Your Smile Doesn’t Have to Show Your Age

Provo Cosmetic Dentistry Helps You Look & Feel Younger As we grow older, we may welcome many changes. However, most Provo retirees do not welcome wrinkles, gray hair and cosmetic dental problems.

Fortunately, your smile can be attractive and healthy throughout your golden years!

Even if your teeth are showing visible signs of wear such as enamel loss, staining, and chips, it is not too late to restore your youthful smile. And, though tooth loss is fairly common for Provo residents over sixty, in most cases it is preventable.

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo, we treat patients of all ages. We specialize in porcelain veneers and sedation dentistry.

If you live in Provo, Orem, or Utah County, call 801-374-0070 to schedule a general dentistry consultation. If you haven’t seen a dentist in a while, you will be interested to learn about the latest cosmetic dentistry techniques. Many procedures can be completed in one visit to our Provo dental office.

Give us a call at 801-374-0070 or find us on the Web at:

Dental Crowns at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo

Dental Crowns at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Utah County Dental crowns have been used in dentistry for over 2000 years. There is evidence that the Etruscans experimented with crowns on teeth using ivory and bone as early as 700 B.C. By 200 A.D., they began using gold crowns to construct artificial teeth. Ancient Egyptians fashioned tooth replacements out of seashells and then hammered them into their gums (Oral sedation dentistry, anyone?).

Porcelain crowns were first used in the 1800s. With the refining of metal casting methods in the 1900s, crown dentistry advanced significantly.

Today, crowns are strong, comfortable and are made to match your surrounding teeth.

Dental crowns (also called caps) cover the entire visible portion of the tooth and are cemented in place. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that have been worn down or weakened by decay or injury. Crowns are also used to restore the original shape of a tooth or solely to improve the appearance of a tooth.

The most common types of crowns are:

  • All-porcelain (ceramic)
  • Porcelain-fused-to-metal
  • Gold

The material used is determined by several factors. If you suspect you need a crown, want to replace an old crown, or want to learn about other cosmetic dentistry procedures, call Dr. Hammond at 801-374-0070. Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry is located at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200 in Provo. We have been serving clients in the Utah County area since 1996. We can recommend the best tooth restoration or cosmetic dentistry option for you.

Teeth: What Have They Done For You Lately?

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Welcome to the Utah County dental blog! Today we are going to look at the secret life of our teeth.

The shape of each tooth gives a clue to what it does. The incisors, or your front teeth, are sharp. They need to be because they are there to cut food and their curvature helps move food inside the mouth.

Behind the incisors, you find the canine teeth. Their roots go far into the jaw bone because they are designed to hold onto food and tear through it.

Premolars, found just behind the canines, are flat on the surface. This allows them to crush your food as you chew. And, finally, in the very back are the molars. They are large and have nice, flat chewing surfaces that help them to grind food down into smaller, more digestible pieces.

We’re Dr. Hammond, local Utah County dentists, and we hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about the different teeth in your mouth.
If you are in the Provo, Orem, or Utah County area and would like to make an appointment at our family dentistry practice, Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, please give us a call at 801-374-0070. We can schedule an appointment and tell you about cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening or dental crowns.

If you’ve ever been interested in a smile makeover, come on in and we’ll discuss the possibilities. We want our Utah County dental patients to have healthy mouths and beautiful smiles. At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services including:

cosmetic dentistry
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers

Dental Sealants – Another Tool For Cavity Prevention In Orem

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Dental patients in the Orem area know that regular brushing and flossing are essential for optimal oral health. However, the bristles of your toothbrush can’t reach into every small groove and depression in your teeth, especially the really bumpy back teeth. That’s where sealants can be invaluable.

Dental sealants are a plastic material that is applied by your Orem dentist. This material is a resin that bonds to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, mainly in the pits and fissures. The plastic acts as a shield against acids and plaque so that the tooth enamel is protected.

Many Orem residents might think that sealants are only for children and teenagers, but they can actually be beneficial for adults as well. If you are wondering if sealants are right for you, speak with your Orem family dentistry professional. This simple dental procedure can dramatically improve your oral health by protecting the surfaces that are particularly vulnerable to decay.

Many dental insurance providers include dental sealants as a covered benefit, so check with your provider if you are considering them. If you don’t have dental insurance, ask us about financing options. Because they can prevent cavities, dental sealants can save you money in the long run.

We’re Dr. Hammond, Provo dentists and we want to thank you for visiting our dental blog. At our office we serve the Orem area by offering:

cosmetic dentistry
sedation dentistry
porcelain veneers
Invisalign clear braces
general dentistry

If you have any questions about these or other cosmetic dental procedures or would like to schedule an appointment, call us today at 801-374-0070.  Our friendly and professional staff would be happy to assist you.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo Utah


Has Your Smile Lost Its Luster?

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Hello Utah County! Has your smile lost its luster? Are your teeth discolored? If flashing a pearly white smile is important to you we can help. Our names are Dr. Hammond and we have been creating whiter, brighter smiles for patients in the Provo area since 1996 at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry.

Whether your teeth have been stained through sipping dark-colored drinks such as red wine or coffee or if smoking has left your teeth brown and dull, we and our staff at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry can whiten your teeth and intensify your smile.

Maybe you have injured your tooth in some way causing it to turn gray. We offer several solutions to restore the color to your tooth. When you come in for a consultation we will determine which cosmetic dental procedure is best for your teeth.

Your smile the first thing people notice, I will make sure your smile is brilliant and absolutely unforgettable!

At Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry, we not only offer tooth whitening to our Utah County patients, we also specialize in cosmetic dentistry.

If you or your family need porcelain veneers or sedation dentistry we invite you to come in for a dental consultation. We are located at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200 in Provo, Utah.

Invest in a white, bright smile! Call Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry in Provo today at 801-374-0070 or visit

Thanks for visiting our cosmetic dental blog – Dr. Chris Hammond

Protecting Your Provo Athlete’s Teeth

Family Dentistry Provo Do you have a son or daughter that plays Provo youth sports? Soccer, baseball, football, basketball and gymnastics can be very dangerous to your child’s teeth. Football is a violent contact sport, yet there is a relatively low rate of tooth injuries that occur in football as compared to other contact sports. Why? Football players are required to wear a mouth guard and a helmet.

Inexpensive athletic dental mouth guards are worth their weight in gold!

If your child participates in a contact sport in Provo and does not currently wear a tooth protection device, you may want to purchase an appropriately-sized mouth guard. They are available at most Provo area athletic supply stores.

At Hammond Aesthetic and General Dentistry in Provo, we care about your child’s health and safety. To discuss your child’s dental condition or to learn more about sports-related tooth injury prevention, call us at 801-374-0070. We have been keeping Provo smiles healthy since 1996. Our child-friendly staff pampers our youngest Provo family dentistry patients. Let us show you why we are not an ordinary Provo dental practice.

Helping Your Smile Last a Lifetime

Hammond Aesthetic & Family Dentistry Tooth Tips For Traveling

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If you live in the Utah County area and are planning to take a vacation or business trip soon, I recommend you coordinate your dental care with your travel schedule. It’s always a good idea to have a checkup at your Utah County general dentistry practice prior to leaving on long vacations, especially if your trip is taking you to developing areas without good dental care options. This quick checkup will help you be sure that your mouth is ready to travel.

More importantly, if you have any dental procedures scheduled before you leave, discuss it with your Utah County dentist. A large number of dental procedures are actually surgical procedures. This means that your body will need more time to heal than you may realize.

Also, if you’re leaving the Utah County area by plane, you should be aware that changes in the cabin pressure of the airplane may cause tooth pain or discomfort for patients who have just had oral surgery. In addition, make sure you are aware of any necessary follow-up appointments with your Utah County area dentist or orthodontist before you schedule a vacation.

We’re Dr. Hammond and we want Utah County residents to be informed about their dental care. Our practice offers:

  • cosmetic dentistry
  • sedation dentistry
  • porcelain veneers
  • Invisalign clear braces
  • general dentistry

If you are looking for general dental care or quality cosmetic dentistry in the Utah County area, please call us today and let our friendly and professional staff take care of you.

Dr. Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah

Why Aren’t You Smiling?

Cosmetic Dentistry Provo Hello, We’re Drs. Hammond DMD. Our dental practice is called Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry. We are located at 3575 N 100 E, Ste 200, Provo UT 84604, and you can reach us by calling 801-374-0070.

You can probably imagine why we look at smiles everywhere we go in the Provo area. Whether we are working with a Provo general dentistry patient, having dinner at a local restaurant, or attending an area sporting event, we notice whether the people around us smile. Whenever we encounter someone with obvious tooth problems, we want to tell them about the procedures that can completely transform their frown into a healthy and beautiful smile.

Are you one of those people who don’t want to show their teeth? We would love to talk to you about a smile makeover. Whatever your excuse is for not seeking dental treatment, we can discuss all of your concerns with you during a free consultation.

Perhaps you are afraid of dental work. Have you ever considered oral conscious sedation? With sedation dentistry, even extensive treatment is virtually pain free. Sedation will calm your mind as well as the nerves in your mouth.

Perhaps the cost of Provo cosmetic dentistry is holding you back. Our friendly and professional staff will be happy to talk to you about financing plans. It is important to remember that if your teeth are decayed, postponing treatment will cost more money in the long run. Filling a cavity is far more affordable dentistry than a root canal procedure or, in the case of an extracted tooth, a dental implant.

You can contact our office at 801-374-0070 or online at Our Provo family dental website contains information about all the general, restorative and aesthetic services we provide.

We can transform your smile into one that you will want to show all the time!

Dr. Chris Hammond

Healthy Teeth and Your Orem Diet

General Dentistry Orem Maintaining healthy teeth is an important concern for our local Orem residents. As your cosmetic dentist, it’s our job to help you understand how to care for your teeth and to keep them healthy. Everyone in the Orem knows that maintaining healthy teeth requires regular daily brushing and flossing. Regular visits to your local Orem family dentistry practice is also necessary to keep watch for cavities and to help you maintain proper dental hygiene. We often forget that maintaining a healthy diet can also be beneficial for the health of your teeth.

A Orem diet that includes foods that help your muscles and bones will also help you develop healthy gums and healthy teeth. Examples of local Orem foods to include in your diet include foods rich in vitamin B such as breads and cereals. Foods rich in vitamin C, usually fruits and vegetables, help improve the health of your gums. Zinc and magnesium are also good for the health of your teeth and are found in foods like lean beef, fish, and poultry.

All foods increase the production of saliva. Saliva is important to healthy teeth because it helps to maintain the pH balance in your mouth. Maintaining this balance helps keep your teeth and gums healthy. Foods high in fiber also encourage saliva production as does the chewing of sugar-free gum. Gum, however, can damage unhealthy teeth or pull out dental fillings, so always use caution when deciding whether to chew gum and which brand to chew.

Just as certain diet choices in the Orem area can be beneficial to the health of your teeth, others can be detrimental. Foods and drinks that are high in sugars are more likely to form the acids that attack your teeth and result in decay. And while table sugar is often associated with the formation of cavities, other sugars such as glucose, fructose, and maltose are also causes, and are often found in juices and sodas. Limiting the consumption of sugars to mealtimes lessens the amount of time your healthy teeth are exposed.

Making good diet choices and limiting between meal sugar consumption can improve the health of your teeth and gums.

If you would like to learn how to better care for your healthy teeth in the Orem area, contact Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry at 801-374-0070. We would love to hear from you. If you’ve been putting off visiting the dentist because of dental fear, ask us about sedation dentistry.

-Dr. Chris Hammond

Keeping Dental Patients Comfortable In Orem

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Pain isn’t fun. Your Orem family dentist knows this, and that is why the dental team at Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry have made patient comfort a top priority. In conjunction with creating a relaxing environment, your dentist has various medications that can reduce 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 Orem cosmetic dental offices and around the country are topical anesthetics. These are swabbed directly onto mouth tissue so they only numb the very surface layers. Topical anesthetics can reduce 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 specific areas of the mouth. Orem dentists numb the mouth in this way before filling cavities, treating gum disease, or before certain cosmetic dentistry procedures.

More involved dental procedures may necessitate the need for nitrous oxide or even general anesthesia. Ask us about sedation dentistry and oral conscious sedation.

It is very common for your dentist to recommend an over the counter analgesic to relieve pain after a dental visit. These medications include aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen.

Because your Orem cosmetic dentist will most likely use a pain reliever during the dental visit or prescribe something for you to take after the treatment, make sure you jot down a complete list of medications you are taking, including herbal supplements, before each appointment.

We’re Dr. Hammond and we want Orem residents to be informed about their dental care, especially as it pertains to pain relief during dental treatment. If you are in the Orem area and are looking for quality dental care, please contact our office today at 801-374-0070. Our continuing education staff would be happy to talk to you about cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, and the other services we offer.

Dr. Chris Hammond
Hammond Aesthetic & General Dentistry
3575 N 100 E, Ste 200
Provo, Utah