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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 Cost

There are several elements that affect the overall cost of implant-supported dentures. The final price of treatment will depend on the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw as well as the quality of the restoration you receive. The size of your restoration is also a factor, as a full denture requires more implant posts than a partial. In addition, the experience of your dentist and the area in which you live can alter how much your implant-supported dentures cost. A complete set of custom dentures can cost between $1,500 and $4,000 when fabricated from porcelain. However, keep in mind that this price excludes any preparatory procedures, implant placement, and sedation.

Factors Affecting Cost

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The cost is affected by the number of implants placed and the quality of the denture.

Number of Implants

The number of implants you need will play a large role in the cost of treatment. In general, six to eight implants are required to support a full denture. However, some dentists now offer All-on-4®. Using this innovative technique, four strategically placed implant posts can support a full denture. A partial denture can be supported with fewer posts.  

Implant Type

Traditional implants typically cost between $1,600 and $2,200 per implant. Mini dental implants are slightly less expensive than traditional implants and tend to cost about $500 to $1,500 each. Traditional dental implants are wider than minis and offer the highest level of stability, especially for larger restorations. 

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In some cases, dentures can be supported by only four implant posts.

However, some patients do not have sufficient bone density to support a large implant. In these cases, minis allow a wider range of patients to receive an implant-supported denture. It is important to keep in mind that while mini dental implants are the more inexpensive option, they do not provide the same level of support and are more likely to require replacement in the future. 

Preparatory Procedures

Patients with underlying oral health concerns, such as decay or gum disease, will likely need treatment for these issues before receiving dental implants. In addition, some patients require bone grafts to improve the density of their jawbone and better support implant posts. These types of preparatory procedures are generally not included in the base price of an implant-supported denture and will increase your overall treatment cost. A bone grafting procedure can cost between $600 and 2,600.

The cost of your implant-supported denture can range significantly based on the quality of denture you choose. 

Denture Quality

The cost of your implant-supported denture can range significantly based on the quality of the denture you choose. Low-end dentures are available for as little as $300. However, an inexpensive denture will not offer the same level of comfort, stability, or aesthetics. For a more attractive and durable denture, you can pay as much as $5,000. 

Choosing an Experienced Dentist

Generally, the dentist you choose will play a large role in both the success and cost of treatment. A more experienced and reputable dentist will often charge more than other providers. However, when receiving an implant-supported denture, it is especially important to select a dentist or surgeon with a track record of success. When your implants are correctly placed, there is a lower chance of implant failure. This can save you from expensive replacements in the future. 

Financing and Insurance

Many dental insurance companies still do not provide coverage for treatment with dental implants. In general, patients are required to cover the cost of implant treatment themselves. However, traditional dentures are often covered, at least partially, by insurance. Be sure to check your benefits before beginning treatment.

For patients who are not covered, there are a variety of third-party financing options that can help you manage out-of-pocket expenses. Companies such as CareCredit® offer low interest financing plans to ensure you receive the treatment you need.

Invest in Your Smile

Dental implants are the only method of tooth replacement that protect the health of your jawbone. If you need to replace most or all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture is an excellent way to restore the health and appearance of your smile.

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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