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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Dentist in San Francisco, CA explains available treatments for periodontal disease

Periodontal Disease Treatments in San Francisco

Patients seeking a dentist in San Francisco, CA who offers several available treatments for periodontal disease are encouraged to book an appointment at the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano. We offer a variety of services for periodontal care as well as general, cosmetic, and restorative treatments.

There are three avenues of periodontal care:

  • Diagnosis
  • Treatment
  • Prevention

Diagnosis

First, our team of professionals need to make a proper diagnosis to determine what treatment options are best suited for the specific situation. Periodontal disease has many different stages. The earlier stage is known as gingivitis and is characterized by several concerns including red or swollen gums, bleeding gums, and halitosis. The later stages cause irreversible damage to the smile, including the loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth. Determining the stage that the condition has reached is crucial in determining the best treatment.

Treatment

Treatment is crucial for patients with periodontal disease. Without treatment, the condition will continue to worsen and result in damage that cannot be reversed. Treatment can also assist in controlling the disease, since it cannot be “cured” in the traditional sense. Treatment options for gingivitis include a thorough cleaning of the teeth and gums, which can remove bacterial as well as plaque and tartar. Patients with the later stages known as periodontitis will require a more invasive procedure such as scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing remove bacterial plaque and tartar from all surfaces of the teeth and gums. Additionally, for patients with a severe infection, antibiotics are often applied or prescribed to a patient. This helps in killing the infection that is causing the problem and bringing the smile back to health.

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Prevention

Patients need to understand that periodontal disease is a condition that is preventable. If patients take good care of their smile, they will greatly reduce their risk of developing the condition in the first place. While brushing and flossing after every meal will help, so will visiting Dr. Leo Arellano on a regular basis. Patients without periodontal disease should see the dentist every six months for a cleaning and evaluation, while patients who have been diagnosed with it may need to visit more often. Periodontal patients should see the dentist every three months for treatments to monitor the condition.

Who is a candidate for periodontal disease treatment?

Any patient who has been diagnosed with periodontal disease is encouraged to visit us for immediate treatment. Treatment is necessary to bring the smile back to health and to monitor the disease, so it can be controlled appropriately. Dr. Leo Arellano and his team welcome new patients into the practice for comprehensive, quality dental care and solutions for treating various conditions.

What if the condition has reached more severe stages?

Treatment is crucial for patients with periodontal disease

When periodontal disease has been left alone without treatment for an extended period, patients will notice immense changes in their smile that cannot be reversed. This may include shrinking gum tissue, bone loss, and even loose or missing teeth. These need to be treated as soon as possible for the best health and function of the smile. First, our team will assess the patient and get a proper diagnosis, and then provide immediate treatment to control the infection. Once the patient’s oral health has improved, certain periodontalrestorative procedures may be discussed. This includes the referral to certain specialists for procedures such as bone and gum grafting. Additionally, patients who are missing teeth will need to work with Dr. Leo Arellano to learn about the options available to them for replacement, including solutions such as partial dentures, full dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Discussing these restorative procedures is the first step in restoring the smile after tooth loss and improving the functionality and appearance of the smile.

Patients can schedule an appointment today

At the practice of Dr. Leo Arellano, patients can enjoy a wide variety of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions. Individuals in and around the area of San Francisco, CA can enjoy these services by booking a consultation visit. The practice is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard and can be reached at 415-881-4343.