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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

Laser Gum Contouring Recovery

When performed with a laser, gum contouring is relatively painless and requires minimal downtime. Lasers naturally seal blood vessels, meaning there is no excess bleeding and no need for sutures. Most patients are able to return to their normal lives the day after treatment. However, it is common to experience sore, swollen, or sensitive gums. Generally, these symptoms fade within 10 days of treatment. Following your dentist’s instructions carefully and taking good care of your gums can encourage a speedy laser gum contouring recovery and enhance your final results.

For the first few days, you should eat mainly soft, cool foods, such as yogurt, eggs, pasta, soft vegetables, and ice cream.

Immediately after Treatment

Since gum contouring is performed under local anesthetic, you can drive yourself home after the procedure. There is no required downtime following treatment. However, it is a good idea to rest for the remainder of the day. You should limit your activity for a few hours, as this can minimize the chance of bleeding in the area. In addition, do not floss for the first day or so to avoid disrupting the treated tissue. If you experience swelling, you can apply ice packs to your face. 

Protecting Your Gum Health

After gum contouring, you should continue to maintain a consistent oral health routine. However, you will need to take special care when brushing or flossing the treated area. Your dentist can instruct you as to when and how to brush your teeth during the healing process. Most dentist recommend using a soft bristled brush and applying gentle pressure. 

By carefully following your dentist’s instructions, you can expect to recover from laser gum contouring quickly and easily.

You may also be instructed to use a saline rinse. Combine a teaspoon of salt with eight ounces of warm water and swish the mixture around in your mouth. This treatment is most effective after a meal or a snack as it can remove food debris and residue. 

Pain and Discomfort

For most patients, discomfort after a gum contouring procedure is minimal. If you do experience pain, you can take over-the-counter pain relievers. However, do not use aspirin-based medications, as these can thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding. You should discuss pain management methods with your dentist before treatment. 

Dietary Restrictions

For the first few days, you should eat mainly soft, cool foods, such as yogurt, eggs, pasta, soft vegetables, and ice cream. These types of foods are more gentle on your gums and can help them recuperate. Until your gums fully heal, avoid spicy foods as well as food with seeds, including:

  • Kiwis
  • Popcorn
  • Poppy seeds
  • Strawberries 

Foods with sharp edges or small seeds can cut or irritate your gums while they heal and extend your recovery time. 

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Your recovery time will depend on how quickly your body heals. Some patients recover within a few days, while others require two weeks. In general, the average recovery time lasts between one week and 10 days. 

Quick and Easy Recovery

By carefully following your dentist’s instructions, you can expect to recover from laser gum contouring quickly and easily. If your symptoms persist longer than two weeks, contact your dentist to ensure there are no complications.

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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