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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 Implant Alternatives

While dental implants are an appealing restorative dentistry treatment for patients who are missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Patients may be unable to receive dental implants for a variety of reasons, including if they do not have enough bone to support implants. In other cases, patients may simply want to avoid the lengthy dental implants procedure.

Fortunately, there are a number of dental implant alternatives that patients can turn to. These treatment options restore both the health and appearance of the smile. A qualified dentist can help you determine what course of treatment is right for you. In the meantime, learn more about some of the available tooth replacement options.

dentures
Traditional removable dentures are an affordable alternative to implant-supported dentures.

Full Dentures

Dentures are a removable restorative dentistry option for people who have lost nearly all of their natural teeth. Dentures are typically made of a strong plastic material, although some more expensive versions are made of porcelain. The artificial teeth are attached to a support piece to increase comfort in the mouth. Dentures can be removed by the patient to be cleaned, and may also be taken out before going to bed.

Benefits

  • Effectively replace all of the teeth and improve patient appearance 
  • Preserve facial structures 
  • Can improve speech over time 
  • Prevent infection and jaw misalignment 

Disadvantages

  • Can cause sores or discomfort 
  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Enjoying certain foods can become difficult 

Partial Dentures

For people who have lost several, but not all, of their natural teeth, removable partial dentures are a good dental implant alternative. These dental implant alternatives are composed of a plastic base to which the artificial teeth are attached, and metal clasps are affixed to the surrounding natural teeth.

Benefits

  • Safe way to replace missing teeth 
  • Prevent further tooth decay and gum infection 
  • Make talking and chewing more comfortable 

Disadvantages

  • Are not permanently fixed in the mouth 
  • Can cause sores or discomfort 

Dental Bridges

Bridges, sometimes called fixed partial dentures, are artificial teeth that are supported by crowns and attached to the natural teeth on either side of a gap. They are made of strong and durable porcelain, and are crafted to complement the size, shape, and color of surrounding natural teeth. Because bridges are custom made for each patient, they will fit securely and comfortably in the mouth.

Benefits

  • Increased stability over dentures 
  • Prevent jaw disorders or tooth and gum decay 
  • Can last up to 10 years 
  • Improve appearance of smile and preserve facial structure 

Disadvantages

  • Can only be used to replace a few teeth 
  • Other natural teeth may need to be removed or altered to make room for the bridge 
  • Can add pressure to surrounding natural teeth 
Photo: Kelly Hong, DDS

“Teeth in a Day”

Traditional dental implant surgery and the period of osseointegration that follows (the time during which the gums heal around the posts) generally require five month to two years. However, a new procedure enables patients to literally have “Teeth in a Day.” This innovative procedure uses computer-guided technology to determine the best placement of implants, and accurately insert posts within one hour. This procedure also drastically decreases the procedure recovery period, and most patients can even eat comfortably the same day.

Teeth in a day can restore your smile in a single visit.

Benefits

  • Fast, safe method for replacing teeth 
  • More stable than dentures or bridges 
  • Reduced recovery time 
  • Preserves facial structures and health of the mouth 
  • Prevents bone deterioration or jaw shifting 

Disadvantages

  • Not suitable for all implant candidates 
  • Typically more expensive than other treatment options

Many patients find that dental implants are the best option for their needs.

Find a Dentist

Are all dental implants the same?

There are several types of dental implants available. The most common dental implant is a root-form titanium implant, however the type of dental implant used will vary based on the condition of the individual patient's mouth, specifically where the implants are being placed. Find a dentist in your area to learn more about the dental implant procedure and the type of implant that is right for you.

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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