Implants or Traditional Dentures? Ask Yourself These Questions When Choosing

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If you want to restore your smile due to extensive tooth loss, you have a decision. Will you choose conventional dentures, or dentures supported by dental implants, like those available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT? When you consider the advantages of implants, there is really no contest.

Let’s compare conventional removable dentures and dental implants.

Feel

Dentures sit right on the gums. An adhesive is used to help maintain the daily fit A dental implant is surgically fixed into the jawbone similar to one’s original teeth.

Effective years

Dentures typically last 7 to 15 years. As one’s jawbone changes shape, dentures need to be adjusted to fit. Implants are fitted once.

Bone Loss

Missing teeth lead to bone loss, whch in turn changes the shape of the face. Unfortunately this shows in the face with a shrunken look. Implants help stimulate the jawbone, which helps to keep the shape of the bone and facial structure.

Speech

Dentures can move and shift as you wear them, affecting speech patterns. Dental implants are anchored securely in the jawbone, and don’t interfere with speech at all.

Eating

Sticky or hard foods are difficult or even impossible when chewing with dentures. Implant-supported dentures allow you to eat any kind of food.

Implant-supported dentures from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT have transformed tooth replacement. We’ve placed them in patients from American Fork and Lehi, who also come to us for complete general dentistry. Call for an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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How Your Lifestyle Affects Your Tooth Color

teeth whitening ProvoMost of us would like to have white teeth and a great smile. But discolored or just plain yellow teeth is common, especially in a world of tea and coffee drinkers. At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo UT, we can fix that.

Tooth enamel is a little like skin. It has pores that can get clogged and discolored. The most common habits that work against you are:

  • Tobacco
  • Sodas and other dark colored drinks, i.e. coffee, red wines, and teas
  • Not practicing daily oral hygiene
  • Not having proper dental care

If you want to lighten your teeth, the above will consistently work against you.

We advise kicking these habits to the curb if you want the whitest teeth possible. (There are other good health reasons, too.)

If, in spite of your best efforts, your smile is still dull, professional teeth whitening from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo UT can revive it. People throughout American Fork and Lehi trust us with their smiles! We also offer Invisalign clear braces, and other smile-improving options. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Dental Problem? There Is Always A Solution!

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A healthy, pleasing smile can have a positive impact on anyone’s life. It lets us convey confidence and friendliness in business and social settings. If dental problems have dulled your smile, cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo can revive it.

It’s been said that cosmetic dentistry is part science and part art. That’s a good definition, but we would add that we use sound dental techniques to bring positive changes to the smiles of our patients.

Smile improvement with cosmetic dentistry can have positive changes on your life. There are many techniques we can use, depending on the state of your smile: we can correct teeth that are discolored, chipped, mis-shapen, and even missing.

Traditional dentistry addresses the health of your teeth and gums, and that certainly has its place in what we do. Cosmetic dentistry improves appearance, to complement the overall general and dental health of each patient.

Your teeth take a lot of wear and tear, but cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo can restore your smile to its youthful appearance. People from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice for complete general dentistry, and so much more. Call today to schedule your next checkup!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Why Improve Your Smile?

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Would you like to improve the appearance of your smile? With cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, transforming your smile has never been easier.

Cosmetic dentistry is a term that refers to dental techniques that enhance the appearance of your smile. We can make teeth brighter, in better alignment with each other, or without the chips or cracks that have detracted from them for as long as you can remember. We can even replace a tooth that is missing with one that is indistinguishable from a natural tooth.

Cosmetic dentistry procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. Professional teeth whitening surpasses any product you’ll find at the grocery store.
  • Porcelain veneers. Thin shells of medical-grade porcelain are attached to the front of your teeth to cover imperfections like stains, chips, or gaps.
  • Clear braces. Invisalign clear braces straighten teeth and fit like a mouth guard. They can be removed for meals and when you brush your teeth.
  • Dental implants. State-of-the-art dental implants are titanium posts inserted into your jaw, where the fuse with bone to form a rock-solid support for an artificial tooth.

Does any of this sound too good to be true? Well, seeing is believing! Cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo can transform your smile into something spectacular. Patients from American Fork and Lehi also come to our office for our general dentistry. Schedule an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Five Fast Ways to Improve Your Smile

cosmetic dental and implants ProvoDo you have a special event coming up? Perhaps a wedding, graduation, milestone birthday, anniversary, or reunion? At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo we have five cosmetic dentistry procedures that can usually be completed in one office visit, to quickly improve your smile!

  • Veneers. Porcelain veneers have been a successful treatment for decades but we never fail to be amazed by the results. A veneer is a super-thin layer of porcelain bonded permanently to the front of a tooth. A veneer can cover a chip, hide a crack, make discoloration disappear, or correct a misshapen tooth.
  • Gum Contouring. Perhaps your teeth are sensational and healthy but you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation. Gum contouring can reshape the gumline and beautify your smile.
  • Enamel Shaping. Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the aspects of a smile even if all the other teeth look great. Let us reshape the tooth so it blends in seamlessly.
  • Bonding. Dental bonding just gets better and better. Bonding is used in a multitude of applications to fix teeth with cosmetic and structural problems. The newest prep techniques are minimally invasive – leaving you with more of your own tooth structure.
  • Teeth Whitening. Make your smile pop with professional in-office teeth whitening. There is nothing like a terrific white smile to give you optimal confidence.

Cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo is an investment that will bless you every day. We’ve improved the smiles of people from American Fork and Lehi, who also come to our office for family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Why is the 4-Step Tooth Implant Timeline Necessary?

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Dental implants from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are state-of-the-art in tooth replacement.

The process for getting an implant can take several months, but don’t let that discourage you. Each stage of the procedure is important. It’s not a drawback; it is indicative of the permanent nature of an implant.

The Dental Implant Timeline

1. Dental Implant Examination and Assessment

A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the post or root replacement, the abutment, and the final restoration (crown, denture, bridge, or partial denture).

It all starts with a consultation. We’ll take X-rays and analyze your mouth and examine your teeth, gums, and jawbone. If you don’t have adequate bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting.

2. Placement

The first step is to insert the titanium implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how fast and easy the procedure is. It usually takes one to two hours.

Over-the-counter pain relievers are usually enough for post-surgery discomfort. Most people can go back to work after the surgery.

3. Osseointegration

The key to implant placement is called osseointegration, which means the titanium post fusing with the bone. In most cases it takes three to six months for this to happen. Once it does, you’ve got a rock-solid foundation for the implant.,

4. Placing the Final Restoration

The final step is a crown, bridge, or denture. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process.

Teeth supported by dental implants from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo are life-changing. We’ve placed them in patients from American Fork and Lehi. We also offer porcelain veneers and other cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Please call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Do Veneers Make Teeth Look Bigger?

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Porcelain veneers do not make your teeth look larger – unless you want them to. A veneer can correct many flaws and is a minimally invasive restoration. Porcelain veneers are among the cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.

Veneers are an easy way to cover chips or cracks in your teeth, or gaps between them. They are thin shells of medical-grade ceramic cemented to the front of your teeth. Each veneer is custom-fitted to the tooth it is being affixed to.

Although veneers are generally considered a cosmetic procedure, they can also be used to replace lost enamel. The enamel that covers teeth is one of the strongest substances in the human body, but it can be damaged from years of consuming acidic foods or drinks, by acid reflux, or even by brushing your teeth too vigorously over the years. Veneers are an excellent remedy.

One caveat: when a veneer is placed over a tooth, a thin layer of existing enamel must be removed to make room for it. That means they are a permanent procedure.

Porcelain veneers are just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures offered here at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. Find out why people from American Fork and Lehi trust us with their smiles! Call for an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Retaining Brightness After Teeth Whitening Treatment

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Once you brighten your smile with professional teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, you’ll want the results to last as long as possible. But you must be careful: the same things that stained your teeth to begin with can stain them again. There are some things you can do retain that newly-whitened smile.

Do’s

First, use an oral rinse every day. There are many over-the-counter products with whitening agents to help keep your smile bright. As a bonus, they can improve your overall oral hygiene.

Don’ts

There are certain things that really do a number of your teeth: drinking coffee, tea, soft drinks, and red wine; smoking; even certain medications. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask us.

Avoid acidic foods and beverages. These can weaken or wear away the enamel on your teeth. Weak enamel allows the yellow dentin to show through.

Artificial coloring in many foods can stain your newly whitened teeth. Candy, popsicles, and fruit punch are examples.

Remember the Basics

Regular brushing goes a long way toward keeping your white smile. Try for twice a day. Whitening toothpastes can help the process. Brush for at least two minutes, and remember to get along the gumline.

It doesn’t take too much effort to make your whitened smile last. At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo we have have brightened countless smiles with teeth whitening. Patients from American Fork and Lehi come to us for whitening and other cosmetic dentistry procedures. Call us to set up an appointment today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Our Top Priority At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry In Provo

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, our top priority has always been our patients, and nothing is ever going to change that. Not only do we want want each one of you to enjoy excellent dental health, we want you to have a positive experience in our office.

What do we mean by a positive experience? No one really enjoys going to the dentist, and we understand that. Most of the procedures we offer aren’t painful, but no one likes having a bunch of tools in their mouths. One of the things we always aim for is efficiency. Rest assured, we’ll be thorough. But we won’t have you in the chair any longer than is necessary.

We take as much time as necessary. There are practices that try to rush patients through a checkup like they’re a car going through a carwash, but that is not the way we do things. No one wants to be treated like they’re just another patient!

Above all, we will keep you fully informed about what we’re doing. There is time and expense involved in your appointments, and part of our job is explaining to you everything we’re doing. Dentistry is a science with a lot of big words, but we’ll always make sure you know what’s involved with your unique situation.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, each patient is our top priority the moment they settle into one of our chairs. People come to us from American Fork and Lehi, and we want them all to be happy with their experience here. Our services include family and cosmetic dentistry. Call us to schedule your next checkup today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):


3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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You Be The Judge

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A great smile can light up a room, and if that smile is yours you are bound to make a great first impression. You can transform your smile with cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.

Are you skeptical? We invite you to judge for yourself.

Few of us were born with perfect teeth. Cosmetic dentistry uses sound dental techniques to improve the appearance of your teeth. Even one procedure can make a big difference to your smile, and several will give you a complete makeover.

The available procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening. This may be the most popular one we’ve got. Yes, there are plenty of over-the-counter products for brightening smiles. None of them can compare to the results you’ll get from professional teeth whitening.
  • Porcelain veneers. Our teeth undergo a lot of wear and tear over the years. Porcelain veneers are custom-made shells of medical-grade ceramic that we attach to the front of your teeth to cover chips, gaps, and other imperfections.
  • Dental crowns. Crowns are used to repair teeth that have been damaged in accidents or eroded by decay. They give a tooth new strength and improved appearance.
  • Bonding. Dental bonding involves the application of a putty-like resin directly to the teeth. We can correct small chips, coat discolored teeth, and even fill in small cavities.

Cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo can give you a whole new smile, but we’ll let you be the judge! Find out why people from American Fork and Lehi come to our practice to improve the appearance of their smiles, and for complete family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-374-0070

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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