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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.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and 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 Reline

Over time, changes in your gum tissue and jawbone can affect the way your dentures fit and feel. Your restoration may begin to feel loose and move more frequently. There are two methods for improving the fit of an existing set of dentures: rebasing or relining. Rebasing involves fabricating an entirely new plate, or base, for your dentures. This process can take a long time and require you to wear a temporary restoration. For a quicker solution, you can bring your restoration to your dentist’s office for a denture reline. A reline can immediately improve the fit of your dentures and your comfort.

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A denture reline can improve the fit and comfort of dentures.

When Is a Reline Necessary?

The bones and tissues in your smile change over time. These changes can occur as a natural part of the aging process, or they may be caused by bone atrophy following tooth loss. When your dentures do not fit correctly, their movement can wear down soft tissue and jawbone. If your dentures are no longer comfortable, you may need to have them relined. Relining your dentures regularly can prevent more extensive damage to the supporting structures of your smile. 

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How Often Should I Reline My Dentures?

Typically, denture patients require a reline every one to two years. Keep in mind that this process will not affect the appearance of your denture.

The Relining Procedure

A typical denture reline takes between 30 minutes and one hour. Once it is complete, you can take your dentures home with you right away. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a temporary reline if there is an extensive amount of gum irritation. If this is the case, you will need to return for an additional reline once your gums heal.

By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration.

During the procedure, your dentist will clean your denture and then remove a small amount of material from the base that rests on your gums. Your dentist can then apply resin to the inside of the dentures and place the denture back onto your gums while the resin is still liquid. This step creates a new impression. As the resin hardens, it tightens and creates a better seal on your gums. Your dentist can then check the new fit of your dentures to ensure you are satisfied with the results. 

Types of Relines

There are two resins which can be used to reline your dentures: hard or soft. Your dentist can explain the difference between them and recommend the optimal reline method for your needs. 

Hard Reline

A hard reline tends to last longer than soft resin. However it is not as flexible and may not be suitable for patients with sensitive gums. While a hard reline can be performed in the office, some dentists prefer to send impressions out to a dental laboratory to minimize the possibility of complications.

Soft Reline

Many denture wearers prefer soft resin relines because they tend to be more comfortable. To create a soft reline, your dentist can use a pliable silicone material to line the denture. This material is more flexible and comfortable than hard resin. However, it requires more frequent replacement. 

Save Time and Money

By performing regular relines on your denture, you can save yourself the time and money associated with rebasing or replacing your restoration. You can also experience more comfort and minimize the wear and tear on your gums and soft tissues. In general, relines are the most affordable option for repairing ill-fitting 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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