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

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Root Canal Therapy

An ongoing toothache can be a warning sign of deep internal infection. Left untreated, it can eventually lead to tooth loss.

Our doctors at The Smile Center can perform a root canal treatment to relieve pain and restore the integrity of your tooth.

Worried about pain during a root canal?

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Treatment Is ​Virtually Painless and Can Prevent Tooth Loss

Gentle Techniques

Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey use local anesthesia and modern treatment methods to ensure your comfort. A root canal typically causes no more discomfort than a dental filling. Sedation is also available.

Avoid an Extraction

During a root canal, your doctor can remove infected tissue while preserving the healthy exterior of the tooth, often eliminating the need for a tooth extraction.

Prevent More Serious Issues

When left untreated, an infection can spread to surrounding teeth and gum tissue, as well as the jawbone. By addressing the infection early, we can restore your oral health and prevent the need for more complex and expensive treatments.

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Despite Popular Belief, Root Canals Involve Little Discomfort

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In addition, patients in the study rated their average pain level as just 1.2 on a scale of zero to 10.

*According to the International Endodontic Journal

Root Canal Therapy Basics

The term, “root canal,” creates anxiety in some patients, but the procedure is actually very tolerable for most. To keep you calm and comfortable, we offer relaxation techniques in addition to pain-relieving anesthetic. Please contact our office to request an appointment -- in most cases, we can offer same day treatment to meet an urgent need.  

A graphic displaying the different stages of a root canal.
A root canal is a multi-step process performed to remove damaged tissue, alleviate discomfort, and protect the tooth from future infection.

About Root Canal Therapy

A root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, is a very common, routine dental procedure. Essentially, the dentist will remove and replace infected tissue from the interior of the affected tooth, eliminating pain and potential need for extraction.

When bacteria from an untreated cavity reaches the soft, inner pulp of the tooth, an infection and painful abscess can develop. The infection lies in the inner chamber beneath the enamel and dentin, running from the center of the tooth to the bottom of the root.

If this condition is left untreated, the affected tooth will almost certainly require extraction. It is important to preserve an otherwise healthy tooth, if at all possible. Maintaining your natural teeth contributes to your health and well-being, preventing a host of potential future problems.

The Procedure at The Smile Center

Dr. Scott Parr and Dr. Tara Frey have performed hundreds of successful root canals for our patients in the Virginia Beach and Tidewater regions. The first step is an exam and diagnosis, which may include imaging with our in-office CT scan. The highly-detailed image allows the dentist to detect signs of infection in one or both chambers of the tooth.   

Once the relaxation techniques take effect, the procedure will begin. Patients can expect to feel no pain at all during the root canal. The initial process includes cleaning away all diseased tissue, disinfecting, and reshaping the chamber to allow room for bio-safe filling material. As always, our practice is meticulous about safety and sanitation. To avoid any chance of reinfection, we take the extra precaution of using brand new rotary instruments for each patient.

The newly filled tooth is sealed and encased with a protective dental crown. The porcelain crown provides strength and support to the weakened tooth, so biting and chewing functions remain unaffected. Using digital CEREC® technology, we can create your beautiful crown right in our office. The shade matching technology is extremely accurate, creating a prosthetic that will blend with your natural teeth enamel.

Individual cases will vary, but often our root canal procedure is complete in a single office visit. Some patients experience minor tenderness for a few days, but this is easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. For most, the worst of the experience is the period before they came into the office for treatment, and the best news is, this dental work is permanent. With normal dental hygiene, you can expect your treated tooth to last as long as any healthy tooth.

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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