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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

Wisdom Tooth Removal Cost 

Growing wisdom teeth can cause pain, damage to surrounding teeth, and other complications, which is why your dentist may recommend an extraction. The wisdom tooth removal cost will largely depend on the complexity of your case. Some extractions are simple and can be performed by your general dentist, while impacted wisdom teeth may need to be extracted by an oral surgeon. The total cost of your treatment will also increase if you choose to receive sedation or pain medication following your extraction. If your extraction is medically necessary, the costs may be partially covered by your dental insurance.

wisdom tooth extraction cost
The cost of wisdom tooth extraction depends primarily on the complexity of the procedure.

Factors Which Influence Cost

Preparatory procedures, the complexity of your surgery, and extent of your recovery could all influence the overall cost of your wisdom tooth removal. 

Advanced Imaging 

In some cases, your dentist may need to perform a cone beam computed tomography scan prior to your procedure. This advanced imaging technology allows dentists to visualize your biostructures, perform risk assessment, and carefully plan your surgery. However, the technology used to obtain and post-process your images can be expensive. 

Level of Sedation 

Your level of anxiety and the sedation options offered by your dentist will also affect the cost of your extraction. Local sedation, which blocks pain during the procedure, is the most cost-effective option. Some dentists also offer nitrous oxide, oral medication, and intravenous (IV) sedation to help you achieve deeper levels of relaxation during complex procedures. 

Some dentists offer a discounted rate if you are extracting all four wisdom teeth during one procedure. 

Impacted vs. Simple

If your wisdom teeth grow at an angle or do not erupt, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth. A dentist will typically refer impacted wisdom tooth cases to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, which will add to the cost of your treatment due to additional consultation fees. The process for extracting impacted wisdom teeth is also much more complex compared to a conventional extraction.  The cost will be dependent on the degree of difficulty involved in the removal. 

Soft Tissue Impaction vs. Partial Bony Impaction vs. Full Bony Impaction

The type of impaction will also affect the price of your extraction. If a tooth has partially erupted from the gums, this is known as soft tissue impaction. Soft tissue impaction is typically the least expensive case to treat. A tooth that is partially encased in the jawbone is known as  Partial bony impaction and will be a more expensive extraction. Lastly, a tooth that is fully trapped in the jawbone, or a full bony impaction, will require the most expensive treatment. The more complex your impaction is, the more difficult and expensive the extraction will be. 

Simple, Fully Erupted Wisdom Tooth 

If your wisdom teeth are fully erupted and do not have complex roots, your dentist may be able to perform the extraction in his or her office. This extraction is called non-surgical wisdom tooth removal and can cost just as much as a traditional tooth extraction. 

Number of Teeth Being Extracted 

Some dentists offer a discounted rate if you are extracting all four wisdom teeth during one procedure. This can also help you save on sedation costs, consolidate your recovery into one time period, and prevent the need for future extractions.

Medication for Recovery

Depending on your sensitivity and complexity of your case, your doctor may prescribe pain medication for your recovery. You can choose from less expensive options such as Tylenol, but prescription medications may cost you more. 

Financing your Treatment 

Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe discomfort, infection, and inflammation, which is why many insurance companies will classify an extraction as medically necessary and partially cover the cost of your treatment. However, each insurance company can only pay a certain percentage of your procedure, and you should consult with your provider to get a more accurate estimate of your out-of-pocket costs. 

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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