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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Prevent jawbone loss with a tooth implant in San Francisco

Tooth implant Leo Arellano DDS PC in San Francisco Area

A tooth implant is the most effective option for replacing your teeth. The implant is placed in your gums and attaches to your jawbone to replace the root of your tooth. Once the implant is in place, your dentist can place a crown, bridge, or dentures for a tooth without the need to drill into healthy teeth nearby. Dental implants cost more than bridges and other replacement options, but the added protection and their longevity make them a great value

Dr. Arellano can provide quality tooth implants in San Francisco for a healthy, long-lasting natural smile.

The advantages and disadvantages of dental implant

A dental implant provides the same support and structure for your teeth and jaws as a natural tooth root and can effectively bring jawbone loss to a halt within a few years. 

The drawbacks to dental implants are the time it takes to heal and the initial cost. However, they still offer the best value when it comes to replacing your teeth.

The treatment plan for dental implants

Dr. Arellano will need to make an in-depth examination of your teeth during your initial consultation to determine your full treatment plan. If you need a tooth extraction first, you may need to wait for the site to heal before placing your dental implant. In some cases, you may need a graft on your jawbone to stabilize your dental implant.

When your mouth is ready for the implants, Dr. Arellano will cut open your gums and drill into your bone where the implant will be placed, and if possible, the abutment will be attached. Your mouth will need to be fully healed before the permanent crown can be fitted, which can take several months. Once the crown is placed, you will have full use of your teeth.

You will need to maintain healthy oral hygiene habits to protect your dental implants. If you are considering a tooth implant in San Francisco, you will need to commit to caring for it and the rest of your teeth to prevent further complications.

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

Dr. Arellano has decades of experience treating patients, and he can take the time you need to help you keep your mouth and gums healthy throughout your treatment plan. With proper care, a dental implant can last over 25 years without complications. Contact Leo Arellano DDS PC today at 415-881-4343 to learn more about dental implants or to set up an appointment.