentures are crafted prior to extraction. As a result, it is possible that the denture will fit improperly due to swelling. In addition, dentures will need to be adjusted or even replaced in the future, as the shape of your jaw changes.

Immediate dentures provide an excellent solution for patients who are self-conscious about being without teeth. These restorations can immediately restore dental function and the form of your smile, as well as provide relief from decay or infection. 

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