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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The symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of TMJ disorders in San Francisco

TMJ Disorders San Francisco - Dr. Arellano is happy to help patients in San Francisco to find options for TMJ disorder

It is estimated that over ten million Americans suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder. These small, triangular shaped joints are situated just in front of the ears. They are lined with cartilage, so they move easily with a smooth gliding motion when they are functioning correctly.

These joints are responsible for the up and down and side-to-side movements that allow functions such as chewing, speaking, yawning, and swallowing. When problems prevent the complex system of bones, discs, ligaments, and muscles from functioning properly, it can result in painful TMJ disorder.

Fortunately, San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano and his highly trained team can help patients find relief from this discomfort. The process begins with recognizing the signs of this disorder.

Symptoms

  • Pain radiating from the jaw, face, ear, or neck
  • Pain in the jaw joint or chewing muscles
  • Locking of the jaw, limited movement, or stiff jaw muscles
  • Changes in the bite (the way the teeth meet when the mouth is closed)
  • Grating, popping, or clicking in the joints, especially when opening and closing the mouth. In some cases the noise is accompanied by pain, but not always
  • Swelling in the side of the face
  • A feeling of facial fatigue
We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Diagnosis

Dr. Arellano will conduct a thorough examination and review of patient history because other conditions such as gum disease, toothache, arthritis and sinus problems can cause symptoms similar to TMJ disorder. There isn’t a standard test for diagnosis. The doctor will examine the jaws, face, neck, and head, and he may have panoramic x-rays taken in order to view the jaws, joints, and teeth to facilitate an accurate diagnosis. The doctor will recommend the most conservative treatment options.

Treatment

  • Eating soft foods
  • Avoiding chewing gum, biting fingernails, or chewing on hard substances such as ice
  • Using heat packs to reduce pain
  • Reducing stress through relaxation techniques
  • Avoiding yawning widely or other extreme jaw movements
  • Jaw muscle strengthening exercises
  • Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, or anti-anxiety medications
  • A dental appliance to reduce bruxism (clenching and grinding teeth)
  • Orthodontic treatment, if needed to correct malocclusion

Call 415-881-4343 for an appointment, our office is conveniently located at 3030 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, CA 94118

Real Patients Real Results

Before and After Photos

Defective filling, gum recession, and black triangle space between teeth are fixed with a new filling and 2 new crowns.

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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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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