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

Partial Dentures

Tooth loss can impact your dental function and your self-esteem, leaving noticeable gaps in your smile. If you lose several teeth in more than one area, a partial denture can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. Partial dentures can either be removable or implant-retained. Removable restorations consist of artificial teeth attached to a gum-colored base, as well as small metal clasps that grip adjacent teeth. Implant-supported restorations are affixed to dental implants embedded in the jawbone and offer superior stability and aesthetics.

Determining Candidacy

With several types of partial dentures available, these restorations offer patients with varying needs the ability to restore their smile. 

You may be a candidate for a partial denture if you have extensive tooth loss, but still have one or more healthy teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. To qualify for implant-retained restorations, you must have sufficient bone density and volume to support implant posts. In the case that your bone has degenerated at the site of a missing tooth, you may require a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift to restore your candidacy.

Partial Dentures vs. Complete Dentures

Whereas partial dentures replace multiple missing teeth, full dentures can restore an entire dental arch. Full dentures can be removable or fixed. They can either be supported by dental implants or secured to the gums using suction or adhesion.

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Partial dentures can replace a few or several missing teeth.

Types of Partial Dentures

There are several types of partial dentures available. To determine the best type for you, your dentist will examine the health of your smile and review your goals, lifestyle, and budget.

Cast Metal Removable Partial Denture

The most common partial denture, this removable prosthetic consists of a gum-colored acrylic base and artificial teeth. Small metal clasps attach this denture to neighboring teeth. These restorations are created using metal castings and a cold-pour process. They are custom-crafted for each patient and offer comfort and security.

Acrylic Removable Partial Denture

An acrylic removable partial denture, also known as a “flipper,” is a more economical prosthesis. This device features replacement teeth set in a gum-colored acrylic base, as well as small metal clasps that attach to natural teeth. These are typically considered a provisional solution, as they are bulkier and less durable than cast metal removable partials.

Flexible Partial Denture

For patients who have a metal allergy or find cast metal and acrylic partial dentures uncomfortable, flexible partial dentures may be a better option. These prosthetics are made from thin, thermoplastic nylon resin. Rather than metal clasps, the prosthesis features tooth-colored clasps that blend with neighboring teeth.  Though flexible partials have a higher price point, they are both strong and aesthetically pleasing.

Implant-Supported Partial Denture

If you are ready to invest in a more permanent solution, you may wish to consider implant-supported partial dentures. These restorations are anchored directly into your jawbone with dental implants. Implant posts become a permanent part of your anatomy and provide unrivaled support for restorations. As a result, you will never have to worry about your denture slipping out of place. Implants also promote long-term oral health, helping to preserve the strength and structure of your smile.  With proper care, restorations can last for many years, and implants can last a lifetime.

What to Expect during Treatment

During the initial consultation, your dentist may request x-rays of your smile to determine the health of your jawbone and any remaining teeth. If your dentist detects any underlying issues such as cavities or gum disease, these will need to be addressed prior to receiving your denture.

If you select a removable partial denture, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These molds are sent to a laboratory, where your denture will be fabricated over a two to four week period.. Once complete, the dentist can secure the restoration to adjacent teeth and ensure it fits properly and comfortably.

The process of receiving an implant-supported partial denture takes several months, as patients must first undergo dental implant surgery. After a three to six month healing period, the dentist can affix a custom restoration to the implant posts.

Caring for Partial Dentures

To extend the longevity of your removable partial denture, you should:

  • Clean the partial denture nightly using gentle techniques. Remove the denture from your mouth and rinse off any debris. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and specialized cleaner, gently clean the device. Remember to avoid using toothpaste, as it can cause permanent damage. Denture cleansers with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance are safe to use.
  • Avoid holding the partial over tile floor or the sink. Because your partial denture is delicate, make sure to hold the denture over a folded towel or soft surface when cleaning.
  • Keep your partial denture in a safe place. When you are not wearing your denture, place it in water or a specialized soaking solution to preserve its shape. Dentures should be kept away from the sun, children, and pets.. If left out, dentures can become lost, damaged, or dried.
  • Brush and floss remaining teeth. Floss daily and brush your remaining teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.

Be sure and visit the dentist every six months for routine cleanings and examinations. These visits can protect the health of remaining teeth and help you avoid more costly restorative procedures later on.

Benefits of Partial Dentures

With several types of partial dentures available, these restorations offer patients with varying needs the ability to restore their smile. Partial dentures can prevent teeth from shifting, preserve the balance of your bite, and improve your overall quality of life.

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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