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

Myths About Root Canal Therapy

If you are unfamiliar with root canal therapy, the procedure may make you feel uneasy. In fact, many patients have developed misconceptions about endodontic treatment, believing it to be overly painful or unnecessary. Dispelling root canal myths can put your mind at ease and restore your confidence. Dentists have been performing endodontic procedures for decades, and for good reason. Root canal therapy is a highly effective way to relieve pain and save an infected tooth that would otherwise need to be extracted. Despite its negative reputation, root canal treatment is safe, virtually painless, and predictable.

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Contrary to common misconceptions, a root canal is a virtually painless procedure that can relieve severely painful symptoms.

Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions

Despite its negative reputation, root canal therapy is safe, virtually painless, and predictable.

Dentists are acutely aware of the negative connotations that surround root canal therapy. Many patients have serious reservations about endodontic treatment, and some even avoid the care they need. Fortunately, patients are becoming better informed, and their attitude towards root canal therapy is changing. To better understand this treatment, it is important to be aware of common myths and misconceptions.

Myth: Root canal therapy is excruciatingly painful. A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists indicated that two out of three Americans list fear of pain as their main concern when it comes to root canal therapy. However, modern advances in technology have made treatment no more painful than receiving a dental filling. In fact, root canal therapy is intended to relieve pain, not cause it. During treatment, your doctor can administer local anesthetic to numb the area, and you may also elect to receive a stronger sedative if you are especially anxious about treatment. 

Myth: You will always experience pain if you have a dental infection. This is not always the case. Certainly, dental pain can be a sign of an infected tooth. However, even a tooth that feels completely normal can have a compromised pulp. Sometimes, a non-vital, or dead tooth, can only be diagnosed with the help of x-rays or other advanced images. An asymptomatic tooth with a non-vital pulp can flare up at any time and should be treated as soon as possible.

Myth: Root canal treatment causes illness. This myth is patently false. It stems from research conducted nearly a century ago, that incorrectly claimed bacteria trapped inside an endodontically treated tooth could spread through the body and cause various forms of illness. This relationship was later debunked and further research failed to establish any connection between root canal therapy and illness.

Myth: Root canal therapy takes multiple visits and many hours to complete. This was once true, but improved techniques, materials, and instruments have streamlined the process. Most root canal treatments can be completed in one or two appointments. The amount of time you spend in the dentist's chair is dependent on the extent of the infection, the accessibility of the canals, and experience of the dentist. If you are receiving a custom dental crown, you may need to visit the dentist one more time for placement. However, some dentists offer same-day crowns, which can be designed and manufactured in a single visit.

Myth: A better alternative to root canal therapy is to extract the infected tooth and place a fixed bridge or an implant. It is always better to save your natural teeth whenever possible. Root canal therapy is more conservative than a fixed bridge or an implant-supported restoration. Often, these treatments require reshaping healthy neighboring teeth, which can jeopardize the structure of your smile. In addition, no artificial tooth can function quite as well as a natural tooth. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal can last a lifetime without causing further issues. 

Myth: Root canal therapy does not last and when it fails, the tooth must be extracted. The long-term success rate of teeth that have been endodontically treated is quite high. For teeth that do become re-infected, it is usually possible to repeat the root canal treatment. Alternatively, the infection can be treated surgically during an apicoectomy, in which the infected tip of the tooth root is removed.

Myth: Root canal treatment is too expensive. The word "expensive" is a relative term, but it stands to reason that root canal therapy, followed by the placement of a restoration, is somewhat costly. However, the cost of having the tooth extracted and replaced with either a fixed or implant-supported restoration would cost as much if not more. Root canal therapy is a long-term investment into the health and aesthetics of your smile.

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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