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.

Sincerely,
Dr. Leo Arellano

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How Effective is the Pinhole Surgical Technique?

How Effective Is Pinhole Surgical Technique in San Francisco Area

Suppose you live in San Francisco, and you’re wondering how effective the pinhole surgical technique is or where to access this effective dental procedure. In that case, Dr. Leo Arellano offers such services at his practice at 3030 Geary Blvd, San Francisco. People with gum disease go to the dentist expecting to come back with a smile after treatment of any gum issues. A pinhole surgical procedure comes with loads of benefits to the patient. The operation is comfortable, as it does not involve any incisions, which is why dentists use it to treat gum recession. Dentists advise that it reduces the chances of losing teeth. Here is an overview of the advantages that you can never overlook.

It Features a Less Intrusive Process

The dentist does not use complex surgery since the procedure is not invasive. They only make a small hole around the affected area. The wound does not last long as it disappears after a day or two. In addition, it does not leave any dents, and patients may not notice the hole a day after the surgery.

It Does Not Cause Any Pain

When the dentist makes the pinhole, there are minimal chances of pain. The pinhole surgery may not cause any pain during and after the procedure. What’s more, the dentist does not make any cuts, so bleeding or inflammation is the least of your worries. Pinhole surgery does not involve stitching since there is no wound warranting such extreme measures. Considering the size of the hole, the chances of getting an infection are significantly low.

Actual Patient Results

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Symptoms That Warrant a Pinhole Surgery

It is time to see your dentist in San Francisco if you observe some of the following signs.

  • Painful or sensitive gum
  • Wobbly teeth
  • Protruding or exposed roots
  • Extended teeth
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

What Is the Approximate Healing Time After a Pinhole Surgery?

Most patients appreciate the procedure since it takes a short duration to complete, leaving them comfortable. A typical case takes less than two hours for the dentist to make the hole and correct a receding gum. It will generally take you a couple of days to heal enough after the surgery, allowing you to continue with your daily activity as the area continues to heal.

Dentists from San Francisco have a lasting solution for your receding gum. Contact Leo Arellano DDS PC today at 415-881-4343 and book your appointment to achieve a brighter smile.

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Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Tooth with failing root canal, fractured root, and poor crown esthetics replaced with a dental implant and new crown.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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