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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

Same Day Crowns

A same day crown can immediately restore the aesthetics and function of your smile if you have a tooth compromised by damage or decay. A same day crown serves the same purpose as a traditional crown. However, unlike a traditional restoration, which typically requires two visits to the office, a same day crown can be designed and crafted in a single appointment. Dental offices that provide same day crowns are equipped with advanced computer software, a 3-D digital scanning system, and an in-office milling unit. Crowns are typically crafted from medical-grade porcelain, which is shade-matched to blend beautifully with your smile.

What a Same Day Crown Looks Like

What a Same Day Crown Looks Like
A same day crown can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with your smile.

Candidates for Treatment

A dental crown covers the entire visible portion of a damaged tooth, adding strength and protection. This restoration can also conceal cosmetic imperfections. Your dentist may recommend a dental crown if you:

  • Have cracked teeth
  • Have chipped teeth or uneven edges
  • Have deep discoloration that does not respond to professional teeth whitening
  • Have misshapen or disproportionate teeth
  • Have severely decayed or damaged teeth
  • Have weakened or significantly worn teeth that require added support
  • Have an uneven bite as a result of teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Have undergone root canal therapy

It is important that the remaining tooth structure is sound and stable enough to support a restoration. Should the tooth be unsalvageable, your dentist may recommend extraction and an implant-supported crown.

Unlike a traditional restoration, which typically requires two visits to the office, a same day crown can be designed and crafted in a single appointment.

Same Day Crown Technology

Same day crown fabrication involves the use of CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology, such as CEREC®, to deliver a restoration in just one office visit. The accuracy of CAD/CAM technology can improve your overall dental experience, reduce costs, and provide stunning results.

The Treatment Process

If you are a candidate for a same day crown, your dentist can begin by preparing your tooth. This involves removing any damaged tissue, as well as a small amount of enamel, to create sufficient space for the crown. Although the area will be numb, you may elect to receive additional sedation if you are particularly nervous about treatment. After preparing your tooth, your dentist can capture 3-D images of your smile and then immediately upload them to a nearby computer.

Using specialized software, your dentist can create a virtual model of your crown, taking into account the measurements of your smile as well as the shade of your teeth. Once your dentist is satisfied with the overall design, an in-office milling unit can construct your crown from single block of porcelain. This process typically takes about one hour. Once your crown is ready, your dentist can check it against neighboring teeth to ensure it fits comfortably in your bite. If no modifications are needed, the crown will be bonded in place and polished to add the finishing touches.

Benefits of Same Day Restorations

With the advent of same day technology, dentists are able to provide more convenient and efficient care. In addition, patients can enjoy:

  • Immediate results: You can experience fully restored dental function and aesthetics in a single appointment.
  • Lower treatment costs: Same day crowns reduce the need for temporaries as well as multiple office visits, saving you time and money.
  • Realistic aesthetics: Porcelain is an incredibly lifelike material. It mimics the sheen and translucency of enamel. In addition, porcelain feels natural. The dentist will carefully select the shade of porcelain that matches your smile.
  • Increased precision: Digital technology ensures more predictable and accurate results.
  • More comfort: With 3-D imaging, you can avoid messy traditional impressions.

A same day crown can last as long as a traditional crown with the proper care.

Caring for Your Same Day Crown

To extend the longevity of your crown, you should:

  • Avoid biting your nails or chewing on hard objects, such as pen caps
  • Avoid using your teeth to open packages
  • Wear a mouthguard at night if you suffer from teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Maintain good oral hygiene, brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily

One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is to schedule biannual checkups at your dentist’s office. During these visits, your dentist can assess your teeth and gums, as well as identify and treat areas of concern. 

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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