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.

Dr. Leo Arellano

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Dentist in San Francisco, CA describes the benefits of using dental implants for tooth replacement

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If you have lost one or more teeth within the smile and are unsure as to the best way to replace them, fear no more! Dr. Leo Arellano and his team of professionals in San Francisco, CA are pleased to provide tooth replacement options that can last a lifetime, such as dental implants.

Benefits of dental implants

Dental implants are best described as usually titanium metal restorations that are used as a tooth root replacement. They are placed into the bone of the jaw during oral surgery, which stimulates the growth of bone around the implant to hold it in place. The top of the implant is covered with a dental crown, which is custom made to match the patient’s existing teeth to ensure seamless integration into the smile. Dental implants are typically used to replace a single tooth but are also used in other manners. For example, a dental implant can be used on one or both ends of a dental bridge to replace one or more teeth or can be placed along the dental arch and made to work with a full denture to act as a foundation for support and retention of the denture. Dental implants are versatile and highly desirable because of their many advantages. These restorations are:

  • A smart investment for lifelong tooth replacement
  • Natural-looking to ensure beautiful integration
  • Best for maintaining the bone of the jaw over time
  • Stronger and more stable than alternative solutions
  • Expensive, but hold their value over time
  • Long-term replacements for missing teeth
  • Biocompatible and long-lasting for optimum results
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Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Most patients who are seeking restorations such as dental implants are worried that they may not be candidates for treatment, and this is a realistic expectation. Not everyone is well-suited for dental implants. Because dental implants require bone to be in place, patients must have sufficient bone structure available to ensure that oral surgery is successful. While the implant does stimulate bone growth, it needs bone to be able to do so. To determine candidacy, patients will undergo x-rays to check for the bone of the jaw and to determine if it is solid enough to ensure successful treatment. If not, patients serious about having dental implants can work with their dentist to discuss options for preparation such as bone grafting. Bone grafting can build up the bone and prepare it for the placement of a dental implant in the future. This is an option for patients to consider. If patients decide they do not want to undergo additional treatments, then alternative solutions such as dental bridges and traditional dentures may be discussed as a way to repair the smile after tooth loss when implants are not the optimum choice.

Discuss dental implants and other tooth replacement options with Dr. Leo Arellano today!

Call our practice at 415-881-4343 to book an appointment with our dentist and get started learning more about the benefits of dental implants and other tooth replacement solutions available at our practice, conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, CA.


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