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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Are San Francisco Tooth Veneers right for you?

Are San Francisco Tooth Veneers right for you?

It’s important to feel good about how you look. When your smile has teeth that are crowded, misshapen, discolored, or have gaps, you will hide this part of yourself from the world. Instead of masking your smile, why not fix it with dental veneers?

Veneers have become very popular in recent years, as more people realize that this is a simple and affordable way to change the appearance of their teeth. A dental veneer is a thin layer or shell that is bonded to the outward-facing surface of a tooth. In as little as one visit to Dr. Leo Arellano’s office, you may gain a brighter, straighter smile with veneers.

Little preparation is required for dental veneers in most situations. The tooth surface is reduced very slightly to allow the veneer to fit. This results in a natural-looking tooth surface. Without this drilling, it may appear that the tooth is unusually thick, or the edges of the veneer will be more difficult to keep clean. Once the tooth has been prepared, the veneer is bonded into place.

Veneers can be fabricated made of porcelain or composite resin. Porcelain veneers are called “indirect” because they are created in a lab and so take at least two visits to complete. Porcelain is recommended in cases where the patient has more severe discoloration, wear, dullness, spacing issues, or cracked or chipped teeth. “Direct” composite resin veneers are created “chair side” by your dentist and applied directly to the teeth in one visit. This type may also be referred to as composite bonding, and is more suitable to correct minor cracks, chips, or discoloration.

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Dental veneers are made to last for years, but care is needed to assure that they do not stain, crack, or break. The materials used typically hold up as well as, if not sometimes better than, natural enamel, and veneers themselves will not decay. However, it is still very important to practice good oral hygiene so that decay will not form on the part of the tooth that is not covered.

Each type of dental veneer used has its own unique characteristics. Dr. Arellano will assist you in deciding which is best for your situation.

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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