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Greetings to all of our patients!  

I want to take this time to reach out to you all and reconnect so as to let you all know what we've been up to during the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic.  I want to state that our #1 priority is, and has always been the health & safety of our patients, and, of course, to provide to you the highest quality dental care we can!  

I am sure most of you have questions and concerns regarding the safety of dentistry during this time, so we'd like to share the measures and actions we are taking to ensure your safety here at our office.

First of all, the culture here will be a little bit different in the “post novel corona virus world”.  At least until researchers come up with therapies and /or a vaccine!  We will be implementing some new systems in our practice to mitigate the risk of disease transmission here.  

What to expect when you come to the office?  Prior to your appointment, when Diana calls you to confirm your appointment date and time, she will ask a few quick questions regarding your medical status, and any symptoms suggestive of an illness...We ask that if you are ill with a fever, coughing, etc. to please reschedule for when you are well.  

We ask that you please call when you arrive to the office. Diana, Chelsea or Susie will meet you at your car to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, also you will have a small device clipped to your finger called an oximeter. This gadget shines light through your fingertip or earlobe. It works out how much oxygen is in your blood. We will then escort you directly to your treatment room.  

We will be spacing out our patient appointments so that there is only one patient on the dentistry side with Susie and I, and only one patient in the hygiene side with Chelsea.  For the most part, no one is allowed to wait in the lobby until further notice...We will of course, accommodate people escorting children or elderly patients.

All surfaces will be disinfected with Hospital Grade Disinfectants (as we've always done in the past) between patients.  All door knobs, light switches, etc. will be disinfected every 30 minutes throughout the day!  This will mitigate the risk of any infectious disease transmission via surfaces.

Ever since the HIV epidemic in the 1980's, dentistry as an industry has employed “Universal Precautions” (masks, gloves, “single use” disposable equipment, etc.) to mitigate disease transmission.  

The most concerning of transmission routes for infection, including novel corona virus, is via “'aerosols”.  Dentists and hygienists  have used “High Volume Evacuation” (HVE) routinely for decades to capture aerosols generated by dental hand pieces (drill) and ultra-sonic scaling devices.  HVE reduces aerosols by 90% !  

We will continue to use HVE for all procedures that generate aerosols.  In addition to HVE, we've invested in Medical Grade H-13 HEPA aerosol scavengers in our operatories (basically a very powerful vacuum) with a snorkel hose that we can position adjacent to the treatment field to scavenge any aerosol the HVE misses.

We have also invested in nine medical grade H-13 HEPA air filtration units placed throughout the office which will completely clean/turn over the air every 10 minutes, or six times per hour.

Another investment made was having medical grade UVC (Ultra-Violet C) units installed in our Central  Air Conditioning/Heating units that kill Bacteria and Virus as the air passes through. 

Finally, we will fog the office with Hypochlorous Acid, a human safe, yet powerful disinfectant at the end of each day.

We want you all to know that we are taking all possible precautions and measures to ensure your safety, and the safety of our team here!

To further streamline your experience at the office, we will be scheduling return visits for you in the operatory, at the end of your appointment.  We will make available electronic payment options in order to minimize visiting the front desk.

Warm regards,

Dr. Paulerio and Team

Bone Grafting

Facial trauma, unchecked gum disease, and tooth loss can result in jawbone recession, making it difficult to qualify for dental implants.

Bone grafting is a procedure designed to add volume and density to the jawbone and reestablish your candidacy for implant placement.

Let's take a closer look at how bone grafting works...

Grafted Bone Can Function Like Natural Bone Tissue

Bone grafting can help replace missing teeth.
Using a biocompatible grafting material or tissue from another part of your body, bone grafting can repair a compromised smile and create a stable foundation for dental implants.

Bone grafting can protect your smile after tooth extraction.
After removing a tooth, the jawbone can deteriorate. By packing the tooth socket with grafting material, a bone graft can prevent tissue loss.

Treatment has a high success rate.
Studies have shown that dental implants placed in grafted tissue have similar success rates to implants placed in natural bone. 

Bone Grafting

Everyone Should Have Access to Dental Implants

*According to ORAL & Implantology.

Dental implants placed in grafted bone tissue have shown outstanding success rates, similar to those of implants placed in natural bone.

Restoring Bone Tissue Involves Surgery? That sounds painful...

Thanks to careful planning and minimally invasive techniques, bone grafting is predictable and results in minimal discomfort. In addition to local anesthetic, which numbs the treatment area, your dentist may be able to provide sedation. Options such as nitrous oxide, oral medication, and intravenous sedation are safe and reliable.

Bone grafting replaces deficient jawbone areas with healthy bone tissue, creating a stable foundation for your new dental implants. 

The Bone Grafting Process

Your dentist will conduct imaging to assess the quality and quantity of your bone tissue and decide where the bone grafts are needed. 

On the day of surgery, your dentist will create an incision in your gums and carefully place the synthetic grafting material or autologous bone tissue in the recessed jawbone. 

Your dentist will close the surgery site with sutures. 

You will be sent home to recover and should be fully healed within approximately three months. 

When your bone tissue is healed, your dentist will schedule your implant surgery. 

Restore Your Health & Appearance

To qualify for a bone graft, you must be healthy enough for surgery. Your dentist can work with you to determine which type of grafting material will produce the best results. If you want to enjoy the benefits of dental implants without undergoing bone grafting, ask your dentist if they offer All-on-4® or mini implants. These treatments often do not require preparatory procedures such as bone grafting.

Bone grafting can renew your eligibility for dental implants and improve the structure of your jaw. If you are missing teeth, schedule an appointment today and find out whether you need a bone graft.

Point Loma Family Dentistry team

Point Loma Family Dentistry

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a top-rated dentist who is committed to providing the latest dental treatments in a caring, warm setting. He is a member of several prestigious dental organizations, including: 

  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • International Dental Implant Association

He also uses CEREC technology to create beautiful, long-lasting dental restorations in just one appointment. Ready to schedule a consultation at our Point Loma office? Request your appointment online or call us at (619) 223-3811.

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