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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How Dental Crowns Keep Your Smile Strong

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There is a litany of issues that can develop with a tooth. Over time, it can develop cracks and chips. If you are not careful, then bacteria can enter the tooth and infect the inner pulp, necessitating a root canal. Before this occurs, you should see Dr. Richard D. Weigand about dental crowns. These restorations will enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your smile, so you can avoid complications down the line.

Functionality

When you have a crack in your tooth, it will become substantially harder to eat certain foods. Your tooth will become more sensitive to extreme temperatures. You may need to give up hot tea and frozen desserts because they hurt too much. Your dental crown will be customized to fit over your exact tooth, so you do not have to worry about it being uncomfortable.

Crowns can last for well over a decade with proper dental hygiene. As long as you brush and floss regularly, you can prevent decay and infection from occurring beneath the crown. You simply need to care for your crown like any other tooth.

Aesthetics

There are several materials you can get dental crowns made out of. The most popular is porcelain. This is a non-porous substance that naturally resembles the look of enamel. It will blend in beautifully with the rest of your teeth. Additionally, since porcelain is non-porous, it will not hold onto stains. Therefore, you do not have to worry about your crown turning brown or yellow like a regular tooth. If you end up with several crowns in your mouth, then you may be able to retain a great white smile for many years.

Schedule an Appointment

To make sure crowns are the best restoration for your teeth, contact the office of Richard D. Weigand DDS. Our dentist in Spokane, WA has practiced dentistry for 30 years and can help restore your smile to its former glory.

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