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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The procedure for porcelain veneers in San Francisco

The procedure for porcelain veneers in San Francisco

Dental veneers are extremely thin shells of lustrous porcelain that are used to cover the visible surfaces of your teeth to correct cosmetic issues. Gaps between teeth, uneven alignment, chips, cracks, worn enamel, and discoloration can be covered beautifully with porcelain veneers. In many cases, veneers may be the only treatment needed for a complete smile makeover.

Porcelain mimics tooth enamel better than any other dental material, and can result in stunning restorations. Veneers resist stains and acids better than natural teeth; they rarely discolor unless there has been surface damage. Porcelain is harder than tooth enamel, so it is wear resistant, and can last many years when given appropriate care.

Prior to porcelain veneer placement it is recommended the patient have their teeth professionally cleaned, and then whitened. Porcelain does not respond to bleaching agents, therefore the veneers would be darker than the remaining teeth if whitening were performed after veneer placement. If all teeth that are visible in the smile are being treated with porcelain veneers, whitening may not be necessary, but would help the lower teeth better match the overall smile if veneers are placed only on the upper teeth.

Porcelain veneers require a minimal amount of tooth reduction, so they are not considered a reversible treatment. However, they produce a strong, trouble free, aesthetic, and durable conservative restoration. Getting porcelain veneers usually requires three dental visits, the first for the consultation, the second for preparation, and the third for placement.

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  • Consultation – During the first visit, the patient’s concerns and goals are discussed and their questions are answered. The doctor performs an examination to evaluate the patient’s oral health and to determine that veneers are the appropriate treatment.
  • Preparation – During this visit, the shade of the veneers is chosen, the dentist prepares the teeth, impressions are taken, and all necessary information is sent to the laboratory where the veneers will be made. Temporary resin veneers may be placed on the prepared teeth, if necessary.
  • Placement – In about two weeks, when the veneers are received from the lab, the patient returns for placement. If used, the temporary resin veneers are removed and the porcelain shells are temporarily placed on the teeth to examine them for appearance and fit. If any adjustments are needed, the doctor hand sculpts them for a precision fit. The color can be altered if necessary with the shade of the cement to be used. The special cement is applied and when the veneer position is perfect, a curing light is used to harden it. The veneers are buffed to a lustrous glow, and the beautiful smile is complete.

San Francisco residents call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment, or use the form at the side of this page. Dr. Leo Arellano is well known for the quality and beauty of his work with porcelain veneers.

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