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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.  

When you come to the office, we ask that you wait in your car in the parking lot.  Diana will be calling you at your appointment time to let you know that your dental operatory is ready for you.  Susie, Chelsea or I will meet you outside to take a quick, touch-less temperature scan of the forehead, and 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

Illustration of laser gum treatment

Gingivectomy

Advanced gum disease causes loose tissue around the teeth. Eventually, nonsurgical treatments may not work, and the risk of tooth loss increases.

Gingivectomy, the removal of diseased gum tissue, can restore your oral health and protect your teeth.

Why should you consider gingivectomy?

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Surgery can help When nonsurgical treatment cannot.

When All Else Fails...

Gum disease can reach a stage at which antibiotics, scaling and root planing, and other solutions cannot resolve periodontal pockets (areas of loose tissue that allow bacteria to collect). Gingivectomy may be the only solution.

A Clean Slate.

Once the diseased tissue has been removed and your incisions have healed, you can begin a new chapter of oral health in your life that you can maintain with brushing, flossing, and six-month checkups.

Improved Overall Health.

Advanced gum disease places you at greater risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other conditions. Gingivectomy not only gives you a healthier smile, but can also benefit your entire body.

Gum disease Is surprisingly common among Americans.

But what will it cost?

Gingivectomy can cost from $200 to $400 per tooth. If you have dental insurance, your plan will likely contribute to at least a portion of the treatment. Meanwhile, it can prevent the need for much more costly treatment, such as dental implants and dentures, which can cost thousands of dollars.

Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Sedation is usually also available if you feel anxious or have difficulty sitting comfortably.

Using a laser or scalpel, the dentist will incise and remove diseased tissue.

The dentist will reposition healthy gum tissue around the tooth and may use sutures to hold it in place. 

The gums typically heal within a couple of weeks. In the meantime, you must make special modifications to your brushing and flossing routine to avoid disturbing the treatment area.

If your doctor recommends gingivectomy, It is likely the only option.

When nonsurgical treatments fail to resolve diseased gum tissue, gingivectomy is usually the only viable way of restoring periodontal health. Fortunately, modern dentistry makes the procedure virtually painless. After the procedure, you can begin a new phase of oral health care tailored to preventing the recurrence of gum disease.

If you do not attend regular checkups, or if you have symptoms of gum disease, talk to your dentist today. Gingivectomy may not be necessary yet, and with prompt attention, you may never need it.

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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