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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

Types of Dentures

Dentures are divided into different categories based on how many teeth they replace, how they are secured, and how soon they can be worn. With several types of dentures available, it is important to discuss your options with a reputable dentist before beginning the process. You may want to consider the cost of each type as well as their aesthetic and functional benefits.

Traditional Dentures

Conventional dentures rely on the gums or remaining natural teeth for support. In most cases, traditional dentures are removable. Depending on the extent of your tooth loss, your dentist can fit you for a full traditional denture to replace an arch of teeth or a partial denture to fill spaces in your smile.

types of dentures
Dentures can replace several missing teeth or an entire dental arch.

Full Dentures

Full dentures are for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw. A full denture for the upper jaw consists of false teeth affixed to a flesh-colored acrylic base, which covers the gums and the roof of the mouth. When replacing teeth in the lower jaw, full dentures are shaped like horseshoes to allow the tongue to rest comfortably.

It is important to discuss all aspects of your new denture with your dentist to ensure you choose the optimal restoration for you. 

Partial Dentures

A partial denture is a removable appliance that fills gaps in a smile with intermittent tooth loss. An affordable alternative to bridges and dental implants, partial dentures use metal clasps to grip remaining natural teeth.

implant-supported dentures
Implant-supported dentures are affixed to implant posts, which are anchored in the jaw.

Implant-Supported Dentures

For qualifying patients, both full and partial dentures can be supported by dental implants. Implants are small titanium posts embedded in the jawbone. The denture is then affixed to the implants using a small connector known as an abutment. This type of restoration offers superior comfort and security, and it promotes long-term oral health. However, candidates for dental implants must have sufficient bone density to support the posts.

Immediate Dentures

For certain patients, dentures can be placed immediately after teeth are extracted. Conventional dentures require you to wait several weeks for your gums to heal fully after extraction. With an immediate denture, your dentist takes measurements of your smile before removing teeth. The denture is fabricated in advance and immediately placed, meaning you are never without teeth.

Overdentures

For patients missing most, but not all, of their teeth, an overdenture offers a unique solution. Supported by both implants and remaining teeth, an overdenture can be removable or fixed. Also known as a hybrid prosthesis, overdentures allow you to retain as many natural teeth as possible. However, this type of restoration is more expensive and time-consuming than a conventional denture.

Snap-On Dentures

A snap-on denture is typically recommended for patients who have lost all of their teeth, but still have enough bone tissue to support a dental implant. This type of denture is fabricated with locator attachments which snap onto the implants or onto locator receptors, making them both convenient and removable.

Choosing Your Best Fit

In addition to the different types of dentures available, there is also a range of quality. Custom, cosmetic dentures are a high-end solution for patients missing a large portion of their teeth. Crafted from durable, lifelike materials, cosmetic dentures are often indistinguishable from your natural teeth. However, many dentists can also make more affordable dentures for patients who need to replace their teeth on a budget. It is important to discuss all aspects of your new denture with your dentist to ensure you choose the optimal restoration for you. 

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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