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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

Laser Gum Contouring Cost

The cost of laser gum contouring varies depending on the amount of gum that is treated. The cost can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000. Treating a single tooth will cost significantly less than making alterations to the entire gum line. Other factors can also affect laser gum contouring cost, including supplementary treatments and sedation. Since gum contouring can be performed as a cosmetic or restorative procedure, your insurance coverage may affect the overall price of treatment.
Graphic of gum contouring cost
Whether your case is simple or more complex will have a significant effect on treatment cost. 

Extent of Treatment

Your dentist can perform laser gum contouring on a single tooth, multiple teeth, or the full gum line. If only one tooth requires treatment, your cost estimate will probably fall at the lower end of the scale. If the entire gum line needs treatment, you will probably pay much more for the procedure. In some cases, soft tissue grafts are also necessary to achieve the desired result. The price of grafts are not generally included in the base price of a laser gum contouring treatment. 

The cost of laser gum contouring varies depending on the amount of gum that is treated. The cost can range anywhere from $300 to $3,000.

Additional Procedures

Gum contouring is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic treatments. By providing a more uniform frame for your smile, laser gum contouring can greatly enhance the results of porcelain veneers or dental bonding. The cost of treatment can increase if additional treatments are performed in combination. 

Sedation

In general, the price of a laser gum contouring procedure includes local anesthetic, which is usually sufficient to keep patients comfortable. However, some patients have sensitive gum tissue or experience dental anxiety. If you are especially nervous about treatment, you may choose to receive a stronger sedative. Your dentist can explain your options and review the cost of sedation.

Your Dentist’s Experience

Gum contouring is a precise and exacting procedure. A dentist with more experience performing cosmetic gum contouring is more likely to provide the results you desire. However, more experienced dentists tend to charge more for treatments. 

Insurance

When gum contouring is performed as a cosmetic treatment, it is not covered by insurance. However, if you need gum contouring to remove tissue compromised by gum disease, your provider may cover at least a portion of the treatment cost. It is important to keep in mind that not all insurance providers cover the cost of laser treatments. You should discuss your coverage plan with your dentist and provider before deciding to move forward with your gum contouring treatment. 

Financing Options

Since dental insurance does not typically cover cosmetic procedures, there are many third-party financing providers who offer special plans to help patients manage out-of-pocket expenses. Companies such as CareCredit® offer low or no interest financing plans. In addition, your dentist may provide in-office financing for qualifying patients or discounts for bundling procedures. Be sure to discuss all of your financing options with your dentist’s office to ensure you are receiving the best plan for you.  

Receiving a Cost Estimate

During your initial consultation, your dentist can examine your oral health and discuss your cosmetic goals before designing a personalized treatment plan. Based on this plan, your dentist can provide you with an estimate of how much your laser gum contouring treatment will cost. 

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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