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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Cosmetic dentist in San Francisco helps patients choose the best option for their concerns

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Leo Arellano, in San Francisco helps patients choose the best option for their concerns

Teeth are not tools, but too often, they are the go-to choice to tear open packages, twist caps, or crunch hard candy into tiny pieces. Chipped and cracked teeth are one of the most common tooth injuries in the United States. Malformed teeth deflate confidence and make chewing and speaking difficult.

The type of cosmetic dentistry treatment depends on the severity of the tooth chip or crack. At Leo Arellano, DDS, General & Cosmetic Dentistry in San Francisco, most problems can be corrected using modern cosmetic dental techniques including crowns, porcelain veneers, or bonding, which can actually restore appearance and functionality beyond what was attained by the original tooth.

For a minimal chip off of a corner of your tooth enamel, the choice may be bonding. This procedure involves using a color-matched composite resin that Dr. Arellano gently molds to conform to the contours of your existing tooth, or he can reshape the tooth into a more desired appearance. The existing tooth structure is lightly etched so the bonding material will adhere properly. Then, a curing light hardens the resin. A local anesthetic may be administered during this process so that you are comfortable.

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Veneers are a striking option if you have a larger area of missing tooth enamel, but the tooth is structurally sound and healthy. Veneers are made of porcelain or plastic composite. They are thin shells that are color-shaded to match your teeth and do not require substantial tooth shaping before applying, as is the case with crowns. Veneers can be used to lengthen a tooth that is shorter than the adjacent teeth, and due to their application do not cause sensitivity to heat or cold. However, veneers are not as strong as crowned teeth.

Crowns can be fabricated of metal or porcelain and used to repair significant tooth breakage or if there is extensive dental decay. Metal crowns are stronger than porcelain, but they are more unsightly with their gold or silver color prominently displayed in the mouth. Porcelain crowns are virtually invisible since they can be shaded to your teeth’s whiteness.

Teeth must be shaped before a crown can be placed over the structure, and a temporary crown is usually fitted while the permanent crown is being made. If your tooth’s nerve is healthy, the crown will cap onto the existing tooth. However, if a root canal was done, a post may be installed within the root with the crown capping over it. Of the three procedures mentioned, crowns are the most extensive and expensive procedure, but they are the most durable.

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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