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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Metal-free dentistry benefits

For many decades, the use of metal amalgam was ubiquitous when placing fillings and other dental restorations. This material is made from a mixture of metals, with approximately half being mercury and the rest being composed of tin, copper, silver, and other types of metals. However, mercury is widely recognized as a toxic material, the silver color of metal amalgam is noticeable in the smile, and amalgam can make teeth susceptible to cracking or breaking. At the dental practice of Richard D. Weigand, DDS in Spokane, Washington, we use a metal-free dentistry approach, which offers many benefits for the appearance, function, and health of our patients’ smiles.

Metal-Free Dentistry at Richard D Weigand DDS in Spokane, WA Area

Why choose metal-free dentistry?

Two of the most common metal-free materials that we use in our dental practice are composite resin and porcelain, which both offer many benefits for our patients:

  • Using non-metal materials allows us to be more conservative in terms of the amount of tooth structure that needs to be removed due to the way that metal-free fillings are placed compared to metal amalgam fillings.
  • Composite resin and porcelain are biocompatible materials, which means that they will not interact with your body in the way that metal can – no tarnishing, corrosion, or galvanism.
  • Simply put, metal-free dental restorations look better! Instead of unsightly silver metal, the tooth-colored composite resin and porcelain that we use for dental restorations blends in naturally with your smile so others will never know you have had dental work done.
  • While metal amalgam is an affordable and versatile material, and when used in dental applications, it does not expand and contract at the same rate that natural tooth enamel does when exposed to hot or cold temperatures. This can cause teeth with amalgam restorations to fracture, leading to the need for further expense and time in the dental chair. Conversely, composite resin expands and contracts similarly as your natural teeth, reducing the chances of the need for re-treatment down the road.

Your partners in oral health

At the dental practice of Richard Weigand, the health of your smile and overall well-being are our top priority, and providing metal-free dentistry is just one of many ways that we take care of your smile. To schedule your appointment at our Spokane, WA office, if you are an existing patient, you can call (509) 747-5812 . New patients will need to call (509) 485-8620 to schedule their first appointment.

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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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