Our community has been through a lot due to the ongoing pandemic, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your health and safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority of our dental practice, and you may have seen that we take great pride in this. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep the patients, staff, and the ones we come in contact with in our daily lives safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

Upon the emergence of COVID-19, here are some additional measures we take to ensure your safety:
  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You’ll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office, and we will be taking your temperature. Based on your answers and if your temperature is 100.4°F or higher, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  • You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect. Similarly, please limit the personal belongings that you bring inside to your appointment.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients when possible. That might mean that you’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment. Please respect the social distancing requirement of 6 feet where practical.
  • We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time. To that end, please consider calling from your car to check on the status of the reception area and be on time. Also, please come alone to your appointments. If needed, one guardian/caretaker is permitted, but they must remain in the reception area.
  • Please arrive with face masks/coverings for they will be required at all times for both patients and staff when appropriate.
  • An antiseptic mouth rinse will be used just prior to treatment for the health and safety of all. Where possible, expect changes in how we do certain procedures to eliminate or reduce the spread of aerosols and splatter during treatment. For example, for now we will be temporarily eliminating ultrasonic tools and teeth polishing during your teeth cleaning appointments until further notice.
  • Clear sneeze guard barriers between you and our front desk personnel will be used to aid in social distancing, and we ask that we all limit our conversations to what’s necessary to limit contact time. More regular and frequent sanitizing of high touch areas and items will be done for your health and safety. This includes door and other handles, light switches, countertops, etc.
We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 415-752-8311 .

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors, and friends.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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Daly City, CA, dental patients ask, “What alternatives to porcelain veneers are available?”

What alternatives to porcelain veneers are available?

Dental veneers are a popular cosmetic dental treatment. Their popularity has grown in recent years because they can be used to cover a wide variety of perceived cosmetic flaws. For example, veneers can be used to cover a single tooth that is cracked, damaged, or misshaped, or several veneers can be used to cover teeth that are out of alignment or discolored.

Of course patients have several choices when it comes to cosmetic dental treatment. Crowns can be used to fix damaged teeth, cosmetic bonding can be used to rebuild a broken tooth, whitening treatments can brighten a smile, and treatments such as Invisalign can address misalignment. However, while these are all great options for individual situations, when a patient has two or more flaws, veneers become a great choice because it’s a single treatment that can address several items.

Application of dental veneers is a fairly straightforward process. First, the teeth that will hold the veneers must be prepared. This is done by removing a very fine amount of the tooth’s enamel. The enamel must be removed to make room for the veneer to be placed and still have a natural looking smile. Next, the dentist will send exact specifications to a dental laboratory that will produce the veneers. Once the veneers are ready, the patient will return to the dentist’s office to have the veneers bonded to the front of the teeth. Once the veneers are in place, the patient will have a great smile that’s so natural no one will ever know the difference.

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Caring for dental veneers is as simple as brushing, flossing, and keeping up with dental appointments. Good oral health will keep the teeth strong and healthy, while taking care to avoid certain habits such as smoking and biting into hard items will protect the veneers from cracking and discoloration.

Patients in Daly City, CA are encouraged to turn to Dr. Arellano of Dr. Leo Arellano, General and Cosmetic Dentistry for a consultation and examination to determine if dental veneers are right for their situation. Dr. Arellano and his team provide a complete suite of cosmetic dental services to help their patients achieve the smile they deserve.

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