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

Soft Liners

New denture wearers or those who are receiving an updated restoration may benefit from soft liners. Placed between the restoration and the gums, the material helps to absorb shock and to improve the fit of a denture. There are several types of liners available, each made from materials which offer unique benefits. A dentist or prosthodontist can determine the need for a liner, as well as the appropriate type, based on a patient’s anatomy, concerns and goals, and the fit of their existing denture, if applicable. With this attention to detail, soft liners can allow dentures to fit more comfortably and securely while restoring normal oral function.

Soft Denture Liner

Hands holding lower denture
Denture liners can cushion and protect delicate gum tissue, increasing overall patient comfort.

Candidates for Soft Liners

Most practitioners recommend that dentures should be relined every two years. At this point, patients can choose from a soft or a hard liner. In some cases, new patients may also require a liner. A dental professional may recommend soft liners for a number of reasons:

  • Pronounced bone or gum erosion, which can result in a loose-fitting restoration
  • An uneven jawbone, especially jagged edges in one or more locations
  • Sores on the soft tissue that fail to heal or gum inflammation
  • A current denture user finds it difficult to chew while wearing their prosthetic

Many patients find it easier to adjust to a denture when it is fitted with a soft liner. The material can also provide immense relief from issues such as discomfort and irritation.

Soft liners can also be a great short-term solution for dental implant patients. These individuals will not typically be able to receive their final restorations until they have fully healed, and they may suffer from gum irritation during their recovery. A soft liner can cushion their temporary denture while they wait, reducing soreness and allowing them to eat more comfortably.

Types of Soft Liners

Soft liners fall into one of two categories of materials:

  • Plasticized acrylic resins: The primary benefit of these liners is their softness. However, they are designed for short-term use and typically last only three to six months. Often, prosthodontists will use a plasticized acrylic resin liner for first-time denture wearers. These liners can also be a good solution for patients who have recently had an extraction or implant surgery.
  • Silicone elastomers: Although these liners are not as soft as those made from plasticized acrylic resins, they are much more durable and can last up to a year. This type is often appropriate for patients with thin or flattened soft tissue. If patients are thinking about getting a different denture, a silicone elastomer liner can allow them to try out the fit before committing to a brand new restoration.

Placing Soft Liners for Dentures

The placement process varies based on the materials used and a dentist’s preferred methods. In most cases, however, it will take several appointments to achieve an optimal fit. The dentist or prosthodontist will begin by reshaping the inside of the denture. Because liners require a certain thickness to be effective, this step will make room for the material and ensure the denture fits securely. Sometimes, the dentist may be able to create it in the office, often placing the material layer by layer. Alternatively, the liner may be ordered from a lab. In these cases, the doctor will typically need to ship out the denture so the technicians can properly design and place the material.

In order to create a strong bond, the inside of the denture will often be lightly etched to provide more surface area. Then a sealer will be applied so the liner adheres to the denture. Sealers not only provide a secure bond but can also act as a barrier, preventing pigmented molecules from leaching into the porous material. This allows patients to enjoy foods and drinks like coffee, tea, wine, and tomato sauce without affecting the color of their dentures.

Adjusting to Your Liner

Immediately after receiving soft-lined dentures or having new liners placed in their existing restorations, patients may experience some minor irritation and sensitivity. A modified diet and eating softer foods for a few days can help. Patients should also be very careful about the type of adhesive they use, and many dentists recommend not using one at all. Fortunately, properly designed liners will often eliminate the need for adhesive in the first place. Your dentist can provide more information on products to use, as well as proper cleaning instructions.

Enjoy Restored Comfort

Although soft liners are not as durable and are generally more expensive than hard liners, they can be tremendously beneficial for the right patients. Because soft liners can significantly improve the fit of a denture, they allow wearers to chew easily and have few, if any, dietary restrictions. They could even enjoy improved nutrition and overall health if their food intake was previously limited. Many of these denture patients also experience a greater sense of confidence. If you are unhappy with the fit of a denture, speak to your dentist about whether a soft liner is right for you.

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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