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 Filling Material Is the Safest?

Protecting your teeth from cavities and keeping them structurally sound is essential for good oral health. Over the years, different materials have been used to correct minor imperfections and fill cavities. Since the use of composite resin began several years ago, it has come to light that the dental amalgam used for years may not be as safe as initially thought. Today, dentists have other options that are less toxic and more durable than the dental amalgam of the past.

Safest Dental Fillings in Spokane WA Area

The Problem with Dental Amalgam

For well over 100 years, dental amalgam was the primary material used for fillings. The amalgam is made up of many kinds of metal, with over 50% of the mixture being mercury. Dentists later found that the mercury used to make the amalgam could be potentially hazardous. Some medical professionals believe that the mercury used in fillings can have side effects due to the toxicity of the metal. With what has been learned about dental amalgam, many dentists have started using a composite resin material instead.

Mercury Free Filling Options

The new BPA-safe, composite resin filling material is safe to use, offers no side effects, and strengthens the tooth’s structure. While dental amalgam is durable, composite resin will harden so that it is similar to the shell of the tooth. That means that it is incredibly strong and will remain in place for many years without needing any repairs or adjustments. They are easy to keep clean just maintain your daily brushing and flossing habits. Keep your teeth clean and healthy, and you won’t even know your fillings are there.

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New Patients : (509) 485-8620 | Existing Patients : (509) 747-5812
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Natural Looking Fillings

One of the best things about composite resin is that tint can be added so that the filling will match the tooth it will be used to fix. That makes the tooth look more natural and will not be as noticeable as the dental amalgam commonly used in the past. Many dentists will often remove dental amalgam fillings and replace them with composite resin. That eliminates the toxic metal and makes your smile appear as natural as possible.

Safe Dental Fillings provided at Richard D. Weigand, DDS in Spokane, Washington

Residents in Spokane, Washington, can visit Dr. Richard Wiegand to learn more about composite resin fillings. Call Richard D. Wiegand, DDS, to schedule your first appointment. New patients need to call (509) 485-8620. If you are an existing patient, you will need to call (509) 747-5812. Make your appointment, and you will be able to restore your smile.

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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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