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    It Doesn’t Take A Lot Of Time To Beautify Your Smile, Provo

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    Are you a busy Provo resident who can’t find the time to improve your smile? The truth is, it may not take as long as you think. We are Dr. Hammond, and we and our staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry can help restore missing, cracked, or discolored teeth – sometimes in just one visit.

    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we have been treating the residents of Provo since 1967 and have seen the results of neglected teeth and gums. Don’t let your smile deteriorate any longer, call us today at 801-657-5633 to begin restoring your smile.

    Ask us about dental implants. Happy Provo dental implant patients have discovered that implants look and feel like their own teeth.

    Dental implants are great for producing a foundation for dentures, supporting a bridge, or replacing a damaged tooth without disturbing the surrounding teeth. Since dental implants interface into the anatomy of your jaw they help prevent bone loss and gum recession.

    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we would love to have a consultation and develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you. Your smile is our number one priority; make it yours as well and you will be healthier and happier.

    We provide advanced general and cosmetic dentistry including Invisalign, sedation dentistry and mini implants.


    Oral Health For Orem Diabetics

    Oral Health For Orem Diabetics

    Today’s Orem dental article is entitled ‘Oral Health For Orem Diabetics.’ Many Orem people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.

    Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Orem diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Orem dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

    When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.

    In addition to cavities, Orem dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.

    Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because Orem diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

    Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See your Orem dentist for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.

    Dr. Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry are accepting new patients in the Provo, Utah County American Fork, and Lehi area. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smile beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes-related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, implant anchored dentures, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, and same-day restorations.

    Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is located at 3575 N 100 E in Provo. Call us at 801-657-5633 to schedule a consultation. Thanks for visiting the Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry Provo dentistry blog!

    Dr. Hammond
    Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
    3575 N 100 E
    Provo Utah 84604
    801-657-5633


    No Cavities? Thank Your Parents

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    At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we stay abreast of new discoveries in the exciting field of dentistry and occasionally share interesting facts with our patients. Today’s post focuses on new findings in an intriguing field of research: genetic dentistry.

    “About 60% of the risk for tooth decay appears to be due to genetic factors.” Mary L. Marazita, director of the Center for Craniofacial and Dental Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1

    Whoa! Did she say 60%? That’s huge. You might be thinking: “That’s why I brush and floss but still get cavities.” Or, better yet, you might be thinking, “No wonder I have never had a cavity but eat candy often and occasionally go to bed without brushing.”

    A recent article on CNN.com highlights tooth decay risk factors that have a genetic link1:

    Enamel Strength
    Your genes play an essential role in the composition of your tooth enamel. Soft enamel is more cavity prone.

    Sugar Cravings
    Whether or not you love sugar has a genetic basis. Now you can blame your parents if you pop M&Ms all day. (But it still isn’t good for your teeth or waistline!)

    Chemical Composition of Saliva

    Your saliva can protect against cavities – if it properly metabolizes vital minerals and vitamins like calcium, potassium, iron, and Vitamin C. Your genes affect your saliva’s power to prevent decay.

    Immune Response to Bacteria
    We don’t like to think about the harmful bacteria in our mouth but, hopefully, our immune system is ever-vigilant at fighting their constant attempts to cause decay and gum disease. The strength of your immune system is determined, in part, by genetics.

    In the next few decades, scientists in the emerging specialty of genetic dentistry may play a key role in the development of new cavity prevention techniques.

    The purpose of this article is not to encourage Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients to be lax about oral hygiene if their parents have strong teeth. Nor to cause those whose teeth decay easily to throw their hands up in despair and resign themselves to a toothless mouth.

    Proper oral hygiene is critical for all of us, regardless of our genetic predisposition to tooth decay. You have the power to be energetic about your oral health, regardless of the genes you inherited. Whether you have frequent dental check-ups, consistent fluoride intake, effective brushing and flossing techniques, and proper nutrition, is up to you.

    If you need a thorough dental exam, an expert dental cleaning, a refresher course on proper brushing and flossing, or want to improve your smile with innovative cosmetic dentistry, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633 to schedule a consultation.

    1Paul Frysh, “Bad teeth? Blame your genes,” CNN, July 3, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/03/health/tooth-decay-causes/, accessed on June 24, 2015


    The “Wow Factor” At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry In Provo

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    Hello to our valued Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients! If you haven’t stopped by our blog in a while, we welcome you. It has been a great month at our caring Provo dentistry practice.

    We continue to achieve fantastic results with our precision smile makeovers. Drs. Hammond has been skillfully using veneers, porcelain crowns, short term braces, teeth whitening, dental bridges, gum grafting, crown lengthening, and dental bonding to create unbelievably beautiful smiles. If you would like a perfect smile, call us at 801-657-5633 today to schedule a smile design consultation.

    Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry cosmetic dentistry patients in Provo have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a remarkable smile. “Wow! That was fast! Wow! That was painless. Wow! My smile is amazing!”

    There are few physical features that can be transformed as quickly as your smile (okay, maybe your hair) – just think of how long it takes to tighten your abs or lose weight. Dramatic improvements can sometimes be achieved in just one visit.

    If you have never seen photos of some of our Provo smile transformation patients, you are probably not aware of how dramatic the results can be. There is virtually no dental issue that can’t be improved with state-of-the art cosmetic dentistry at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

    Do you want to look younger, more attractive, and more confident? Consider an expert cosmetic dental smile makeover from one of the top cosmetic dentists in Utah. See www.CosmeticDentistryUtahCounty.com for more information or call today!

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    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E
    Provo, UT
    84604

     


    Crooked Teeth And Cavities

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    Many dental patients in and around Orem hold the belief that orthodontists only change the look of your teeth. Consequently, they think that the only reason to find an orthodontist in the Utah County, American Fork, or Lehi area is if you are interested in cosmetic dentistry.

    The fact is that your ability to clean your teeth is enhanced when your teeth are straight and uncrowded.

    When uneven teeth begin to crowd together, it becomes difficult to make critical daily cleanings effective. And, when your teeth aren’t cleaned properly, problems with plaque buildup, cavities, and gum disease ordinarily ensue.

    If your teeth are crowding or if your bite is not aligned, then you need to visit our office. We can go over the options available at our office and even evaluate whether or not you need to see an orthodontist.

    Also, if you feel that the appearance of your teeth is an issue, ask your dentist about a smile makeover.  There are numerous innovative cosmetic dentistry procedures executed daily. These include teeth whitening, veneers, dental implants, crowns, and more!

    Hello, my name is Drs. Dr. Hammond. My caring local dental practice, Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, is located at 3575 N 100 E in Provo. I am enthusiastic about healthy, celebrity-caliber smiles. We are currently accepting new patients, so if you are in or around Orem, give us a call at 801-657-5633.

    Our caring team can answer any questions you have about our top services, which are:

    sedation dentistry
    Invisalign
    mini implants
    dental crowns
    porcelain veneers

    We hope to see you soon!

    Drs. Dr. Hammond
    Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
    3575 N 100 E
    Provo, Utah
    801-657-5633
    http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


    Are Dental Veneers Reversible?

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    With many Provo residents looking to improve their smile, porcelain veneers are a successful option in the Utah cosmetic dental community. Unlike a crown that completely covers the tooth, a veneer is a super thin layer of a very substantial porcelain, composite bonding, or ceramic. When bonded to a tooth, the veneer creates a natural, translucent, and perfect new surface. It improves the appearance of the visible portion of your tooth instantly.

    To begin, you will need a consultation with your dentist, who should have skill in cosmetic procedures. You should examine what you do not like about your smile and know how you want it improved. Veneers may not be ideal for you. Other cosmetic dental procedures are available that may be a better fit for the characteristics you wish to change.

    Porcelain veneers can fix many minor to moderate issues, including the size, shape, and color of your teeth. Gaps between teeth can be filled, as well as the lengthening or shortening of teeth to complete your attractive smile.

    Your dentist will also discuss both types of veneers: “traditional” and “prepless.” Before a traditional veneer is put on the tooth, the dentist first removes a very thin layer of enamel. Enamel cannot be replaced, which is one reason this method is irreversible.

    The second method is called “no-prep” or “prepless.” With this type, enamel removal is generally not necessary. When no enamel is removed, the treatment can be reversible. However, this procedure has specific criteria.

    Furthermore, it is possible to use both types of veneers for multiple teeth, depending on the condition of each tooth.

    Your dentist will help you evaluate your unique needs and advise you on how to reach your goals. Once you and your dentist have created a dental plan, your dentist will work with a laboratory and dental team to assure everything is carried out as discussed.

    If you do not have a cosmetic dentist, we invite you to visit our extraordinary practice at 3575 N 100 E Ste 200 in Provo. Chris Hammond is a successful smile makeover artist and can help you get the smile you’ve always wanted. Call 801-657-5633 today to schedule a cosmetic dental consultation.

     

    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah
    84604

     


    7 Ways To Fix A Tooth

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    In a perfect world, each of your priceless teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most Utah men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point.

    A tooth can be compromised by tooth decay, enamel erosion, a chip or crack, gum disease, or injury. Sometimes old restorations break and need to be replaced or root canals performed decades ago develop an abscess.

    Here are 7 different options for repairing a damaged tooth:

    Dental Bonding
    Bonding, officially called direct composite veneers, is used to fix minor cosmetic issues – small chips, cracks, discoloration, and spaces between teeth. A skilled cosmetic dentist applies moldable tooth-colored composite resin and shapes as desired. The resin is then cured with a special light to harden and adhere tightly to the tooth. Composite bonding is usually the most economical option for improving healthy teeth with minor cosmetic issues.

    Porcelain Veneers
    Porcelain veneers are wafer-thin tooth-shaped fronts that are permanently bonded to your natural teeth. They are used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of tooth decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or repair the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

    Fillings
    Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s optimal dental material — your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth. Get rid of all that metal!

    Inlays and Onlays
    A traditional filling is shaped and molded after it is applied to the tooth. Because inlays and onlays are constructed in a dental lab, they are usually called indirect fillings. A less invasive inlay or onlay may be used instead of a traditional filling or, in some cases, a crown. Inlays are applied to just the center of the biting surface of a tooth (not to a cusp or point) and are typically smaller than onlays. An onlay restores one or more cusps of a tooth.

    Crowns
    A crown replaces the entire visible portion of the tooth, restoring appearance, durability, and function. A crown is generally needed for a tooth that has had a root canal, a tooth with acute decay, or as the replacement tooth in a dental bridge. Attaching a crown to the abutment is the final step of a tooth implant procedure. Crowns can be made of all metal (such as gold), porcelain-fused-to-metal, all ceramic, or all resin.

    Soft Tissue Grafts
    Gum recession puts teeth and underlying bone at risk. Soft tissue grafting can cover the exposed root of a tooth to restrict further damage. Gum surgery is also performed for cosmetic reasons such reshaping a gumline to eliminate a “gummy” smile.

    Dental Implants
    What if a tooth has to be extracted because it is beyond saving? For many Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients, a dental implant anchored into the bone is the ideal solution. A tooth implant consist of a strong metal post (artificial root), abutment (connecting piece), and beautiful crown. A dental implant had many advantages over a dental bridge. They are stronger, provide virtually natural function, prohibit bone recession, and do not impact the surrounding teeth. For patients with several missing teeth, custom-made implant-anchored dentures can be established in any configuration required.

    For more details about any of these procedures, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633. Thanks for visiting the Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog. We appreciate your interest in our Provo dental practice.

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    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, Utah
    84604

     


    Do I Need A Dental Cleaning If I Brush And Floss At Home?

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    Today’s post focuses on professional dental cleanings. You might wonder if you need a professional dental cleaning if you already practice dental hygiene daily at home.

    The answer is that both processes are important because they work in tandem to maintain oral health.

    Dr. Chris Hammond encourages patients to practice preventative dentistry by:

    Brushing
    Flossing
    Healthy diet – fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts
    Regular dental cleanings
    Regular checkups

    Dental cleanings increase the effectiveness of your daily oral care by removing the plaque and tarter that can accumulate regardless of daily brushing and flossing. In fact, when plaque hardens, it can only be removed with the special tools used by a hygienist.

    A hygienist will first use a vibrating ultrasonic tool to dislodge the largest pieces of tartar. This process may tickle a bit. The hygienist will then use tools with finer attachments to remove the smaller pieces of calculus. When all plaque and tartar is gone, polishing is the final step in the cleaning process.

    The goal is to make your tooth surfaces as smooth as possible, to inhibit food particles from lodging in little spaces that are difficult to clean. If you are having an exam during the same visit, your technician may take dental x-rays. X-rays can reveal cavities while they are small and can be easily filled.

    Let your hygienist know if your teeth are sensitive so he/she can make your cleaning as comfortable as possible. After the cleaning, a fluoride treatment may be given to help strengthen your teeth.

    Before your hygienist leaves, you may want to ask if there are areas you can improve. Your hygienist can tell you which tooth surfaces had the most build-up. If the back teeth are presenting a problem, you can speak with Dr. Hammond about sealants.

    If you have braces, you may want more frequent dental cleanings because food can easily lodge between the wires.

    Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633 to schedule a professional cleaning today! Your smile will thank you.

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    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200
    Provo, UT
    84604

     


    Avoid Sports Injuries: Protect Those Teeth!

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    It is estimated that over 5 million teeth are knocked out yearly and a significant portion of these dental traumas occur on the playing field or court. Each dislodged tooth requires several trips to the dentist and hundreds of dollars in restoration expenses. Not to mention pain!

    I’m Dr. Chris Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry and I want to raise awareness of the importance of athletic mouth protection. I advise my patients to think of mouthguards as an important part of their protective gear. Most parents require their children to wear helmets when biking and shinguards while playing soccer. I encourage parents to emphasize the importance of mouth protection from your child’s very first 5 year-old T-ball game. And we all need to practice what we preach.

    You are probably aware of the main types of mouthguards: ready-to-wear, boil and bite, and custom-fitted. The stock mouth protectors are pre-formed but are definitely not one-size-fits all and probably provide the least amount of protection. (Though they are better than nothing.)

    You can find boil and bite mouth protectors at sporting goods stores. They are to be softened in water and then formed to the mouth (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

    Some dentists offer custom sports mouthguards that provide the highest level of protection and comfort. Mouth protectors that are comfortable are more likely to be worn by kids who complain about wearing a mouthguard. Ask your dentist about custom mouthguards.

    Mouth protection is extremely essential for patients with braces or fixed bridge work. Some orthodontists recommend mouth protectors for lower teeth as well.

    If you or your child has a sports-related dental emergency, call my Provo office immediately at 801-657-5633. I will do everything in my power to save the tooth but every second counts. Make sure you save all pieces of the tooth and bring them with you.

     

     

    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200 Ste 200
    Provo, UT
    84604

     


    Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile

    Preventative Maintenance For Your Irreplaceable Smile In Provo

    Hi, I’m Chris Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. If you are one of my existing patients, welcome back. If this is your first visit, I appreciate you stopping by.

    My caring team and I love taking care of our highly regarded Provo, Utah County, American Fork, and Lehi patients.

    Today’s article is for smiles that are overdue for a cleaning and exam.

    During dental deep cleanings, our hygienists thoroughly remove the plaque and tartar above and below the gumline. By scaling and planing, they remove areas where bacteria can easily multiply. We are dedicated to preventative dentistry to keep your smile healthy and beautiful. If you are due for a cleaning, call us today at 801-657-5633 to schedule.

    After your teeth have been cleaned, I perform a thorough examination. I check for overall tooth and gum health, the presence of cavities, gum pocket depth, bite issues, and signs of oral cancer.

    Some Provo people mistakenly believe that they can skip dental visits if they don’t notice anything out of the ordinary. This attitude is risky. Many dental issues advance silently. When the patient experiences pain, much damage has been done. Gum disease, especially, often progresses unnoticed.

    If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about dental financing options. It is far less costly to prevent dental problems than to treat them after they have become severe.

    If you perform regular auto maintenance, you understand the wisdom of prevention. Don’t you value your smile far more than your car? Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today to schedule preventative maintenance for your irreplaceable smile.

     

     

    Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

    801-657-5633

    Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

    3575 N 100 E Ste 200 Ste 200
    Provo, UT
    84604

     


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