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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San Francisco dentist compares a metal crown to a tooth colored crown

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When a tooth is badly damaged – either from a cavity that went too long before it was identified and addressed or from trauma to the mouth – a dentist may decide that the best way to save the tooth is to fit it with a crown. A dental crown, which is also commonly referred to as a dental cap, is a restoration that is durably cemented onto the tooth. Not only does the crown cover the damage, it also provides strength and can improve alignment and appearance.

The crown procedure is straightforward and typically requires only two trips to the dentist. During the first visit the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing a small amount of the tooth’s enamel to ensure that the crown fits properly. Next, a mold will be taken and sent to a dental laboratory to create the crown. When the crown is complete, the patient will return to the dentist to have it placed.

There are several types of dental crowns available, each with their own advantages. Dr. Leo Arellano helps his patients in San Francisco understand the differences between the types of dental crowns.

  • Metal crowns – A crown made of metal is very durable and resistant to corrosion. It is also the thinnest crown available, which means that the dentist can leave more of the tooth intact. In addition to being durable the metal crown is also gentle on the opposing teeth. However, these advantages are offset for some patients by the color of the crown which is more noticeable than other options.
  • Ceramic and porcelain crowns – Crowns that are created from ceramic-based materials can be used alone or can be fused to metal. Perhaps the biggest advantage of these crowns is that they can be created to be an exact match in shade to the patient’s natural teeth. However, they are not quite as durable as metal crowns and may chip or break just like your natural teeth. Porcelain crowns are also more likely to wear down the opposing teeth.
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Crowns are an effective solution to many dental problems. They can help patients avoid needing to have a tooth extracted and can provide relief from pain and sensitivity. If you have questions about dental crowns, call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano General & Cosmetic Dentistry today.

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Dr. Arellano and his staffs are pros and with long experience. It’s your true dentist next door. You can see from pictures hanged on the walk that most, if not all, of his staffs have been working with him for ages. It speaks for itself for how well Arellano DDS PC is!

Have been patronizing this place for many years. Back then I used to live in the same neighborhood. Their service is so good that even after I moved to a new neighborhood that’s super far away from here I still continue to come here for all my dental care.

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