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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

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Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make chewing and speaking difficult. It can also make you feel self-conscious about your smile.

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio in San Diego, CA, can restore form and function to your smile with dental implants.

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How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants can help people who are missing a single tooth, multiple teeth, or all of their teeth. Implants have numerous advantages over traditional bridges and dentures.

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Artificial Tooth Roots

Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically anchored into the jawbone and gums. Each post is topped with an abutment, which is where the implant restoration attaches.

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Fusing with Jawbone

After implant surgery, a process known as osseointegration occurs. This means the titanium posts fuse with the bone in the mouth, creating an exceptionally stable base for restorations. Osseointegration takes around four to six months.

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Strength and Aesthetics

Crowns, bridges, and dentures supported by implants look and function like natural teeth. This allows patients to eat their favorite foods and smile just like they did before tooth loss.

Good Candidates for Dental Implants: Are Implants Right for You?

Dental implants are a great option for adults who've suffered varying degrees of tooth loss. Many implant patients tend to be middle-aged or older.

Adults Who Are Missing Teeth

Implants are only recommended to adult patients whose jawbones are fully developed. Children are not fully matured yet, which makes them poor candidates for implants. 

Good Gum and Jawbone Density

Sufficient jawbone and gum line density is required to support dental implants. If patients suffered bone loss or gum recession, bone grafting and soft tissue augmentation can rebuild this tissue.

Healthy Enough for Oral Surgery

Patients should be in good health so an oral surgery poses no risks to general wellness. This can be assessed as part of the initial consultation at our dental practice.

Speak with a Dentist Who Cares Serving Point Loma for Decades

The people of San Diego deserve a dentist who makes their health and comfort a priority. That's why countless people throughout the area visit Point Loma Family Dentistry for implants and their general dental care needs.

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Society. He is also a Diplomate of the International Dental Implant Association and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.

If you live in San Diego and would like to learn more about treating tooth loss, contact an experienced dentist online. You can reach our office by phone at:

(619) 762-3251

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio of Point Loma Family Dentistry

An Experienced and Trusted Dentist Who Puts the People of San Diego First


Charles MacVean


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Dr. Paulerio and his staff have been providing the dental care for our family for decades. Their caring professionalism, augmented by the most modern of dental technologies and techniques, has been the underpinning for the enthusiasm expressed by all of his patients. Don't wait until you absolutely need a dentist, see them now to get yourself into the planned preventative dentistry mode. They have our highest recommendation.

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Jill Daoust


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Professional and caring. I actually don’t dread going to the dentist with this team. (Never thought I would say that.) You feel like part of the family and know they are looking out for the best for you. Highly recommend them.

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Dental Implant Options: Ways to Restore Missing Teeth

We can help patients who need a single tooth replaced or an entirely new set of teeth. The final implant restoration will be durable, comfortable, and natural looking.

Implant-Supported Crowns

Implant-supported crowns are an ideal option for people who need to replace a single tooth. The implant fills the tooth gap and provides solid root structure to prevent bone loss. Once healing is complete, it is capped by a realistic, tooth-colored crown.

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Implant-Supported Bridges

For people missing more than one tooth in a row, an implant-supported bridge is ideal. This bridge spans the large gap left by multiple missing teeth. The restoration is anchored in place using one or more implants, depending on the patient's needs and the number of teeth missing.

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Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures are recommended for people missing most or all of their teeth. The custom denture is secured by multiple implants strategically placed along the dental arch. It's possible to have implants supporting sets of both upper and lower dentures.

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Advanced Dental Implant Technology State-of-the-art Dentistry

Dr. Paulerio is committed to being one of San Diego's leading dentists, which is why he uses CEREC® Primescan intraoral imaging and other digital diagnostic tools.

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Better Treatment Planning

Digital imaging and x-rays allow us to pinpoint the optimal location of each implant with remarkable precision. Guided placement means each dental implant is stable, reducing the risk of surgical failure and post-op complications.

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A Safer Patient Experience

The combination of CAD-CAM and 3-D technology help us avoid nerves around the jawbone and sinuses during implant placement. This makes the oral surgery safer for patients and the recovery process much smoother. 

Learn More About Treating Tooth Loss Point Loma Family Dentistry Can Help

Point Loma Family Dentistry provides the people of San Diego with state-of-the-art dental treatment. By using the latest techniques and equipment, our team offers every one of our guests a welcoming dental care environment.

Thanks to CEREC technology and digital imaging, we create safe custom treatment plans for implant surgery and other advanced restorative procedures. We can meet virtually any dental health need at our office. For more complicated patient needs, Point Loma Family Dentistry will reach out to trusted colleagues in the region for their expertise.

If you live in San Diego and would like to experience top-notch dental care, contact Point Loma Family Dentistry online. You can schedule a consultation by phone at:

(619) 762-3251

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Restoring and Improving Dental Health Building Community in San Diego


John Moffitt


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Dr. Paulerio and his office were a blessing to me today. I’m new to San Diego and was in need a of a dentist for a horrible tooth infection. I called on a Monday morning and they had me in within a couple of hours. I am horrified of dentists because of past experiences and this office changed my mind about that super quick. They went wayyy above and beyond to make sure I was comfortable and and in a good mindset before anything else. Dr Pauliero is by FAR the best dentist I have ever had the pleasure of being worked on by. Never thought I’d ever say that about any dentist lol. I could go on and on but with all the other reviews and the 5 stars it’s pretty clear this is the BEST office in San Diego, or from someone that has had dentistry work from the east coast to the west coast and in between, I would say this has to be one of the best in the country. By far the best I’ve ever been too. I can’t thank him and his office enough.

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Betsy McCallum


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I had been going to the same dentist for 30 years. When he recently retired, I didn't think I would ever feel as comfortable and confident in a dentist's office again. However, everyone in Dr. Paulerio's office is friendly, kind, caring and very personable. Diana, at the font desk is so helpful and always cheerful. You can't help but smile in her presence. Dr. Paulerio's assistant, Suzi, made me feel comfortable right away. She is caring and very sweet. The office is clean and state of the art. Unfortunately, I started my experience with Dr. Paulerio needing 3 major dental procedures. He put me at ease right away with his gentle and calm yet confident persona. I feel lucky to have found Dr. Paulerio and his staff. I could not recommend them any higher. Do not hesitate to become one of his patients. You will be happy you did.

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The Cost of Dental Implants Payment and Financing Options

Part of our commitment to the people of San Diego is discussing the cost of dental procedures honestly, with a focus on affordability and flexibility. Dental implants can be costly, but there are ways to ease the financial burden on your household.

Average Implant Price

The cost of a single dental implant can range from $1,600 to $2,200. This does not include the cost of the implant restoration or additional procedures such as tooth extraction, bone grafting, sinus lift, and gum augmentation.

Financing Plans

Our practice offers financing options to make the cost of dental implants more affordable. Using CareCredit, the total cost of implant treatment is divided into manageable monthly installments. This eases the upfront cost of care.

Discussing Your Needs

Paying for dental work can seem intimidating, but we make the process hassle free. We'll discuss pricing concerns, breaking down the cost of the procedure and suggesting alternatives if implants aren't right for you.

The Dental Implant Process A General Treatment Timeline

Getting implants takes time, but they are worth the wait. This step-by-step guide through the procedure will give prospective patients an idea of what to expect.

Assessing Candidacy

When you visit our San Diego office, Dr. Paulerio will assess your candidacy using 3-D imaging and other advanced diagnostic tools. We can also go over your long-term health goals.

The First Oral Surgery

Your dentist will make small incisions in the gums so that the titanium dental implants can be surgically placed in the jaw. Some patients might undergo dental sedation for a relaxed state.


In the four to six months following surgery, the titanium implants fuse to the jawbone during a process called osseointegration. The procedure can't move forward until osseointegration is complete.

Placing the Abutment

In a second oral surgery, a small connector known as an abutment is attached to the top of each implant post. The abutment is used to hold the custom crown, bridge, or denture.

Second Healing Period

During this second period of post-op recovery, the gums are allowed to heal around the abutments. This healing period typically lasts between four to six weeks.

Placing the Restoration

Using digital impressions and planning technology, a custom crown, bridge, or denture is crafted from durable materials. They snap into place on the abutments to restore your smile.

Making the Implant Process Patient Friendly Reducing Fear During Treatment

Exams and implant surgery can cause anxiety. That is why Dr. Paulerio works with patients to reduce their fears and empower them in their dental health decisions.

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Sedation Dentistry

During exams or the oral surgery process, sedation methods can be used to help patients achieve a relaxed state. With oral conscious sedation, patients will experience no fear or agitation during their visit, allowing us to work safely.

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Patient Education

When patients know what to expect, they tend to feel less anxious. During all phases of the dental implant process, we will happily answer questions and address any concerns. We want you to feel comfortable and in control of your health.

Patient Health and Satisfaction Helping San Diego Smile


Mark Scholtemeyer


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Expert dentist, great staff in a friendly environment. Dr Paulerio has the most advanced technology and backs it up with top notch skills. Very impressive and highly recommend.

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R. Brian


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I am truly grateful to be a patient of Louis E. Paulerio Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Paulerio and his colleagues provide an exceptional experience with every appointment. Examinations are so thorough. Explanations and discussions of any concerns are always very thorough, as well. The experience is never rushed, and is always very welcoming. I feel very blessed to have found Louis E. Paulerio Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.

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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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