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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

Dentures

Missing teeth can take a serious toll on your self-confidence by making eating and speaking a challenge.

Dentures replace several missing teeth or an entire dental arch, restoring the function and appearance of your smile.

So why should you choose dentures?

Dentures Make It Easier to Eat, Speak, and Smile.

Addressing tooth loss can take years off your appearance.
Designed to look like natural teeth, dentures can be customized to complement the shape of your face and improve the appearance of sunken cheeks and puckered lips.

Dentures can dramatically enhance your quality of life.
They can renew your ability to eat comfortably, enunciate clearly, and chew properly. With a fully functional smile, you can enjoy life more freely.

Implant-supported dentures provide many unique benefits. 
Dental implants secure your dentures firmly in place and prevent jawbone recession, which occurs after tooth loss. 

Implant-Supported Dentures

If You Are Suffering From Tooth Loss, You Are Not Alone.

before and after dentures

Dentures Can Cost as Little as $300 Or More than $13,000 for a Single Arch

From Acrylic to Zironia

Acrylic is the cheapest material available ($300 to $500 per arch), but it is also the least durable. Porcelain is stronger and more realistic-looking, but can cost from $750 to $2,000 or more per arch. Zirconia is the very strongest material, costing more than $13,000 per arch.

Dental Implants

For the right candidates, implants allow dentures to be far more stable and beneficial, but they also increase the price. Placing a single implant typically costs $1,600 to $2,200 and dentures can require four to eight implants per arch.

Preparation

You may require preparatory treatments before receiving dentures, each of which will add to the total cost. A bone graft can cost $300 to $800 per area. Gum disease treatment can cost $500 to $10,000. Extractions can cost $75 to $4,000, depending on the complexity of the case.

The Benefits of Premium Dentures

When it comes to dentures, the more you are willing to spend, the more benefits you are likely to experience. While you may not need the very strongest denture on the market, paying for greater durability or a more natural-looking result may be worth the added investment.

Type Cost per Arch Durability Aesthetics
Acrylic $300 to $500 Wears quickly Acceptable
Porcelain $750 to $2,000+ More durable, can break if dropped Can be made to look highly realistic
Zirconia $13,000+ Can withstand more than 7 times the average person's bite force Can be made to look highly realistic

Small metal clasps secure partial dentures to neighboring teeth.

What to Expect

For traditional removable dentures, your dentist will...

For implant-supported dentures, your dentist will...

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If you have several missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a partial denture. Patients missing all of their teeth are usually candidates for a full denture.

To be eligible for implant-supported restorations, you must have enough jawbone tissue to support dental implants. Bone grafting can be performed to restore lost tissue in the event that you have experienced jawbone recession. You must also resolve any conditions such as periodontal disease prior to treatment.

Don't let tooth loss ruin your smile. Dentures can replace missing teeth and last for five years or more with proper care. Schedule an exam today to find out how you can enhance your life with dentures.

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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