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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.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and 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

The Cost of Dental Bonding

Dental bonding costs about $100 to $400 per tooth, making it an affordable way to address minor cosmetic concerns. The final cost of your treatment will depend on the number of teeth being addressed, your goals for treatment, and your location. Dental bonding is a less expensive option than porcelain veneers, making it an accessible treatment for patients who want to instantly transform their smile on a more conservative budget.

Cost of Dental Bonding vs. Porcelain Veneers

Dental bonding is a less expensive option than porcelain veneers, making it an accessible treatment for patients who want to instantly transform their smile on a more conservative budget. 

Dental bonding remains a popular cosmetic dentistry option because it is relatively inexpensive but still produces dramatic results. Similar to porcelain veneers, dental bonding can transform the brightness, size, and shape of a tooth. However, rather than using hand-layered porcelain manufactured in an outside lab, your dentist can mix composite resin in the office, saving both time and money. In comparison to dental bonding, veneers typically range from $800 to $3,000 per tooth.

Factors Affecting the Cost of Bonding

Factors Affecting the Cost of Veneers
The cost of bonding is impacted by the location of your dentist's office as well as the extent of treatment.

Elements to Consider When It Comes to Cost

While the cost of bonding varies from patient to patient, there are several factors that will largely influence the total cost of your treatment. These include:

  • Number of teeth being treated: Treatment for several teeth will cost more than a single tooth.
  • Size of treatment area: Filling in a small section of a tooth will cost less than resurfacing an entire tooth. 
  • Additional treatments: Complementary treatments can increase your expenses. If bonding is being incorporated into a smile makeover, talk to your dentist about potential discounts for bundled treatments.
  • Location of the office: Dental offices located in larger metropolitan areas often have higher treatment costs.
  • Experience of the dentist: Though a highly reputable dentist may charge more for their services, they can help ensure you achieve your desired results without complications.

Protecting Your Investment

Composite resin is durable but there are certain precautions you can take to keep your smile looking healthy and radiant. You should refrain from:

  • Biting your nails
  • Using your teeth to open packages
  • Smoking or using tobacco
  • Consuming large amounts of dark foods and drinks such as coffee and berries

Patients who grind their teeth should also ask their dentist about protective measures. Mouth guards and splints can prevent your teeth from touching, and in turn, from excessive wear and tear.

Financing Your Treatment

As dental bonding is often considered an elective cosmetic procedure, it is generally not covered by insurance. However, if treatment improves areas of the smile that are compromised by decay or damage, insurance may provide partial or full coverage. Many dentists also work with third-party lenders, such as CareCredit®, who offer flexible financing with low-interest to make treatment more accessible.

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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