By Dr. Hughes
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

If you are one of the many Americans who suffer from dental anxiety, this can make you avoid going to the dentist, which eventually can lead to cavities or gum disease. With sedation dentistry, the dentist uses different types of sedatives to help you overcome your anxiety and proceed with your dental treatment. Dr. Christopher Hughes is a dentist in Herrin, IL. He can perform your dental treatments while you are sedated.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Herrin dental patients can talk to Dr, Hughes about the use of the following types of sedation:

  • IV moderate sedation: You will receive the sedative through a needle in your arm. The level of sedation can be adjusted.

During your first visit with Dr, Hughes, you can discuss these options and decide if it's appropriate for you. Remember to tell him about any medications you are taking so that he can make sure there are no contraindications.

What Happens After Sedation?

After you have received your sedation medication, Dr. Hughes will give you a local anesthetic and will complete your dental procedures. When your treatment is complete, you will need someone to drive for you. Many dental patients have little memory of their experience in the dental chair, which helps to reduce their anxiety for their next visit.

If you live in or around Herrin, IL and you are looking for a dentist who can provide you with sedation dentistry, call Dr. Hughes at (618) 993-3100 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Hughes
April 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentistry  

Are you happy about your good oral health, but feel disappointed at your appearance? Cosmetic dentistry services from Hughes Dental Centre in Herrin, IL, change this disappointment to the celebration, as Dr. Christopher Hughes can improve your smile's color, alignment, defects, and more. Read on to learn how!

Five-star service

It permeates all we do at Hughes Dental Arts Centre. We love when our patients have healthy smiles, and we strive to deliver the looks they've always wanted. We use the finest in materials and diagnostics, and Dr. Hughes' care plans are individualized to your smile needs and goals—no one else's. Additionally, we offer cosmetic facial treatments, including BOTOX Cosmetic and Juvederm dermal fillers, to refresh your facial appearance.

A cosmetic dentistry consultation

This friendly discussion and oral evaluation precede any smile makeover, for it lays the foundation for realistic improvements that will last.

When you come to Hughes Dental Centre in Herrin, IL, tell Dr. Hughes how you want to change your smile. Is tooth color a concern? Do you have a chip on a front tooth? Is your dental alignment crooked or gapped?

Know your goals, and tell Dr. Hughes about them. That way, he can compose a treatment plan to address them realistically.

Cosmetic services we offer

You may take advantage of one or more services as your needs, budget, and time commitment allow. Dr. Hughes offers:

  • Professional teeth whitening to remove long-standing dental stains and brighten teeth by several shades
  • Composite resin bonding to repair small chips, cracks, pits, gaps, and more
  • Porcelain veneers, permanent ceramic laminates bonded in place to cover dental flaws tooth by tooth
  • Tooth-colored fillings made of composite resin or other materials, such as porcelain or innovative glass ionomer
  • Invisalign clear aligners, the invisible way to correct several kinds of orthodontic issues, such as overbite and widely gapped teeth
  • Crowns and bridges to protect failing teeth or replace one or more missing teeth permanently

Why not start now?

Your new smile is as close as Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Christopher Hughes, and his staff can be reached at (618) 993-3100—call today to get started on your new look!

Teeth acquire damage for many reasons, including poor oral care habits, bruxism, cavities, an unhealthy diet, environmental factors, and sports injuries. When enamel becomes chipped, broken, or decayed, the tooth will appear unattractive, and this can have a detrimental impact on both your self-esteem and oral health. If your smile could use a little enhancement due to these effects, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Here we can discuss the benefits of tooth-colored fillings and how they can help your situation.

What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

These types of dental fillings are a popular selection because they allow your teeth to both look natural while talking, laughing, and smiling, and operate as standard when eating. Composed of a material known as composite resin, our cosmetic dentist blends plastic, silica, and glass particles before applying these materials to the front or back teeth. The result is a straighter, whiter, smile when you need to repair gaps, stains, or other instances mentioned above.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Patients often choose these cosmetic restorations because they:

  • Reduce sensitivity
  • Preserve natural teeth
  • Are non-invasive
  • Are long-lasting and durable
  • Keep enamel healthy and strong

If you experience sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods/beverages, this is typically the first sign of a cavity. Cavities do not repair themselves and will require a filling to fix. During an initial visit to our Herrin office, your cosmetic dentist will examine the teeth and gums to determine how to proceed.

For more information about tooth-colored fillings, as well as other services provided to restore damaged teeth, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Christopher Hughes, DMD, in our Herrin, IL, office, please call (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
March 05, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth cause all manner of issues, from bone atrophy in the area of the gap to lowered self-esteem. However, replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can help you avoid these issues and, unlike other tooth replacement options, avoid bone atrophy by providing proper stimulation for the jawbone in your mouth. Find out more about dental implants and what they mean for you with Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that your dentist surgically implants into the jawbone below your missing tooth. As the implant site heals, the bone bonds around the tooth to securely hold it in place and make it a natural element of your smile.

Why are dental implants important for my smile?
Untreated missing teeth cause an array of side effects. The most serious issue related to missing teeth is bone atrophy, which causes the bone to degrade due to lack of stimulation and causes problems like sagging facial skin and a sunken facial appearance. Shifting teeth due to the extra space can also cause problems. Implants fill in your gap to help you avoid these issues and, unlike other tooth replacement options, even help prevent bone atrophy since they lie within the jawbone.

Dental Implants in Herrin, IL
If you think you can benefit from a dental implant, you should contact your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist is your best source of information on this topic and can help you determine if this is the best treatment option for you and your smile.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Call (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant consultation with Dr. Hughes today.

By Dr. Hughes
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Improve your smile, confidence and quality of life with the help of veneers.

It’s a brand new decade and you’ve decided that it’s time you felt better about your appearance and one of the best ways to do this is with cosmetic dentistry. Maybe you have a gap between your front teeth that makes you feel self-conscious or your teeth are a bit misshapen, which throws your smile’s symmetry out of whack. Whatever the case might be, dental veneers may be able to give you the new and improved smile you want. From the office of our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes, here is what veneers can do for your smile.

Veneers are wafer-thin shells made from porcelain, which mimic the appearance of tooth enamel. These shells are bonded to the front surface of a single tooth and can be placed on all teeth that are visible when you smile to mask common imperfections and flaws. Veneers require minimal tooth preparation and are often placed within two visits. Of course, you may be wondering if the problems you are dealing with can be fixed with veneers.

Veneers may be a great option for you if you are dealing with,

  • Chips and cracks
  • Severe discolorations (both internal and external stains)
  • Gaps between teeth and other misalignments
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • An asymmetrical or gummy smile

Veneers have the ability to completely change the shape, size, alignment and color of your smile. If you have slightly crooked teeth but don’t have any interest in getting braces, our Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentist may be able to help you get a straighter smile just by placing veneers.

While veneers can be a great option for patients dealing with common cosmetic flaws it is important to recognize that teeth dealing with significant damage that affects the tooth’s overall structure will often require more extensive restorative dentistry such as a dental crown. This is something that our dentist will be able to assess during your consultation.

Are you interested in learning more about dental veneers and whether you might be a good candidate for this treatment? If so, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, today at (618) 993-3100 to schedule a consultation.

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(618) 993-3100
504 Rushing Drive Herrin, IL 62948