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.

By Dr. Hughes
November 20, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Teeth Whitening  

A professional teeth whitening treatment is one of the most effective cosmetic treatments available. From improving your smile andTeeth-Whitening confidence to making you look younger and even more professional, teeth whitening is a small service that delivers big results. Dr. Christopher Hughes, a cosmetic dentist in Herrin, IL, offers professional teeth whitening treatments and other cosmetic and general dentistry services to improve your appearance and oral health.
 

Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Herrin, IL

Frequently asked questions about teeth whitening:
 

Q: What's the difference between professional and over the counter treatments?

A: There are many whitening products available over the counter, from toothpaste to whitening strips and gels. A professional treatment uses a higher concentration of whitening agents, so a single treatment can safely whiten your teeth by several shades.
 

Q: How often is teeth whitening necessary?

A: Everyone is different, but a professional treatment can last for up to two years in some cases. You will still have to take precautions to avoid stains and discolorations after a whitening treatment.
 

Q: Do whitening treatments work on dental restorations?

A: Whitening treatments only work on natural teeth, so they won't change the color of an existing restoration. if possible, whitening your teeth before getting restorations like veneers or bonding is recommended. But if you already have restorations and would like to whiten your teeth, Dr. Hughes will recommend the best option for your needs.
 

Q: Is professional teeth whitening safe?

A: Yes. While some people may experience sensitivity after treatment, a professional treatment is the best way to ensure that you're getting the results you want, and that your teeth and gums are protected.
 

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Herrin, IL

For more information about professional teeth whitening and other cosmetic dentistry services, contact our office today by calling (618) 993-3100 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hughes.

By Dr. Hughes
September 10, 2019
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

If you haven’t discovered the advantages of dental implants, it’s time to find out. These revolutionary tooth replacements work just like natural teeth, restoring your ability to enjoy the foods you love and giving you back your beautiful smile. Here at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, Dr. Christopher H. Hughes offers dental implant treatment to give you a smile you can be proud to show off.

What Dental Implants Can Do For You

Whether you have lost a single tooth or multiple teeth, dental implants can restore your smile. They can even provide a supportive framework for a denture known as an overdenture.

There are many advantages to dental implants, including how they are:

  • Naturally beautiful, because the dental implant crown is made of high-grade dental ceramic that reflects light, just like natural tooth enamel; your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.
  • Permanent, because dental implants will never decay, and the implant crown material resists staining, thus allowing your dental implants to stay bright and beautiful for a lifetime.
  • Stable, because dental implants are completely embedded and firmly fixed in bone.
  • Conservative, because only the area of the dental implant is prepared.
  • Healthy, because you brush and floss your dental implants just like your natural teeth.

Dental implants are also the most successful surgical implant available today, boasting an astounding success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Interested? Give Us a Call

You and your smile deserve the natural beauty and health advantages of dental implants. It’s time to discover what dental implants can do for you by contacting Dr. Christopher H. Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Dial (618) 993-3100 today!

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!





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