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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Sinus Lift

Bone recession and your natural anatomy can place the maxillary sinuses too close to the upper jaw to safely accommodate a dental implant.

A sinus lift can safely reposition the sinus membrane and add bone tissue so you can take advantage of an implant-supported restoration.

Why would I consider this surgery?

Illustration of sinus lift

A sinus lift is often the first step Towards a completely rehabilitated smile.

Setting the Stage for Dental Implants:

Like tooth roots, dental implants require a certain amount of bone tissue for support. Without adequate bone tissue, dental implants may not be an option for you.

Long-Term Benefits:

Dental implants halt the bone recession that follows tooth loss. With proper care, your augmented upper jaw will retain its bone tissue, allowing you to experience the benefits of implants for decades.

Safer Treatment:

Depending on the state of your upper jaw, placing implants could easily harm the maxillary sinuses without first undergoing a sinus lift.

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What does a sinus lift cost?

Despite the benefits dental implants provide, the procedure and preparatory treatments rarely qualify for insurance coverage. A sinus lift can cost about $1,600 to $2,400 per side, and implants can each cost up to $3,000, not including the restoration. However, you must consider that a traditional denture will need regular adjustments as the jaw changes shape. Each adjustment incurs a fee, and can require you to wear a temporary denture in some cases. Meanwhile, the denture will remain prone to slipping when you are eating and speaking. The time and hassle you can avoid by choosing dental implants can justify the price, and there are many low-interest and interest-free financing options available to help you budget for the procedure.     

The Sinus Lift Procedure

Your dentist will take x-rays to determine how much of a lift is necessary. 

On the day of surgery, you will receive local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the bone tissue that serves as the sinus wall. 

A "window" incision is created in the bone, and the sinus membrane is gently lifted.

Grafting material is used to fill the resulting space.

During a healing period that can take four months to a year, the graft will become integrated with the jaw and spur the growth of new bone tissue. 

Once your dentist has determined that the graft has completely healed and you can safely receive implants, he or she can begin planning your implant placement surgery.

Your dentist may offer alternatives.

If your dentist believes that your sinuses lay too close to the treatment site to safely place standard dental implants, there are shorter implants that may be a viable option. However, there are conflicting reports regarding the effectiveness of these implants. Some studies have shown that they are not as strong, while others have found comparable success rates when short implants are used to support dentures. Your dentist can help you make an informed choice.

A sinus lift can greatly extend your treatment timeline, but the benefits can justify the additional investment of time and money. Talk to your dentist today about your candidacy for dental implants.

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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