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What We Are Doing to Keep You and Our Team Safe.

We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back! Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the CDC guidelines, however, in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety.

You will see many changes, as we have new ways of scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions. First, you will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via phone, text or email and asked a set of health-related questions. It is required that we complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step.

Below is a list of some of the enhanced precautions we have taken to protect you in addition to extensive team training on infection control and patient management procedures.

1.  Personalized arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces.
2.  Maintain distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.
3.  Removed magazines and items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind. Hand sanitizers will be positioned throughout the clinic.
4.  Providing more education materials to enhance your awareness of health issues related to this pandemic.
5.  We require a mask to be worn by ALL patients upon entering the office.
6.  Installed sneeze guards or droplet barriers at all reception areas.
7.  Require hand washing and hand sanitizing before all appointments by our team and by our patients.
8.  Introduce an oral pre rinse by all patients to reduce exposure to germs.
9.  Require all team members to undergo periodic testing for COVID-19 and antibodies for the earliest detection of exposure should it exist.
10.  Record temperature of every patient upon entering the office.
11.  Record the temperature and lung efficiency of every team member each day at beginning and end of work period.
12.  Payment arrangements in advance to avoid delay and allow contactless exit from the appointment.
13.  Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures of all surfaces between patients.
14.  Ambient air management with HEPA 13 air filtration continuously in treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air.
15.  Enhanced HVAC disinfection with UV light or HEPA Filtration units.
16.  Enhanced operatory disinfection procedures before and after all appointments with mist or fogging devices to access hard to reach places that can be easily missed.
17.  New personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.
18.  Introduce protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.
19.  Enhanced nightly disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.
20.  Disinfection of all outside mail and packages that enter the building.
21.  Longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.
22.  Providing teledentistry services for follow up lab reports or communication that can be done online or through video education.
23.  Provide disease testing recommendations for exposure detection to viruses.

Benefits of Dental Implants
Mercer Island, WA

Diagram of dental implants from Goichi Shiotsu, DDS
Your adult teeth are called permanent teeth for a reason. They’re meant to last your whole lifetime. Sometimes, however, problems occur that make this impossible. You might lose one or more teeth for a variety of different reasons.

Moreover, when you do, you are faced with all kinds of issues. Goichi Shiotsu, DDS can replace your missing teeth using dental implants. This treatment has grown in popularity over the years, becoming the solution of choice. Their popularity has a lot to do with the incredible benefits that they can offer.

Dental Implants Act Just Like Real Teeth

With traditional solutions like dentures and bridges, only a part of your teeth is replaced. These solutions replace the crown or the visible portion of your teeth. They sit above the gums. They are anchored either by your gums or by your other teeth. This prevents them from being able to act completely like real teeth, even though they might look like them. Dental implants replace not just the crowns, but the roots of your teeth as well. They are anchored in your jawbone, just like your real teeth. All of the normal functions of your missing teeth are perfectly restored.

Improved Chewing and Eating

Because implants are anchored by your jawbone, you can chew normally. You do not have to worry about your replacement teeth coming loose or falling out when you eat certain foods. You can enjoy all of your favorite foods just like you used to. Moreover, because you can chew normally, you can chew properly. This means that your digestion and nutrition are improved as well.

Maintain a Natural Bite and Prevent Bone Loss

When you suffer tooth loss, you begin to lose bone mass in your jawbone. This is known as resorption. Without the stimulation from your missing teeth, new bone tissue does not grow, resulting in deterioration. Many patients with missing teeth lose approximately 25% of the volume within the first year and continue to lose more over time. This loss of bone causes adjacent teeth to begin to shift out of alignment, which affects your natural bite. Because the posts of dental implants replace the roots of your missing teeth, stimulation is restored. This helps to stop bone loss. Your other teeth remain in proper alignment, helping you to keep your natural bite.

Improved Facial Appearance

Another issue caused by bone loss changes to your facial features. Losing bone mass results in sunken cheeks, lips turning in, the chin shriveling up, and the development of wrinkles. All of these issues can make you look many years older than you are, which is not exactly something that most people want to deal with. By maintaining the health of your jawbone, dental implants help you maintain your facial structure and restore a youthful appearance.

Regain Your Confidence

One of the most noticeable impacts of tooth loss is what happens to your smile. Without teeth, you may quickly become self-conscious. While dentures can help to improve your smile, sometimes they can slip out of place, which can be rather embarrassing. Dental implants look perfectly natural, and they will not move around, giving you back your gorgeous smile and restoring your confidence.

Dental Implants Can Last a Lifetime

By helping to prevent bone loss, dental implants can last much longer than traditional solutions for tooth loss. It is even possible for them to last a lifetime provided that you take good care of them.

If you are interested in getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth, contact Goichi Shiotsu, DDS at (206) 232-3600 today.

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2825 80th Ave SE, Suite 3
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
(206) 232-3600
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