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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

Dental Fillings

A cavity can impact the look of your smile and the function of affected teeth, which can lead to painful symptoms.

A dental filling can restore the integrity of a compromised tooth and relieve discomfort in a single appointment.

Why you shouldn't wait to have a cavity filled...

Fillings Are a Quick, Easy Way to Preserve Your Natural Tooth

Treatment is virtually painless and immediately beneficial.
Fillings can be placed in a single appointment lasting under one hour. In most cases, there is little to no downtime after treatment.

Several materials can be used to fill a tooth.
You can choose between traditional amalgam, gold, and tooth-colored composite to meet your aesthetic goals and budget. 

Fillings can protect your smile from more widespread damage.
Decay can spread from the outer portion of the tooth to the inner pulp if left untreated. Fillings can prevent the need for more extensive procedures such as root canal therapy.

I Know Amalgam Fillings Are Less Expensive, But Isn’t Mercury Dangerous?

Not necessarily. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), millions of patients worldwide have received traditional amalgam fillings over the past 150 years. Clinical studies in both adults and children over six years of age have found no link between metal fillings and health complications

However, if you are concerned about the dangers of mercury or are allergic to certain metals, your dentist can help you choose a more appropriate material for treatment.

A tooth-colored filling provides long-lasting, natural-looking protection for your tooth after decay is removed.

Receiving a Filling Is Simple

Your dentist will assess the location of your cavity or cavities using high-quality images.

He or she will determine whether root canal therapy is needed or if a filling alone can treat your affected tooth. 

Together with your dentist, you will choose between traditional amalgam, gold, silver, or tooth-colored composite resin for the material of your filling.

After providing you with a local anesthetic, your dentist will remove decay and place the filling over the area of concern.

To ensure a comfortable fit, your dentist will assess your bite before sending you home.

Most patients are fully recovered within hours of their appointment.

Simple, Cost-Effective Protection

A filling is best for cases of mild to moderate decay. If you have decay that extends over one or more cusps (edges) of a tooth, an inlay or onlay may better fit your needs. Extensive damage may require a custom dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth for lifelike results.

Treatment for cavities is simple, cost-effective, and can be designed to fit your budget. Avoiding treatment can cause more widespread decay, infection, and even tooth loss. Schedule an appointment today to protect the health 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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