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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

Dental Crown Cost

Dental crowns can be a great option for patients with decayed, broken, or missing teeth. Although most insurance companies may cover or partially cover the cost of your restorative treatment, the final dental crown cost will be dependent on a number of factors including the extent of your damage, whether your crown is manufactured onsite or in a lab, and your desired results. During your consultation, your doctor will assess your condition and recommend a treatment plan that best helps you restore long-lasting health to your smile. The starting cost for a dental crown can range anywhere from $500 to $2,500.

Factors Affecting Cost

Factors Affecting Dental Crown Cost
The cost of a crown is dependent on the experience of your dentist, and the materials used.

Factors that Affect Cost

Every smile is different, and the final cost of a dental crown may vary from patient to patient. Although a large part of the cost will depend on the condition of your smile, you may find that there are a few factors that can be customized to adjust the price of your treatment.

Extent of Damage

The higher the level of decay or damage to your tooth, the higher the cost of your crown will be because of the preparation required prior to placing the crown. If you choose a dental crown to repair damage after root canal therapy, the cost of your procedure will be higher because your dentist must first remove the infection from your tooth. This is usually done over two appointments. If you are choosing a dental crown to replace a missing tooth, the cost will be higher because your doctor will likely recommend a dental implant.

Manufacturing

Many offices are equipped with on-site computer-aided design and manufacturing units which can be used to create stunning, durable same day porcelain crowns. Dentists are able to design and create crowns on the same day of your appointment, eliminating laboratory costs. In general, crowns produced on a CAD/CAM system such as CEREC® or E4D® are more cost-effective than crowns manufactured in a lab. Same day crowns also eliminate the need for temporary crowns, which can add to the cost of your treatment. 

Traditional or Implant-Retained

If you are receiving a dental crown to restore a missing tooth, your dentist may recommend a dental implant. Placed during oral surgery, this biocompatible implant will securely anchor your crown directly to your jawbone and provide superior support and stability. A single implant costs between $1,600 and $2,200.

Whether Sedation Is Needed

In general, crowns produced on a CAD-CAM system such as CEREC or E4D are more cost-effective than crowns manufactured in a lab

As dental crowns are not placed during surgery, most patients do not require sedation. However, patients with dental phobia or a fear of the dentist may choose to receive medication or intravenous (IV) sedation to ease their anxiety during the procedure. Choosing sedation can also add to the overall cost of your treatment. 

Materials Used

Although your dentist will help you choose a material that best suits your condition and desired outcomes, the material can also affect the price of your crown. Materials range in quality, aesthetics, and price. Common materials used for crowns include:

  • Metal: Metal crowns are ideal for back teeth because of their cosmetic disadvantage, but they are good options for patients with bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching) and patients who are on a budget. 
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal: These restorations are also good options for patients who are prone to tooth grinding. Although they are a more cosmetic option than all-metal crowns, they do not provide the same level of aestheticism as all-porcelain restorations. 
  • Tooth-Colored: All-porcelain and all-ceramic are more expensive options because they closely mirror the color and aesthetics of your tooth. However, they may not be as durable as metal restorations. All-resin crowns are a cost-effective, tooth-colored option, but they are also prone to excessive wear and breakage. 
  • Zirconia: Zirconia crowns are the most expensive option, but offer outstanding aesthetics and durability. These crowns closely mirror the texture, color, and translucency of your natural smile but are not as fragile as conventional tooth-colored porcelain restorations. 

During your initial consultation, your dentist will help you decide which materials are an option based on your oral health, concerns, and budget. 

Number of Crowns Needed

The more crowns you require, the higher the cost of your overall treatment will be. However, matching the texture and shade of your teeth is a difficult process, and many dentists offer a discount per unit if you are receiving multiple crowns at once.

Combining Crowns with Other Treatments 

Although crowns can help restore strength, structure, and aesthetics to your teeth, you may require additional treatment if you have extensive oral health issues. When combined with other procedures such as gum disease treatment, dental implants, and joint therapy, the total cost of your rehabilitation will be higher. 

Financing Your Treatment 

If they are being used to treat decay, broken teeth, or other functional issues, dental crowns are not considered cosmetic restorations and will typically be covered by your insurance company. However, insurance companies may not cover the price of additional services or custom materials. 

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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