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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

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Gum Grafting

Gum recession is a gradual condition which makes your teeth appear longer and causes sensitivity, discomfort, and even tooth loss.

A gum graft protects your teeth against the dangerous effects of gum recession and can result in a more even and attractive gum line.

So why should you restore your gums with a graft?

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Gum Grafts Can Enhance Your Smile and Improve Your Oral Health

Prevent Bone and Tooth Loss

Gum recession is often caused by periodontal disease. Both conditions are chronic and, left untreated, will continue to cause issues. A gum graft can halt recession and improve your gum health so you can avoid tooth loss.

Eat and Drink Comfortably

When gums recede, they expose the roots of your teeth, making eating and drinking uncomfortable or even painful. Covering the roots with a graft can relieve discomfort and let you enjoy your favorite foods and drinks again.

Feel More Positive about Your Smile

Using a gum graft, your dentist can sculpt a more even and smooth gum line so you can smile with confidence.

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If Your Gums are Receding You Are Not Alone

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More than 50 percent of the population struggles with gum recession. More than 88 percent of patients over the age of 65 have gum recession that affects at least one tooth.

*According to research published in The Journal of the American Dental Association.

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It Sounds Expensive Is a Gum Graft Really Worth it?

Since gum recession and gum disease are medical conditions, dental insurance often covers part or all of the cost of gum grafting. Without insurance, the typical price of a gum graft ranges from $600 to $1,200 to treat a small area or the base of one tooth. If you want gum contouring done at the same time to create a more pleasing gum line, the total cost rises to about $1,000 to $3,000 per area. For most patients, a gum graft is an inexpensive and effective way to prevent tooth loss and protect the health of their smiles.

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Restore Your Gum Health in a Few Easy Steps

Your dentist or periodontist will numb the treatment area using a local anesthetic. If you are nervous or have a complex case, you can often request sedation.

Your doctor will collect a small amount of gum tissue from near the receded area or the roof of your mouth. 

Using sutures, the doctor will attach the graft to the treatment area.

You can return to work and other daily activities the same day or the next day, depending on how you feel.

Your gums will fully heal after one to two weeks. While you recover, eat soft, cool foods and avoid anything hot, sharp, or spicy. Don’t brush or floss the treated area until it has fully healed.

You Have Options

Advancements in dental technology have led to a few alternative methods for restoring receded gums. Many dentists have started offering LANAP (a laser-assisted procedure designed to stimulate tissue regeneration) and the Chao® Pinhole Surgical Technique as minimally invasive alternatives to traditional gum grafting. However, not all dentists offer these new procedures and they may not be effective for more advanced and widespread gum recession.

Gum recession affects both the health and appearance of your smile. If you are concerned your gums are receding, schedule an appointment with your dentist to ask about a gum graft.

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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