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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

Denture Alternatives

For decades, traditional dentures were the mainstay solution for full-arch teeth replacement. If you are a longtime denture-wearer, then you likely understand the drawbacks of conventional prostheses. While dentures are certainly better than having no teeth, they can still present a myriad of issues for many patients. For example, conventional dentures tend to shift around and slip out of place during routine tasks such as chewing, eating, and speaking. This can lead to dietary restrictions and trouble enunciating, not to mention a lack of confidence. Fortunately, advances in technology and techniques have provided denture alternatives that not only look natural but offer optimal function, as well. Securing your denture with dental implants can provide benefits that are nothing short of life-changing for the right patients

Comparing Traditional vs. Implant-supported Dentures

Fewer innovations have improved the field of dentistry as much as dental implants. These medical-grade titanium posts are used to replace the roots of missing teeth. Implants are placed directly into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. 

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. 

Implants are a game-changer for denture patients. While traditional dentures rely on adhesive or simply rest on the dental arch, implant-supported dentures are connected to dental implants for increased stability. If you are seeking alternatives to dentures, this option offers a lifelike, functional smile that can preserve your oral health for years to come.

The Only Option Which Preserves Bone Health

The most significant advantage of an implant-supported restoration is bone preservation. Natural tooth roots actively simulate the jawbone. This action prevents jawbone recession, which is a common effect of tooth loss. If a tooth is not replaced after it is lost or extracted, it could lead to significant jawbone atrophy over the years. However, dental implants actually mimic the function of dental roots to preserve the jawbone in the same way. Patients who choose implant-supported restorations will typically enjoy enhanced oral health for many years. In fact, when properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.

Illustration of traditional vs. implant-supported denture
Implant-supported dentures remain firmly fixed in place, which provides several benefits over traditional restorations. 

Additional Treatment Benefits

There are several additional advantages to this type of treatment. Implant-supported restorations offer:

  • Increased stability: When compared to traditional dentures, implant-supported restorations offer unparalleled security and stability.
  • More convenient: Traditional dentures must be removed and cleaned daily, and require messy adhesives. Fixed implant-supported options often require special cleaning tools but are much more convenient.
  • Enhanced aesthetics: Implant-supported dentures remain firmly in place and rest directly against the gums. This makes them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. 
  • More flexible diet: Denture wearers often find it difficult to eat their favorite foods, such as steak and apples. Securing your restoration with implants can allow you to confidently eat an unrestricted diet. 
  • Improved oral health: By placing dental implants into the jawbone, your bone density will be preserved, and further bone loss will be prevented.

Although implant-supported dentures are more expensive than traditional options, most patients consider them an invaluable investment in their health. Many dentists offer financing options to help manage out-of-pocket costs. 

Understanding Your Options

With the widespread use of dental implants, there are reliable and dependable alternatives to dentures. By choosing an implant-supported prosthesis, you are not only enhancing the aesthetics of your smile, but you are improving the function and overall health, as well. If you are considering dental implants as an alternative to traditional dentures, seek professional advice. A skilled and knowledgeable dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine which option will meet your unique needs. 

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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