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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Highly advanced Cosmetic Dentistry techniques & procedures now at San Francisco

Highly advanced Cosmetic Dentistry techniques - San Francisco, CA

Trends in Cosmetic Dentistry

Today’s custom smiles are designed to enhance the natural beauty of your smile that not only looks good to others, but also makes you feel great about yourself. 

It’s About the Total Picture

Even a good picture can be made better by the frame chosen to display it. For the best results, the harmonious blending of your teeth (the picture) and the gums (the frame) as they are outlined by your lips when smiling, are essential for the best results. 

The Goal of Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry mimics the natural beauty of a healthy youthful smile. For the teeth that means straight, even with no spaces and no signs of wear and aging. For the gums, that means a healthy pink color that is level and completely fills any spaces between teeth. In nature, examples of the beauty of symmetry can be found everywhere; so designing a smile with symmetry is essential. 

Types of Cosmetic Procedures

Making a decision on what type of procedure to use is dependent on the desired final result, the pre-existing condition of your teeth and gums, and what needs to be done to get that smile you have always wanted. It is also dependent on your feelings about the conservation of tooth structure. Each procedure has a different degree of how much tooth structure may need to be removed. Although circumstances may vary, the general order from the least to the most tooth structure removed is: Bleaching – Bonding – Re-Shaping Teeth – Veneers – Inlays – Onlays – Crowns. Cosmetic gum treatments may also be needed to optimally shape, add, or trim the gums as needed. 

Cosmetic Dental Materials

Making a decision on what material to use is dependent on the desired final result, the pre-existing condition of your teeth, and how strong it needs to be. There are many types of tooth colored porcelains and plastic composites of varying durability and appearance, and although there is a general trend toward not using metals, metals do afford the most strength when used to support tooth colored porcelains. 

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry
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Cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile. Cosmetic dentistry refers to a variety of dental procedures that may be used singly or in combination to make teeth and smiles more attractive. It’s focused mainly on the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Do you have…spaces or gaps between the teeth, discolored teeth, crooked teeth, gummy smiles, small or short teeth, crowded or rotated teeth, unsightly or stained fillings? You can correct these issues and more with the help of cosmetic dentistry. Top 10 cosmetic dentistry procedures: teeth whitening, dental bonding, dental implants, dental veneers, dental crowns, dental bridges, dental fillings, cosmetic gum surgery, custom dentures, smile makeovers. Why should you consider cosmetic dentistry? The befits go far beyond cosmetic. Enjoy better oral health with straighter, easy to clean teeth. Improves self-confidence. Improves the functionality and appearance of teeth. Most procedures offer instant results. Fight signs of aging with healthy and long lasting treatments. What’s new? Increased demand for natural-looking, tooth-colored dental materials. Technological advancements; diagnostic lasers, intraoral cameras, tomography digital x-rays, and computer smile imaging. Latest techniques such as smile lifts and dental facelifts. Improved methods of payments and affordability. Did you know? A persons’ smile outranked eyes, hair, and body as the most important physical feature. American spend about 2.75 billion each year on cosmetic dentistry. Two thirds of cosmetic dentistry patients are female and 33 percent are male. Did you know, 50% of us citizens seek cosmetic dentistry to look good and feel younger, and 89% to improve physical attractiveness and self-esteem. The most sought after treatment is crowns and bridges with a 97% turnaround. It is never too late and you are never too old for cosmetic dentistry. Consult us to determine which cosmetic dental procedure is best for you.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

A removable partial denture and failing remaining lower teeth replaced with a dental implant supported hybrid denture that is firmly retained by screws.

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I’ve been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, “Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting.” I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I’ve had (beyond regular cleaning) It didn’t take too long and it didn’t feel uncomfortable getting it done.... More Reviews