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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Uses of Dental Crowns That You May Not Have Thought About

Dental crowns are a popular restorative treatment that protects teeth that have either faced extensive damage due to decay or undergone a root canal. A crown will protect the tooth from further damage while giving the patient the strength they need for daily activities such as proper chewing. While they do not last forever, they should last about ten years or more before needing replacement. There are some reasons you may not have heard about patients asking for a dental crown at Richard D. Weigand, DDS. Here are some lesser-known reasons patients ask for a dental crown.

Dental Crown Replacement in Spokane WA Area

Conceal Tooth Discoloration

Professional teeth whitening is one of the most popular and powerful cosmetic dental treatments. This treatment is in incredible demand due to the amazing results it can provide in whitening teeth. However, there are situations where teeth may not respond to a tooth whitening treatment due to them being permanently stained or discolored. When this is the case, a dental crown can be designed to cap the tooth. The crown will be crafted to match the white shade of your other teeth and be shaped to match as well!

Closes the Gap

We can use dental crowns to close gaps between teeth if you do not want to undergo orthodontic treatment. In most cases, to close the gap between two teeth, two crowns will be needed–one for each tooth on either side of the gap. Once your natural teeth have been shaped and prepared, the crowns (specifically designed to fill in the gap) will be placed, and your smile will be gap-free.

Protect Sensitive Teeth

While not cosmetic, some people have sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If you are tired of cringing when you eat or drink either hot or cold food, a dental crown could be the answer you’ve been seeking. In many cases, temperature sensitivity is due to worn or damaged enamel. Because a crown completely encapsulates the tooth and its enamel, the crown effectively acts as a shield against hot and cold temperatures.

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New Patients : (509) 485-8620 | Existing Patients : (509) 747-5812
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To schedule an appointment with Dr. Richard D. Weigand, please call (509) 485-8620 today.

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Dr. Richard Weigand

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

Dr. Richard Weigand is trusted and respected by the communities in Spokane, WA for his skill and expertise and his genuine concern for patients. He has won numerous accolades for his services.

He is a Fellow in the Academy of General Dentistry and World Clinical Laser Institute and a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Spokane District Dental Society, and Washington State Dental Association. He is certified with the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies, Pacific Aesthetic Continuum (Live), World Clinical Laser Institute, and the Spear Center in Scottsdale, AZ. He is also co-founder of the Spokane Practice Management Club.

Dr. Weigand shares his knowledge and experience through journal and magazine articles and media interviews. He has also contributed to many community projects.
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