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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People in Daly City enjoy the many benefits of dental crowns

Dental Crowns from Daly City dentist

In modern dentistry, dental crowns serve both restorative and aesthetic purposes, however this wasn’t always true. Historically, crowns were simply for tooth repair. Man has used dental crowns for centuries to strengthen damaged teeth. Archaeologists have discovered evidence that the Etruscans were making dental crowns out of bone or ivory as early as 700 B.C., and they began using gold crowns by 200 A.D. Today, people in Daly City, San Francisco, and the surrounding areas enjoy numerous benefits from this procedure.

The primary function of a dental crown is to strengthen and protect damaged or weakened teeth. Although it may seem that extraction is the least expensive, fastest, and easiest way to treat a tooth with extensive damage – that is rarely the case. An extracted tooth should be replaced to stop the remaining teeth from leaning into the gap, which would cause misalignment and increase the risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Although dental implants and dental bridges are excellent restorations for missing teeth, neither makes a perfect replacement for a natural tooth. Usually, from both a health and financial standpoint, saving the tooth, when possible, is a better option. Left untreated, a damaged tooth can pose some significant health risks.

Without protection, a damaged tooth will continue to deteriorate. Bacteria can reach the pulp of the tooth and cause infection, which can spread to the surrounding area and cause a dental abscess to form. Untreated abscesses can cause serious complications; the infection can spread to the jawbone, soft tissue, and blood. Once in the blood, the infection can spread to other areas of the body and result in potentially life threatening conditions such as pneumonia and endocarditis. Placing a dental crown over a damaged tooth will protect it, preventing bacteria from reaching the dental pulp and causing an infection.

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Additionally, damaged teeth can harbor bacteria and increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease. When periodontal disease develops, the inflammation originates in the gum tissue, but, without treatment, it can spread to the bones and ligaments supporting the teeth. It can cause loss of gum tissue, ligaments, bone, and teeth. Studies have found that the inflammation can spread to other major organs. It has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and a number of other serious health concerns. When the tooth is covered by a dental crown, the surfaces are smooth and easily cleaned to eliminate harmful bacteria.

Dental crowns are also used in cosmetic treatments to change the color, size, shape, or contour of flawed teeth; however, veneers or bonding may be a better option. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team offer a wide variety of options to help his patients enjoy optimal oral health and beautiful smiles. Call and inquire about our complimentary 15-minute consultations.

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Fractured front tooth immediately after being repaired with bonding composite.

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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