What Have We Done For You Lately?

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, everything we do is for the welfare of our valued patients. We are committed to delivering quality, compassionate dental care tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

We know that optimum oral health is a critical element of comprehensive physical health and that dentists do more that just “drill and fill.” Like your primary care physician, Chris Hammond is an indispensable member of your family’s team of healthcare providers.

What Has Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry Done Lately?

  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease
  • Oral cancer checks
  • Diagnosis and treatment of chronic bad breath
  • Coordinated care with medical doctors for dental patients with cancer or other chronic conditions
  • Guidance on the oral health considerations of medication side effects
  • Custom night guards for people who grind their teeth
  • Oral conscious sedation, patience, and compassion for patients with dental anxiety
  • Specialized care for pregnant woman
  • Pediatric dental counsel for new parents
  • Emergency care for victims of a mouth injury
  • Referrals to and coordination with trusted specialists for procedures we don’t perform at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
  • Custom mouthguards for athletes of all ages
  • Instruction on appropriate dental hygiene
  • Diagnosis of bite issues
  • Replacement of old amalgam fillings
  • Improved confidence for smile transformation recipients
  • In-office and at-home teeth whitening
  • Dental deep cleanings that include scaling and root planing for plaque and tartar removal

What Can We Do For You?

The caring team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry would love to help you with any of your dental needs. To schedule an appointment, call 801-657-5633.

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


Say Goodbye To Old Amalgam Fillings

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Remember what your teeth looked like before you had your first cavity? When you opened your mouth to laugh or yawn, people with you could see only pearly white molar surfaces. (Unless, of course, you had been munching Oreos.)

Like many adults, you probably started developing cavities fairly young and started receiving the ubiquitous silver amalgam fillings. As the years went by, two fillings became three. If you didn’t drink fluoridated water, three fillings may have became four. Now when you open wide, others see a mouthful of metal.

Fortunately, patients with silver amalgam fillings can regain the smile of their youth. The replacement of silver fillings with composite tooth-colored fillings is a relatively inexpensive cosmetic dental procedure available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. It can transform a smile just as dramatically as more extensive cosmetic dental treatment.

Composite fillings are made up of a mixture of glass, quartz and resin. They are strong and durable when bonded to the tooth with adhesive.

Hopefully, you don’t have a new cavity. But if you do, you can start off with a white composite filling. In addition to the cosmetic advantages, the preparation of composite fillings requires the removal of less healthy tooth structure. A conservatively-priced restoration at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry leaves you with more of nature’s superior dental material—your own enamel and dentin.

If you would like to improve your American Fork smile by replacing silver-mercury fillings, schedule a Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry cosmetic dental consultation today by calling 801-657-5633. We will develop a treatment plan to address all areas of concern. If you have your teeth brightened in combination with silver filling replacement, you’ll be pleased with your new unforgettable smile.

Ask us about mini implants, Invisalign, sedation dentistry and dental crowns. We look forward to meeting you. Call us today at 801-657-5633.

 

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


Quirky Dental Facts That May Surprise You

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In today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry post, we share some fun facts about dentistry. Enjoy!

  • Many dental patients are aware that before there was formal dental training and licensing, barbers often performed dental procedures. But did you know that blacksmiths also moonlighted as dentists?1 How would you like your dental visit to involve tools used to hammer hot metal?
  • The Mayans were accomplished cosmetic dentists. One smile style in Mayan culture was bejeweled teeth – a procedure that involved the drilling of holes to embed precious gems. That’s a grill with major bling! 1
  • The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough to fill up two swimming pools.2 (Not a very pleasant image, right?)
  • Nylon toothbrush bristles weren’t introduced until 1938. Prior to that, pig hair was a common bristle material.3 (“Mom, my toothbrush smells like bacon!”)
  • A popular toothache treatment in medieval Germany was to kiss a donkey.3 There is no evidence that it actually worked and it is unknown if the same remedy was used by donkeys.
  • Every person’s tongue is unique – just like a fingerprint.4
  • In medieval Japan, black teeth were considered appealing. Style-conscious women used roots to stain their teeth.3

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, you won’t find pig hair, donkeys, or anvils. You will find first rate dental care and our caring team of dental professionals. Our menu of services includes: sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants. Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry today at 801-657-5633 to schedule an informative consultation.

 

1Gregory Myers,”10 Weird Facts About Teeth,” ListVerse, January 27, 2014, http://listverse.com/2014/01/27/10-weird-facts-about-teeth/, accessed on November 14, 2014
2Mouth Matters,” Visual.ly, August 28, 2012, http://visual.ly/your-mouth-matters-fun-dental-facts, accessed on November 14, 2014
3Chew on This, Fun Tooth Facts for a Healthy Mouth,” Delta Dental, http://www.deltadentalnc.org/MediaLibraries/Global/documents/Delta-Dental-Tooth-Tips-BF.pdf, accessed on November 12, 2014
4“New oral features can be considered unique as a fingerprint,” DentistryiQ, http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2014/01/new-oral-features-can-be-considered-unique-as-a-fingerprint.html, accessed on November 14, 2014

 

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

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


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.

Relax.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


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


5 Reasons To See Provo’s Truly Amazing Dentist, Drs. Hammond

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When we are young, we feel invincible. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably discovered by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s post offers some important advice about your oral health. Developing a relationship with a skilled, experienced, and friendly family dentist is critical for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Drs. Chris Hammond your partner in oral health.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist in zip code 84604 has emerged as one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits fixed right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Atmosphere.
At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry the dentist makes it a point to know your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Drs. Chris Hammond would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere caring.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Discussion.
Chris Hammond DDS delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and dental implants. Dr. Hammond provides fresh, clear specifics regarding your treatment. You can count on helpful care and cutting-edge oral treatment. Call 801-657-5633 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 3575 N 100 E Ste 200, Provo, Utah 84604, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of Invisalign or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for porcelain veneers? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for mini implants? Where does it hurt when sedation dentistry is done? Who is a candidate for dental crowns? What are symptoms of teeth grinding?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene and healthy habits. Dr. Chris Hammond is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Lehi and nearby Utah County neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, UT
84604

 


Relax. It’s Not The End Of The World.

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Today’s Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry post addresses one of the most feared dental procedures: the infamous root canal. If you are told that you need a root canal, don’t panic. Your dentist recommends this procedure when it is better for your tooth than the alternatives.

A successful root canal (or endodontic treatment in dental-speak) can save a tooth and prevent the need for an extraction followed by a dental bridge, dental implant, or gap in your smile.

If, after a thorough evaluation, Dr. Hammond determines that a tooth is going to need a root canal, Dr. Hammond will explain the procedure and costs that are involved. Root canals are handled to save an infected tooth. If not treated, abscesses and complete tooth loss may occur.

During the procedure, your dentist will remove the nerve and pulp, and then clean and disinfect the interior of your tooth – the canal. The next step is filling and sealing the cleaned area with a special rubbery material, and then protecting the restored tooth with a crown or filling.

Root canals have the reputation of being painful, but this is not the case anymore. There are several effective pain management methods available today at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. From local painkillers and numbing agents to oral sedation, we will make sure you are comfortable during the procedure. Once the infected tissue is removed, your dentist will focus on helping the oral site heal, which may require another visit.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, call Dr. Hammond now at 801-657-5633 for an appointment.

If you are unfamiliar with our services at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, be sure to visit our website at http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/ to get more information.  Dr. Chris Hammond is well-known throughout the state of Utah as a provider of extraordinary dental care, including sedation dentistry, Invisalign, and mini implants.

In addition to general dentistry, we provide extraordinary cosmetic dental services; everything from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E
Provo, UT
84604

 


Can You Handle A Dental Emergency?

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we hope you never experience a serious dental emergency. It’s important, however, to know what to do in such a situation. Here is a quiz on dental emergencies and less urgent oral issues.

1. One of the wires on your braces breaks. What do you do?

a. Cut off the loose piece.
b. Put a piece of orthodontic wax on the end if it is irritating your tongue or gums. Schedule an appointment with your orthodontist to have it fixed.
c. If the wire has cut your gums, rinse with a solution of salt and water.

Both b and c are correct. If you don’t have a piece of orthodontic wax, you can use a cotton ball to cover the sharp end. If you cut off the loose end of the wire, you risk swallowing it.

2. Your five year-old falls off his bike, hits his face on the sidewalk, and knocks out one of his front teeth. What do you do before driving immediately to the nearest Utah County dental office or Orem ER?

a. Put the tooth back in the socket.
b. If the tooth is dirty, scrub it with a brush.
c. Put the tooth in milk.

The answer depends on whether it is a permanent tooth or a baby tooth. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it may be successfully re-implanted if done quickly. Make sure you only hold the tooth by the crown, never touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with water being cautious not to brush off any tissue attached. It is best to reinsert the tooth into the socket. This may not be possible with younger children. Because it is essential to keep the tooth from drying out on your way to your Utah County dentist or nearest Orem area emergency room, you can put the tooth in a cup of milk. Baby teeth should not be reinserted because it can potentially damage the emerging tooth.

3. You lose a filling and the tooth starts hurting. After
scheduling an appointment with your Provo  dentist, what do you do in the meantime?

a. Save the filling.
b. Take an OTC pain reliever.
c. Put an aspirin on the tooth.

Both a and b are correct. Though your Provo dentist probably can’t use the same filling to repair the problem, it may reveal important information about the cause of the separation. Never put an aspirin on a tooth because the acid in it could irritate your gums.

4. One of your teeth suddenly darkens. What are the possible causes?

a. The nerve inside the tooth is damaged.
b. It is side effect of a medication you are taking.
c. Gum disease.
d. An infection.

The answer is all of the above.

For any dental emergency or other oral condition, call an urgent dental care office or Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. We have been providing quality dental care for Orem residents since 1967. If you add our address and phone number (801-657-5633) to your phone contacts right now, you won’t have to search for it in the case of an emergency. When trying to save a knocked-out tooth, every minute counts.

 

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E
Provo, UT
84604

 


The Mark Of The Perfect Provo Dentist

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If you are fortunate to have dental insurance but do not have a regular dentist, it’s time to opt for a dentist in Provo, Utah. And if you haven’t got insurance but have dental needs, perhaps it is time to consider who can meet those needs affordably in Provo.

An Educated Dentist

Dr. Hammond, DDS perform amazing work for patients from the Lehi and Utah County areas. Dr. Hammond’s friendly and professional care combined with continuing education and experience will bring fitness and compassion to your dental chair experience. Education is what you should be looking for. Schedule a consultation to learn for yourself at 801-657-5633.

An Experienced Dentist
Our team of dental professionals have been providing valuable services since 1967. Some of our services include mini implants, porcelain veneers, sedation dentistry, dental crowns, and Invisalign. Patients will note the ease and skill Dr. Hammond exhibit after performing these procedures successfully many, many times. Experience takes out the guesswork. Visit our website for more information: http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/.

An Affordable Experience
It is not in our best interest to scare patients away with overpriced procedures and debilitating payment plans. We are here to serve our friends and neighbors. Provo is our home too. If you are in the market for affordable dental care near Provo, Utah, then call us for prices related to cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, or dental implants. Compare the bottom line.

Remember, procedures such as family dentistry or dental implants require not only costly technical equipment but a trained staff to support the proper use and maintenance as well as superb dental expertise by Dr. Hammond. Quality dental care is an investment in your health and its value cannot be overestimated.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, it is our desire to charge responsible fees made affordable for our community. Give us a chance to prove our value.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/


Does Your Teen Have Unique Dental Challenges?

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When it comes to oral health, adolescence is a pivotal time for Provo youth. On the upside, the last of the permanent teeth come in providing young men and women with their “adult smile”. Good habits can be forged and reinforced. Teeth can be straightened, providing increased confidence when it is often sorely needed.

On the downside, some teens take up habits that are detrimental to their teeth. Adolescents often don’t understand the importance of proper dental hygiene and fail to adequately care for their teeth. Some young Provo men and women develop teenage tooth decay that can cause recurring dental problems in later years.

Eating disorders are far too common among Provo area teens. Bulimia can cause enamel erosion, decay, and even complete tooth loss. Parents who suspect their teen has an eating disorder are strongly advised to intervene immediately and provide appropriate medical care and counseling.

The importance of diet cannot be overstated. Adolescence is a time when many young Orem men and women decrease their calcium intake – a danger to both bones and teeth. The consumption of energy drinks and sugared soda also contribute to tooth and gum problems in teenagers.

Furthermore, teens that use tobacco and illegal drugs have an increased risk of tooth decay and oral cancer. Oral piercings can be extremely detrimental. The health risks include tooth and gum damage, infection, allergic reactions, nerve damage, and excessive swelling that can block airways.

Teens who are undergoing orthodontic treatment often have a difficult time properly cleaning their teeth. It is a challenge to fit toothbrush bristles and floss under dental hardware. Toothbrushes and flossing devices that squirt water can help teens with braces adequately clean their teeth and gums.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry advises Utah parents to make sure their teens receive twice-yearly dental exams and cleanings. Dr. Hammond can identify and treat oral issues in their early stages so that further damage can be prevented or minimized.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following  guidelines for adolescent oral health:

Teens should drink fluoridated water.
Fluoride supplementation is recommended for high risk teens that don’t have access to fluoridated water (up to age 16).
Teens should use fluoridated toothpaste twice a day.
Teens should floss daily.1

To schedule a teen dental examination and cleaning, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633. The team of caring dental professionals at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is dedicated to oral health for patients of all ages.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E
Provo, Utah 84604
801-657-5633
http://www.cosmeticdentistryutahcounty.com/about-us/

1“Protecting All Children’s Teeth, Oral Health in Adolescence,” http://www2.aap.org/oralhealth/pact/, accessed September 17,  2014