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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What is TMJ and how does it affect you?

TMJ-TMD San Francisco - Dr. Arellano in San Francisco can help you find solutions for your TMJ issues.

TMJ, or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), affects over ten million individuals. This disorder is highly misunderstood, and researchers are still trying to determine the cause and effective treatments for those who suffer from TMD.

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ’s) are located on either side of your jaw. What happens most of the time in those who suffer from TMD is that they feel pain when opening or closing their mouths. Sometimes it is associated with a popping, clicking, or grating sound in the TMJ’s. This happens because of an abnormal alignment of the upper and lower jaws or an abnormal function or structural breakdown of the TMJ’s.

Unfortunately, the pain of TMJ Disorder does not just come from the side jaw bones alone. TMJ sufferers most often have pain around their jaws, neck, ears, and back.

Signs of TMD are teeth that do not align when the jaw is closed completely (malocclusion), grinding teeth during sleep (bruxism), and excessive pain around the jaw, head, and neck areas that cannot be explained. Arthritis can sometimes make TMD worse and causes pain and tenderness for sufferers of TMJ disorder. Swelling on the face and lock jaw is also a sign that you are experiencing symptoms of TMD as well.

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

Treatment options include a simple regimen of pain relievers, a diet of softer foods, and warm compress therapies. However, more long-term solutions are available, such as being fitted with a bite plate or plastic mouth guard from your dentist. There are also injections that you can consider, but these are typically a last resort for most patients.

A simple consultation with a physician or dentist could help you determine if you are experiencing TMJ Disorder, and can help you find a solution that will work best for you and your budget.

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Commonly small upper lateral incisors are conservatively made larger with no-prep porcelain veneers.

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I recently had a dental implant procedure performed by Dr. Arellano.
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