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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Dental crowns cover weakened teeth for San Francisco, CA area patients

Teeth Crowns at Leo Arellano DDS PC in San Francisco Area

dental crown is a popular and common dental restoration used in many dental practices today. It is commonly formed from porcelain materials to ensure a natural appearance once placed over a tooth. The dental crown covers the visible portion of the teeth, known as the crown, and offers an extra layer of protection. Dr. Leo Arellano of San Francisco, California, uses dental crowns in many different situations and may recommend them to patients who can benefit from them.

How dental crowns protect weakened teeth

Many different situations may arise that may make a dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano, suggest the fabrication and placement of a dental crown. Below are just a few of the more common instances in which a dental crown may be beneficial:

  • A tooth has had root canal therapy, which eliminates the dental pulp (nerves and blood supply) of a tooth and can cause it to become weak and brittle
  • A tooth has been damaged and has a large crack or chip that impacts the tooth’s remaining structure and makes it more susceptible to damage in the future
  • A tooth has a large filling that was placed due to a cavity but removes more natural tooth structure than it leaves remaining, requiring extra protection to keep the tooth from breaking further
  • A tooth is permanently stained but cannot be covered with a porcelain veneer, making a dental crown the more obvious solution for covering this imperfection
  • A tooth is being used to hold a dental bridge in place, during which adjacent teeth are fitted for dental crowns for placement
  • A tooth has broken or been worn down due to conditions such as bruxism (clenching and grinding), which have impacted the structure and integrity of the tooth
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Do you feel as though you could benefit from a dental crown?

If you think you are a good candidate for a dental crown and can enjoy the advantages they provide, contact our dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano, by calling 415-881-4343. Our practice is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Boulevard in San Francisco, CA, and is open to new patients and families seeking comprehensive care for their smiles.

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