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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

How Much Does a Filling Cost?

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92 percent of adults will develop a cavity at some point in their lives. Fillings are one of the most commonly performed dental procedures worldwide and many patients find themselves asking, “How much does a filling cost?” Fillings are generally an inexpensive and very effective method of restoration. Treatment cost ranges from about $75 to $200 per tooth depending on the size and type of material you choose. Investing in a filling to repair your tooth today can minimize your risk of requiring more costly treatments such as root canal therapy, extraction, and restoration in the future. Your dentist can guide you in choosing a treatment option that works for your budget and provides long-lasting health benefits.

Factors Affecting Cost

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The cost of a filling will depend on the extent of decay and the type of material used.

Important Considerations

There are several factors which will largely determine the cost of your treatment including the condition of your smile, the materials selected, and whether you decide to receive sedation during the procedure.

Extent of Your Decay

Before placing a filling, your dentist will first remove the decayed portions of enamel and dentin. Larger cavities will result in higher treatment costs. A well-trained dentist will always recommend the most conservative treatment possible, meaning fillings will be the first line of defense if signs of decay cannot be reserved.

Investing in a filling to repair your tooth today can minimize your risk of requiring more costly treatments such as root canal therapy, extraction, and restoration in the future.

Depending on the location and extent of the cavity, your dentist may recommend an inlay or onlay. Also known as indirect fillings, these restorations cover a larger area than traditional fillings and are often made using specialized computer-aided design and manufacturing software. Your dentist will spend more time and resources creating this restoration, which will likely increase the cost of your treatment.

If decay and infection has reached the inside of your tooth, your endodontic health may be compromised. Root canal therapy is the most effective way to save your tooth from extraction. Once the infection is eradicated, you will typically require the placement of a dental crown. Although undergoing a root canal will substantially increase the price of your treatment, it can help restore health to your existing tooth structure.

Location of the Damaged Tooth

Because of their larger size and hard-to-reach location, fillings placed on molars are generally more expensive. However, smaller teeth towards the front of your mouth are more visible when you smile. Most patients elect for a tooth-colored filling in these cases. Tooth-colored fillings are more expensive than traditional amalgam fillings because the composite resin is a higher quality material.

Type of Filling

While a traditional amalgam filling can restore function to a decayed tooth, a composite filling can also maintain the appearance of your smile and is a great option if you are worried about the effects of metal on your health. Amalgam fillings are noticeably dark, but composite fillings are closely matched to the color of your surrounding teeth for seamless coverage. If you choose a tooth-colored filling, you can generally expect to pay more than if you choose the traditional metal option. Metal fillings cost roughly $50 to $100, whereas composite fillings can run between $90 and $250 each.

Whether Sedation Is Needed

Although most patients are able to receive a filling with local anesthesia alone, those with severe dental anxiety or phobia may choose to be sedated. These medications can help you relax during the procedure, but will increase the overall cost of your treatment.

Are Fillings Covered by Insurance?

Dental fillings are not an elective or cosmetic procedure, which means that your insurance provider should partially or fully cover your care. Patients can expect to pay about $10 to $50 in out-of-pocket costs for a metal filling and between $40 and $100 if they choose composite. If you do not have dental insurance, the cost of a filling is relatively inexpensive when compared to other dental procedures.

It is important to remember that leaving a cavity untreated can lead to excessive discomfort and tooth loss, which can require more expensive and complex restorative procedures. Do not delay the placement of a filling due concerns over costs. Your dentist likely accepts financing so you can receive the care you need to protect your oral health.

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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