Dear Patient:

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’s 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.

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'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.
    • 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’re offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.
  • 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 (509) 485-8620 or visit our website at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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Dr. Richard Weigand

Advanced Dental Bridge

A Member of Your Community

Fifteen years ago, Judy Hubbell was in search for answers about her dental health. She had an upper bridge held by a few dentition, and unfortunately those teeth holding the bridge, were now failing and needed to be extracted. At that point in time her current dentist had told her that a full upper denture was the only option after the failing bridge. She was hoping there were other options out there, and didn’t like the idea of a denture. Luckily, that is when she found Dr. Richard Weigand, who gave her good news.

What was the good news? Options! Dr. Weigand told Judy about the possibility of implants. If she were a good candidate for implants, she could do a full upper fixed bridge that would be the closest thing to real teeth! Judy was ecstatic about this option, and after hearing about the process she was happy to hear about how easy it would be for her. After she was evaluated by the oral surgeon, she was approved as a good candidate for implants and started the process right away. The results left her with a bright confident happy smile that has been lasting for fifteen years!

Around the fifteenth year, Dr. Weigand noticed incisal wear that was becoming visible on the upper fixed denture. Wear is something that happens on dentition no matter what due to daily chewing, grinding etc. A new upper fixed denture was recommended with better materials that were now available to Judy that would last longer, full zirconia. Judy opted to get this upgraded bridge, and the results are beautiful. Dr. Weigand could not be happier helping patients like Judy with better, healthier, longer lasting options for their smiles every day.

Before Judy’s Dental Bridge

Judy’s Before Her Dental Bridge


After Judy’s Dental Bridge

Judy’s After Her Dental Bridge


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