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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

Alternatives to Porcelain Veneers

If your dentist decides that porcelain veneers are not the right treatment for you, there are several other options that can achieve a radiant, natural-looking smile. Some patients are hesitant to permanently alter the structure of their teeth, so they opt for dental bonding as a conservative alternative. Others simply want to brighten the color of their smile and can achieve a dramatic aesthetic enhancement with teeth whitening. For patients with more extensive damage to a single tooth, dental crowns may provide a more effective option, while orthodontics can address even severe misalignment for a straighter smile. During a consultation, your dentist can discuss available options with you to determine whether alternatives to veneers can better address your needs.

Dental Bonding

Bonding may be recommended for patients with insufficient dental enamel or for those who do not want to permanently alter the structure of their teeth. During the bonding procedure, your dentist will apply a composite resin to the front of one or more teeth. The resin can be custom-shaded, sculpted, and polished so it is virtually indistinguishable from your natural enamel.

With dental bonding, your dentist can achieve many of the same results that are possible with veneers. While composite resin can stain over time and does not offer the same natural reflective qualities as dental porcelain, bonding can conceal cracks, discoloration, misalignment, and gaps between teeth. It is also considerably less expensive than veneers.

Filling Chips with Bonding

Illustration of chipped tooth
In cases of small chips, bonding may be a more appropriate solution than veneers.

Teeth Whitening

Patients who only want to enhance the color of their smiles may opt for teeth whitening instead of veneers. Dentist-supervised bleaching is a quick and extremely affordable alternative to veneers. It is also suitable for a wide range of patients. By chemically breaking apart stained molecules deposited in the enamel, both in-office and take-home whitening treatments can lighten teeth by up to eight shades.

If your dentist decides that porcelain veneers are not the right treatment for you, there are several other options that can achieve a radiant, natural-looking smile.

The downside of whitening is that it can only address extrinsic stains, such as those caused by coffee, red wine, sodas, or tobacco use. Whitening treatments will not affect tetracycline stains or discoloration caused by trauma or silver dental fillings. Addressing this type of discoloration requires a procedure which actually conceals the tooth, such as bonding or veneers.

Dental Crowns

In some ways, dental crowns are very similar to veneers. Customized to complement a patient's natural smile, these porcelain caps completely cover the tooth down to the gumline. For a crown to fit properly, your dentist will likely need to remove a significant amount of dental structure. Crowns are an excellent option for patients who have considerable damage affecting the strength or structural integrity of a single tooth. However, for patients who are seeking mainly cosmetic enhancements, veneers are an effective and less invasive option.

Orthodontics

While porcelain veneers can conceal minor misalignment, orthodontic treatment is still the best option for patients with severely crooked teeth or malocclusion. Advancements in orthodontics have resulted in a wide range of treatment options beyond traditional metal braces. White or clear brackets, as well tooth-colored arch wires, are available. In addition, clear aligner trays, such as Invisalign® and ClearCorrect®, offer discreet, comfortable treatment. For certain patients, there are also accelerated systems which can straighten teeth in just a few months.

Explore Your Options

While veneers are an effective and safe treatment, alterations to the structure of your teeth are permanent. Some patients may also find the treatment cost outside their budget. Fortunately, there are a variety of alternatives to porcelain veneers available to 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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