Focusing On The Top 3 At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we focus on three important things as we strive to be your dental provider of choice.

Family

We want to be the dental practice families trust in for quality care, whether for routine preventative services, tooth restoration, or cosmetic dentistry. If your son chips a tooth and is in extreme pain, we want to be the first choice that comes to mind. We offer variety for any family’s various dental needs.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry focuses on your Family.

Facts

When we sit down in consultation and you say “Dr. Chris Hammond, I need to know the cost of veneers, dental implants, the cost of a dental bridge… I need to know my options.” We’ll give you the bottom line on cosmetic dentistry, family dentistry, and dental implants. Whether it’s affordable dental care for quality of life or affordable cosmetic dentistry for increased confidence, we’re here.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry focuses on the Facts.

A Friendly, Comfortable, and Safe Environment

We focus on clean, bright, and inviting and follow rigorous standards of sterilization. Our team here at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is friendly, professional, and considerate.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry focuses on a Friendly atmosphere.

Schedule your next appointment with Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo today.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Teeth

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At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, we are committed to the the dental health of each and every one of our patients. We also share as much information as possible. With that in mind, here are some things about teeth that you may not have known.

  • Children’s teeth are soft until about age 10.
  • A tooth with a crown can get a cavity.
  • Your gum tissue is as vital as your teeth.
  • Some prescription drugs can increase your risk of dental caries.
  • Some home faucet water filters remove fluoride.
  • 19 percent of children between the ages of 2 and 19 have untreated tooth decay.
  • Heartburn can be bad for teeth.
  • Allergies can cause tooth grinding.
  • Dried fruit is just as bad for teeth as sticky candy.
  • Tooth enamel cannot repair itself though dentin and cementum (the substance that surrounds the tooth root) are capable of partial regeneration.
  • A Harvard-led team recently used low-powered lasers to activate stem cells and stimulate the growth of teeth in rats and human dental tissue in a lab.
  • There are about 300 types of bacteria in your mouth.
  • Chewing sugarless gum after meals can help remove food particles on your teeth. You still need to brush, but if you can’t brush immediately after meals, sugarless gum can help keep your teeth clean.
  • Cavities often don’t cause pain until they have reached the root and nerve of the tooth. Visit your dentist regularly to prevent cavities or at least to detect them when they are small.
  • Bone recession can cause tooth loss even if no decay is present.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we provide a wide range of services. That includes dental implants, clear braces from Invisalign, and porcelain veneers. For those patients coping with dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry. Make an appointment with us today.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable in Provo

To state the obvious, nobody enjoys pain. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we know this, and have made patient comfort our first priority. This sometimes means sedation dentistry.

In conjunction with creating a calm environment, we have various medications that can lessen and even eliminate pain associated with different dental procedures to give you a more enjoyable experience.

Some of the most common pain-relieving medications used in dentistry are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue and numb the surface layers. Topical anesthetics can curtail the pain of mouth sores, or they can be applied to prepare the mouth for an injection.

Local anesthetics are injected into mouth tissue (usually the gums) to block the nerve sensations to individual areas of the mouth. Dentists frequently numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or doing cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may call for oral conscious sedation, a form of sedation dentistry that involves taking a sedative before your procedure. If you undergo oral conscious sedation, you’ll need someone to drive you home afterward.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we want our patients to be informed about their dental care, and comfortable throughout any procedure. We offer family and cosmetic dentistry. Make an appointment today.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 

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Comprehensive Cosmetic Dentistry in Provo

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If there’s a dream smile you’ve always wanted, we can help you get it with cosmetic dentistry from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.

You may have damaged teeth, aging enamel, or teeth that need aligning or whitening. We’ll address those problem areas and provide you with an overall aesthetic assessment. Then we’ll develop a plan to get you your dream smile.

A dream smile from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry typically involves two or more procedures. Each case is different, of course, but your plan may include porcelain veneers, dental implants, or teeth whitening.

Sometimes the initial examination reveals dental issues that are necessary to correct, before we can move to other procedures. These may include bite alignment or bone structure issues that, once treated, provide added satisfaction and a natural look to cosmetic procedures.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry has years of experience. For those patients with dental anxiety, we provide sedation dentistry. We want each patient to leave our office with more confidence, and a smile they are proud to show off.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604

 


Ignoring It Won’t Make It Go Away

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Are you suffering with a toothache, but ignoring the pain? Have you started chewing on one side of your mouth to avoid your sensitive teeth? Have you stopped drinking hot and cold beverages to alleviate the discomfort? Dental pain is like an unpaid speeding ticket, ignoring it won’t make it go away.

Many adults and children dread seeking relief from a dentist because they fear the treatment will hurt worse than the pain they are experiencing. Waiting too long to care for your teeth can cause serious health problems – and not just in your mouth.

My name is Chris Hammond and I have been dedicated to calming the distressed feelings of my Provo patients since 1967. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we help you relax and ease any discomfort you may have. We create a comfortable dental experience for all of our patients.

If you have dental anxiety, Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry offers several solutions including sedation dentistry. We can also use anti-anxiety agents to quiet your fears and make your dental visit as safe and laid-back as possible.

In addition to sedation dentistry, Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry offers cosmetic dentistry, teeth whitening, and oral cancer screenings for Provo residents.

Your smile can and should be your most attractive feature. Don’t let dental distress keep you from gaining and maintaining a dazzling smile.

Let the caring dental team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry help restore and maintain your oral health. Call today to schedule an appointment. Our phone number is 801-657-5633. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry we want your smile to last a lifetime.

Contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry:

801-657-5633

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

3575 N 100 E Ste 200
Provo, Utah
84604


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
84604

 


You Won’t Be Out Cold (Unless You Want To Be!)

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Does your heart start pounding at the mere thought of having a cavity filled? Do you get sweaty palms when you drive by a dental practice?

Many Provo residents who have improved their smile with cosmetic dentistry or underwent extensive restoration care chose to use sedation. Though the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are often used interchangeably, they are not identical. Let’s review the three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Nitrous Oxide
The first level uses nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas” as it is usually called. Nitrous oxide has been used in Provo cosmetic dental offices for generations because it is safe and effective. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment, but wears off quickly after the mask is pulled off. If you need a little help to get through dental treatment, but don’t want to be knocked out cold, nitrous may be the best option.

Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as speedily as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of tranquility. These medications, however, do not usually cause complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two of the most common sedatives used by Provo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

IV Sedation
IV sedation uses medications similar to those used in surgery and results in true “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to what is going on in their mouth. IV sedation is often used for care such as root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, and multi-procedure smile makeovers. (The sedation will wear off shortly after the procedure, so you won’t need a handsome prince’s kiss to wake you up.)

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For more information, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry 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 Ste 200
Provo, UT
84604

 


Overcoming Anxiety With Gentle Dental At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry

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Dental anxiety and the more severe dental phobia affect many Provo people, including some Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry patients. Today’s post answers some questions asked about this serious topic.

What are the long-term consequences of dental anxiety and dental phobia?
The most harmful consequence is when a dental phobic patient delays dental care until a pain becomes excruciating. At this point, the problem is usually extremely advanced and requires extensive treatment.

Furthermore, there are usually many other dental problems in varying stages of progression. Many oral conditions eventually cause malfunction in other vital systems risking general health and well-being.

There is also another anxiety at play, albeit a very ironic one. In addition to the emotional distress about dental treatment, the patient who avoids dental care starts panicking about the sorry condition of their teeth.

If I have dental phobia or anxiety, what should I do to protect my oral health?

Schedule an appointment with me, Drs. Dr. Hammond of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo. There are several specific fears associated with dental anxiety and dental phobia. Fear of pain, the unknown, loss of control, and extreme embarrassment because of poor dental health are the most common concerns. During your consultation, we will address each of your specific fears and discuss them.

I have helped many patients manage their anxiety during dental exams and treatment. First off, we take things slowly. I explain exactly what is going to happen before each procedure. I assure the patient that I have treated many people who have neglected their teeth and nothing going on in their mouth will shock me. I never, ever give stern lectures on proper oral care – though I do give friendly instruction if requested.

If local anesthetic is necessary, I employ my finely-honed methods which cause zero to minimal discomfort. We agree upon a nonverbal signal, such as raising a hand, to signal me to remove my instrument from the patient’s mouth. Then he/she can take a break, breathe deeply, regain composure, ask questions, and learn the status of the procedure.

These methods go a long way in calming anxious dental patients. At the very least, they help the patient get through the treatment that is needed ASAP. With each subsequent visit, the patient is comforted by the growing familiarity, their increased confidence, and a strengthened relationship with me and my caring team.

What if I need more help to get through treatment?
Sedation dentistry is available at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. In the Orem dental community, the terms “sleep dentistry” and “oral conscious sedation” are both used, however, they are not exactly the same thing. There are three main types of sedation used in dentistry.

Level 1: Nitrous Oxide
Nitrous oxide, or, informally, “laughing gas” is safe and effective. Nitrous oxide has been used in Provo cosmetic dental offices for decades because in many ways it is the ideal mild sedative. It goes to work at the first inhalation, relaxes the patient during the treatment without rendering them completely unconscious, and wears off quickly after the mask is removed. It also requires no needles – an important feature for the needle-phobic.

Level 2: Oral Conscious Sedation
Oral sedatives don’t start working as quickly as nitrous oxide, but they help most patients achieve a deeper level of relaxation. These medications, however, do not usually produce complete unconsciousness. Thus, oral sedatives and nitrous oxide are used in “conscious” sedation. Two common sedatives used by Provo dentists are diazepam and triazolam.

Level 3: IV Sedation
IV sedation produces actual “sleep dentistry.” Most patients are completely oblivious to the dental procedures they are receiving. IV sedation is helpful for root canals, wisdom teeth extractions, multi-procedure smile makeovers, and oral surgery.

To learn more about overcoming dental anxiety, sedation dentistry, or any other dental topic, call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-657-5633.


When Mommy Is Scared Of The Dentist

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If you are dreading some upcoming dental treatment, you may want to consider oral conscious sedation. First off, oral conscious sedation or sedation dentistry is perfectly safe. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we have been providing sedation since 1967. We offer different levels of sedation and a choice of medication including oral analgesics, nitrous oxide, and IV sedation.

When choosing a type of sedation, it is helpful to consider the type of anxiety (fear of immobility, fear of loss of control, fear of pain, etc), the specific procedure(s) you will undergo, the length of time necessary to complete the treatment, past experiences during treatment, and any complicating health problems. Call 801-657-5633 to schedule a consultation Drs. Dr. Hammond to discuss your options.

Perhaps you have a dentist-wary child who needs treatment. For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing sensation. If your child requires more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are both safe options.

Perhaps Mommy is the one who is anxious about her child undergoing dental work. Sorry – we can’t sedate you while your child is being treated – but you can take comfort in the fact that we take excellent care of our youngest patients. We make sure they are comfortable and relaxed, and that they understand exactly what is going to happen. Our team of child-friendly dental professionals has been putting children at ease since 1967.

Regular dental check-ups are critical for your child’s lifelong oral health, so it is important that your child has a positive experience during dental visits. If possible, don’t let your child know that you have dental anxiety. If he/she already knows, explain why your fears are unreasonable and why you are having treatment regardless of your anxiety. Show them how brave Mommy is because she wants healthy teeth.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry offers full-service dental care including mini implants, porcelain veneers, and sedation dentistry. Thanks for visiting our blog. Check back for more helpful dental information from Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo.


Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Hammond Aesthetic & Family Dentistry

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Hello Orem dental blog visitors, welcome to the Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry blog. We are Dr. Hammond and we specialize in cosmetic dentistry and dental crowns.

If you need root canal treatment and are worried about the pain you might experience or being able to get off of work for the multiple office visits to complete the procedure, be assured that painful root canals are a thing of the past with modern Utah dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two short office visits.

Your anxiety can be diminished when you know what to expect. If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Provo dentist recently, we encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today. We are accepting new Orem dentistry patients at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer invisible braces, fast teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and all general and preventative dental procedures.

If you are interested in dental crowns or porcelain veneers, call us today to schedule an appointment.

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