Weis Pediatric Dentistry
M. Trey Weis, DDS • Roopa S. Murthy, DDS
Vanessa Hofilena DDS • Julian P. Miller, DDS
The Mission at Weis Pediatric Dentistry is to provide outstanding preventative & comprehensive dental care for children from infancy to adolescence, including children with special healthcare needs.
Our focus is prevention and education which is a collaborative effort between our team, parents and children. We believe that every child deserves a healthy start in life!
Our goal is to help each child enter
adulthood with good oral health habits
that will last a lifetime.
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meet dr. weis
Meet Dr. Trey Weis
Dr. M. Trey Weis attended James Madison University where he received his undergraduate degree in Psychology. He then went on to earn his Doctorate in Dental Surgery from Virginia Commonwealth University and Pediatric Residency at the State University of New York in Buffalo. He is Academy of Laser Dentistry certified and currently serving on the ALD Membership Committee. Dr. Weis is an International lecturer on Cosmetic Pediatric Dentistry, Zirconium Crowns for Kids, The Art of the New Patient Experience, and Building Your Dental Dream Team.
Dr. Weis is the owner of Weis Pediatric Dentistry with offices in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach, VA. Dr. M. Trey Weis grew up in Virginia Beach. He has dedicated his career to helping children through the exercise of dental education and practicing good oral hygiene. Weis Pediatric Dentistry proudly serves patients from all areas of Hampton Roads, Virginia and North Carolina.
He is on the Board of HOLA, an international humanitarian charitable organization that provides leadership and funding to create a safe, loving nurturing environment for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin America’s poorest communities. His contribution to the children in Nicaragua is a natural extension of his dedication to helping children with their dental care.
When Dr. Weis is not practicing his passion of pediatric dentistry, he enjoys golfing, surfing and any outdoor adventure.
• Bachelor of Science – James Madison University
• Doctor of Dental Surgery – Virginia Commonwealth University
• Board eligible Specialist in Pediatric Dentistry – State of Virginia
• Associate Dental Instructor – University of Buffalo and Virginia Commonwealth University
• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• American Dental Association
• Virginia Dental Association
• (g)nathos, Inc.
Spotlight on Dr. Weis:
1. What was your favorite food when you were a child? Spaghetti
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? What's an iPod?
3. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? Surfing
4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? LAUNDRY
5. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? Friday evening
6. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? Uno-Dos
7. What do you want to be when you grow up? A kid
8. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? Playing the guitar
9. What did you do growing up that got you in trouble? everything
10. What is something you learned in the last week?I learned that I can finish a half marathon
11. What is the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? Marley and Me
meet dr. murthy
Meet Roopa Murthy
Roopa S. Murthy, DDS joined Weis Pediatric Dentistry in September of 2009. She is a general dentist who limits her practice exclusively to the treatment of children. Dr. Murthy was born and raised in the rural southwestern town called Richlands, Virginia. She was valedictorian of her graduating class from Richlands High School in 1997. While in high school she enjoyed playing on the tennis team, volunteering, photojournalism, and cheer leading.
Dr. Murthy attended the University of Virginia where she earned her B.A. in Biology. While in college she completed a semester long study abroad program in Florence where she studied Art, and Italian Literature. Upon graduation she attended the University of Maryland Baltimore College of Dental Surgery receiving her Doctor of Dental Surgery. Dr. Murthy also completed an additional year of training in Biloxi, Mississippi for her general practice residency at the Veterans Administration Hospital.
She is a member of The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, The American Dental Association, The Academy of General Dentistry, The Virginia Dental Association and The Tidewater Dental Association. Dr. Murthy’s, kindness and sense of humor puts all of our little patients instantly at ease. When she is not spending time with friends, family or her dog Lexi, she enjoys working out, traveling and painting. Her most recent travels took her to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
• Bachelor of Science – University of Virginia
• Doctor of Dental Surgery – University of Maryland Baltimore College
• Externship in the Pediatric Dental Department of the Children’s National Medical
Center in Washington, D.C.
• American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
• American Dental Association
• Academy of General Dentistry
• Virginia Dental Association
• Tidewater Dental Association
Spotlight on Dr. Murthy:
1. What was your favorite food as a child? - My mom made the most amazing food throughout my childhood. We always had a home cooked family dinner, my mom packed my lunch when I was in school, and we never ate fast food. So, unfortunately the foods I remember loving were those which I rarely ate. Some slightly embarrassing examples of the foods I desired the most include biscuits and gravy from Hardees and Slim Jims.
2. What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod? - I like a wide variety music, so I listen to random playlists on Spotify or Pandora on my iPhone. Do people still use iPods?
3. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity? - I love working out, playing outside in the sun, and being with people, so anything that involves all three makes me a super happy girl!
4. What chore do you absolutely hate doing? - I despise cleaning my shower. I will choose to clean my toilets over my shower every day of the year. Gross!
5. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year? first thing in the morning, my favorite day of the week is Saturday, and my favorite month is March (my birthday month, obviously).
6. If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to? I wanted my name to be Monica when I was a kid, but now I think I'm finally cool with my own name.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?Oh my gosh! I want to be so many things when I grow up! I want to be an artist, a photographer, a voiceover artist for cartoons, a personal trainer and gym owner, a writer, an interior designer, and a personal stylist.
8. When you have 30 minutes of free-time, how do you pass the time? When I have 30 minutes of free time, I take my dog, Lexi, for a walk on the beach!
9. What did you do growing up that got you in trouble? I didn't get in much trouble as a child because I was pretty skilled at not getting caught when I was doing something naughty.
10. What is something you learned in the last week? An interesting fact I learned this week is that "cherophobia" is a fear of fun. I do not have this!
11. What is the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up? The last book that made my cry was "The Fault in Our Stars." I cried so much that I now refuse to watch the movie. I hate crying!
meet dr. hofilena
Meet Dr. Vanessa Hofilena
Bio coming soon
meet dr. miller
Meet Dr. Julian Miller
Bio coming soon
Our primary asset is our talented and friendly staff..
Your child’s appointment will be comfortable and enjoyable because of the extensive training our team has received and the relaxed environment that we have created.
We cultivate a relationship with each of our patients, which not only ensures better children’s dental care, but also turns a visit with our doctors and team into a visit between friends. Our team members look forward to enjoying a long term relationship with both you and your children.
• We take special notes on each child during the visit.
• We care about what techniques work the best for your child.
• We create an atmosphere of collaboration with parents, making sure you have a clear understanding of the treatment, follow-up, and solutions to your child’s dental health.
• We believe in continuing education and as we keep ourselves up-to-date we will also keep you up-to-date on the latest equipment and techniques used to treat your children.
Monday thru Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
We try our best to accommodate our patients as much as possible when scheduling appointments. We have found that children with extensive dental work or preschool children are better to be seen early in the morning when they are fresher and can have a more positive experience. Some appointments may require the child to miss some school; however, these are considered excused absences. With continued care, appointments during school can be kept to a minimum.
We request 48-hours notice if you need to cancel your appointment.
We are aware that unforeseen events sometimes require missing an appointment, but we ask for your help as a courtesy to all of our patients. Continued broken confirmed appointments may result in
an additional charge.
Our office is committed to helping you maximize your insurance benefits. Because insurance policies vary greatly, we estimate your coverage in good faith but cannot guarantee coverage due to the complexities of insurance contracts. Your estimated patient portion must be paid at the time of service. As a service to our patients, we will bill insurance companies for services and allow them 45 days to render payment. After 60 days, you are responsible for the entire balance, paid-in-full. If you have any questions, our courteous staff is always available to answer them.
Our doctors, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend you bring your child in by his or her
During your first visit, you will be introduced to our Pediatric Dental Team, given an office tour and discuss your child’s unique smile and ways to keep it beautiful for years to come.
Depending on the age of your child, he or she will either be given a lap-examination (where your baby’s head will rest on our doctor’s lap while their body is on your lap) or a regular exam in the doctor’s chair.
Our doctors practice exclusively to the treatment of children, specializing in the treatment and prevention of dental disease, as well as the overall oral health of children. Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special health care needs.
Why Choose a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric patient not only has a different dentition than adults but he/she may have specific dental and behavioral needs that are unique to a child. These needs may include dental sealants, fluoride applications or home treatments, or just simply education in oral hygiene. In addition to treating existing dental problems, our office focuses on prevention through patient and parent education. Our mission is to provide all of the educational tools necessary for our patients to enjoy a cavity-free future.
Preventive Oral Hygiene Instruction:
This includes proper brushing, flossing and eating habits, ideal fluoride levels and the use of pit and fissure sealants. We strive to provide a fun, educational environment where children learn about the importance of good dental hygiene.
This includes children’s fillings, crowns and prosthesis, including treatment of the often devastating nursing bottle decay. Our doctors
are committed to discussing all options before these procedures and answering all questions you may have. Always working for the goal of
a healthy smile is their priority.
Growth and Development and Braces:
A bite that does not meet properly ( a malocclusion) can be inherited, or some types may be acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions. Some minor malocclusions may be corrected in our office, however, severe malocclusions will need to be treated by an orthodontist.
Pediatric dentists have an extra two years of specialized training after dental school and are dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teenage years. The very young, pre-teens, and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with behavior, guiding their growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. With the additional education, pediatric dentists have the training which allows them to offer the most up-to-date and thorough treatment for a wide variety of pediatric dental problems.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday or at least 6 months after the eruption of the first tooth. Beginning dental care at an early age allows guidance for caring for your child's teeth and opportunities to address preventive issues that are important for healthy teeth and a pleasing smile. Early visits also help establish a positive relationship between the dentist and your child.
With each subsequent visit, your child will mature and confidence and trust will most likely increase. Usually after age 3, we will begin preventive care visits which include examination, cleaning, fluoride treatments, and appropriate radiographs.
It is very important to maintain the health of primary teeth (baby teeth). Neglected cavities can cause pain and infection, and it can also lead to problems which affect the developing permanent teeth. Primary teeth are important for (1) proper chewing and eating, (2) providing space for permanent teeth and guiding them into position, and (3) permitting normal development of the jaw bones and muscles.
Radiographs (x-rays) are a necessary part of your child's dental diagnostic process. Without them, certain cavities will be missed. They also help survey developing teeth, evaluate results an injury, or plan for orthodontic treatment. If dental problems are found and treated early, dental care is more comfortable for your child, and more affordable for you.
On average, our office will request bitewing radiographs approximately once a year and panoramic radiographs every 3-5 years. In children with a high risk of tooth decay, we will recommend radiographs and examinations every six months.
With contemporary safeguards, the amount of radiation received in a dental x-ray examination is extremely small. The risk is negligible. In fact, the dental radiographs represent a far smaller risk than an undetected and untreated dental problem. Lead body aprons and shields will protect your child. Today's equipment restricts the beam to the area of interest. Our office also employs digital radiography which allows us to decrease the amount of radiation exposure.
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces (grooves) for the back teeth (premolars and molars), where most cavities in children can form. This sealant acts as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid, thus protecting the decay-prone areas of the teeth. However, cavities between the teeth are not protected by sealants. As long as there is no cavity in the tooth, sealants will be recommended for all children.
If your child has a cavity, a filling is placed after the cavity is removed. Most of the time, the filling is a tooth colored (white) filling, but there are certain situations in which a silver filling is necessary. In our practice, when a tooth needs a filling, a sealant is placed over the filling and the remaining tooth for added protection.
In a primary tooth, if a cavity is too large to restore with a filling, a crown may be recommend or the tooth may need to come out. If the cavity is too large and has involved the nerve of the tooth, then the nerve will be removed (pulpotomy) along with the cavity, and a crown will be placed. A crown can either be tooth colored or stainless steel. For front teeth, white crowns are routinely used for esthetics. For back teeth, stainless steel crowns are used for their durability and longevity. The purpose of the crown is to help provide structure for the tooth, to help maintain space for permanent teeth to erupt properly, and to help protect the remaining tooth.
Small procedures in cooperative children can often be done under local anesthesia with or without nitrous oxide. The most common form of sedation we routinely use in our office is nitrous oxide (laughing gas). This is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child's nose. The AAPD recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to help relax your child during treatment.
Slightly more involved procedures in certain children will require the use of an oral medication along with nitrous oxide to help relax your child and facilitate cooperation with the procedure. These procedures are scheduled carefully, we require your child to be fasting the morning of the procedure, and also be free of any respiratory symptoms in the two weeks preceeding the procedure. Often we ask that two adults be present so that one is able to sit in the back seat with your child on the drive home.
Some children require an extensive amount of dental work. In these situations, it is difficult for a small child to cooperate fully and often the treatment cannot be done properly. For these children, we may recommend treating your child under general anesthesia.
We do not have any policy that restricts parents from being with their child during their visit. We do feel that children vary as individuals. It has been our experience that most children do better with the parents waiting in the reception area. There are exceptions, and there are certain children who will have a better experience if the parents are with them throughout the visit.
Our preference is to have one parent with the child for their initial visit. If the child requires treatment during another visit, the need for parental presence should be discussed between the dentist and the parent and decided on a case by case basis.
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take the child to the emergency room.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. RInse the mouth with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen or the pain still persists, contact our office as soon
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT wipe or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures, if there are no fractures, try to reinsert it into the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk. If there is no milk, place the tooth in a cup containing the patient's own saliva. DO NOT place the tooth in water. Call our office immediately or go to your nearest emergency room. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Rinse debris from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments in milk. If your child experiences severe pain, contact our office as soon as possible.
What is a pediatric dentist?
How old should my child be to come to the dentist?
Why are baby teeth so important?
Why does my child need dental x-rays?
What are sealants, fillings, and crowns?
What about sedation?
Can I go back with my child?
What can be done about a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek?
What can I do about my child’s toothache?
My child knocked out her permanent tooth, what should I do?
Our son has fractured his tooth. What do you suggest?
Whether an accident happens during our normal business hours or not, know that you can call us and have your child treated promptly.
Call our office at 757.484.8262. If it is after hours or on the weekend, one of our doctors or a team member will get back to you.
A visit to Weis Pediatric Dentistry is a day in the park!
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Monday thru Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.