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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Learn more about the process of creating and placing dental bridges with San Francisco, CA, dentist

Process of Dental Bridges at Leo Arellano DDS PC in San Francisco Area

A missing tooth can impact even the most beautiful smile, but with the assistance of our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, patients can have their beauty restored using a dental bridge. The dental bridge is a restoration that is made of natural-looking, tooth-colored porcelain that can provide seamless replacement of a lost or extracted tooth regardless of cause. The entire process from start-to-finish keeps patients from experiencing the struggles of tooth loss for an extended period. 

What is a dental bridge?

Dr. Leo Arellano describes the dental bridge as a special dental device that is used to fill a space that is left behind from a tooth that has been removed or fallen out. It consists of a pontic (false tooth) attached to surrounding abutments (dental crowns). The final restoration is then bonded into the mouth, using the dental crowns to do so. 

What happens if I don’t replace my teeth?

Avoiding tooth replacement can cause other problems within the smile. Without using a dental bridge or other restoration such as a dental implant or partial denture, the existing teeth can shift due to the space left behind from the natural tooth. This can lead to bite misalignment issues that can cause jaw problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder and unwanted wear and tear on the existing, natural teeth. Additionally, missing teeth can cause patients to experience difficulty properly chewing and digesting food or speaking clearly.

What is the process of obtaining a dental bridge?

  • Consultation – patients schedule an initial evaluation to determine candidacy for a dental bridge
  • Preparation – the adjacent teeth are prepared with natural enamel removal 
  • Impressions – the dentist will take a mold of the prepared teeth
  • Laboratory – the dentist sends the impressions to a dental laboratory for the creation of the dental bridge
  • Placement – once the dental bridge is complete and arrives at the dental office, patients come in for the final bonding of their new restoration
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Discuss the advantages of dental bridges with Dr. Leo Arellano today!

If you are considering dental bridges for your smile to replace one or more missing teeth, and want to work with an experienced dentist in the San Francisco, CA area, we welcome you to book a consultation appointment with our staff. We can be reached at 415-881-4343 to request a visit with our front office team. We are conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard.

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A missing lower front tooth replaced by a fixed all-ceramic bonded bridge. (a removable stayplate)

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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