WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple months, 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.

Here are some new changes we have made 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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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How does Biomimetic Dentistry differ from what is taught in Dental Schools?

How does Biomimetic Dentistry differ from what is taught in Dental Schools

In dental schools, the general philosophy is to fix a tooth with an emphasis on the long-term success of the restoration itself rather than the long-term survival of the tooth. That is, the stronger the restoration material is, then the better it is.

In this case, a well-made gold crown may outlast the tooth. But that comes at the cost of drilling away good, healthy tooth structure. This process not only weakens the remaining tooth, but it further traumatizes the nerve risking a greater chance of the nerve dying and needing root canal treatment. Here, the tooth is adapted to the material’s needs rather than the material to the needs of the tooth. Crowns can necessitate removal of as much as 60 to 75 percent of the tooth’s structure, and that’s not including the deficiency already left by tooth decay, fracture, or a previous filling.

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Compare this to an emphasis on the long-term survival of the tooth. In this situation, we preserve as much sound tooth structure as possible. We rebuild the tooth using adhesive dentistry techniques and materials that not only strengthen but also mimic or emulate the natural structure of a healthy tooth. In this way, the restoration fills the deficiency left by tooth decay, fracture, or a previous filling and also restores the tooth’s function.

Do you think the silver-mercury fillings (called amalgams) are consistent with this emphasis? No, they are not. Amalgams only fill the deficiency left by tooth decay or fracture and do not re-strengthen the tooth. This results in future cracks or a complete fracture of the tooth, and usually requires a crown to fix and strengthen the tooth again. This is the most common situation that I see, and yet it is still considered the standard of care in dentistry today.

Want to know if biomimetic dentistry is right for you? Call us today to schedule an appointment.