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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Something to smile about

Cosmetic Dentistry of San Francisco from Leo Arellano DDS PC

In the past, people visited a dentist primarily to maintain healthy teeth and gums. While preventive care is still vitally important for oral health, today a visit to your dentist can also lead to new ways to improve the look of your smile.

Since aspects of cosmetic dentistry are based on health, the condition of your teeth not only affects your health but also has a direct impact on how you feel about your appearance. Crooked, misshapen, or discolored teeth cause you to cover your mouth when you speak or smile. Even worse, because of these issues you may resist the urge to fully smile or laugh. Cosmetic dentistry offers solutions to give you a smile that you want to show off and to gain the confidence that goes with it.

A popular cosmetic treatment is teeth whitening. Initially, many of our patients try over-the-counter whitening strips or toothpastes. While most of these products remove only some of the stains from the outer enamel surface, results are limited and short-term. The most effective whitening methods come from your dentist.

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Professional dental bleaching can be performed in our office in about an hour with instant results. Or we or can provide you with a custom-fit at-home kit. The main difference between these two options is the time it takes for noticeable whitening. With an at-home kit, you will gradually see teeth become whiter with optimal brightness in about 14 days for most people.

With cosmetic dentistry, your smile can be amazing! In addition to whitening, there are veneers, composite (tooth-colored) bonding, and natural looking porcelain crowns. These treatments provide instant improvement in your appearance by correcting discolorations and issues with shape or alignment. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain, custom made at a laboratory and cemented onto the outside visible surfaces of your teeth. With composite bonding, the dentist applies the material directly onto the affected tooth and re-shapes the surface to look just like a natural tooth. Crowns are typically used to repair and protect a damaged or weakened tooth by completely covering the entire tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a wide array of treatments to allow any patient to gain confidence in his or her appearance. Talk with Dr. Arellano about the most appropriate procedure to give you something to smile about.

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Before and After Photos

Tooth with failing root canal, fractured root, and poor crown esthetics replaced with a dental implant and new crown.

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Even after moving to Oakland (and when I lived in Mountain View) I always return to SF to see Dr. Arellano. EVERYONE in the office is top notch!

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