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

Laser Gum Contouring Recovery

When performed with a laser, gum contouring is relatively painless and requires minimal downtime. Lasers naturally seal blood vessels, meaning there is no excess bleeding and no need for sutures. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives the day after treatment. However, it is common to experience sore, swollen, or sensitive gums. Generally, these symptoms fade within 10 days of treatment. Following your dentist’s instructions carefully and taking good care of your gums can encourage a speedy laser gum contouring recovery and enhance your final results.

For the first few days, you should eat mainly soft, cool foods, such as yogurt, eggs, pasta, soft vegetables, and ice cream.

Immediately after Treatment

Since gum contouring is performed under local anesthetic, you can drive yourself home after the procedure. There is no required downtime following treatment. However, it is a good idea to rest for the remainder of the day. You should limit your activity for a few hours, as this can minimize the chance of bleeding in the area. In addition, do not floss for the first day or so to avoid disrupting the treated tissue. If you experience swelling, you can apply ice packs to your face. 

Protecting Your Gum Health

After gum contouring, you should continue to maintain a consistent oral health routine. However, you will need to take special care when brushing or flossing the treated area. Your dentist can instruct you as to when and how to brush your teeth during the healing process. Most dentist recommend using a soft bristled brush and applying gentle pressure. 

By carefully following your dentist’s instructions, you can expect to recover from laser gum contouring quickly and easily.

You may also be instructed to use a saline rinse. Combine a teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water and swish the mixture around in your mouth. This treatment is most effective after a meal or a snack as it can remove food debris and residue. 

Pain and Discomfort

For most patients, discomfort after a gum contouring procedure is minimal. If you do experience pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. However, do not use aspirin-based medications, as these can thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding. You should discuss pain management methods with your dentist before treatment. 

Dietary Restrictions

For the first few days, you should eat mainly soft, cool foods, such as yogurt, eggs, pasta, soft vegetables, and ice cream. These types of foods are more gentle on your gums and can help them recuperate. Until your gums fully heal, avoid spicy foods as well as food with seeds, including:

  • Kiwis
  • Popcorn
  • Poppy seeds
  • Strawberries 

Foods with sharp edges or small seeds can cut or irritate your gums while they heal and extend your recovery time. 

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Your recovery time will depend on how quickly your body heals. Some patients recover within a few days, while others require two weeks. In general, the average recovery time lasts between one week and 10 days. 

Quick and Easy Recovery

By carefully following your dentist’s instructions, you can expect to recover from laser gum contouring quickly and easily. If your symptoms persist longer than two weeks, contact your dentist to ensure there are no complications.

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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