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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

Cost of Dental Bridges

dental bridge can restore a beautiful, healthy-looking smile after tooth loss. This type of restoration can fill the gap left by a missing tooth or several consecutive teeth. Dental bridge cost is shaped by several factors, including the material used, the complexity of the case, additional procedures, and the experience of the dentist. In general, the cost of a traditional bridge ranges from $500 to $1,200 per tooth. Maryland bonded bridges range from $1,185 to $2,340. In order to place a bridge supported by dental implants, the overall treatment cost will be higher since patients will first need to undergo surgery.

Factors Affecting Your Treatment Cost

The price of your dental bridge will largely depend on how many teeth you need to replace. Traditional bridges consist of two dental crowns which are bonded over adjacent teeth and one or more artificial teeth, or pontics. A bridge with a single pontic will cost less than a restoration with two or three. However, many other factors can affect your overall treatment cost.

Understanding Cost

Factors affecting cost of dental bridge
The cost of a bridge is dependent on the number of teeth being treated and the experience of the dentist.

Material

Your dentist can use a range of materials to create your dental bridge. The most affordable type of bridge is made from metal but many patients worry about how this option could detract from their appearance. Advanced materials, such as IPS e.max®, zirconia, and porcelain, cost more. However, they are both durable and incredibly lifelike. Many dentists also offer porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges. PFM bridges are more expensive than metal restorations, but can provide a similar level of strength as well as improved aesthetics.

The Structure of a Dental Bridge

The Structure of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge is typically comprised of one or more pontics nestled between two dental crowns.

Extent of Treatment

In addition to the number of missing teeth, the location of your missing teeth can complicate your procedure. If you have lost molars at the back of your jaw, you may require a stronger material, which can affect the treatment cost.

While a lower treatment price may save you money in the short term, improper placement of a dental bridge can cause serious oral health issues.

Your overall oral health can also influence your treatment cost. Since neighboring teeth must provide support for the dental bridge, your dentist may need to address underlying issues such gum disease before placing the crowns. Preliminary treatments are typically not included in the base price of dental bridges.

Implant Materials and Preparatory Surgery

For patients receiving an implant-supported bridge, the overall cost will be affected by the number of dental implants which are required. The cost of placing a single implant ranges from $1,600 to $2,200. Often, implant patients also require preparatory treatments, such as bone grafts and sinus lifts. These can add to the cost of treatment and extent the timeline. However, most patients consider implants to be a worthwhile investment. Unlike a traditional bridge, implants can protect the health of the jaw and minimize your risk of more widespread tooth loss.

Level of Experience

Dentists with superior training, qualifications, or experience often charge a higher price for their bridges. While a lower treatment price may save you money in the short term, improper placement of a dental bridge can cause serious oral health issues. Choosing the right dentist can significantly decrease your risk of requiring more expensive procedures in the future.

Financing Dental Bridges

Most insurance companies cover at least a percentage of your dental bridge treatment. Many dentists offer financing plans, such as CareCredit®, to assist you with out-of-pocket costs. Financing typically divides the total cost of treatment into smaller amounts to be paid over the course of several weeks or months. Your dentist can discuss their financing and third-party lender options with you before you begin treatment.

Invest in Your Oral Health

Leaving missing teeth untreated can cause other teeth to shift, and also lead to a range of other health issues such as bone loss. Both traditional and implant-supported bridges can restore missing teeth and protect your smile for years to come. Your dentist can explain available bridge options and provide you with more specific information about the cost of your treatment during an initial consultation.

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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