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    What Is Necessary For A Dental Crown?

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    Dental crowns have been around for millennia and are still used to restore smiles today. Ancient dentists used ivory, bone, and seashells to make crowns for teeth. Evidence of gold crowns dates from 200 A.D. Porcelain crowns appeared in the 1800s. With the advancement of metal casting techniques in the 1900s, crown technology took a big leap forward.

    A dental crown procedure consists of multiple steps:

    Tooth Preparation
    Your dentist will anesthetize the tooth to be crowned and then prepare it. All decay is removed and the tooth is shaped. Usually, the dentist files off tooth structure to reduce the size and create the proper shape. Sometimes, the tooth is too small to begin with; in that case, the dentist builds up the core of the tooth with filling material to design a durable base for the crown. All-metal crowns – as opposed to porcelain crowns – have thinner sides, requiring less removal of tooth structure.

    Creating a Good Impression
    The dentist will use a putty-like substance to form an impression of the tooth and surrounding teeth. An impression will also be made of the teeth that oppose the crown. This ensures that the crown does not negatively impact the bite.

    The Temporary Crown
    A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth and make sure it doesn’t move in the mouth while the permanent crown is being produced. Patient need to be careful with their temporary crown. It is not as strong as the permanent crown and is attached only with temporary cement. Avoid chewing gum and eating sticky foods. Be aware that the tooth may be sensitive to hot and cold.

    Choosing a Color
    If the new crown will be fabricated with porcelain, you and your dentist will use a shade guide to elect a shade for the restoration. Most people don’t have teeth that are exactly the same color. You will need to establish the most appropriate shade to blend in with the surrounding teeth.

    The Lab Team Works Its Magic
    The dentist or a laboratory technician then uses the model to establish the crown. Some dentists have the equipment required to manufacture crowns right in their office. Same day restorations are created with a machine that mills a crown from a small block of ceramic in the proper shade.

    Your Crown Is Put In Place

    When the new crown is ready, your dentist places it in your mouth and makes any needed modification to attain a perfect fit. This process shouldn’t be rushed. Sometimes less than a millimeter of drilling can make the difference between an ill-fitting crown that makes irregular contact with the opposing teeth and a crown that is accurately fitted.

    I’m Dr. Chris Hammond, of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. My practice offers mini implants, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and Invisalign.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    3 Reasons Not To Skip A Dental Checkup

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    Life gets busy. Sometimes it seems impossible to keep up with everything you have to do. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we understand that. We encourage you to think twice before you cancel or postpone a dental checkup because you think it’s less important than the other twenty things on your to-do list.

    Twice-yearly dental exams are indispensable for keeping your smile in ideal shape!

    “But my teeth feel fine.”
    We’ve heard this excuse. The fact is that no news isn’t necessarily good news. Dental problems can be progressing without you being aware of it.

    1. Your Gums May Be Receding
    Gum recession doesn’t happen all at once. Gum tissue can move back almost imperceptibly until teeth and bone are in danger.

    2. Decay May Be Lurking
    When the acids in plaque start drilling into a tooth, we usually don’t feel it until it has passed through the enamel and dentin and hits the nerve. Ouch! By that time, there is a crater in the tooth. Regular cleanings remove plaque before it can do any weakening.

    3. Prevent Oral Cancer
    About 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year.1 Dr. Hammond will screen for oral cancer during your exam. As with all types of cancer, early diagnosis is indispensable.

    After your entire mouth has been examined, Dr. Hammond will detail what is required moving forward. Whether that’s flossing more often or discussing major fixes such as Invisalign, we will make sure that you get all the information you need to ensure your smile is bright and beautiful!




    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Is Sedation Dentistry Safe For Provo Smiles?

    Affordable Provo Dentistry Sedation When I discuss sedation dentistry with new  patients, I encounter many misconceptions. The purpose of today’s article is to de-bunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

    Myth #1:  You Are Completely Unconscious

    Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

    Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

    Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

    Myth #3: Most Utah Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

    Some Utah dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your dental insurance benefits.

    Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

    Cosmetic dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Our practice meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

    For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact us at  801-657-5633 today to schedule a sedation consultation.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Chipped Tooth? No Need To Panic

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    There are basically two ways to handle a chipped tooth:
    1. Panic.
    2. See Dr. Chris Hammond right away and get on with life.

    Dr. Chris Hammond at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry can fix a chipped tooth in a jiffy by determining the right solution and expertly preforming the procedure. Decay, missing teeth, braces, even crowns can impact the course of treatment.

    Time is often an important factor when it comes to tooth repair so don’t wait, call 801-657-5633 to schedule an appointment. Our address is:
    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah 84604

    We’ve been around since 1967 – serving your neighbors in Provo  and improving smiles for Utah County patients.

    When Provo residents need cosmetic dentistry, we’ve successfully managed their treatment. When Lehi patients have needed family dentistry, we’ve watched happy, smiling patients leave our office. And when you need dental implants, we are excited with the opportunity to make a true believer out of you!

    We offer mini implants, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry and dental crowns. Trust Dr. Hammond to deliver exceptional results. No panic. No mistakes. No worries.



    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Foaming At The Mouth: Are You Brushing Right?

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    In today’s post, let’s review some information about brushing. One key to activating the value of toothpaste is creating foam when brushing.

    Working up a good foam is attained by pre-wetting the toothbrush, then attacking at a 45 rather than 90 degree angle. The foaming helps with dislodging food debris from nooks and crannies in the mouth. Go ahead and swish it around at the completion of brushing to pick up any stragglers. The abrasives in toothpaste are designed to polish the teeth without damaging the enamel.

    Because of the abrasives, soft toothbrushes are best for proper brushing. Harder bristles can put the enamel and gum line at risk. When the gum line recedes from aggressive brushing (or any other cause) a patient may experience tooth pain, increased build-up and decay, tooth structure weakening, and in severe cases, tooth loss.

    The fluoride in the toothpaste promotes remineralization when the paste has been rubbed around on all surfaces of all teeth in the entire mouth. This takes time so be certain you brush for at least 2-3 minutes.

    Furthermore, remember that flossing is important and rounds out the 5 minutes each day to give you healthy, pain-free chewing for years and years to come.

    To recap:
    Wet soft bristle toothbrush
    Use fluoridated toothpaste
    Brush at 45 degree angle
    Brush gently for 2-3 minutes
    Cover every surface of every tooth
    Swish around in mouth before spitting out
    Floss gently around each tooth and don’t miss the back surface of the rear molars
    Rinse out debris

    This article is brought to you by Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, an esteemed dental practice in Provo. We are passionate about dental education and confident smiles for all.

    Dr. Chris Hammond has been serving Provo area families since 1967. We are located at 3575 N 100 E Ste 200 in Provo. Contact us at 801-657-5633 or http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/.

    Ask us about our dental payment options, accepted insurance companies, and the general and cosmetic care we offer. And brush well until we see you, it will be worth every foamy second!

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    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Pamper Yourself With Professional Teeth Whitening

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    Do you ever treat yourself to a few hours of pampering and leave feeling relaxed and refreshed? Perhaps you get a massage or have dinner at a nice Orem restaurant. Have you ever thought about getting your teeth whitened? You get to relax in a comfy chair and enjoy a bright smile when you leave. Our distinctive dental practice in Provo has a warm, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere.

    The proven teeth whitening system used in our Provo practice has been thoroughly tested for safety and effectiveness. We brighten smiles every day and have hundreds of satisfied Provo cosmetic dental patients.

    If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry to remedy some problems with your smile, we can also help you with that at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. We have beautified countless Orem area smiles using a variety of common and not-so-common cosmetic dental procedures.

    Ask us about invisible braces, crown lengthening treatment, tooth-colored fillings, porcelain veneers and tooth implants. To schedule a teeth whitening or cosmetic dental consultation, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633. We are distinctive dental practice serving the greater Orem area from our well-appointed Provo facility.

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    You deserve to be pampered! Experience a comfortable, relaxing dental visit and receive top quality dental care at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    It’s A Great Time To Have Ugly Teeth!

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    Huh? Yep, it’s true. It’s a great time to have ugly teeth because industry-leading cosmetic dentistry provides several procedures to turn ugly to unbelievably beautiful.

    Teeth whitening can benefit almost every adult. Years of staining can be magically erased in a day at your Provo dentist’s office or over a few months with an affordable at-home kit. This popular treatment gives you a lot of bang for your cosmetic dental buck.

    If your teeth are slightly crooked or have small chips or cracks, minimally-invasive porcelain veneers could be the answer. A veneer is a translucent, wafer-thin cover that is permanently attached to the front of a tooth. Many people get veneers on the upper front teeth for a fabulous smile metamorphosis. Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633 to learn more about terrific veneers.

    Have your gums receded and thereby exposed the metal base of an old dental crown? Soft tissue grafts and/or crown replacement can correct this common trouble. Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633 to schedule a gum-contouring consultation.

    A missing tooth detracts from your smile, even if your other teeth look great. Many Provo people have benefited from dental implants. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the natural-looking crown. Dental implants can also anchor full or partial dentures and significantly improve life for denture wearers.

    If your teeth have acute alignment problems, we encourage you to think about braces. Provo dental patients of all ages are undergoing orthodontic treatment to straighten their teeth and transform their smile. The newest braces are faster, less noticeable, and more comfortable than ever before.

    Other cosmetic dental procedures available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are inlays/onlays, dental crowns, and white fillings. If you have an ugly smile, the Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry team of outstanding dental professionals is committed to making it sensational. Call 801-657-5633 today!


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah


    Crooked Teeth?

    Can't afford braces? Now is a great time to have crooked teeth! Why? They can easily be aligned.

    There are few technological wonders of our era that are more appreciated than modern braces. Teeth straightening hardware of past generations in Provo had many drawbacks. It often involved a whole orthodontic tool kit – full metal bands, headgear, elastics, spacers, and wires poking every which way. If you played an instrument that required the use of your mouth, well, it wasn’t pretty.

    Some Utah County orthodontic patients found their conventional braces uncomfortable, bulky, and downright ugly. They also created many hidden nooks and crannies for bacteria to quietly drill into your enamel.

    If you are too young to remember old school braces, you can’t truly appreciate the technologically-advanced ceramic braces, clear braces and Invisalign aligners available today right here in American Fork, Lehi, and Utah County. Even conventional metal braces are now smaller, less noticeable, and more comfortable.

    The advancements in Provo orthodontic treatments and shortened treatment times is one reason many Orem adults have chosen to straighten their teeth even if they passed as a teenager. Does that mean you don’t need to have your child seen by a Provo orthodontist if you suspect problems? Absolutely not.

    The American Association of Orthodontics recommends early Orem orthodontic evaluation. It is always best to identify troubles with teeth and jaw development early. Your orthodontist or pediatric dentist will know the proper age to begin treatment if needed.

    We provide many cosmetic dental procedures at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. Did you know that Utah County porcelain veneers can solve some less-extreme tooth alignment troubles? If your teeth are fairly straight but your smile is compromised by a couple of damaged or chipped teeth, affordable porcelain veneers may be your one-visit solution.

    For more information about the cosmetic dental options offered at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in , see http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ or call 801-657-5633.


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E
    Provo, UT


    Does My Dentist Treat Bad Breath?

    Cure Bad Breath In Utah County When my Utah County dental patients ask me if mouthwash cures bad breath, I tell them that treating bad breath with a mouthwash is like drenching yourself with cologne instead of taking a shower. Mouthwash is only a temporary mask for odor caused by poor oral hygiene, tongue bacteria, or digestive problems.

    The best-selling mouthwashes in Utah County have a significant amount of alcohol, which can even exacerbate bad breath by drying out the mouth. Some bacteria grows even faster in a dry environment.

    To eliminate bad breath, you need to find the cause. To get rid of hidden bacteria multiplying between teeth, pay more attention to thorough flossing and brushing.

    A haphazard thirty-second brushing won’t prevent halitosis (or cavities). Try to brush for at least three minutes. It may seem like overkill if you have been a speed-brusher but remember that there is a lot of area to cover on multiple planes.

    Devise a system to brush every reachable surface of every tooth. Then floss carefully around every tooth, pulling the floss down into the space at the gumline on both sides. Brush your gums, sides of mouth, palate, and tongue, also.


    Schedule a deep dental cleaning at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry with the best hygienist in the Utah County area and request a refresher (no pun intended) course on brushing and flossing.

    If your tongue is the culprit, you might want to start using a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping has become quite popular in Utah County, especially among the college crowd.

    A tongue scraper is a cleaning tool that works like a squeegee to scrape bacteria and food particles off the surface of the tongue.

    I am Drs. Chris Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we treat many Utah County dental patients with bad breath. There is no reason to feel embarrassed. (Leaving bad breath untreated can be more embarrassing.)

    Schedule an oral exam and halitosis consultation by calling 801-657-5633. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, our specialty is cosmetic dentistry and we also provide family dentistry. Thanks for visiting our blog.

    Brush Up On Your Cavity Basics

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    Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients use the word “cavity” often when discussing oral health practices. Along with teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures, cavities are a hot topic.

    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we think it’s great that people in the Orem area are so conscious of their teeth, and we feel that having a better understanding of exactly what a cavity is will help them take better care of their pearly whites.

    Cavities can also be called caries or tooth decay. When a tooth is permanently damaged in the hard surface, tiny openings occur. These little holes are cavities. Different factors that contribute to tooth decay are:

    Frequent eating
    Consuming sugary beverages
    Oral bacteria
    Insufficient tooth brushing and flossing

    Cavities may get so bad that you will see pits or holes in your teeth, but symptoms may be more subtle, such as sensitivity, pain when biting, or a toothache. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should call your Utah County, American Fork, or Lehi dentist today for an appointment.

    If you are in the market for quality dental care in the Provo area, give Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry a call. We have been treating dental patients in and around Orem since 1967. We can also answer any questions you have about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as veneers and dental implants.

    We hope to hear from you soon!


    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:


    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E
    Provo, UT



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