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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

Benefits of Dental Implants

Replacing missing teeth is crucial to protect your smile and minimize your risk of developing additional, more serious effects. The benefits of dental implants are numerous, and the treatment is considered the gold standard in tooth replacement. Compared with other restoration options, implant-supported denturesbridges, and crowns provide superior comfort and stability. Dental implants also protect your oral health and remaining teeth by preventing bone tissue from deteriorating. While an implant-supported restoration can be more expensive and require a longer treatment timeline than traditional restorations, the resulting benefits can last a lifetime.

Superior Stability

After implants are surgically placed, their structure essentially becomes part of the body. The small titanium posts fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue during a process known as osseointegration. Then, the restoration is securely attached to the posts for a lifelike, stable, and comfortable result.

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Implants can restore your ability to eat your favorite foods and engage in life freely.

Lifelike Function and Appearance

Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots, allowing your implant-supported restorations to anchor into the jaw in the same way as healthy, natural teeth. This ensures your dental prosthetic will not loosen, wobble, slip, or slide out of place during biting, chewing, or speaking. Denture patients especially often find this newfound confidence to be nothing short of life-changing.

Dental implants can last a lifetime with proper care, making them a cost-effective investment in your oral health.

Additionally, when fabricated from high-quality dental materials such as zirconia and IPS e.max®, artificial teeth can imitate the reflective qualities of tooth enamel. This allows your implant-retained prosthesis to look natural and blend seamlessly into your smile.

Improved Bone Health

Natural tooth roots move when we bite and chew. This motion stimulates the jaw and instructs the body to send calcium and phosphorus as nourishment to maintain dense, healthy bone tissue. This phenomenon is called the piezoelectric effect.

Conventional crownsbridgespartials, and dentures only replace the crowns, or visible portions, of lost teeth, so the brain is not alerted to deliver essential nutrients to the jawbone. Over time, bone density decreases due to a lack of calcium and phosphorous and the jawbone deteriorates and shrinks in size. As the jaw atrophies, a sunken facial appearance known as facial collapse can occur and the reduced tissue can threaten the stability of surrounding teeth.

Since dental implants replace tooth roots, they are the only prosthetic option that creates the piezoelectric effect. For some patients, implants can not only halt bone degeneration but even encourage new tissue development in the area.

Preservation of Healthy Teeth

In addition to protecting your jawbone, implant-supported restorations also eliminate the need to remove healthy tissue from surrounding teeth. Traditional bridges require your dentist to alter the structure of supporting teeth in order to place crowns. With an implant-supported restoration, your appliance attaches to implant posts rather than dental crowns and your healthy teeth remain intact.

Experience the Advantages

Implant-supported restorations are the next best thing to having a full set of your own healthy, natural teeth. When placed by a dentist or oral surgeon skilled in implant dentistry, the treatment can improve your health and appearance, and enhance your overall quality of life. Talk to your dentist about whether this advanced treatment option 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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