Cosmetic dentist in San Francisco provides healthy smile enhancement

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Leo Arellano, in San Francisco provides healthy smile enhancement

Cosmetic dentistry has been defined as dental work designed to create a positive change to a smile. Dr. Leo Arellano and his dental team consider a healthy smile to be the necessary foundation for beautiful San Francisco smiles. The process of smile enhancement begins with a thorough exam. Some oral conditions, such as periodontal disease require treatment before cosmetic enhancement begins. Other conditions can be corrected during cosmetic treatment. Improving a person’s smile and oral health:

Tooth Decay

Existing cavities are treated as conservatively and beautifully as possible. By using adhesive dentistry materials and techniques, the strength, structure, and function of the tooth is restored with beautiful, natural looking results. Traditional mercury-laden silver amalgam fillings are unsightly and do nothing to strengthen the teeth. Furthermore, amalgam expands and contracts with temperature changes, which can fracture the tooth and result in the need for further restoration. We use DIAGNOdent laser technology and decay detection dyes to detect decay and fractures as soon as possible. Early diagnosis, and treatment with minimally invasive dentistry techniques, maintains the health and beauty of the teeth.

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  • Inlays and onlays – A porcelain inlay or onlay is an excellent conservative option when the decay or damage is too extensive for a dental filling. Only the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and then the restoration is shaped to fit the prepared area. The porcelain inlay or onlay is bonded in place, increasing the strength of the tooth while maintaining a natural appearance. This technique preserves as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, as opposed to a crown, which requires the tooth to be shaped to fit the restoration.
  • Crowns – Porcelain crowns still play an essential role in dentistry, strengthening and protecting teeth that have sustained significant damage to the visible portion, but still have healthy roots. A porcelain dental crown can restore the function and beauty of a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.
  • Implants – Missing teeth can ruin the appearance of a smile and increase the risk of decay, malocclusion, and periodontal disease. Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots which can provide a stable foundation for a porcelain crown or bridge or denture. With dental implants, we can replace missing teeth without compromising the structure of the adjacent teeth as is necessary to place a conventional bridge.

For dental treatment that can restore both oral health and beauty, call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

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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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