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

Illustration of tooth and DIAGNOdent laser

DIAGNOdent™

Traditional methods of cavity detection such as visual screenings and X-rays often miss cavities under the surface of the tooth

The DIAGNOdent™ system by KaVo uses laser fluorescence to detect cavities inside of the tooth at their earliest stages

Does the DIAGNOdent really work? 

Illustration of tooth and DIAGNOdent laser

DIAGNOdent is Quick, Reliable, and Safe

Advanced Technology

DIAGNOdent technology is more precise than traditional methods of cavity detection. According to a study by the Unit of Prosthodontics, University of Manchester, the DIAGNOdent was more accurate at detecting cavities than visual or radiographic methods. 

Simple, Reliable Exam

Because it uses harmless laser technology, your exam is painless and quick. By delivering accurate readings, the DIAGNOdent allows your dentist to detect cavities that are not visible to the naked eye.

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Opportunity for Early Intervention

The DIAGNOdent system allows your dentist to identify cavities in their earliest stages, when they are the most treatable without expensive or invasive intervention

DIAGNOdent laser assessing tooth health

What is DIAGNOdent?

The DIAGNOdent device consists of a wand and a monitor. The wand delivers harmless laser energy to the tooth, which the monitor translates into readings. The higher the reading, the greater the level of present tooth decay

The readings are generally interpreted as: 

  • 10 to 15: No cavity detected
  • 15 to 30: Preventive care recommended 
  • 30 and up: Treatment recommended 
DIAGNOdent system

Cavity Detection Is a Quick Part of Your Dental Check-Up

Exam

Your dentist will run the pen over each tooth, identifying teeth that emit fluorescence and higher readings. 

Recommendations

Using the readings from the DIAGNOdent monitor, your dentist can explain which teeth are at risk and which should be treated right away. 

Treatment

Your dentist will administer the agreed-upon treatment. If your cavity is treated early on, this will typically consist of a simple dental filling.

Education

For early-stage cavities, your dentist may administer fluoride and provide information on how to keep your case from becoming a full-blown cavity. 

DIAGNOdent Helps Detect Underlying Cavities

According to an article by Dentistry IQ, only 80 percent of cavities are visible on the biting surface of the tooth, meaning the remaining percentage are often left undetected and untreated.

When left untreated, dental decay continues to spread. The longer a pocket of decay or cavity is allowed to exist, the greater the chance of serious oral health concerns. When decay reaches the underlying structures of the tooth, you may need a root canal or worse, an extraction. By choosing a dentist who utilizes the advanced DIAGNOdent technology, you can increase the chances of early detection and stop decay from causing serious issues.

Early Cavity Treatment Is Cost-Effective and Has Great Benefits

Treatment process using DIAGNOdent

Your Final Costs Will Depend on the Condition of Your Smile

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The final cost of your office visit will largely depend on the condition of your smile. Because DIAGNOdent allows your dentist to detect decay before you need expensive or extensive treatment, you can generally expect to save money in the long run if you choose to undergo an exam with DIAGNOdent. 

If your dentist offers DIAGNOdent, he or she will inform you whether it is included in your exam costs. 

Catch Cavities Early

The DIAGNOdent tool can save you time and money in the long run, as well as help you preserve a healthy smile for a lifetime. To find out if your dentist offers this technology, schedule an appointment today

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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