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 www.drweigand.com

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

Sincerely,
Richard D. Weigand, DDS

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Reasons Dental Implants Are Healthier Than Dentures

The aspect of having to have all of your teeth pulled is traumatic enough, but the price fact of having to wear dentures for the rest of your life is even worse. There are many reasons why dental implants are a better and healthier option to replace missing teeth than a set of dentures.

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Differences Between Dental Implants and Dentures

Dental implants are placed permanently in your gums which means that dental implants are very secure in your mouth and will not fall out while speaking or trying to eat food. Dentures can do all of those things, especially if they do not fit properly. Dentures move around in your mouth while dental implants are secured in your jaw bone, just like natural teeth. 

Also, you cannot chew properly with a set of dentures while dental implants, since they act like natural teeth, allow you to eat all of your favorite foods, which promotes better health and well-being.

While food can get trapped beneath dentures causing possible gum infections, you can brush dental implants just like you do your regular teeth and even floss unless you opt for bridges which can then be taken out and cleaned properly.

When it comes to self-esteem and self-confidence, your appearance has a lot to do with it. Dental implants can actually rejuvenate your appearance and make you look your age or younger, while dentures can speed up the aging process by causing your face to lose volume in your mouth area and the jaw bone as you get older. Dental implants allow you to maintain the correct amount of volume in the lower part of your face and improve the appearance of jowls in the turkey neck. In other words, dentures promote the aging process, while dental implants can slow it down.

Dentures tend to wear out more quickly than dental implants, so they can cost you more money in the long run. Dental implants can provide you with a natural-looking smile that you present to the world, which also increases self-confidence as well as your health and well-being. They fit better with your face and look like your natural teeth did. Dentures can be painful to wear every day while you’re speaking and especially when you’re chewing food because they put all the pressure on your gums. Dental implants put pressure on the jawbone like your face was designed to do, so there is no pain associated with them.

Dentist for Dental Implants in Spokane, Washington

Dr. Richard Weigand is very well-educated and experienced when it comes to dental implants and other options for tooth replacement.

Call Our Office for More Information
New Patients : (509) 485-8620 | Existing Patients : (509) 747-5812
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Dr. Richard Weigand uses the All-on-4® dental implant system that is designed to replace a full arch of teeth at the time he does the extractions of your natural teeth. The system uses four implants to hold your dental crowns securely so you can chew your favorite and healthy foods properly. It will also allow you to speak confidently as well as laugh and sing. The system is created to give you back your smile and your self-confidence, which, in turn, promotes health and well-being. 

Call Richard D. Weigand, DDS, at (509) 485-8620 for an appointment today with this amazing dentist for dental implants in Spokane, Washington.

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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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