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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Cosmetic dentist in San Francisco provides healthy smile enhancement

Cosmetic dentist Dr. Leo Arellano, in San Francisco provides healthy smile enhancement

Cosmetic dentistry has been defined as dental work designed to create a positive change to a smile. Dr. Leo Arellano and his dental team consider a healthy smile to be the necessary foundation for beautiful San Francisco smiles. The process of smile enhancement begins with a thorough exam. Some oral conditions, such as periodontal disease require treatment before cosmetic enhancement begins. Other conditions can be corrected during cosmetic treatment. Improving a person’s smile and oral health:

Tooth Decay

Existing cavities are treated as conservatively and beautifully as possible. By using adhesive dentistry materials and techniques, the strength, structure, and function of the tooth is restored with beautiful, natural looking results. Traditional mercury-laden silver amalgam fillings are unsightly and do nothing to strengthen the teeth. Furthermore, amalgam expands and contracts with temperature changes, which can fracture the tooth and result in the need for further restoration. We use DIAGNOdent laser technology and decay detection dyes to detect decay and fractures as soon as possible. Early diagnosis, and treatment with minimally invasive dentistry techniques, maintains the health and beauty of the teeth.

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Restorations

  • Inlays and onlays – A porcelain inlay or onlay is an excellent conservative option when the decay or damage is too extensive for a dental filling. Only the damaged portion of the tooth is removed, and then the restoration is shaped to fit the prepared area. The porcelain inlay or onlay is bonded in place, increasing the strength of the tooth while maintaining a natural appearance. This technique preserves as much of the natural tooth structure as possible, as opposed to a crown, which requires the tooth to be shaped to fit the restoration.
  • Crowns – Porcelain crowns still play an essential role in dentistry, strengthening and protecting teeth that have sustained significant damage to the visible portion, but still have healthy roots. A porcelain dental crown can restore the function and beauty of a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.
  • Implants – Missing teeth can ruin the appearance of a smile and increase the risk of decay, malocclusion, and periodontal disease. Dental implants are essentially replacement tooth roots which can provide a stable foundation for a porcelain crown or bridge or denture. With dental implants, we can replace missing teeth without compromising the structure of the adjacent teeth as is necessary to place a conventional bridge.

For dental treatment that can restore both oral health and beauty, call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment today.

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Dark stained baby teeth masked with direct bonding composite veneers.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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Even after moving to Oakland (and when I lived in Mountain View) I always return to SF to see Dr. Arellano. EVERYONE in the office is top notch!

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