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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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Sinus Lift

Bone recession and your natural anatomy can place the maxillary sinuses too close to the upper jaw to safely accommodate a dental implant.

A sinus lift can safely reposition the sinus membrane and add bone tissue so you can take advantage of an implant-supported restoration.

Why would I consider this surgery?

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A sinus lift is often the first step Towards a completely rehabilitated smile.

Setting the Stage for Dental Implants:

Like tooth roots, dental implants require a certain amount of bone tissue for support. Without adequate bone tissue, dental implants may not be an option for you.

Long-Term Benefits:

Dental implants halt the bone recession that follows tooth loss. With proper care, your augmented upper jaw will retain its bone tissue, allowing you to experience the benefits of implants for decades.

Safer Treatment:

Depending on the state of your upper jaw, placing implants could easily harm the maxillary sinuses without first undergoing a sinus lift.

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What does a sinus lift cost?

Despite the benefits dental implants provide, the procedure and preparatory treatments rarely qualify for insurance coverage. A sinus lift can cost about $1,600 to $2,400 per side, and implants can each cost up to $3,000, not including the restoration. However, you must consider that a traditional denture will need regular adjustments as the jaw changes shape. Each adjustment incurs a fee, and can require you to wear a temporary denture in some cases. Meanwhile, the denture will remain prone to slipping when you are eating and speaking. The time and hassle you can avoid by choosing dental implants can justify the price, and there are many low-interest and interest-free financing options available to help you budget for the procedure.     

The Sinus Lift Procedure

Your dentist will take x-rays to determine how much of a lift is necessary. 

On the day of surgery, you will receive local anesthesia and sedation to ensure your comfort. Next, an incision is placed in the gums, exposing the bone tissue that serves as the sinus wall. 

A "window" incision is created in the bone, and the sinus membrane is gently lifted.

Grafting material is used to fill the resulting space.

During a healing period that can take four months to a year, the graft will become integrated with the jaw and spur the growth of new bone tissue. 

Once your dentist has determined that the graft has completely healed and you can safely receive implants, he or she can begin planning your implant placement surgery.

Your dentist may offer alternatives.

If your dentist believes that your sinuses lay too close to the treatment site to safely place standard dental implants, there are shorter implants that may be a viable option. However, there are conflicting reports regarding the effectiveness of these implants. Some studies have shown that they are not as strong, while others have found comparable success rates when short implants are used to support dentures. Your dentist can help you make an informed choice.

A sinus lift can greatly extend your treatment timeline, but the benefits can justify the additional investment of time and money. Talk to your dentist today about your candidacy for dental implants.

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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