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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Metal-Free Restorative Dentistry: Safe and Reliable Restorations for a Healthy, Beautiful Smile

When you want dental work, you need it to do more than just look great—of priority, it has to be as safe as possible. Otherwise, fixing one problem only to introduce another doesn’t make sense. We understand this at Richard D. Weigand, DDS, in Spokane, Washington! We take a natural approach to dentistry by providing satisfactory results without jeopardizing your health. With alternative non-toxic materials, we offer dental restorations like fillings and crowns that provide durable, lifelike, and safe results.

Metal Free Dental Restorations in Spokane WA​ Area

What are Non-Metal Restorations Made Of?

Traditionally, metal has been the gold standard for making dental restorations. While metal is durable and strong, it has numerous drawbacks. First off, metal doesn’t blend in perfectly with your natural smile. When installed in your mouth, it stands out, resulting in a “fake” look. Secondly, metal has numerous safety concerns:

  • It expands and contracts when subjected to temperature changes
  • It yields side effects for patients allergic to metal
  • Metal restorations, like amalgam fillings, can leak mercury vapors detrimental to your health

Dr. Richard Weigand and the team clearly understand the mouth-body connection. What goes in the mouth affects your overall health. For this reason, our dental restorations are made from biocompatible, non-toxic materials. We utilize health-friendly materials like porcelain and BPA-safe composite resin to engineer your fillings, inlays, crowns, and other dental restorations.

Who is a Candidate for Metal-Free Restorations?

Generally, if you are health conscious, you should consider metal-free dentistry to reap the benefits now and in the long term. More specifically, a metal-free restoration would be suitable if you:

  • Have an old metal restoration you would like to be replaced for safety and esthetic reasons
  • Are allergic to metal
  • Have decayed or damaged teeth and don’t like the idea of metal restorations
  • Need a dental filling and are concerned about the presence of mercury in traditional fillings

If you are unsure whether metal-free dentistry is right for you, the only way to find out is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Weigand.

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New Patients : (509) 485-8620 | Existing Patients : (509) 747-5812
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Benefits of Metal-Free Dental Restorations

The obvious benefit of metal-free restorations is that they are natural-looking. Porcelain or composite resin material can be color-matched to blend perfectly with the patient’s surrounding dentition. The other benefits of metal-free restorations include:

  • Durable: Your mercury-free filling may not be made of metal, but it can last many years with proper care. Better yet, porcelain restorations are stain-resistant, so you can expect them to look brand new for a long time.
  • Faster treatment: You don’t need several dental appointments to benefit from metal-free restorations. Composite restorations only require one appointment. While porcelain dental work may require at least two appointments, the overall procedure is pretty quick.
  • Safety: With non-metal restorations, you don’t have to worry about your appliances expanding and contracting as temperatures change. Besides, you don’t have to be concerned with mercury poisoning symptoms that can be experienced with metal restorations.
  • Conservative: Our natural dentistry aims to conserve as much of your natural tooth as possible. Metal and mercury-free restorations help us achieve this milestone because we take out a small portion of your teeth, whether a veneer or filling, to avoid messing up your tooth’s integrity structure.

Are you ready to learn more about our conservative restorative services in Spokane, Washington? Please dial (509) 485-8620 to schedule a consultation with our dental team.

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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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