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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

Smile Makeover Cost

Every smile makeover is different, meaning the cost of treatment can vary significantly from patient to patient. A smile makeover is unique in that it combines multiple services to completely transform your smile. Smile makeover cost is affected by the number of procedures performed, the dentist’s level of experience, and a range of other factors. During your initial consultation, your dentist can explain your options and provide you with an estimate of the expected cost of treatment.

Extent of Treatment

Smile makeovers combine multiple procedures into one comprehensive treatment plan. These can range from teeth whitening to dental bonding and porcelain crowns. The number and type of treatments you choose for your smile makeover will affect the final cost. Typically, smile makeovers focus on cosmetic enhancements. If you have underlying oral health concerns such as gum disease, your dentist will likely recommend that you seek periodontal treatment prior to your makeover. Additional general or restorative procedures will raise the cost of treatment.

smile makeover
Smile makeovers consist primarily of treatments that are not covered by insurance. While a crown placed for practical purposes would usually qualify, a crown used to achieve an aesthetic upgrade probably would not.

Level of Experience

In general, dentists with greater training will charge more for treatment than a less experienced practitioner. However, choosing a reputable dentist is an important step when considering any alterations to your smile. While you may save money up front by working with a dentist new to the industry, there is a higher likelihood of complications, and you may need costly retreatment in the future.

The number and type of treatments you choose for your smile makeover will affect the final cost. 

Advanced Technology

Advancements in dental technology have created a range of innovative tools and techniques for enhancing the aesthetics of your smile. Many dentists now incorporate these tools as they plan and execute your smile makeover. For example, your dentist may use advanced imaging technology, such as digital impressions or virtual smile design software, to view your jaw and teeth and begin planning your treatment. Keep in mind that advanced treatment methods may cost more than traditional techniques.

smile makeover cost
The extent of your smile makeover treatment is the most significant cost factor.

Geographic Location

In general, the costs associated with dental treatment vary depending on where you live. Higher overhead costs in major urban areas tend to raise the cost of elective dental procedures.

Sedation

For most patients, cosmetic alterations are performed under local anesthesia with minimal discomfort. However, if you are anxious about your treatment, many dentists offer sedation options to help you relax. Your options may include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, or intravenous (IV) sedation. The cost of sedation is not typically included in the initial estimate and will likely raise the price of your treatment overall.

Insurance and Financing

Most dental insurance plans do not cover cosmetic procedures as they are not medically necessary. However, if part of your makeover has a restorative purpose, you may receive partial coverage. Dental crowns, for example, can enhance the appearance of a tooth, but they also strengthen the integrity of your bite and restore dental function. Your dentist can provide more information about insurance as well as in-house or third party financing options to help you cover the out-of-pocket expenses.

Enhancing Your Smile

For many patients, enhancing the aesthetics of their smile improves their self-confidence and their quality of life. You can discuss the different cost factors with your dentist and determine if a comprehensive smile makeover treatment plan is the right option for you. 

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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