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 a tooth implant?” and other common questions answered by San Francisco dentist

what is a tooth implant

In recent years, dental implants have gained popularity as an option for replacing a missing tooth, or teeth. While they are becoming a more common option, many patients still have plenty of questions. Here, San Francisco dentist, Dr. Leo Arellano answers many of the common questions:

What, exactly, are tooth implants? Simply stated, a dental implant is a replacement tooth root. A small metal rod is inserted through the gum into the jawbone. Once inserted the jawbone will fuse to the metal rod, making it strong and sturdy.

What about the tooth? A crown, or a replacement tooth, is created and will be attached to the post. The tooth is custom created to be an exact match, in shade and shape, as your natural teeth. Once completed, no one will ever need to know that the tooth is a replacement and not an original tooth.

How long does the process take? Because the process includes time for the jawbone to heal, it does take months for the process to be completed.

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Is the implant permanent? For most patients, with good care and health the dental implant is considered permanent. Because it fuses with the bone and becomes part of the mouth, it is stable and secure. This makes it a long-term solution. Further, many patients find the ultimate benefit of the implant in that it is not removable. Unlike dentures that snap in and out, the implant is a constant piece in the patient’s mouth.

Are implants expensive? While dental implants are an investment, many patients find that it’s a valuable one because of the long-term lifespan and durability that implants provide. Once the bone grows around the implant and the tooth is attached, it is a stable as an original tooth. This gives patients the ability to eat their favorite foods, speak clearly, and smile brightly.

For more information about dental implants, patients are encouraged to call the office of Dr. Leo Arellano, General & Cosmetic Dentistry. Dr. Arellano will meet with you to determine if you’re a viable candidate for implants and set you on your way for a beautiful and fully functioning smile.

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Before and After Photos

A missing lower front tooth replaced by a fixed all-ceramic bonded bridge. (a removable stayplate)

Photo by Dr. Leo Arellano

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What our patients are saying...

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We’ve gone to Dr Arellano for many years and have never been disappointed with any of the work he’s done. Recently my husband broke a tooth and Leo got him in and had the tooth repaired within a few short hours. Service like that is very hard to finds these days. His office staff is fantastic. Nice people you are always glad to see. I would highly recommend Dr Arellano to anyone who is searching for an honest, competent, well trained dentist.

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