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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

Gum Disease Laser Therapy

Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly 50 percent of Americans over the age of 30 have some form of gum disease. Scaling and root planing, also known as a deep cleaning, is generally used as an initial, conservative treatment when the disease is mild. However, in its more aggressive stages, laser therapy may be recommended. During gum disease laser therapy, a specialized dental laser is used to eradicate unhealthy bacteria and damaged tissue, allowing the gums to reattach to the base of the teeth. This prevents bacteria from developing below the gum line, as well as improves the appearance and health of the gums. With the introduction of lasers into dental care, patients can experience more comfortable treatment, a faster recovery, and a reduced risk of infection.

Benefits of Laser Dentistry

Compared to traditional gum surgery, laser therapy offers several benefits, including:

  • Minimally invasive treatment
  • No scalpel or sutures required
  • Smoother, faster recovery
  • Reduced pain and bleeding
  • More accurate and aesthetically pleasing results
  • Preserves more healthy gum tissue
  • Lower risk of infection

Patients with moderate gum disease and periodontal pockets greater than 4 mm are typically good candidates. In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend tissue grafting or another type of surgery.

The Laser Therapy Procedure

During treatment, a dentist, periodontist, or other type of specialist will use a soft tissue laser to remove diseased tissue and bacteria within the pockets along the base of the teeth. The surrounding, healthy tissue will remain unaffected. Before treatment, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area.

With the introduction of lasers into dental care, patients can experience more comfortable treatment, a faster recovery, and a reduced risk of infection.

Once the damaged tissue has been removed, a dental instrument known as a scaler will be used to smooth the surface of the dental roots. The doctor may also apply a gel or membrane containing platelets or similar material to promote healthy tissue generation. By reducing the size of the pocket depths, the gums can more securely attach to the base of the teeth and prevent bacteria from reentering. Treatment sessions generally take about two to three hours and can be completed in one office visit. In more complex cases, an additional office visit may be required.

Recovery and Aftercare Following Laser Therapy

Though some dietary restrictions and hygiene modifications are expected, recovery is fairly quick and straightforward. During your initial consultation, the doctor will discuss post-operative care and provide you with a list of instructions to follow so you know what to expect.

After laser therapy, it is normal to experience slight tenderness or temperature sensitivity, in addition to some swelling. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and eating soft foods should help reduce these side effects. Over the course of your recovery, you may also experience some slight bleeding and changes in the color of the treated gum tissue. As the gums continue to heal, color will normalize and the gums will start to look healthier.

Protect Your Smile and Your Health

Studies have shown that the health of your mouth can directly impact the health of your body, either positively or negatively. Gum disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and even stroke. By taking good care of your teeth and gums, you can minimize your risk for related issues and enjoy a healthier smile.

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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