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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Mercury free dentistry in Spokane, WA for healthy, attractive smiles

At one time, oral health was considered separate and distinct from whole body wellness. Today we know that the mouth-body connection is undeniable – everything that goes into the mouth impacts the body in some way. Dr. Richard Weigand practices ​mercury free dentistrybecause he believes patients in the ​Spokane, WA area deserve the safest dental fillings and restorations available, for attractive appearance, and healthy mouths that contribute to wellbeing.

The ongoing amalgam controversy

Dental amalgam is a compound of about 50 percent mercury combined with silver, tin, copper, and other metals. It has been used in this country to fill cavities since the 1800s. Many adults have at least one silver-colored filling, and the technique is still in use. However, there is growing concern over the possibility of dental mercury poisoning. Some medical researchers believe there is risk of mercury fillings side effects with this known toxin in proximity to the brain 24/7/365.

Dr. Weigand will be happy to talk with you about this matter during a personal consultation. Meanwhile, in his care, you have access to a beautiful alternative to mercury fillings. Dr. Weigand places contemporary, BPA-safe composite resin fillings. This material ​matches tooth color​, so no one will know you had a cavity. It is ideal for front tooth restorations, and strong and durable enough for molars.

Sometimes an area of tooth decay or trauma is too large for repair with a filling. Dr. Weigand uses natural-looking, metal-free porcelain inlays, onlays, or crowns ​for these restorations.

How Spokane, WA patients benefit from mercury free dentistry

  •  Dr. Weigand’s patients enjoy bright, natural-looking smiles with non-metal and mercury free restorations.
  •  The doctor also uses safe amalgam fillings removal techniques, for patients who wish to have existing mercury fillings replaced with composite or porcelain.
  • Composite fillings are conservative – more healthy tooth structure is preserved.
  •  The biocompatible material will not tarnish, corrode, or contribute to galvanism (electric currents in the mouth).
  • Composite and porcelain restorations are easy to care for – just brush and floss normally.
  •  With good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, metal-free restorations can provide many years of trouble-free service.

Are you searching for a “mercury free dentist near me?” Call (509) 485-8620 to become a patient at Richard D Weigand DDS in Spokane, WA.

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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