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San Francisco dentist explains how to care for dental implants

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Dental implants are a popular choice for dentists and patients in San Francisco, CA. Implants are often used to replace a tooth that has been extracted or lost due to decay, infection or trauma and have a 90% success rate. Advantages of dental implants over options such as bridges or dentures include improved appearance, comfort and speech; easier eating; increased self-esteem; durability; and convenience.

Implants typically only require the same care as natural teeth like brushing, flossing and regular visits to the dentist. However, Dr. Leo Arellano, a trusted and respected dentist who performs many dental implant surgeries each year, offers additional tips to ensure that your implant procedure is successful.

Take it easy – Implant surgery, while typically pain-free, is still surgery. Many patients feel like they can jump back into their typical routine just after surgery. However, you may want to take a day or two to rest and let your mouth recover.

Rinse with salt water – Salt water rinses can speed up the healing process and help reduce pain and swelling. Simply add a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm water, rinse your mouth thoroughly and spit it out.

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Watch what you eat – In the days after your surgery you will want to eat soft items such as yogurt. Avoid sugary foods as your teeth may be sensitive and sugar will require extra brushing. You may also want to avoid very hot or very cold foods or beverages as your teeth may be sensitive in the days following the procedure.

Pain relief medication – The medication that is prescribed to you is important to keep your mouth free from infection and to help reduce pain and swelling. Be sure to take it as prescribed and on schedule.

Gentle brushing – You will need to brush your teeth and the implant to ensure that it stays clean and bacteria-free. However, be sure to brush gently and be careful to not pull the stitches out. Brushing and using the salt water rinse at the same time will increase the effectiveness of both and help you to remember both steps.

Do you have a tooth that needs to be replaced? Dr. Arellano can help improve your smile and ensure your mouth stays healthy.



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I've been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, "Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting." I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I've had (beyond regular cleaning.) It didn't take too long and it didn't feel uncomfortable getting it done. I was swollen, but I think that happens regardless of what kind of gum grafting is done. I needed ibuprofin for a few days, no major pain. It healed well and just felt easy. I am not a fan of having any work done in my mouth because that's me, but this was the easiest work I've ever had done.
So, if you are debating which kind of surgery to do I personally would recommend the pinhole surgery.

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We've gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he's done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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