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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

The Cost of Full Mouth Reconstruction

A full mouth reconstruction combines multiple dental procedures into a customized plan to restore our oral health. Each plan is based on individual needs and goals, meaning the cost of treatment can vary greatly from patient to patient. Your full mouth reconstruction cost is dependent on the current condition of your teeth, as well as the extent of planning required to start treatment. In addition, the quality and type of restorations you receive, and the technology your dentist uses can affect the final price of your reconstruction.

Graphic showing costs of full mouth reconstruction
The total cost of full mouth reconstruction is largely shaped by the state of your oral health and the complexity of your case. 

Planning Your Treatment

Due to the personal nature of a full mouth reconstruction, the planning stage is crucial. This step will likely include a full smile evaluation. Your dentist may use x-rays, computer imaging, computed tomography (CT) scans, and intraoral photography to understand the issues affecting your oral health and develop a plan to treat them. The types of tests performed can impact the overall treatment cost.

A properly planned and executed full mouth reconstruction can be a life-changing experience and an investment in your future health and well-being.

Your treatment timeline can also affect the cost of restoring your smile. In some cases, patients choose to stage treatment and spread the cost of procedures over months or even years. However, when you wait for long periods of time between treatments, your smile can change and require additional treatment, increasing the final cost.

Extent of Treatment

The condition of your teeth will greatly affect the overall cost of your full mouth reconstruction. Generally, this type of treatment plan is recommended for patients with multiple oral health concerns affecting the functionality of their smile. Your full mouth reconstruction may include procedures to treat:

  • Decay
  • Gum disease
  • Missing teeth
  • Damage, such as cracks, chips, or fractures
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
  • Misalignment

A variety of treatments can be used to restore health and aesthetics. More extensive treatment generally requires a larger financial investment. For example, replacing a single tooth with a dental implant and crown can cost $3,000 to $4,400, while a traditional bridge typically costs between $500 and $1,200 per tooth.

Choosing Your Dentist

A full mouth reconstruction is a complex treatment plan, often requiring collaboration with other specialists to achieve desired results. It is important to choose a dentist who has experience planning and executing full mouth reconstructions. Keep in mind that experienced, reputable dentists often charge more than other providers. 

Restorations

If your full mouth reconstruction requires the placement of a restoration, the type and material will affect your final price. 

Type

There are several different types of restorations available. Your dentist can recommend the restoration best suited for your needs based on how many teeth are affected. Restoring a single tooth with a traditional dental crown typically costs between $500 and $2,500. The cost of replacing a full arch of teeth with a denture spans from $300 to more than $5,000.

Patients who are missing teeth often choose dental implants for their superior support and comfort. However, implant-supported restorations typically cost more than traditional versions and require a greater investment of both time and money. Many implant patients also require preparatory procedures, such as bone grafts, which can increase the final cost of treatment. 

Material

Another key factor that can affect the cost of your reconstruction is the material used to fabricate your restoration. There is a range of materials available, from more inexpensive metals to high-quality dental porcelain. Your dentist may also offer porcelain-fused-to-metal restorations, which are less expensive than all-porcelain, but not as natural-looking. Advanced materials, such as zirconia and IPS e.max®, will cost more than metal restorations.

Advanced Technology

With new dental technologies available, treatment is safer and more effective than ever. Devices such as dental lasers can enhance results and reduce the risk of infection. While many of the restorative treatments involved in a full mouth reconstruction are covered by dental insurance, advanced technologies are often excluded from coverage. It is important to discuss the tools and techniques your dentist plans to include in your treatment and factor those into your budget. 

Investing in Your Future

A compromised smile can affect every aspect of your life. Damage, decay, and missing teeth can make chewing and speaking a struggle and cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. A properly planned and executed full mouth reconstruction can be a life-changing experience and an investment in your future health and well-being. Be sure to discuss your insurance coverage and financing options with your dentist before treatment to ensure your full mouth reconstruction is as affordable as possible. 

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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