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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How to choose the best dentist in San Francisco for your dental implant procedure


In our grandparents’ day, a set of dentures was a coveted permanent fix for advanced gum disease or a strand of missing teeth. Dentures have a downside, however: they can be ill fitting, uncomfortable, and a hassle to maintain using denture adhesive powders and creams.

A better choice is dental implants, which have been used by dental professionals for half a century. At Leo Arellano, DDS, General and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Arellano has been creating new smiles with dental implants for more than 34 years, and has thousands of satisfied patients throughout the San Francisco area.

Dental implants can replace one, or several, teeth, which make them a conservative option over full dentures, particularly if you do not medically need to have all of your teeth removed. Since they are a minimally invasive procedure, implants are considered healthier for your gums and bone.

If you are considering dental implants, the first step is to select a dentist with the qualifications and experience to meet your expectations. This is best done by scheduling a dental implant consultation. In preparing for your consultation, here are some key questions you may want to ask:

  • Do I have enough bone structure to support the implants?
    Patients with advanced gum disease may not be optimal candidates for dental implants if there is insufficient bone tissue. Other options for reconstructive dentistry may need to be explored.
  • How long will treatment take?
    The dental implant process starts by taking x-rays or impressions of the teeth and jaw that will be used as guides to fabricate the custom implants and place them during the surgical process. For an implant procedure, local anesthetic to numb the area is all that’s needed. Small screws are inserted into the jawbone based on the x-rays and models of the teeth. The entire process takes around four months for compete healing as the implants take the place of tooth roots and anchor into the jawbone.
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  • How many implants have you performed?
    The decision to have dental implants is a life-altering decision. Our teeth are a framework that give shape to our face, illuminate our smile, and help us speak and chew properly. However, ensuring a set of crowning white teeth relies on a skilled dentist. Dental implant work is an art form that is mastered over years of experience.
  • Can I review before/after photos of other patients?
    A picture is worth a thousand words and speaks most clearly about the proficiency level of your dentist.

Also, before your appointment check out rating sites such as Yelp, Angie’s List and Reviews MD to get unbiased patient commentary on a particular doctor’s work.

In addition, assess the office atmosphere. Make sure the environment is soothing and the staff is friendly, patient, and attentive, taking your needs and concerns into full consideration.

Dental implants are an important life investment. Make sure you have the information you need to make the best decision and have full confidence in your dentist of choice. For more information about the expert dental services of Dr. Leo Arellano, please call 415-881-4343.

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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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