Dental Specialties Available In Provo

Dental Specialties Available In Provo General dentists in the Provo area are trained in a wide variety of dental procedures. However, sometimes, your Provo general dentist will refer you to a local Orem specialist, or include a specialist as part of your treatment team.

Following are some of the most common dental specialties found in the Orem and Provo area:

Endodontists in Provo specialize in root canal therapy and other procedures involving the root and surrounding parts of the tooth.

Periodontists practicing in the Provo area treat the conditions affecting gum tissue and the bone surrounding the teeth. If you have gingivitis or more advanced periodontal disease, you may be referred to a periodontist in Provo.

Repairing damaged teeth and replacing lost teeth for Provo patients is called ‘restorative dentistry’. Prosthodontists have advanced training in procedures involving dental crowns, dental implants, bridges, porcelain veneers, inlays, and partial or complete dentures.

Pediatric Dentists
Infants, young children and teenagers in the Provo area have different dental needs than adults. Pediatric Dentists practicing family dentistry undergo additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases affecting the youngest population in Provo.

Oral Surgeons
Oral Surgeons serving the Provo area perform surgical procedures involving the teeth, mouth and jaw. These include dental implants, surgery to repair damage due to injury, tumor surgery, and cleft lip and palate reconstruction.

If you are interested in learning more about these specialties, or have a concern regarding your oral health, please visit us at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. You will find us at 3575 North 100 East, Suite 200 in Provo Utah 84604. Please give us a call at 801-374-0070.

-Dr. Chris Hammond, DMD

Saving Teeth in Provo

Root Canals in Provo When a tooth is threatened by severe decay, periodontal disease, or damage from an injury, a skilled Provo dentist or endodontist must make a judgment call concerning the course of treatment. If the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed, a root canal is often the only way to save the tooth.

Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry: 801-374-0070

During a root canal procedure (or endodontic treatment) the soft tissue in the root of the tooth is removed. This tissue contains veins, arteries and lymph vessels. Once the roots are cleaned out and widened, they are filled with a special rubber material. The root canal is only the first step in the complete tooth restoration. After the root canal, without a crown, the tooth will become dry and brittle. The final steps are the core build up and dental crown.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we fabricate strong, natural-looking dental crowns that blend perfectly with the surrounding teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a Orem dentist, a tooth with a filled root can often function problem-free for the rest of a patient’s life.

We are Dr. Chris Hammond DMD of Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We have been practicing dentistry since 1996. During that time we have seen hundreds of teeth saved by this effective dental procedure. Root canal therapy at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo has a very high success rate.

Because teeth with infected pulp tissue often cause no symptoms, it is important to have regular dental examinations. We can determine which (if any) teeth have infected roots. If the infection in the soft pulp tissue is left untreated, it can progress to a point where the tooth cannot be saved. Is it time for a thorough dental exam? Call our office at 801-374-0070.

Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry immediately if one of your teeth is screaming for attention!

Provo Dentistry

Educating Provo Dental Patients About Little-Known Risks Hi, we are Dr. Chris Hammond, DMD. Most every day, we can be found at our Orem area dental office treating dental patients with tooth and gum problems or helping patients prevent them. There are many common medical conditions that pose a risk to oral health.

1) Provo diabetes patients with high blood glucose often have a higher risk of dental issues. If you have diabetes, let’s talk. My number is 801-615-2809.

2) A persistent dry mouth due to an inadequate amount of saliva can accelerate tooth decay, cause or contribute to gum disease, and trigger chronic bad breath. Many medications used by thousands of Provo and Orem folks, including those for high-blood pressure and depression, cause dry mouth. This side effect is not only unpleasant, it is dangerous. Anti-depressants (especially SSRI’s) and anti-psychotic drugs can also trigger tooth-grinding (bruxism).

3) Acid reflux in children and adults is associated with a host of dental problems such as decay and periodontal disease.

I help many Utah County dental patients prevent problems associated with medical conditions that sometimes seem unrelated to dental health. Regular professional general dentistry care is essential for oral health, and an important part of your overall physical health.