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Fifteen years ago, Judy H. was in search of answers about her dental health. She had an upper bridge held by a few teeth, 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 Image

After Judy’s Dental Bridge

Judy’s After Image

Advanced Dental Bridge

Jill S. Shared:

I’m really not very loyal when it comes to receiving health care. If I feel at any time I could do better somewhere else, off I go. It’s the only body I have after all! Thankfully, I really like this particular dental office for many reasons.

First, the team is excellent at what they do and are very kind and compassionate people. I have learned so much about how to keep my gums and teeth healthier through the years, listening to my hygienists. All of the team, including the front receptionist, the accountant, the dental assistants, and everyone are just excellent communicators and skilled in their positions. That matters to me! I appreciate feeling like I’m getting the best care I can.

Second, the latest technology is super important to me! I wanted the amalgam fillings out of my mouth for health reasons, and Dr. Weigand agreed. The first time he gave me a shot before a procedure I couldn’t believe it! I was clenched and braced for the pain, but it didn’t hurt!! Apparently, the vibrating shot distracts the brain, so it doesn’t register the pain. I can’t put into words how deeply I appreciated that. I honestly think every dental practitioner should use vibrating shots; for the sake of compassion! I know that the latest technology is important to Dr. Weigand and, to me, that means I’m getting the best care I can.

Unfortunately, I’ve turned out to need a lot of dental work over the years, but thank goodness I was in superb hands. I could write a book about all of the root canals, crowns, and cavities, but two particular occasions come to mind.

The first incident involves replacing the root canal I had received as a young teen. It was really bad timing because my mother had recently been moved to Spokane and was having surgery, at the time the root canal needed to be dealt with. I was exhausted, working full time, getting to the hospital to give mom support, and squeezing in a dental procedure. The team and Dr. Weigand’s office were just so kind and compassionate. I felt like they cared about me as a person, not just a patient.

And, by the way, the two front teeth turned out beautiful. The color and match to my other teeth were spot on. (Just as an aside, I want to mention that I eventually brought my mother to the office for cleanings, and the team was so sweet and very gentle with her!)

The next incident was brought about by an accident. One morning at an exercise class, I slipped and broke three of my front teeth. I think I was in shock, and just told my husband to take me to Dr. Weigand’s office. We didn’t even call ahead! I arrived traumatized and sore. They worked me in as soon as they could to see what needed to be done. I don’t think I waited more than 10 minutes. Dr. Weigand took care of everything. He works closely with other doctors in the building to coordinate healthcare plans involving root canals and implants. It makes it so much easier, as a patient, to just go upstairs when scheduling other procedures. The offices communicate efficiently and questions are handled in real-time. This time I ended up needing two implants and a crown. Everything proceeded smoothly. I have my smile back!

I feel extremely lucky to have Dr. Weigand and his wonderful team as my dental team! I feel that they truly care about their patients and work diligently to provide the best care possible.