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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A dental bridge is an extremely aesthetic option for replacing missing teeth. An artistic cosmetic dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano can design a restoration that matches existing teeth in color and shape, for an indiscernible effect. When several teeth are missing, a longer unit or several of them can be used to restore a smile. Although dental implants are the most often recommended method to replace missing teeth, they are not the perfect solution for everyone.

Insufficient bone structure, financial limitations, or personal preference, can make a fixed bridge the preferred replacement for some patients. There are many benefits of dental bridges, including:

  • Even one missing tooth can ruin the appearance of a nice smile. This can affect a patient’s confidence and self-esteem. Tooth replacement can help create a beautiful, healthy, complete smile, which is a terrific personal asset.
  • When teeth are missing, the jawbone and facial musculature can change as time passes. Replacing lost teeth will help preserve the natural facial contours, preventing the sunken look that can be inherent with missing teeth.
  • People have a tendency to chew on one side of their mouth when teeth are missing on the other side. This can offset the bite and even lead to painful problems in the jaw joints, resulting in possible pain in the jaw, face, and neck. When placed with precision, an artificial tooth can protect the integrity of the bite.
  • Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew properly, resulting in reduced nutrition and possible digestive problems. A restoration will prevent these issues, benefitting the patients overall health.
  • Teeth are instrumental in the ability to speak clearly; the tongue meets the back of the teeth to create certain sounds. Eliminating spaces from lost teeth will restore the ability to pronounce words correctly.
  • When a tooth is missing, the teeth adjacent to the gap tend to lean into the gap creating misalignment issues. Filling the gap will prevent the remaining teeth from drifting, benefitting overall oral health.
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It is crucial for a dental bridge to be placed with precision by a highly skilled doctor with extensive experience. If it does not meet the opposing teeth perfectly, it can result in pain, bite issues, and ultimately, failure of the restoration. Call 415-881-4343 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Arellano and his skilled team. They have put hundreds of beautiful, healthy smiles on the streets of San Francisco by restoring smiles with dental bridges.

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I’m happy to wholeheartedly recommend Dr. Leo Arellano. Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since the late 1980s, shortly after he established his practice, and I have relied on his expertise since then. He is an exceptionally skilled and caring dentist. Everyone who is part of his team represents the practice with a very high degree of professionalism and sincerity.

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