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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Dental implants for cosmetic smile improvement in San Francisco

San francisco cosmetic dental implants

People considering dental implants to replace missing teeth should know the following:

  1. What are dental implants? They are essentially replacement tooth root. Using the same material that many medical surgeons use to replace joints in the body, titanium, the replacement tooth roots are securely placed into the jawbone. They are strong and long lasting solutions to missing teeth.
  2. How long does it take to receive the new tooth? The process takes some time because it requires time for the bone to grow around the metal post. For some patients it takes several weeks, for others, several months. Once the bone has healed around to the post, a crown can be placed. Patients will likely receive temporary crowns to use during the healing process.
  3. Are dental implants safe? Implants are not only safe; they are good for the health of the mouth. When a tooth is lost, the surrounding teeth can become weak or shift. Additionally, without a tooth to stimulate it, the jawbone can begin to dissolve, causing bone loss. The implant provides the jawbone with necessary stimulation and gives proper support to the nearby teeth.
  4. Will anyone know the difference? Not unless the patient tells them. Dental crowns, the replacement tooth that others, will be able to see will be custom made. Advancements in technology have made it so that the replacement tooth can be a precise match in shade and shape to the natural teeth.
  5. Are they better than other alternatives? People considering dental implants likely know that there are other options. However, implants are usually preferred over dentures or bridges because they function so much like natural teeth. Where dentures sit above the gum line, implants become an integral part of the mouth. They don’t slip or shift while people are eating or speaking.
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Dental implants are an effective solution to replacing a missing tooth and giving patients a smile that is happy and healthy, leading to an improvement in self-confidence and overall wellbeing. Dr. Leo Arellano of Leo Arellano DDS PC is skilled and trained in providing dental implants to his San Francisco patients. Those who are considering implants can call Dr. Arellano’s office today to determine if implants are the best solution for a beautiful smile.