WE HAVE GOOD NEWS! PLEASE READ THIS MESSAGE REGARDING COVID-19 AND YOUR FUTURE APPOINTMENTS

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.

Sincerely,
Drs. Johnston and Johnston and the WSSC Team

Implants

Close up of a Dental  implant model. Selective focus.

When you find yourself missing a single tooth or several teeth, don’t worry! There are many great options to replace your missing teeth. Dental implants have come incredibly far in the last few decades. In most cases, they are the best option for replacing teeth. They emerge from your gums just like a real tooth, and they last for many years when properly maintained. With the advances in dental imagery, it is becoming more and more predictable to replace teeth with dental implants. Every patient that receives an implant in our practice first gets a cone-beam CT scan to evaluate the volume and density of bone available to accept an implant. Because of this, we have an extremely high success rate for our implants. Once the implant has had proper healing time, a crown is placed on top and the patient can now floss, brush, and eat just as if the missing tooth had never left.

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