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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

Mini Dental Implants

Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat comfortably, enunciate clearly, and smile with confidence. Fortunately, dental implants and restorations can replace missing teeth and restore the structural integrity of your smile. For patients who do not qualify for traditional dental implants due to jawbone atrophy, mini implants provide an excellent alternative. Mini dental implants are smaller in diameter and do not require as much jawbone tissue for support. These posts can create a solid foundation for restorations without the need for a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Normally, the jawbone receives stimulation from the tooth roots with actions like chewing and biting. However, once a tooth is lost or extracted, the jawbone is no longer stimulated and can begin to deteriorate. Bone atrophy can result in more widespread tooth loss and shifting teeth, as well as structural changes to the face. Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots and stimulate the jawbone, preserving its structure.

Minis vs. Traditional Dental Implants

Traditional dental implants consist of two pieces, a post and an abutment, or connector device. They range in diameter from 3.5 to 6mm. Implant posts are surgically inserted into the jawbone, where they bond with nearby tissue. Once the gums heal, the implants are uncovered and the abutment is attached. As posts are supported by the jawbone, you must have sufficient jawbone density and volume. However, bone loss is common after tooth loss, and not everyone qualifies for traditional dental implants.

Mini dental implants can support restorations and renew dental function without the need for a preliminary bone graft or sinus lift.

Mini dental implants are smaller in form, ranging from 2mm to 3.5mm in diameter. Unlike traditional implants, minis are a solid one-piece screw. A mini implant features a post and a ball-shaped connector device, which sits above the gum line. Due to their size and composition, dentists can often place mini implants in a single appointment.

Explore Your Candidacy

If you are not eligible for bone grafting or simply wish to avoid more extensive surgery, you may be a good candidate for mini dental implants. To qualify, you should have good oral health and be free from periodontal disease. Although the procedure is not as complex as that of traditional dental implants, surgery is still required. You must be healthy enough to undergo surgery, without conditions that may compromise your rate of healing.  You may also wish to pursue dental implants if you are looking for a more permanent tooth replacement solution. While restorations will need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime.

The Mini Dental Implants Procedure

Mini dental implants can often be placed using only local anesthetic and without sutures. If you are especially nervous about undergoing treatment, you may also elect to receive deeper forms of sedation. Nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and intravenous (IV) medication are all safe and reliable options. Once you are comfortable, your dentist can carefully insert the implants into your jawbone. Impressions of your smile will be taken, and these will be used to manufacture your restorations. In many cases, a temporary can be attached immediately after surgery. When your final prosthesis is ready, you can return for placement.

What Do Mini Dental Implants Cost?

As the procedure is less complex and typically requires fewer visits to the office, the cost is often lower than that of traditional implants. However, there are several factors that can affect the cost of mini implants, including the number of implants placed, the dentist’s experience, and the materials used. Many insurance companies will cover part or all of the cost of dental implants. However, many dental offices also offer financing options to help cover out-of-pocket expenses.

Caring for Mini Dental Implants

Caring for mini dental implants is much like caring for natural teeth. You should floss daily, brush at least twice a day, and rinse with an dentist-recommended mouthwash. It is not uncommon for gum sensitivity to persist for the first few months. Use gentle brushing techniques and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid irritating your gums or disrupting the implants. You should also be sure and visit the dentist for any follow-up appointments and routine cleanings. Checkups can help maintain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.

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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