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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Gum disease treatment without the cost of a periodontist in San Francisco

Periolase Laser Therapy from San Francisco dentist

Periodontal (Gum) disease is a bacterial infection that can affect the gums and bone that support the teeth. Many American adults have some form of gum disease, ranging from simple gum infection (gingivitis) to serious disease (periodontitis), which can cause severe damage to the gums and bone, as well as tooth loss.

Plaque is a bacteria laden, colorless, sticky biofilm that continually forms on teeth. When this biofilm isn’t regularly disturbed by brushing and flossing, the harmful bacteria begins attacking the oral tissues. Gingivitis (the early stage of the disease) causes the gums to swell, redden, and bleed easily. It can be reversed with effective treatment and excellent oral hygiene at home.

If left untreated, the disease will advance to periodontitis. In this stage, the gums pull away from the teeth, forming pockets that gather more plaque that causes more infection. The bacteria in the plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums, stimulating a chronic inflammatory response that breaks down the gum tissue and bone.

Numerous studies have indicated that the damage of gum disease can reach far beyond the oral structure. Research has found an association between gum disease and a number of serious health conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and respiratory disease to name just a few. Effective treatment for periodontal disease is crucial to patients’ oral and overall health.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment
Traditionally, treatment for advanced gum disease involved a scalpel, sutures, considerable discomfort, and a bill from a periodontist. In San Francisco, Dr. Leo Arellano and his talented team offer a minimally invasive, patient-friendly treatment for gum disease that is a terrific improvement over traditional gum surgery. Dr. Arellano uses PerioLase laser therapy called LANAP as an alternative to traditional surgical treatment.

This method has revolutionized periodontal disease treatment, allowing it to be completed in weeks rather than months. Patient discomfort is significantly reduced, and so is the recovery period. In most cases, patients can resume normal activities within 24 hours.

Early, effective treatment for gum disease is vital to oral and overall health, and this innovative treatment provides a kinder, gentler method to stop this potentially devastating problem. San Francisco residents can call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment to learn if this treatment is right for them.

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I’ve been going to Dr. Arellano for about 20 years and I continue because of the excellent care and treatment I get with him and his whole office team. He is both professional and personable.
Recently I had a newer technique of gum surgery/grafting at his office called, “Pinhole Surgical Technique of gum grafting.” I personally found this to be much easier to handle than the other style of gum grafting that I received years ago for the other side of my mouth. That worked, it was where part of my roof of my mouth was cut and surgically sewn onto the gum. However, I much prefer the pinhole technique. It was actually the easiest dental work I’ve had (beyond regular cleaning) It didn’t take too long and it didn’t feel uncomfortable getting it done.... More Reviews