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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

3-D model of porcelain veneers

Porcelain Veneers

Even minor cosmetic flaws in your teeth can leave you embarrassed or ashamed to show your smile. 

Dr. Louis E. Paulerio can create customized porcelain veneers to cover flawed teeth and make over your smile. 

People throughout San Diego can count on Point Loma Family Dentistry to improve their health and smile aesthetics.

3-D model of porcelain veneers

The Basics of Porcelain Veneers An Illustration of How They Work

A porcelain veneer is a thin shell of dental porcelain that masks the front of a flawed tooth. This illustration shows how a veneer fits over an existing tooth that's been chipped.
Diagram of how porcelain veneer fits onto a tooth

Candidates for Porcelain Veneers Treating Many Cosmetic Concerns

Many people are good candidates for dental veneers and don't realize it. Here's how you know if veneers are the right option for you.

Your Front Teeth Have Cosmetic Flaws

Porcelain veneers are designed to hide all sorts of flaws that affect the front teeth. This includes chips, cracks, tooth stains, discolored teeth, gaps, minor misalignment, and tooth asymmetry.

You Have Sufficient Tooth Enamel in Place

In order to place a dental veneer, a small amount of enamel (less than a millimeter) is removed. This is done so the veneer can fit over the flawed tooth properly without jutting out or becoming too noticeable.

You Are in Otherwise Good Dental Health

Veneers are ideally suited for people with cosmetic problems affecting their smile. For patients with serious dental health problems, restorative dentistry or orthodontic procedures may be more suitable.

The Porcelain Veneers Procedure A Timeline for Patients

Dental veneer treatment requires at least two dental visits scheduled about two weeks apart. This timeline gives veneer patients a good idea of the various steps in the process. In about two weeks, cosmetic flaws will be hidden and your smile will look remarkable.
In about two weeks, cosmetic flaws will be hidden and your smile will look remarkable.

Initial Dental Visit

In about two weeks, cosmetic flaws will be hidden and your smile will look remarkable.

Discussing Candidacy

Dr. Paulerio will examine your teeth and go over your goals. He can determine if dental veneers are right for your needs or if different treatment is needed.

Prepping Your Teeth

If you're a good candidate for porcelain veneers, the flawed tooth or teeth will be prepped. This is when a small amount of enamel is carefully removed.

Taking Impressions

After your teeth are prepped, Dr. Paulerio will take impressions. It is from these that a dental lab technician can create fully customized veneers.

Placing Temporary Veneers

While your veneers are fabricated, temporary veneers will be placed to protect your now sensitive teeth. 

Crafting Custom Veneers

A dental lab we partner with will create the actual porcelain veneers. Technicians will make sure the veneer fits properly and is color-matched to your teeth.

Removing Temporary Veneers

Patients will return to the practice for their second and final veneers visit. At that time, we will remove the temporary dental veneers and clean off their teeth.

Placing Permanent Veneers

Dr. Paulerio will check the permanent veneer for fit and aesthetics. After making final adjustments if needed, the veneer is then positioned and adhered to the tooth.

A Dentist Who Puts His Patients First Proudly Serving San Diego

Offering advanced preventative care and the latest treatments in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Louis E. Paulerio always strives to put the needs of his patients first. His commitment to patients is backed up by years of training and experience.

Born and raised in San Diego, Dr. Paulerio has been a dentist in Point Loma for two decades. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the California Dental Association, and the San Diego County Dental Society. He is also a Diplomat of the International Dental Implant Association and a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry.

If you live in San Diego and are looking for a dentist who outs your long-term health and wellness first, we encourage you to contact Point Loma Family Dentistry online or call us at: 

(619) 223-3811

Dr. Louis Paulerio

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Jill Daoust

February 20, 2020

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Professional and caring. I actually don’t dread going to the dentist with this team. (Never thought I would say that.). You feel like part of the family and know they are looking out for the best for you. Highly recommend them.

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Ann Newcomb

May 25, 2019

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Dr. Paulerio and his entire staff are wonderful and always have been. We have known them for many years and it has always been a good experience. Would not change a thing. Five stars for sure. Our whole family goes there and we all feel the same way. Perfect!!!

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A Sincere Belief in Patient Care We Make San Diego Smile

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Susan Evanco

April 3, 2019

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Fabulous and caring staff, no to mention the excellent, excellent dentistry. Beautiful and meticulously clean environment with the latest technology. Cannot recommend them highly enough.

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Ruben Gutierrez

July 13, 2019

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Phenomenal service bc of even better Staff. Dr P & his team are truly committed to ensuring the Client receives the best care possible, in minimal time. If you’re a Vet on referral, stop looking! This is your place. True Professionals, easy to trust.

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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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