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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

Affordable Dentures

The cost of dental treatment is a concern that prevents many patients from receiving the care they want and need. If you are missing teeth, dentures can restore your ability to eat, speak, and smile with ease. There are several measures you can take to ensure you receive the most affordable dentures possible. Being honest with your care provider during your initial consultation and practicing good at-home care can help you reduce the initial cost of your dentures and keep them functional for years to come. 

Your Initial Consultation

When you visit the dentist to discuss your options, be honest about your budget and goals. Your dentist may be able to make recommendations based on your financial needs and adjust your treatment plan to cut costs wherever possible. While some patients prefer to try on a wax-up or model of their dentures before treatment, you can choose to forego a wax-up and save money. Some dental labs can deliver dentures more quickly, but that requires a larger expense. If you are trying to save money, you might choose to have your dentures delivered at a standard rate. Talk to your dentist about other factors that can affect the overall cost of your treatment.

If you are on a budget, conventional acrylic dentures may be a better option for you.

Choosing Cost-Effective Materials 

The quality of materials will greatly influence the cost of your dentures. High-quality dentures are made using plastic and zirconia, which closely mirrors the look, feel, and translucency of natural teeth. It is also extremely durable. However, you can choose to have your dentures crafted out of plastic and acrylic. Acrylic teeth are typically a more affordable option and also offer a variety of benefits for patients. 

In addition to choosing acrylic over zirconia, you can also ask your dentist to use a standard plastic base for your dentures. This plastic base will closely mirror the smoothness and color of your gums, but will not be customized for a more natural look. 

Opt for Traditional, Not Implant-Supported

traditional dentures
If you are worried about cost, traditional dentures are a more affordable option.

Although implant-supported dentures offer superior stability, security, and aesthetics, they can be very expensive. Oral surgery, sedation, and dentist's fees can significantly increase the overall treatment cost. As dental implants are considered an elective treatment, they are typically not covered by your insurance. If you are on a budget, conventional dentures may be a better option for you. 

Financing Your Dentures 

If your dentures are deemed medically necessary, they may be fully or partially covered by your insurance company or Medicare. If you do not have dental insurance, your dentist may work with third-party lenders to offer flexible financing options.

Making Your Dentures Last 

Your set of dentures can last up to a decade with proper care and frequent visits to your dentist. Be sure to follow the cleaning instructions provided by your dentist, and protect your dentures from damage by practicing extreme care. Once you make your initial dentures purchase, any maintenance, care, and repairs are fairly inexpensive. However, irreparably damaging your dentures may require costly replacement and should be avoided. 

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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