Dear valued patients and members of the community,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few 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 safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice, and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it is both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff 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. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff.

For example:

  • Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You will be asked those same questions again when you are in the office and your temperature will be taken.
  • We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and 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.
  • Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you are offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment and may mean you need to wait in your car until your appointment time.
  • 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.

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 206-935-1855 or visit our website at www.westseattlesmileco.com. Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Drs. Johnston and Johnston and the WSSC Team

Crowns, Onlays & Inlays

Dental ceramic crowns on isolated black background


Crowns are like a cap that covers the surface of the tooth structure above your gums. Crowns are recommended when a simple filling is not sufficient. These instances include: a cavity becomes big enough to compromise the entire structure of the tooth, significant cracking from a previous large filling, or if the tooth has had a root canal. Because the tooth structure is badly damaged, we utilize several strong materials to cover the remaining healthy tooth to prevent further deterioration. These materials range from gold to all porcelain to match your natural tooth. Our office works closely with a master ceramist that creates beautiful natural looking crowns with a unique custom shade and shape.


Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are made of a porcelain material (the same as a crown), for a tooth that has more tooth structure that is affected by breakage or a cavity that need a more durable material than composite. These restorations are extremely durable, match in color, and allow our doctors to be extremely conservative saving good tooth structure.

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