WE HAVE RE-OPENED

Our community has been through a lot over the last couple months, 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.

Here are some new changes we have made 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 discovers dental implants are cost effective and affordable

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Dr. Leo Arellano and his team are dedicated to helping the people of San Francisco and the surrounding areas enjoy optimal oral health and beautiful smiles. They offer a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, general, and restorative dental services to meet the needs of their patients. They do not believe price should stand in the way of a healthy smile, so we work with dental insurance companies and financial plans to ensure quality dental care is affordable and available to their patients.

Although dental implants are considered the premier option for replacing missing teeth, many people avoid this treatment because the initial cost is higher, so they believe that dental implants are more expensive. However, in reality, dental implants are more cost effective than dentures or dental bridges because implants can last a lifetime with proper care. Other tooth replacement options will require repair, replacement, treatments to prevent further tooth loss, and even aesthetic services if the contours of the face are to be maintained.

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In addition to being more cost effective long-term, dental implants offer many other benefits:

  • The replacement teeth function, look, and feel just like natural teeth.
  • The integrity of the jawbone is preserved because the implant stimulates the bone to continue regeneration.
  • The health of the adjacent teeth is not compromised, as they do not have to be reduced for crown placement as is necessary in dental bridge procedures. Additionally, implants are a standalone restoration; they do not transfer chewing pressure to the neighboring teeth, so the force when biting or chewing is evenly distributed across the dental arch.
  • Oral hygiene practices are not affected; implant restorations require the same cleaning techniques as natural teeth. Special flossing aids are needed to clean under dental bridges and dentures must be removed for cleaning.
  • Dental implant treatment has a high success rate. They are considered more predictable than removable appliances and bridgework.

Good oral health is crucial to the longevity of dental implants; it is important that patients practice good oral hygiene and maintain regular dental visits for examinations and professional cleanings. People in San Francisco or the surrounding areas can count on Dr. Arellano and his team for effective, efficient, affordable dental care. Call 415-881-4343, or use the convenient form at the side of this page to schedule an appointment today.