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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

The Cost of Lumineers

Lumineers® are an excellent option for patients who want to address chips, cracks, or other cosmetic flaws in their smile. These ultra thin, minimal prep porcelain veneers can dramatically enhance your smile without altering the structure of your teeth. On average, Lumineers cost between $800 and $2,000 per tooth. The price of your treatment will depend on a variety of factors, including the complexity and extent of your procedure, your dentist’s experience, and your geographical location.

Graphic of Lumineers cost breakdown
The cost of treatment with Lumineers can vary dramatically based on the specifics of your case. 

Extent of Treatment

One major factor that affects how much your Lumineers will cost is how many teeth you want to treat. Placing a veneer on a single tooth is a much less expensive procedure than restoring all of your front teeth. The number of veneers you need will depend on your goals and your budget. Your dentist can make recommendations based on your desired results.

Treatment Complexity

Lumineers are a versatile treatment that can address a range of cosmetic issues, from minor chips to gaps and crooked teeth. When veneers are used to address more straightforward concerns such as discoloration, they will likely cost less than if they are used to conceal more complex issues. In addition, if you have underlying health issues like periodontal disease, you will need to undergo preliminary treatment. Additional procedures can increase your final treatment cost.

On average, Lumineers cost between $800 and $2,000 per tooth.

Lab Fees

In general, lab fees for Lumineers are slightly more expensive than traditional veneers. This price difference is due to the complex fabrication methods required to create ultra thin porcelain shells that can withstand daily wear and tear. However, the design of Lumineers allows your dentist to place them without making significant alterations to your teeth, saving you on tooth reshaping costs and anesthesia fees. 

Dentist Experience

As with all dentistry procedures, the skill and reputation of your dentist can affect your treatment price. Typically, more experienced practitioners will charge more for their procedures. However, choosing a dentist who has experience placing Lumineers can save you money in the future. Correct placement can help you avoid issues with your bite as well as future repair and replacement costs. You should always choose a reputable dentist for your cosmetic dentistry treatments. 

Practice Location

Your geographical location can also affect the overall cost of your treatment. In general, dental procedures cost more in major cities, especially urban areas on either coast. Higher overhead in these areas means dentists must charge more to maintain their practices. 

Why Invest in Lumineers

While treatment with Lumineers tends to cost slightly more than that of traditional porcelain veneers, it offers a unique set of advantages which can make the investment worthwhile. Since your dentist can place Lumineers without altering the structure of your teeth, the treatment is completely reversible. If your Lumineers break or you decide you no longer want them, your dentist can remove them without having to place a crown to protect the tooth from sensitivity. In addition, Lumineers can last up to 20 years, allowing you to enjoy the benefits of your new smile for years to come. 

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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