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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 Implants

The total cost of rebuilding your smile with dental implants can vary dramatically based on your specific needs and goals. The average cost of placing a single dental implant ranges from $1,600 to $2,200, not including the cost of a restoration. There are a variety of factors that can impact dental implant cost, including your choice of surgeon, the number of implants you need, and the type and quality of the restoration you choose. Many patients require preparatory procedures to ensure the success of their dental implants. The price of these procedures, as well as any sedation you need, are not typically included in the baseline cost.

Factors Affecting Cost

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The number of implants placed and the restoration selected will impact treatment cost.

Choosing a Dentist

When placed correctly by an experienced specialist, dental implants have a 95 percent success rate. The nature of this surgery requires careful planning and an in-depth understanding of procedure. For the best possible outcome, you should always choose a dentist with a reputation for delivering excellent dental implant results. 

In general, dentists and surgeons with more experience will charge more for treatment. However, keep in mind that incorrect placement of implants can mean significant revision and replacement costs in the future. Choosing a dentist with a track record of success is an investment in the longevity of your implant-supported restoration. 

Preparatory Procedures

During the planning stage of your dental implants treatment, your doctor may identify oral health concerns that could affect the success of your implants. If this is the case, your doctor will likely recommend preparatory procedures before implant placement. These additional treatments will add to the overall cost of dental implants. However, they can significantly reduce the likelihood of implant failure. The most common preparatory procedures are bone grafts and sinus lifts.

Bone Grafts

If x-rays reveal you do not have sufficient jawbone tissue to support a dental implant, your dentist may recommend a bone grafting procedure. Bone grafts use harvested tissue to augment the jaw and encourage new tissue growth for a stronger implant base. Bone grafting surgery can cost between $600 and $2,600, depending on the surgeon and the type of graft you require. 

Sinus Lifts

Another common procedure is a sinus lift, which may be necessary if the sinus membrane rests too close to the implant placement location. This procedure involves raising the sinus floor and supplementing the bone tissue at the top of the jaw. This treatment typically costs between $440 and $2,600. 

The Number of Implants Necessary

The cost of a single traditional implant generally ranges from $260 to $440. This price does not include surgery or any other associated expenses. This cost will depend on the brand your dentist uses as well as the size. For example, mini dental implants tend to cost less than traditional implant posts. However, they do not provide the same level of support. 

The average cost of placing a single dental implant ranges from $1,600 to $2,200, not including the cost of a restoration. 

One implant can support a single dental crown. If you need a larger restoration, such as a bridge or denture, you will likely require more implant posts. The number of implants necessary will raise the overall cost of your treatment. 

There are certain implant placement techniques that use less implants to support large restorations. For instance, the All-on-4® technique uses four dental implants to support a full denture, rather than the typical six to eight posts. Fewer implants can lower your expenses.

Sedation

The level of sedation you need will affect the cost of your procedure as well. Some patients only receive local anesthesia during implant placement surgery. Depending on the complexity of your procedure, you may need a deeper level of sedation, such as oral conscious, nitrous oxide, or intravenous (IV) sedation. Each type of sedation offers unique benefits, and the best form for you will depend on your comfort level as well as your dentist’s preferences. 

Restoring Your Implant

An implant-supported restoration has three parts: the implant posts, the abutment, and the restoration. Abutments are small connectors that attach your restoration to the implant posts. Titanium abutments cost about $180. If you choose a white zirconia abutment for a more natural appearance, you are looking at a cost around $350. 

The size and material of your final crown, bridge, or denture will also affect the final cost of your implant treatment. A single dental crown can range in cost from $1,400 to $2,200, depending on the material you choose. Standard implant-supported dentures generally cost between $1,800 and $3,500 per arch. Advanced materials such as zirconia or IPS e.max® are some of the most durable and attractive results, but they raise the final price. There are also budget options available.

Financing Your Dental Implants

In general, treatment with dental implants is not fully covered by dental insurance plans. They may cover a percentage of the procedure. However, you should expect to pay for part or all of dental implant treatment out-of-pocket. Many dentists offer their own financing plans or partner with third-party financing companies to make treatment more accessible. 

Why Invest in Dental Implants?

For some patients, the cost of restoring their smile can seem intimidating. However, dental implants offer a superior level of stability compared to traditional restorations and are the only tooth replacement solution that protects the health of your jawbone. By choosing dental implants, you are investing in the health of your smile.

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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