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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Find relief from TMJ disorders near Daly City

Relief from TMJ Daly City - Soothe yourself with an excellent TMJ treatment given by Dr. Arellano in Daly City. Visit his office for more information.

TMJ disorders are a set of complex conditions that are the result of issues affecting the jaws, jaw joints, and the surrounding muscles. Studies have found that nearly 75 percent of adults in America suffer from one or more symptoms related to temporomandibular joint disorder.

In the past

It was originally thought that the condition was caused by misaligned teeth or a poorly positioned jaw, and the common treatment was tooth restoration and orthodontic treatment. However, studies found that malocclusion was rarely the cause of facial pain and other TMJ disorder symptoms.

New knowledge

Today, temporomandibular joint disorders are thought to be multifactorial, with cognitive, emotional, social, environmental, behavioral, and biologic factors influencing the development of the symptoms associated with the condition.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research scientists state that in treating TMJ disorders, often, less is best. Many people have symptoms come and go on their own. It is estimated that only five to ten percent of those demonstrating symptoms actually require treatment.

Mechanical causes

Some of the recognized physical causes of the condition include, but are not limited to:

  • Excessive tightness or laxity of the joints
  • Developmental or congenital abnormalities
  • Joint degeneration due to arthritis or inflammation
  • Disc displacement
  • Traumatic injury
  • Infection
  • Tumors
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Myofascial pain disorder

A neuromuscular problem affecting the muscles used when chewing is considered the most common TMJ disorder. Myofascial pain disorder is characterized by an aching, dull pain that is centered in or around the ears, and it can radiate down the neck or to the back or side of the head.

Some of the common signs of this disorder include popping or clicking noises when moving the jaw, tender muscles in the jaw, or problems opening and closing the mouth. Simple movements such as yawning, talking, or chewing can worsen symptoms. Habits such as chewing gum, biting fingernails, tooth grinding, and clenching the jaw can aggravate the condition.

An accurate diagnosis is crucial to finding relief

Dr. Leo Arellano uses patient history, physical evaluation, diagnostic imaging, and an in-depth discussion to determine the cause of the condition in order to plan effective treatment. Changes in diet and habits, warm compresses, and an oral appliance, among other actions may be included in the treatment plan. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

"Instant orthodontics" to straighten and repair the upper front 4 teeth with veneers.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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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