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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San Francisco enjoys the benefits after dental implants procedure

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In most cases, dentists and patients consider dental implants the preferred choice for replacing missing teeth. Unlike conventional dentures that rest on the gumline, or dental bridges that rely on the adjacent teeth for support, dental implants are standalone restorations that are anchored in the jawbone. Dental implants are actually replacements for tooth roots. They may be topped with dental crowns, bridges, or dentures, depending on patients’ needs.

There are numerous benefits to receiving dental implants:

  • Oral structure is restored as close to its natural state as possible. By replacing the roots, a stable, strong foundation is created for the visible restoration. This results in closely replicating the function of natural teeth providing the same comfort, chewing ability, and natural feel.
  • Implants preserve the contours of the face. Implants stimulate the jawbone, preventing the bone loss that is inherent with tooth loss, which allows the facial structure to remain intact. The lower third of the face will collapse after complete tooth loss unless implants are placed to stimulate and preserve the bone.
  • Natural looking replacements improve the aesthetics of the smile. In the front of the mouth, a traditional replacement will allow the bone to erode, creating a visible defect in the oral structure.
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  • Healthy teeth are not compromised to support a traditional restoration. Standard dental bridges require significant reduction of the adjacent teeth to receive the crowns anchoring the bridge. Partial dentures put undue pressure on the supporting teeth, which can cause them to loosen, and eventually come out.
  • When implants are used to support replacement teeth, the restoration has a natural look, function, and feel. The increased comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating improve the patients’ overall quality of life.
  • Care of implant restorations is easy. Patients simply brush, floss, and maintain regular dental checkups. It is important to protect the health of the gums, as periodontal disease can result in implant failure in the same way it can cause the loss of natural teeth.

Although dental implants have a higher initial cost, they are more cost effective due to their longevity. Traditional dentures and bridges require periodic replacement; dental implants have a success rate of more than 95 percent after over 20 years.

Dr. Leo Arellano and his exceptional team offer the excellence that only can be gained from experience. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
I could not be more pleased with the results. From the initial consultation to insertion of the implants, Dr. Arellano made this entire procedure understandable, easy, & pain-free !!
Highly recommend this professional dentist.

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