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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Understanding TMJ in San Francisco

TMJ San Francisco - Dr. Arellano in San Francisco has extensive experience in relieving painful TMJ conditions.

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) links the lower jaw (the mandible) to the side of the skull (the temporal bone). This joint enables the jaw to move side to side, up and down, and forward and backward smoothly. These motions are necessary to chew, talk, and even yawn. The muscles that are attached to, and surround, the joints control their movement and position.

As the mouth opens, the rounded ends of the mandibles (condyles) slide along the socket. As the mouth is closed, the condyles return to their original position. A soft cartilage disc between the temporal bone and the condyle keeps the jaw movement smooth, as well as absorbing the shock of chewing and other movements of the jaw. The TMJ is one of the most complex joints in the body, which makes diagnosis and treatment extremely challenging when problems arise.

We are here to help Call us at 415-881-4343 or Schedule an Appointment

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders can range from minor discomfort that resolves with simple lifestyle changes, to debilitating chronic pain. There is no standardized test for this disorder; accurate diagnosis relies on the knowledge and experience of the healthcare provider. Dr. Leo Arellano has been relieving TMJ pain for the people of San Francisco for many years. Some of the symptoms of this condition include:

  • Clicking, grating, or popping sounds in the jaw
  • Pain, soreness, or stiffness of the jaw muscles
  • Frequent headaches
  • Pain in the facial area around the cheeks and temples
  • Sore or aching neck or shoulders
  • Pain or pressure in the ears, earaches, or ringing in the ears
  • Diminished hearing
  • Pain above or behind the eyes
  • The jaw locking
  • Difficulty in fully opening the mouth
  • Problems with vision or dizziness
  • Tenderness or tension in the muscles in the cheeks, especially in the mornings

The pain can be dull and constant, or searing and sharp, occurring every time the patient talks, chews, swallows, or yawns. It can hurt in front of the ear, over the joint, or it can radiate elsewhere (called referred pain). Some of the most common causes of TMJ pain are stress, injury, clenching or grinding teeth, arthritis, malocclusion, or joint deformity. Dr. Arellano uses digital radiography to image the jaw joint to facilitate an accurate diagnosis.

Occasional soreness in the jaws or facial muscles is common and is not a cause for concern. However, anyone troubled with persistent symptoms can call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Arellano and his highly trained staff; they have extensive experience in relieving this painful condition.

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Missing and fractured upper front teeth replaced with dental implants and crowns.

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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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