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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Tooth replacement options keep Spokane, WA patients smiling

Are you suffering – physically and emotionally – from missing teeth? The long-term effects of missing teeth may include diminished bone in the jaw, which causes teeth to shift and changes the appearance of the smile; and increased risk of systemic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. Fortunately, at Richard D Weigand DDS in ​Spokane, WA, you have ​tooth replacement options.

Why are false teeth options important?

If you experience any of the following, it is time to consider false teeth options:

  • Embarrassment or lowered self-esteem
  • Oral discomfort or pain
  • Changes in the diet that may affect digestion or nutritional intake
  • Difficulty speaking clearly
  • Crooked teeth that make brushing and flossing a challenge

Modern tooth replacement options in Spokane, WA

As a long-time member of the Implant/Prosthodontic Study Club, Dr. Richard Weigand is well-versed in various types of tooth replacement.

For a single missing tooth, or multiple teeth at various locations in the mouth, Dr. Weigand may recommend dental implants – especially for front tooth replacement. An implant is a surgically placed biocompatible post that replaces the root of the missing tooth. The jawbone fuses with the implant, acting as a solid foundation for a porcelain crown. With good oral habits, this method of ​permanent teeth replacement can last a lifetime

If you have several missing teeth in a row, you may choose a dental bridge. This prosthetic has artificial teeth, secured by crowns. A dental bridge may be anchored to natural teeth, or preferably to dental implants at each end of the gap.

The All-on-4® dental implant system replaces a full arch of teeth, at the time of extractions. Just four specially designed implants are placed to hold artificial teeth securely. This type of denture is ​extremely stable, for comfortable chewing and confident speaking​, singing, and laughing. If you do not want to be seen without teeth, this “immediate load” implant system could be ideal.

Implant supported dentures are similar. However, since traditional implants are used, there is a healing period for osseointegration before the denture can be inserted. An implant-retained denture can be removable for easy cleaning or taken out only by the dentist at regular hygiene appointments.

You do not have to live with the distress of missing teeth. Call (509) 485-8620 to discuss ​tooth replacement optionswith Dr. Weigand in ​Spokane, WA.

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