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, CA, dentist explains costs and considerations of gum grafting surgery to address gum recession

dentist explains costs and considerations of gum grafting

If you’ve recently learned that your gums are receding, you may be feeling overwhelmed or confused. While not commonly discussed, gum recession happens to many adults. Dr. Leo Arellano has helped countless San Francisco patients avoid gum disease and provides treatment to those who do see the effects of damaged gums. Treatments range from at home oral health changes to gum grafting surgery. However, the first step is scheduling an appointment to discuss the costs and other considerations of treatment.

What causes gum recession?

Gum recession occurs when the gum tissue begins to pull away and cover less of the teeth’s surfaces, which exposes the roots. It can be caused by a number of factors:

  • Aggressive brushing or flossing: Many patients believe that when it comes to brushing, the harder you brush the more effective it is. In fact, patients should take care not to brush too harshly, as it can damage the teeth’s surfaces. Most dentists recommend using a soft or extra-soft bristled toothbrush and using small circular motions, not back and forth or up and down.
  • Genetics: Just like the rest of your body, the makeup of your gums is affected by your family history. If a parent had receding gums, you are at a higher risk.
  • Misalignment: If your teeth are not in proper alignment, gum recession can occur both on the teeth that are out of proper position and in the pockets that are created by misalignment.
  • Trauma or decay or gum disease: If the gum tissue has been impacted by a traumatic injury to the mouth or poor oral hygiene habits, it can begin to recede.

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Gum Disease treatment Actual Patient Pictures Shown Before and After Treatment
Gum Disease treatment Actual Patient Pictures Shown Before and After Treatment

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Treatment for gum recession

Treatment for gum recession Regardless of what is causing the gum recession, it’s important to know that it can be treated. The type and cost of treatment will vary, depending on the severity of the recession.

If you are experiencing mild gum disease, you may be able to reverse it with better oral hygiene habits at home. Your dentist may suggest a less abrasive toothbrush or a mouth guard if you’ve been grinding your teeth. Individuals who have a more advanced stage of gum disease may need to undergo treatment such as scaling and root planing, a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums that is performed in the dentist’s office. For the more advanced cases, patients may need to undergo a gum graft in which tissue from other areas of the mouth, or donated tissue, or collagen membrane is transplanted to thicken and bring the receding gums back into their proper position.

If you think you may be experiencing gum disease or gum recession, it’s important to note that it doesn’t get better without some help. Call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano at 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment.

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