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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San Francisco CA Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel

San Francisco CA Porcelain veneers look like natural tooth enamel

Porcelain dental veneers are one of the most beautiful ways of enhancing a smile. They are a conservative treatment, involving minimal tooth reduction, about 0.5 mm, compared to a crown, which requires removal of a significant amount of tooth structure. They can alter the appearance of the color, size, shape, and position of the teeth. Although they are not appropriate in all situations, porcelain veneers result in truly remarkable transformation when they are the chosen treatment.

Why porcelain?

The use of porcelain in dentistry goes back more than 200 years. Porcelain has advanced significantly over the years, and modern dental porcelain is known for its natural appearance as well as durability, hardness, strength, glassiness, translucence, and chemical resistance. Porcelain veneers, in the hands of a skilled dentist, such as Dr. Leo Arellano, results in truly spectacular enhancement.

All it takes is about three weeks to correct dental imperfections that have embarrassed patients for years. Veneers require placement by a professional with Dr. Arellano’s level of artistry, precision, and skill, for optimum results.

However, the process is quick and simple for the patient.

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  • The area to be treated is numbed with anesthetic to ensure patient comfort
  • Dr. Arellano prepares each tooth by shaving off a small amount of enamel
  • Once the teeth are prepared, an impression is made to be used by the ceramist to create custom fit restorations
  • Interim resin veneers may be placed to protect the prepared teeth and reduce sensitivity
  • The veneers are sent to the dental office in about two weeks
  • The patient returns to the office for placement of the permanent veneers
  • The interim restorations are removed
  • The teeth are cleaned and etched to ensure a tight bond
  • Dr. Arellano evaluates the veneers and makes any necessary adjustments
  • A bonding solution is applied to the teeth
  • Each veneer is cemented with precision
  • The veneers are cleaned and polished to a lustrous glow
  • The patient is given aftercare instructions and leaves the office with a beautiful new smile

Dr. Arellano and his terrific team have perfected hundreds of smiles in San Francisco using porcelain veneers. Call 415-881-4343 today and ask about our complimentary consultation.

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Dr. Arellano has been my dentist since 1989 and I believe he is the best of the best! I have experienced many uncomfortable dental procedures in the past, many due to painful injections. Dr. Arellano has excellent technique in anesthetizing that results in painless injections. He truly cares about his patients and his work. His staff, especially Mei, is extraordinary and will go above and beyond to work in appointments, assist in resolving payment/insurance issues, referrals, etc. Dr. Arellano and his team have always provided excellent care and service over the years. I highly recommend him for your dental care.

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