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 Repair

With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last up to 10 years before needing replacement. However, at some point, you might need a professional denture repair if you accidentally damage your dentures. Most dentists who perform restorative dentistry are able to provide efficient repair services for their patients. Your dentist understands that broken dentures can cause difficulty eating, speaking, or decrease your self-confidence. To help you return to your normal life as quickly as possible, some dentists offer same-day repairs. To prevent damaging your denture, you should follow the care instructions provided by your dentist and schedule regular checkups to identify concerns with your prosthetics before it is too late. 

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Some dentists offer same-day denture repair to immediately restore your dental function.

How Damage Occurs

There are a variety of scenarios, both accidental and gradual, that can cause your dentures to break, such as: 

  • Jaw shrinkage: As bone loss occurs over time, your dentures may fit poorly and move when you speak. This instability can create excessive pressure on your dentures and increase the likelihood of a fracture. Many patients choose implant-supported dentures to decrease the risk of bone loss and securely anchor their dentures to their jawbone.  
  • Natural wear and tear: This is one of the most common causes of damage to dentures, as your dentures are constantly put under stress when you chew. Over the years, your dentures may lose their strength. 
  • Accidental damage: Dentures can fall and break when you are taking them out in the evenings, during cleaning, or if you misplace them. 

Without properly functioning dentures, your ability to eat or speak may be affected. Wearing your broken dentures can also cause sores and irritation inside of your mouth. Rather than letting your broken dentures affect your self-confidence, you should schedule a visit to your dentist immediately. 

What To Do If Your Denture Breaks 

If you notice that your dentures are broken, do not attempt to repair them at home with glue or a home-repair kit. This can cause irreparable damage to the dentures and require more costly repairs or replacement. Your dentures are created by skilled ceramists using high-quality tools and materials that cannot be store-bought. Call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. If there is a piece of denture or wiring that has broken apart from the rest of the prosthetic, bring this to your appointment. To transport the broken dentures, place them in a safe case. It is important that you do not wear your damaged dentures, as this can cause additional damage to your dentures or hurt your mouth. 

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If your dentures break, schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.

How Your Dentist Can Help

During your consultation, your dentist will assess the damage, determine the extent of the repair, and provide a cost estimate and turnaround time. Most dentists can repair the dentures in their office or work with local labs to complete high-quality repairs with a quick turnaround time. A dentist can typically repair simple or complex dentures including: 

  • Broken dentures 
  • Cracked dentures 
  • Shattered dentures 
  • Chipped teeth 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Missing teeth 
  • A piece of acrylic base that falls off 

If you do not have an extra pair of dentures, ask your dentist whether he or she can provide same-day repair. If not, most labs can return your dentures within a day or two. If the damage was caused by poor fit, your dentist may recommend relining or rebasing your dentures. However, if the damage is too extensive, your dentist may recommend replacing your dentures entirely. To help you maintain your ability to eat and speak, your dentist will also discuss your temporary replacement options with you. 

How to Prevent Broken Dentures 

To decrease the risk of broken dentures, there are several steps that you can take at home: 

  • Avoid brushing dentures with a hard-bristled brush and use a soft-bristle only
  • Follow the care and cleaning instructions provided by your dentist 
  • Store them somewhere safe when you remove them 
  • If your dentures do not fit properly, do not attempt to adjust the metal attachments or clasps on your own 

Proper care and regular cleanings can help you keep your dentures in good condition for many years to come. 

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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