Are you suffering from tooth decay? Do you need to have some cavities filled, but are afraid of it marring the look of your smile? Well, smilesworry no more—tooth-colored fillings can fix a number of different dental issues in an aesthetically pleasing way! Here at our office in Herrin, IL, Dr. Christopher Hughes can help you get the healthier and whiter smile you want through the use of these amazing restorations.

 

More about tooth-colored fillings

Tooth-colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are used during various dental bonding procedures to improve the health and look of your smile. The composite is made of plastic resin and a filler of finely ground glass-like particles, and it is used to fix issues such as chips and cracks, fractures, decay, discolorations, and odd shapes.

In order to prepare your teeth for the composite, your Herrin dentist will first apply an etching solution to the surface of the problem area(s). Next, your dentist matches the composite resin to your natural teeth. Finally, the composite is applied to your teeth and hardened in place using a curing light

After the procedure is complete, the tooth-colored teeth blend-in seamlessly with your smile, making it so that no one will even know that you had dental work done! In addition to this invaluable aesthetic advantage, composite also strengthens your teeth, allowing you to enjoy your meals without having to worry about applying too much pressure on your tooth.

Additionally, it isn't difficult at all to take proper care of your new fillings. Just make sure that you brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once daily, and attend regular six-month dental checkups and cleanings.

 

Give us a call!

For more information about tooth-colored fillings and how they can improve the appearance of your smile, call Dr. Christopher Hughes at (618) 993-3100. His office is conveniently located in Herrin, IL, so don't hesitate to call!

By Dr. Hughes
May 29, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

We live in a world where dental technology is constantly advancing and improving. Take treating tooth loss, for instance. When once we could only place traditional dentures to replace your missing teeth, now our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes can place dental implants to provide a stable foundation to support a denture.

What is an implant supported denture?

This restorative dentistry procedure gives patients the opportunity to replace an entire row of missing teeth by placing dental implants Dental Implantalong the arches of the jawbone. Implant supported dentures make it possible for patients to get a full smile back. Usually, 5 or 6 implants will be placed to support the denture.

What are the benefits of getting dental implants?

There are several advantages to getting dental implants from our Herrin, IL, general dentist. Some of these benefits include:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Getting a restoration that won’t shift or move around in your mouth
  • Having a full smile again that functions just like real teeth

Many patients are amazed by just how much dental implants feel and look just like a real tooth. They stay in place and provide a long-term foundation from which to support a full set of dentures or individual dental crowns. Enjoy eating all of your favorite foods or talking with confidence, as your teeth will stay firmly in place thanks to the strong bond between the implant and the jawbone.

Am I a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are missing an entire row of teeth then you could be an ideal candidate for an implant supported denture. In order to determine your candidacy, you will need to come in for an evaluation.

During the consultation process, we will take x-rays of your jaw to make sure that your jawbone is strong enough to support implants. After all, a common complication of tooth loss is bone loss. 

Are you interested in learning more about dental implants and how it can restore your smile after tooth loss? If so, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Christopher Hughes We want you to feel confident in your smile again.

By Dr. Hughes
March 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

One of the best ways to cover up teeth that have undergone restorative procedures is through crowns. Your cosmetic dentist at Herrin, IL, crownDr. Christopher Hughes, can provide a dental crown to protect a damaged tooth or to improve its appearance.

More About Using Crowns For Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns are cap-like porcelain dental restorations. To create them, your Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends them to a lab where custom crowns are made just for you. In the meantime, you'll be given a temporary crown.

During restorative procedures, such as root canals, a significant amount of natural tooth is removed. This leaves the tooth susceptible to breakage, which is why a dental crown is placed over the tooth. The dental crown reinforces the tooth and allows it to withstand various degrees of pressure, meaning you can enjoy eating without the worry of ruining your tooth.

Here are some other uses that for dental crowns:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Covering dental implants
  • Covering an existing filling that may be dislocated
  • Covering stained or discolored teeth

Dental hygiene is crucial for maintaining crowns and your overall oral health.

  • You need to brush twice a day, at least, and floss before bed. Make sure to give special attention to the area around your dental crown by holding your brush at a 40-degree angle to get hard-to-reach areas.
  • Maintain a healthy diet. Crowns can last for years, or more, so be sure to avoid biting into ice and restrict the consumption of sugary products, such as soda and candy.
  • Use a mouth guard, or splints, if you suffer from bruxism (teeth grinding) to increase the lifespan of your dental crowns.

For more information on dental crowns and what they can do for you, contact cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes at Herrin, IL, by calling (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
January 14, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Find out how this simple porcelain restoration can enhance your appearance.

We know that there are a lot of people out there that aren’t happy with their smiles. Luckily, our Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentists offer many ways in which to revamp, reshape and improve your smile with help from cosmetic dentistry. Find out why more and more people are Dental Veneersturning to dental veneers to get the smile they’ve always wanted.

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the front of one or more teeth to hide cosmetic flaws and defects to improve the overall appearance of your smile. Porcelain is most commonly used to create veneers because of their translucent quality, which mimics the look of natural tooth enamel. Since everyone’s teeth are different sizes, veneers are custom-made to cover each individual tooth.

What problems can veneers hide?

Veneers can hide a variety of cosmetic imperfection such as:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips and cracks
  • Small gaps between teeth
  • Minor twisted or crooked teeth
  • Worn or misshapen teeth

What goes into getting dental veneers?

Getting dental veneers in Herrin, IL, is surprisingly easy and in as little as 2-3 visits you could have a completely new and improved smile. In order to get veneers, a couple of things need to happen first:

Consultation: We need to make sure that not only are your teeth healthy enough for treatment but also that your goals align with what dental veneers can offer. This is also the perfect time to ask us any questions you might have about getting dental veneers.

Tooth preparation: We want your new smile to look as natural as possible, which will require us to shave off a very small amount of enamel from the front of your teeth to make room for these porcelain shells. This process isn’t painful and is often performed without even needing local anesthesia.

Impressions: Once your teeth are prepped we will need to take impressions of your teeth so that the dental lab knows the exact measurements from which to create perfectly fitted veneers.

Placing your veneers: It can take a couple of weeks to get your veneers. Once they are complete you will come back in for a final fitting, where you will get a chance to see what your smile looks like with your new veneers. Once you are satisfied we will permanently bond the veneers to your teeth using a bonding resin.

 

Do dental veneers sound like the cosmetic treatment you’ve been looking for in Herrin, IL? Are you ready to take the next steps to find out if they are right for you? If so, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre today to schedule a no-risk consultation with your cosmetic dentist.

By Hughes Dental Arts Centre
August 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Do you need to fill a gap in your smile? Innovative dental implants offer a long-lasting restoration option and look and feel completely dental implantsnatural. Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes offers dental implants and other treatments and services that improve, repair or restore your smile.

What are dental implants?

The loss of even one tooth leaves a very noticeable gap in your smile. In a perfect world, replacing a lost tooth would be as simple as growing a new one. Since that's not an option, dental implants offer an ideal solution. Titanium implants bond to your jawbone and serve as secure, sturdy foundations for dental crowns, artificial teeth that fill the gap in your smile above the gum line.

Before you receive a dental implant, you'll visit your Herrin dentist's office for an evaluation. An examination of your mouth and a CT Scan of your jaw will help determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants.

The first step in the implant process involves making openings in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and placing the implant inside. Implants bond to your jawbone in about three to six months. A crown may be added to your implant the same day you receive your implant, or you may need to wait until bonding is finished. In that case, you'll receive a temporary crown or bridge that will fill the gap in your mouth while you wait.

After bonding is complete, your dentist will make an impression of your mouth which will be used to create your crown. A few weeks later, the crown will be connected to the implant.

Why should I consider dental implants?

Dental implants feel like your natural teeth because they're firmly rooted to your jawbone. When you chew, your new tooth won't slip, slide or irritate your gums. Implants also keep your jawbone strong by stimulating the bone, helping you avoid bone loss. Have you lost more than one tooth? Although dental implants are often used to replace single missing teeth, they're a good choice no matter how many teeth you've lost. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to traditional dentures and don't significantly decrease your biting power like removable dentures do.

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes at (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment.





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