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 implants make beautiful smiles in San Francisco

Dental implant in san francisco

Historically, dental bridges or dentures were the only options available to replace missing teeth. However, these choices are not always a perfect solution, and can create a new set of problems — bridges affect adjacent teeth, and dentures can be unstable. Today, there is another choice. Dental implants are lasting replacements for missing teeth and are becoming increasingly preferred by patients and doctors alike.

Modern dental implants can create restorations that are virtually imperceptible from natural teeth. This likeness is partially facilitated by the functional and structural connection between the living bone and the dental implant. Typically, implants are placed in a single dental visit, but they require several months for osseointegration to take place.

Osseointegration (L. osseus “bony, of bone,” + L. integer “whole, complete”) is the process of the dental implant anchoring in the bone. It takes several months for this to be complete; the length of time varies with each individual patient as well as with the location of the implant. Once the implant is anchored and healed, the procedure can be completed with the placement of a dental crown.

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Implantation cannot be performed until the patient is an adult, because bone growth has to be complete. Diseases of the bones, gums, or teeth must be treated before the procedure can be started. Certain medical conditions and lifestyle habits may affect the success of implants, but in healthy adult patients, the success rate averages 95 percent or more.

Replacing missing teeth is one of the most beneficial dental decisions you can make. A gap in your smile affects your appearance and oral health. Dr. Arellano understands that each patient has unique needs and desires, so he offers other options for tooth replacement, but a dental implant is the most predictable solution.

Dental implant placement is a delicate, precision surgical procedure, but it is not a cause for concern. Dr. Arellano and his team are friendly, kind, and empathetic. They value every individual and understand that patients may need some help to feel confident and at ease about undergoing the dental implant procedure. They take the time to explain the process and answer any questions patients may have, so they can be confident in their choices for dental treatments.

SF Bay area residents rest assured that they are getting the best care that dentistry has to offer when they put their oral health and beautiful smiles in the hands of Dr. Arellano and his team. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

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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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