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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What To Expect From Biomimetic Dentistry

Expect From Biomimetic Dentistry

Traditional dental techniques haven’t taken advantage of the advanced ceramics and adhesives developed by modern engineering and science. These new technologies allow dentists to use smaller onlays that work more like your own teeth than the large fillings and crowns used in traditional dentistry. Traditional techniques are also more prone to causing teeth to crack and leak thereby allowing bacteria to rot your teeth away from the inside and underneath fillings and crowns.

Nonetheless, everything we do in dentistry can wear out or fail over time – just like our own teeth do. Yet most patients are concerned that failures of the restoration are always the fault of the dentist although when their own natural tooth breaks it is considered an accident. In fact the reason why the tooth was restored in the first place was because the natural tooth had become weakened, broken, or decayed. Biomimetic Dentistry allows for this eventuality by making the restoration the “weakest link”, and its failure an easily repairable situation. Compare that to making the tooth the “weakest link” that results in the eventual catastrophic failure of the tooth itself meaning further cracking, fracturing, need for root canal treatment, and eventual loss of the tooth.

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Biomimetic Dentistry commonly uses advanced tools and techniques for diagnosis and treatment. These may include the use of air abrasion to restore teeth indicator dyes and lasers to diagnosis and treat tooth decay, ozone to treat tooth decay and sensitivity, and special bonding systems and techniques that more strongly secure the restoration to the tooth and more effectively seal it against future tooth decay.

Biomimetic Dentistry is also not about drilling the tooth less, but it’s about preserving more of the hard sound tooth structure. The use of modern adhesion dentistry techniques does not rely on the standard retention and resistant forms that require more drilling on a tooth to do fillings and crowns as taught in dental schools. The long-term success of the adhesion is the relationship between the strength of the bond and the force of the stress that it’s resisting. So a dentist experienced in balancing and adjusting your bite is essential when doing Biomimetic dental restorations.