Is It Safe to See a Periodontist During COVID-19?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things about our daily lives, including visits to the doctor. Premier Periodontics closely follows all of the CDC safety guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients and staff in our seven locations throughout Washington, including Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, and Redmond We perform dental tool cleaning and disinfect all exam rooms and the waiting room regularly. At our office, we require patients and staff to wear masks.
We also wear personal protective equipment (PPE), which helps with infection control. This also enables our patients to safely receive help for a wide range of issues, including dental implants, periodontal disease treatment, and gum disease treatment.
Before your appointment
Before your appointment at Premier Periodontics, our office may call you to ask questions about your current health. These same questions may be asked again before you can enter our building on the day of your appointment. As a safety precaution, our office is working to reduce the number of people at our offices. If possible, please plan on attending your visit alone.
At your appointment
When you arrive at our periodontal office, you will be asked to wait outside until we are ready for you to enter our facility. This will help us to reduce the number of people we have inside. Your temperature will be taken before you are allowed to enter our facility. We will have hand sanitizer available for you at your visit.
After your appointment
Our staff will thoroughly clean all areas that were used during all patient visits. It’s important that if you start feeling ill with COVID-19 symptoms within two weeks of your appointment to call and notify our office. This allows us to properly notify others that were around you in the office, or in the exam room after you.
Can I safely have a dental cleaning?
At Premier Periodontics, we don’t recommend putting off dental appointments, especially for patients with periodontal disease. If you have a gum infection, it can progress to become painful and require more extensive dental procedures, such as periodontal disease treatment. Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is reversible when caught early on. However, if we don’t detect it during the early stage, then it can no longer be treated easily. This makes dental cleanings even more important.
What about dental emergencies?
Never refrain from having a dental emergency treated, even during a pandemic. If left untreated, a severe infection can lead to serious health issues. Call us right away if you have:
Severe bleeding in the gums
Pus in between the teeth
Swelling in the gums or face
Severe tooth pain
Learn more about dental safety at our Washington periodontal offices
At Premier Periodontics, we are committed to following all CDC guidelines to best protect our patients and staff. We are adhering to safety standards to help with infection control. Routine periodontal treatments are important at all times, even during the pandemic. Our office is open to provide gum infection treatment that helps you to resolve your dental pain and to improve your oral health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our seven locations in Bellevue, Everett, Kent, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Olympia, and Redmond, WA.