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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What you need to know about porcelain dental crowns

When a tooth is broken, damaged, or badly decayed, it’s important to schedule a dentist appointment and have it examined. If the damage is far enough away from the root, the tooth can be saved, often with a porcelain dental crown. Many patients are tempted to put off necessary dental appointments because of timing, convenience, or cost. However, as Dr. Richard Weigand tells his Spokane, Washington, patients, the problem is not likely to be easier or less costly to fix as more time passes.  

Porcelain Teeth Crowns in Spokane WA Area

Understanding the need for dental crowns

Dental crowns are used with a tooth that is too badly decayed for a standard filling. Crowns are also used after a root canal, when the tooth is chipped or broken, or for cosmetic reasons. Dental crowns are sturdy and durable and provide necessary protection for the tooth. Those crowns that are made of porcelain can also be custom-made to match the surrounding teeth, which provides a nice appearance as well. 

The dental crown procedure

The process of having a crown placed requires several dental appointments. However, with the use of local anesthesia, these appointments are quick and painless. 

Your first visit includes preparing the tooth to receive the crown. If the tooth is decayed, this will require filing to the tooth to make room for the crown to be placed. If a tooth is fractured, broken, or had a root canal treatment, it will need to be rebuilt using dental material. Once the tooth is ready, the dentist will take measurements and use wax for a dental impression. Finally, a temporary crown is placed, which protects the tooth until the new tooth is ready. 

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The measurements are sent to a laboratory where the crown is created from a piece of porcelain to the dentist’s exact specifications for size, shape, and color. Once the crown is ready, the patient returns to the office to have it placed. Prior to permanent placement, the dentist will check the fit and appearance. Once it’s placed, it cannot be removed. 

Caring for a dental crown

Once the crown is in place, it will function and look just like your natural tooth. While you may want to avoid hard foods or very hot or cold beverages for a few days, in time, you’ll be able to eat and drink all your favorite items. Further, caring for a dental crown is just like caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush and floss to keep it strong and healthy. 

Dr. Weigand and his entire team at Richard D. Weigand, DDS is committed to providing their patients with gentle, friendly, and expert care. Call (509) 485-8620 today to learn more about our dental crowns or to schedule an 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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