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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Dental crowns are used in a variety of treatments today. As dentists, our first priority is to help patients avoid decay and to conserve the tooth’s natural structure if treatment is needed. We attempt to catch decay in its earliest stages so that treatment may be limited to a simple filling. There are times, however, when damage or decay has reached a point where a filling can no longer adequately repair the tooth to full strength and function and protect it from further damage. In such cases, a crown may be the best restorative treatment.

A dental crown is essentially a cap that completely covers a damaged or weakened tooth. In the past, crowns were only made of gold alloys or other metals and were quite visible. Today we can produce crowns that don’t show metal when you laugh, smile, or speak. Crowns can be made from either plastic resin, all-ceramics, or porcelain fused to metal. Despite these aesthetic options, gold is still a highly recommended material for its biocompatibility, durability, and proven long-term success. Depending on the location of the tooth to be crowned, Dr. Arellano will recommend the best type of crown if strength is needed to resist a strong bite or if high aesthetics are required for a more visible tooth.

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The process of placing a crown on a damaged tooth is quite simple requiring just two visits. The damaged portion of the tooth is removed leaving as much of the natural structure as possible. If large areas of the tooth are missing, the tooth may need to be built up to help support the crown. Then an impression is taken and two crowns are made. One crown is temporary and is worn while the final crown is precisely made at the lab. When the final crown is completed, the temporary crown with any remaining cement is removed. The final crown is then assessed for proper fit and color and then cemented into place.

Crowns are ideal when damage or decay results in a tooth took weak to be restored with just a filling or to replace large old silver mercury fillings. A crown is also used to restore a tooth following root canal therapy, in a bridge to replace a missing tooth, or with an implant.

In Dr. Arellano’s capable hands, a dental crown is an easy, convenient way to restore function and attractiveness to your smile.

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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