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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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San Francisco dentist provides dental crowns and bridges

Dental Crowns Bridges San Francisco

Dental crowns and bridges are familiar treatments that have been used for many years. However, they have changed and improved a great deal in recent times. San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, uses a number of new techniques and progressive procedures. Yet, in many cases, traditional crowns, or crown and bridge appliances, work quite effectively to meet the demands of the patient’s budget and timeline.

Dental crowns

Each tooth in your mouth is protected by a hard outer layer of enamel that provides strength. When the tooth is damaged from decay, accident, or trauma, it is important to restore it. The dental crown procedure involves creating and placing a custom-made cap on the tooth. Because the crown is made precisely to the dentist’s specifications, it is an exact match in terms of shade and shape.

Crowns are often used to:

  • Replace an old filling when the area of damage is so large that there is not enough tooth structure to support a new filling.
  • Strengthen a weak tooth to prevent breakage.
  • Anchor a dental bridge to replace a missing tooth.
  • Correct a cosmetic imperfection.
  • Protect a tooth after a root canal treatment.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Dental bridges

When a tooth is missing, a dental bridge is a common treatment. Even if the gap is not readily visible, the lost tooth should be replaced. The gap can interfere with proper function of the mouth, and lead to shifting of the remaining teeth. If teeth do begin to move, crowding or spaces may develop, creating traps for food particles and resulting in further damage.

The gap from the missing tooth is closed with a replacement tooth, a prosthetic known as a bridge. It is fused to dental crowns placed on each side of the space. A bridge is a time-tested, effective technique to replace a missing tooth.

To learn more about dental crowns and bridges call Dr. Leo Arellano in San Francisco at 415-881-4343.

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I’m happy to wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Leo Arellano. Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since the late 1980s, shortly after he established his practice, and I have relied on his expertise since then. He is an exceptionally skilled and caring dentist. Everyone who is part of his team represents the practice with a very high degree of professionalism and sincerity.

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