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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The unseen benefits of a dental implant in San Francisco

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Dental implants have changed the face of restorative dentistry in the past few decades. Traditionally, when a tooth was lost, the only options available for replacement were a dental bridge or partial denture. However, thanks to technological advances in dentistry, a dental implant is considered the preferred option to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants are a standalone restoration; they do not require alteration of the adjacent teeth as dental bridges do. They do not require special techniques for oral hygiene; a dental implant is cleaned in the same way as a natural tooth. Dental bridges require special care, and a floss threader to be cleaned properly.

Removable partial or complete dentures present difficulty with chewing and speaking for some patients. They may have to be secured with denture adhesive to prevent slipping or clicking. Dental implants feel and function just as a natural tooth does, enhancing patient comfort and acceptance.

Dental implants are known for their beauty when topped with a porcelain crown. Their stability restores the ability to chew easily, allowing patients to enjoy their favorite foods. They enhance patient confidence when speaking, because they will not slip or click. They help protect oral health because they are easy to clean effectively. However, one of the most important benefits of dental implants is unseen.

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A dental implant connects to the bone differently than a tooth root, but accomplishes the same purpose. Implants are made of titanium, the same material most knee and hip replacements are made of. Titanium biochemically joins (fuses) with bone in a process called osseointegration. This fusion creates the same stability as that of something set in concrete, there is no movement whatsoever.

When a tooth is lost and the bone is no longer stimulated, it begins to dissolve (resorb). An implant transfers the stress pressure of biting or chewing directly to the jawbone, just as natural tooth roots do. This stimulation causes the bone to keep regenerating itself, stabilizing the bone and preventing the bone loss that is inherent with missing teeth. When bone is lost, facial sagging, premature ageing, an increased risk of fractures, and loss of function can result.

Dental implants provide benefits on many levels, both below and above the gumline. Dr. Leo Arellano has protected the oral health and facial beauty of many residents of San Francisco with his skill and expertise. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule a consultation today.

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We’ve gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he’s done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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