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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Benefit from periodontal disease treatment that is comfortable and precise in Spokane WA

Periodontal Disease Treatment in Spokane area

You deserve the proactive and gentle periodontal disease treatment in Spokane WA, available at the office of Richard D. Weigand, DDS. Although very common, gum disease is highly preventable. As a progressive condition, it is also easy to resolve in its earlier stages. In fact, the damage caused by gingivitis can be reversed if treated efficiently and effectively.

Front-line treatment

Gum disease can be prevented with a mix of consistent and thorough brushing and flossing at home, as well as professional cleanings at Dr. Weigand’s office. Usually, these cleanings are scheduled every six months with your routine checkup; however, some patients are at heightened risk of developing periodontal disease. So, if gum disease tends to run in your family, or you have diabetes or other conditions that are associated with periodontal problems, Dr. Weigand may recommend more frequent visits.

Professional cleanings are imperative; hygienists have the training and instruments to effectively remove stubborn hardened tartar or plaque from the teeth and in hard-to-reach places. Lingering tartar and bacteria promote the development of tooth decay and gum disease and can’t be removed with a toothbrush and floss alone. Also, patients who buy dental instruments online aren’t trained to use such devices. When not used properly, these instruments can damage delicate tissues. Trust scaling and periodontal therapy to our professionals, the skilled hygienists at Richard D. Weigand, DDS.

When you need scaling and root planing (Periodontal Therapy)

Think of scaling and root planing as a “deep clean” of your gumline and tooth roots. By cleaning under the tissue, the sticky plaque and hard tartar that irritates the gums is lifted. By cleaning and smoothing the roots of the teeth, reattachment of the gums is encouraged.

As disease marches on, the gums can separate from the teeth, which produces a “long in the tooth” appearance. The spaces in-between the teeth and gums are measured using special instruments, and further indicate the presence of disease. These “pockets” are measured as follows:

  • 1 to 3 mm – the “baseline” or healthy gum tissue
  • 4 mm – early gum disease or gingivitis
  • 5 or 6 mm – mild periodontitis, which is the advanced form of gum disease
  • 6 to 8 mm – moderate periodontitis
  • 8 to 12 mm – advanced periodontitis

Scaling and root planing  may be an appropriate treatment if you have gingivitis or early gum disease. For more moderate cases of periodontitis, Dr. Weigand may recommend periodontal therapy with lasers. With more than 30 years of clinical experience, Dr. Weigand is a fellow of the World Clinical Laser Institute. So, you can trust the health of your gums and the look of your smile to Richard D. Weigand, DDS.

The power of laser dentistry

The power of laser dentistry in Spokane area

Lasers are an alternative to invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Weigand and his team of certified dental hygienists will gently apply the laser to the periodontal pockets, thus reducing their size. In this way, food and bacteria can’t become trapped in these spaces and make the condition worse, ultimately threatening the integrity of your teeth.

Laser devices may even be used to precisely remove inflamed or diseased gum tissue. Treatment is targeted, and well-tolerated as a minimally invasive option for those patients who may have been treated in the past with traditional surgery.

Comfortable gum disease treatment worth smiling about! Call (509) 485-8620 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weigand at the Spokane WA office. We look forward to acquainting you with advanced, gentle, and proactive dentistry.

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