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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Daly City patients ask, “What are dental implants?”

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Many patients in Daly City and across the country have heard of dental implants, but they actually know very little about this terrific method of replacing missing teeth. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team have restored many smiles with implants, and they provide comprehensive information about this service to help patients better understand their choices when considering tooth replacement options. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are used to provide stable, strong foundations for dental crowns, bridges, or dentures.

Dental implants are small titanium cylinders that are placed in the jawbone in a gentle oral surgery. After they are placed, the jawbone fuses to the implants in a process called osseointegration. This may take anywhere from several weeks to several months, depending on the case. After osseointegration is complete, the final restoration is placed and the patient has a long lasting solution to tooth loss.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Implants offer a number of advantages:

  • Appearance – Once completed with a restoration, dental implants generally look and feel like natural teeth. The implants fuse with the bone, making them a stable and long lasting solution.
  • Balancing – Due to the independent support for restorations, implants balance the chewing force among all teeth, preventing the existing teeth from bearing extra pressure.
  • Conservative – Implants are a standalone restoration, so they do not require reduction of adjacent teeth as a dental bridge does.
  • Protection – Dental implants provide stimulation to the underlying bone, significantly reducing the deterioration and resorption of the jawbone.
  • Longevity – With effective oral hygiene practices and regular dental checkups, implants can last a lifetime, whereas other restorations require periodic adjustment or replacement.
  • Stability – Restorations attached to implants are extremely stable, facilitating clear speech and easier chewing. In addition, the placement of just a few implants can be used to stabilize a complete denture, eliminating the need for denture adhesive and solving many of the problems associated with dentures.

In general, most patients are good candidates for dental implant treatment. Certain medical conditions, and heavy alcohol or tobacco use may contraindicate dental implant treatment. In these cases, Dr. Arellano offers other excellent options for tooth replacement. Call 415-881-4343 today to schedule a consultation with the doctor.