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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 Repair

With proper care and maintenance, most dentures can last up to 10 years before needing replacement. However, at some point, you might need a professional denture repair if you accidentally damage your dentures. Most dentists who perform restorative dentistry are able to provide efficient repair services for their patients. Your dentist understands that broken dentures can cause difficulty eating, speaking, or decrease your self-confidence. To help you return to your normal life as quickly as possible, some dentists offer same-day repairs. To prevent damaging your denture, you should follow the care instructions provided by your dentist and schedule regular checkups to identify concerns with your prosthetics before it is too late. 

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Some dentists offer same-day denture repair to immediately restore your dental function.

How Damage Occurs

There are a variety of scenarios, both accidental and gradual, that can cause your dentures to break, such as: 

  • Jaw shrinkage: As bone loss occurs over time, your dentures may fit poorly and move when you speak. This instability can create excessive pressure on your dentures and increase the likelihood of a fracture. Many patients choose implant-supported dentures to decrease the risk of bone loss and securely anchor their dentures to their jawbone.  
  • Natural wear and tear: This is one of the most common causes of damage to dentures, as your dentures are constantly put under stress when you chew. Over the years, your dentures may lose their strength. 
  • Accidental damage: Dentures can fall and break when you are taking them out in the evenings, during cleaning, or if you misplace them. 

Without properly functioning dentures, your ability to eat or speak may be affected. Wearing your broken dentures can also cause sores and irritation inside of your mouth. Rather than letting your broken dentures affect your self-confidence, you should schedule a visit to your dentist immediately. 

What To Do If Your Denture Breaks 

If you notice that your dentures are broken, do not attempt to repair them at home with glue or a home-repair kit. This can cause irreparable damage to the dentures and require more costly repairs or replacement. Your dentures are created by skilled ceramists using high-quality tools and materials that cannot be store-bought. Call your dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. If there is a piece of denture or wiring that has broken apart from the rest of the prosthetic, bring this to your appointment. To transport the broken dentures, place them in a safe case. It is important that you do not wear your damaged dentures, as this can cause additional damage to your dentures or hurt your mouth. 

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If your dentures break, schedule a consultation with your dentist as soon as possible.

How Your Dentist Can Help

During your consultation, your dentist will assess the damage, determine the extent of the repair, and provide a cost estimate and turnaround time. Most dentists can repair the dentures in their office or work with local labs to complete high-quality repairs with a quick turnaround time. A dentist can typically repair simple or complex dentures including: 

  • Broken dentures 
  • Cracked dentures 
  • Shattered dentures 
  • Chipped teeth 
  • Loose teeth 
  • Missing teeth 
  • A piece of acrylic base that falls off 

If you do not have an extra pair of dentures, ask your dentist whether he or she can provide same-day repair. If not, most labs can return your dentures within a day or two. If the damage was caused by poor fit, your dentist may recommend relining or rebasing your dentures. However, if the damage is too extensive, your dentist may recommend replacing your dentures entirely. To help you maintain your ability to eat and speak, your dentist will also discuss your temporary replacement options with you. 

How to Prevent Broken Dentures 

To decrease the risk of broken dentures, there are several steps that you can take at home: 

  • Avoid brushing dentures with a hard-bristled brush and use a soft-bristle only
  • Follow the care and cleaning instructions provided by your dentist 
  • Store them somewhere safe when you remove them 
  • If your dentures do not fit properly, do not attempt to adjust the metal attachments or clasps on your own 

Proper care and regular cleanings can help you keep your dentures in good condition for many years to come. 

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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