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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

Implant-Supported Dentures

Missing most or all of your teeth makes eating, speaking, and smiling with confidence incredibly difficult.

Implant-supported dentures are anchored directly to the jawbone so you can eat any foods you want, speak clearly, and feel proud to smile.

So what makes implant-supported dentures so great?

Experience a Better Quality of Life with Implant-Supported Dentures

Stabilize your restoration.

Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures will not slip out of place because the implants anchor them directly to the jawbone.

Speak clearly and chew efficiently.

Traditional dentures make enunciation difficult and limit you to foods that are soft or cut into small pieces. Implant-supported dentures let you speak clearly and enjoy all foods.

Prevent jawbone recession.

Jawbone recession follows tooth loss. Implant-supported dentures are artificial tooth roots that continuously provide the stimulation necessary to stop bone recession.

There is Hope After Tooth Loss

More than 36 million Americans are missing all of their teeth. However, there is a reported 95.5% success rate among those who have chosen to rebuild their smiles with dental implants.*

*According to a study by den Hartog L, Slater JJ, Vissink A, Meijer HJ, Raghoebar GM. (2008)

Aren't traditional dentures more affordable?

The cost of dentures varies greatly. Traditional dentures can cost from $300 to $5,000. Meanwhile, traditional dentures require ongoing maintenance to accommodate changes in the jaw due to bone recession, and remain prone to uncomfortable shifting. Implant-supported dentures cost more, but for most patients, the benefits justify the added expense. Implant-supported dentures require an additional average cost of about $1,600 to $2,200 per implant. However, they may never need adjustments and will provide far better comfort and functionality. 

Receiving implant-supported dentures typically requires two phases.

Phase One

Your doctor will perform any necessary extractions or bone grafting. These may require a healing period before receiving implants.

Your dental implants will be surgically placed in the jaw. Typically, it will take about three to six months for the implants to become integrated.

Phase Two

The doctor will take impressions of your bite. These will be sent out to a lab to create your custom dentures.

Your doctor will attach your denture to your implants, and you can immediately begin experiencing the benefits of a fully restored smile.

At this time, the doctor can also address any issues with comfort or fit to provide you with the best possible results.

Stop suffering. Start smiling.

Your smile is one of your most valuable assets, and proper dental function plays an essential role in virtually every aspect of your life, from your health to your self-esteem. If you are missing most or all of your teeth, speak to a dentist about your candidacy for dental implants. While the cost of an implant-supported denture can be significant, many dentists offer financing that can make this solution affordable on most budgets. 

It is time to stop suffering because of missing teeth or a denture that restores only a fraction of your ability to chew and speak. Schedule a consultation with a dentist today to discover how an implant-supported denture can help you start enjoying life to the fullest.

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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