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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The Importance of Dental Crowns for Teeth

Outside of routine teeth cleaning exams, placing a dental crown over a damaged tooth has become the most common procedure performed by dentists today. It helps a patient have a healthier smile and confidence to speak in public and chew food more easily. If you are unsure if the procedure is right for you, speak with Dr. Richard Weigand, who has many years of experience providing dental crowns for teeth in Spokane, Washington. Usually, the discussion will center on how this dental procedure will restore your mouth to health.

Dental Crowns for Teeth at Richard D Weigand DDS office in Spokane WA Area

How Dental Crowns Protect Your Teeth

The main job of dental crowns is to protect a weakened tooth from further damage. This is achieved by making sure no added force or pressure comes into contact with your weakened tooth. The longer the damaged tooth remains exposed, it will lead to discomfort and further dental complications. In addition, having a dental crown procedure will eliminate the threat of contracting a bacterial infection. Once the crown is put into place, you can begin normal activities with your mouth once again.

When is the Right Time to Get a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are an important tool in restoring a person’s smile and mouth, and they’re used in several dental procedures. The most common use is placing a crown over a weakened tooth. It helps to prevent further damage by keeping the tooth in place. Plus, a dental crown can protect your remaining natural teeth from cracking due to grinding them in your sleep.

Here are some common dental problems where crowns are used:

  • Support a weakened tooth
  • Hold a dental bridge in place
  • Cover a damaged dental implant
  • Protect teeth from grinding

Often, dental crowns will replace a filling of a tooth that has become loose over the years and no longer protects the damaged area sufficiently. A dental crown replaces the filling and protects the damaged tooth from further cracking or loosening.

What to Expect in a Dental Crown Procedure

What to Expect in a Dental Crown Procedure at Richard D Weigand DDS office in Spokane WA Area

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that will be placed over a damaged tooth. It is cemented into place by fully encasing the tooth at or above your gum line. A dentist’s goal is to restore the tooth’s size, shape, and strength.

Preparing for a dental crown procedure will consist of two visits to the dentist’s office. First, they will examine the damaged tooth and select the right type of crown that matches the look of your remaining teeth. This process is accomplished by taking an x-ray to determine the damage and the condition of the underlying bone. Most dentists will use a ceramic or porcelain crown for the front or anterior teeth.

The next appointment is for the actual placement of the permanent dental crown. The damaged tooth and gum line will be numb. The dentist will reshape the crown to match your remaining teeth. In some cases, filler material will be used to support the crown.

If you have an imperfection with your teeth, then make an appointment with Dr. Richard Weigand at Richard D. Weigand, DDS, to discuss the options available. Dental crowns can help restore your mouth’s functions. Call (509) 485-8620 and schedule an appointment 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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