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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

Alternatives to Teeth Whitening

Some patients, such as those with intrinsic staining or especially sensitive teeth, are not considered good candidates for teeth whitening. However, there are several alternatives to teeth whitening which can achieve similar results for a bright and dazzling smile. Your dentist will evaluate your dental health and discuss your treatment goals in order to recommend the right procedure for your needs.

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Whitening has limitations. Fortunately, other solutions are available to brighten virtually any smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Created from incredibly lifelike dental ceramic, porcelain veneers conceal stains rather than lighten them. These thin shells can be an especially effective option if your smile is affected by dark internal stains. At the same time, veneers can mask a number of additional imperfections, including chips, worn edges, cracks, gaps in your smile, and more. This treatment can provide a dramatic transformation and is typically recommended for patients who want to alter the size and shape of their teeth as well as the color.

If you are not a candidate for teeth whitening, alternative treatments, such as bonding and porcelain veneers, can achieve a brighter, more dazzling smile.  

There are two types of porcelain veneers: traditional and minimal prep. In order to place traditional veneers, your dentist will need to remove a thin layer of enamel from the front of the treated teeth. This alteration is permanent and may not be right for patients with thin enamel or dental sensitivity. In contrast, minimal-prep veneers can often be placed without altering the tooth’s structure.

Dental Bonding

Like veneers, dental bonding can transform intrinsically stained teeth. During the dental bonding procedure, the doctor will apply composite resin over one or more teeth, concealing discoloration. Your dentist can precisely shade the resin to match your natural tooth color, allowing it to blend seamlessly into your smile. Then the material is sculpted and polished to give it a realistic shape and shine.

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Dental bonding can conceal imperfections and enhance the color of a tooth.

Dental bonding is a quick, affordable, and conservative treatment that can improve cosmetic concerns in a single appointment. While composite resin is prone to staining and cannot achieve results that are as natural-looking as veneers, bonding preserves healthy enamel and can be reversed if you change your mind.

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Dark intrinsic stains often develop due to certain medications or trauma. In some cases, however, this type of discoloration may result from amalgam dental fillings. Over the years, metal can start to show through your teeth, giving your smile a gray tint. Your dentist can often remove older traditional fillings and replace them with a composite resin restoration. Made from the same material used for dental bonding, the resin can be colored to match the natural shade of your teeth.

In addition to the cosmetic benefits, tooth-colored fillings are also better for your general health and your oral health. The material will form a stronger bond with your tooth than metal fillings, increasing its longevity. Additionally, unlike metal, it will not expand and contract with temperature variations, a process which can fracture the tooth over time.

Snap-On Smile®

Snap-On Smile is a removable, custom-crafted appliance that fits comfortably over your dental arch. It can completely transform your smile without the need for extensive treatment or alteration of your teeth. Many patients use the Snap-On Smile as a temporary measure or a trial before deciding to undergo certain dental procedures.

Achieve a Dazzling Smile

If you are dissatisfied with the color and appearance of your smile, there are a number of treatment options available to you. Learn which procedure is best for you by discussing your concerns and cosmetic goals with your dentist.

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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