What is the Recovery Time for a Dental Implant?

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If you read our previous post on the life-changing possibilities of dental implants, you might be wondering if there’s any downside whatsoever to these restorations. You are not alone! When a patient at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT decides to go ahead with a dental implant, one of the first things they want to know is how long and arduous the recovery time will be.

Our answer? Recovery is difficult to predict, because every case is different. There are various factors that go into the process, but not all of them apply to each case.

Some of the issues include:

  • Failing Teeth: In addition to the lost tooth the dental implant replaces, patients sometimes have unhealthy teeth that need to be removed before the implant goes ahead. That extends the entire process.
  • Potential Bone Grafting: If there has been significant bone recession, we’ll need to boost the patient’s bone mass. This is usually done with a graft, which promotes new bone growth.
  • Rate of Osseointegration: This is a big phrase that means, quite simply, the process by which the implant post fuses with the bone and the speed at which it happens. We usually allow for about two months, but sometimes it’s faster and sometimes takes longer. Once the post has fused, it is strong enough to support a replacement tooth.

These are the main variables. It may sound like a lot, and sometimes it is. But it’s worth it! A new dental implant looks and functions like a natural tooth, restoring not only your smile, but your ability to bite and chew.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, dental implants can replace a single tooth, or support a full dental arch. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to our office for other cosmetic dentistry options. Contact 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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Dental Implants Are Truly Life-Changing

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Patients who are thinking about a dental implant from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT often ask how long they last. An implant is a significant investment, after all. Do they really last a lifetime, like people say? The answer is yes, but an explanation is in order.

A dental implant is not a replacement tooth, but the titanium post that is inserted into the jaw. Titanium is well-suited for implants, and cases of rejection by the body are rare. A big factor in how long the implant lasts comes down to how well you take care of it.

Dental implants are life-changing! They can restore your full bite force, help you regain your confidence, and add healthy scaffolding for the rest of your healthy teeth.

Even better, with regular checkups and proper care at home, they can last a lifetime! When you get your implant, we will have specific instructions for daily care. For most patients, we recommend brushing and flossing twice a day.

Dental implants like those from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT have become the tooth replacement solution of choice. People from American Fork and Lehi also come to our office for other cosmetic dentistry options. If you are interested in learning more, check out our post next week on the recovery time for dental implants. Contact 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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Suspect A Bite Problem?

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we know that a common dental problem tends to go undiagnosed for years. This is because people chalk it up to genetics and don’t even realize it’s a problem. The problem we’re talking about is, of course, malocclusion. 

Literally meaning “bad bite,” it is a term coined by Edward Angle, a pioneer in modern orthodontics. Malocclusion is fairly common in the population as a whole but often, the misalignment is so slight that it causes no issues. Sometimes, however, it can cause symptoms like headaches, neck pain, and tooth pain.

When you combine multiple teeth on two arches and a jaw joint with a considerable range of motion, it is easy to see how these elements can fail to align properly. In fact, it is a wonder that they work correctly for most people – allowing them to talk, eat, and breathe without giving it a second thought.

There are many causes of malocclusion – some originating with the teeth and some originating with the jaw. Misshapen teeth, extracted teeth, impacted teeth, crowded teeth, and widely spaced teeth can influence the bite. Injury to the jaw can also cause malocclusion as well as improperly fitting restorations and other dental appliances.

Children with a normal bite can develop bite dilemmas with prolonged pacifier use, thumb sucking, or bottle drinking. In rarer cases, oral tumors can move a bite out of alignment.

The treatment for malocclusion depends on the cause. Invisalign® clear braces can move teeth into alignment to fix bite issues. Overcrowding often requires extraction of one or more teeth. Misshapen teeth that affect the bite can often be corrected with crowns or dental bonding.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we are ready to discuss your options and design a dental plan to deal with your malocclusion. Don’t hesitate. Patients from American Fork and Lehi come to us for cosmetic and general dentistry. Contact 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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Looking for a Long-Term Tooth Whitening Solution?

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Are your teeth yellowish or gray? Have you tried a whitening product without success? Do you have tetracycline stains? At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we see patients with these problems every day.

The goods news? You don’t have to live with a subpar smile. Porcelain veneers can transform your teeth and create a breathtaking smile that will delight you for years to come.

What are Porcelain Veneers?

Veneers are thin shells made from durable, translucent porcelain or composite resin. They are custom-made for each patient and are used to improve the appearance of teeth. Veneers can be made any shade whiter than your remaining teeth.

How is a Veneer Different than a Dental Crown?

Unlike a dental crown, which covers the entire visible portion of a tooth, a veneer covers just the front part of the tooth. When your veneer is affixed to your tooth, your dentist only removes a tiny bit of enamel–unlike a crown, which requires the removal of more tooth structure. Therefore, veneers are the most conservative long-term tooth whitening procedure.

Not only do veneers brighten your teeth, they are also used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked or slightly crooked!

How are Dental Veneers Made?

The veneer procedure is similar to that for any restoration. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth. Next, a dental technician will use the model to fabricate the veneers, so you can be sure of a custom fit. You will work with your dentist to choose an appropriate color for your skin tone.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT offers all the services you need to attain a a breathtaking smile. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us for this and other cosmetic dentistry options. If you are looking for a dental team that is informed and prioritizes direct communication, contact 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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Want To Perk Up Your Smile?

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If you would like to perk up your smile, consider having your teeth whitened at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT. The results may surprise you!

A Smile You Want to Show Off

A whiter smile can dramatically improve your smile. Many of our patients feel more self-confident in personal and professional settings with their new, whiter smiles. Who doesn’t need another reason to smile?

Of course, there are a lot of over-the-counter whitening products in any drugstore, and most of them can be effective. Toothpastes generally take only the surface stains off of your teeth, and you may be disappointed with the end result.

Whitening strips, on the other hand, do a better job. They use hydrogen peroxide to remove stains. Bleaching trays are also good. But none of them are as strong as professional teeth whitening.

Professional teeth whitening at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT delivers consistent, incredible results. Patients from American Fork and Lehi know they can improve their smiles with our full range of cosmetic dentistry procedures. Contact 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

 


Replace Old Silver Fillings

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Superficial cuts in the skin subside without a trace, infections are wiped out with antibiotics, broken bones mend, and inflamed tissues subside. Our teeth, unfortunately, can’t regenerate. Decay can be halted in its progress, but scientists are still years away from actual enamel regeneration. That’s why the team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT always emphasizes preventative dentistry.

The healthiest mouths have all teeth intact and free of current or former decay. But how many smiles can boast such an admirable record? Very few. The stark reality is that most people get one or more cavities over the course of their lifetime.

In fact, most individuals probably don’t even know someone who has never had a cavity. Tooth decay is second only to the common cold as the most frequent health dilemma in childhood. When we reach middle age, many of us have even had a root canal or two.

At our practice, we help with cavities and other ailments, and always make sure to send you home with a toothbrush and proper care information. This way, you can prevent the next visit with consistent, proper brushing and flossing.

Restorations Have Come a Long Way

For those who are not lucky enough to have a good dental history, modern restorations might be the answer. Restorative dentistry has changed over the years, and new dental treatments have many advantages over those in years past. You might recall a time when fillings were all silver and did not blend in with the existing enamel.

Nowadays, we can match the exact tone of your natural smile with tooth-colored fillings. Combine it with teeth whitening, and you’ve got yourself a brand-new smile!. In general, restorations are made of stronger and more natural-looking materials these days, so you don’t have to worry about anyone noticing your dental work.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we offer complete general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry and focus on patient comfort. Patients from American Fork and Lehi visit us and leave with brighter, healthier smiles. Contact 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

 


5 Tools For Tooth Transformations

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Teeth that are damaged or misshapen can really detract from your smile, but thanks to cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, you can do something about these and other issues. There are fixes for nearly any tooth problem!

Some of the most popular and effective procedures include:

  • Veneers: Porcelain veneers are extremely thin shells of medical-grade ceramic, custom-made to match the from of your teeth. They are cemented in place to dramatically improve your smile.
  • Bonding: This procedure uses a strong tooth-colored resin to close spaces, repair chips and cracks, or change the shape. The resin is molded into place and hardened for secure adherence.
  • Recontouring: This means reshaping a tooth by removing small bits of enamel to improve its shape or length.
  • Crowns: Natural-looking dental crowns cover the tops of damaged teeth.
  • Clear Braces: Patients of all ages are transforming their smiles with Insivalign® clear braces. They are removable, so they come out at mealtime and when you brush your teeth. Best of all, they work!

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we use cosmetic dentistry to improve smiles every day. Patients from all over American Fork and Lehi also come to us for general dentistry services. Contact 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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Tooth Whitening: What The ADA Has To Say

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When a procedure such as teeth whitening gets popular, it’s only natural to wonder what the fuss is all about. But at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we think it’s also proper to know what the American Dental Association has to say.

The ADA recommends that patients speak with a dentist before starting a home bleaching regimen. An oral examination will help us know if teeth whitening is right for you. This is especially critical when you have dark stains on your teeth, or multiple crowns and/or fillings.

Everyone, it seems, would like to have teeth that are whiter. The good news is that it has never been easier to get them. Just take a look at all the whitening products in any grocery store and you’ll see what we mean. From whitening toothpastes to strips and other products, there is a lot to choose from; but none can match the results you’ll get from professional whitening.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, teeth whitening is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we use to improve smiles every day. We have helped patients throughout American Fork and Lehi. Contact 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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The ADA: Promoting Dental Health Since 1859

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Here’s a suggestion from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT: when you go to the store for dental products, be sure that what you choose has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.

Here are four ways the ADA seal can help you make good oral care choices for you and your family.

  1. Products with the seal have to be safe and effective, so you won’t waste your dollars on something that won’t work, or worse, can harm you.
  2. The ADA only places its seal on a product after serious scientific testing. This usually means that manufacturers have to meet higher standards than those required by law.
  3. When you purchase products with the ADA seal, it’s practically like shopping with us right by your side! Who wouldn’t want that extra knowledge and information?
  4. The ADA seal is not the organization’s endorsement of one particular product or another, but a verification of the claims made by that product. This means that you can get accurate, unbiased information on your product before you purchase it.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we want all our patients to enjoy good dental health, and one of the ways you maintain it is using quality dental care products. People from American Fork and Lehi come to us for our cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers and teeth whitening . Contact 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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When it Comes to Your Smile, Don’t Settle For Less

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No one likes to settle for less than the best, especially with something as important as your smile. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT, we have cosmetic dentistry solutions that can improve any smile.

As the years go by, teeth naturally lose their youthful luster. They are also subjected to any number of unforeseen difficulties, like chips, cracks, or misalignment.

We have procedures that can address these issues and restore your smile:

  • Teeth Whitening: Professional teeth whitening is a quick and highly effective way to remove years of discoloration and revitalize your smile.
  • Porcelain Veneers: Dental veneers are thin shells of medical-grade porcelain that can cover chips, cracks, and gaps between teeth.
  • Clear Braces: Invisalign® braces are so subtle that they’re sometimes called invisible. They consists of a series of aligners that restore the integrity of your bite.

Any one of these techniques can improve your smile. Put two or more of them together and you have a complete smile makeover!

When it comes to your smile you should never settle for less! Cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo UT can renew your gorgeous smile! We’ve improved smiles of patients throughout American Fork and Lehi, who also come to our practice for general dentistry and dental implants. Contact 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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