By Dr. Hughes
November 09, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Find out if bone grafting surgery is necessary for improving your jawbone health.bone grafting

When people think about oral health problems they don’t often consider how it affects the health of their jawbone; however, your jawbone is also an integral part of your oral health. Everything from trauma to gum disease to tooth loss can cause the jawbone to lose strength, density or its original shape. Our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes is here to tell you why bone grafting could potentially benefit you.

  • Are you someone who is dealing with tooth loss?
  • Do you have advanced gum disease that has damaged your jawbone?
  • Did you wait years to seek treatment for your tooth loss?
  • Are you dealing with significant bone loss?
  • Are you dreaming of getting dental implants to replace your missing teeth?

If you said yes to many of these questions then bone grafting may be the best way to stabilize and strengthen your jawbone once more. Bone grafting surgery affords our Herrin, IL, general dentist the opportunity to rebuild and restore the jawbone to not only improve its health but also to make it possible to support a restoration like a dental implant.

A dental implant requires enough healthy jawbone in order to properly support it. If you’ve had your heart set on replacing your missing tooth or teeth with this long-term treatment but you are dealing with severe bone loss you may feel defeated. Not so fast! Bone grafting may be the answer you’ve been looking for. By getting bone grafting first, we can often greatly improve the strength and structure of the jawbone so that it can support a dental implant.

Whether you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, we are here to provide you with the restorative dentistry you need right here in Herrin, IL. Turn to Hughes Dental Arts Centre today.

By Dr. Hughes
August 30, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

When your teeth are crooked, discolored or damaged, it's hard to feel good about your smile. Luckily, there's a solution to every smile cosmetic dentistryissue, thanks to a variety of effective cosmetic dentistry treatments. Your Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes discusses a few issues that can be corrected.

Crooked teeth

Metal braces may be the traditional way to straighten teeth, but they're not the only method. Clear Invisalign aligner trays correct alignment and spacing issues without any metal. The removable trays are worn for about 20 hours a day and are only removed to eat, brush and floss. Replacing the trays every two weeks is the key to maintaining your progress.


Small flaws in teeth, such as chips, uneven surfaces, cracks and discolorations can be hidden using one of these three cosmetic dentistry treatments:

  • Bonding: Bonding involves adding a few layers of composite resin to your teeth to conceal imperfections. Although the material is soft and flexible when it's applied, a curing light quickly hardens it.
  • Veneers: Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth in our Herrin. They offer excellent coverage for small flaws and may also be used to whiten your entire smile or close gaps between teeth.
  • Crowns: Crowns cover teeth on all four sides and are used to conceal discolorations, cracks and other imperfections. Before you receive a crown, your tooth must be reduced in size to ensure a comfortable fit.

Damaged Teeth

Both bonding and crowns can be used to repair and restore damaged teeth. Bonding is often used to fill chips and cracks and restore broken sections of teeth. If a large part of your tooth has broken, a crown may be a better option. Crowns also strengthen fragile teeth, including those weakened by injuries.

Missing Teeth

Replacing missing teeth boosts your self-esteem and improves your ability to speak and chew normally. Teeth can be replaced with:

  • Bridges: Bridges consist of a string of artificial teeth held in place by crowns at both ends of the bridge.
  • Dentures: Dentures rest on your gums and can be used to replace all of your teeth or a section of them.
  • Implants: Dental implants bond to your jawbone and replace tooth roots. When combined with crowns, they offer a comfortable, long-lasting alternative to bridges and dentures. Implant-supported dentures and bridges are also available.

Are you ready to make a few changes to your smile? Call Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes at (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment.

By Dr. Hughes
July 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

How dental implants from your Herrin, Illinois dentist can renew your smileDental Implants


If the only thing keeping you from looking great is your smile, it’s time get your smile back! If you have been living with missing teeth, it’s time to restore your smile with dental implants! Whether you are missing one tooth or several teeth, dental implants are the most natural-looking tooth replacement available today. Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, Illinois wants to share the benefits of dental implants.

When you choose dental implants to restore your smile, you can count on:

  • Naturally beautiful tooth replacement because implants look just like natural teeth
  • Enhanced chewing ability because dental implants are embedded into the jawbone bone and won’t move around
  • Improved oral health because you brush and floss implants just like natural teeth
  • A long lasting smile because with proper care, your implants can last a lifetime

In contrast to dental appliances like dentures and partials, your dental implants won’t move around, and you don’t ever have to take them out. That’s because when a dental implant is placed, your bone will begin to grow and fuse with the dental implant, locking it in place. After a short healing period, Dr. Hughes will cap the implant with a beautiful implant crown.

When you choose dental implants from Dr. Hughes, you know that they will be successful. In fact, dental implants have a success rate of over 95 percent according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons; that’s the highest of any surgical implant.

You also know you are receiving the best care because Dr. Hughes is board certified by the American Board of Oral Implantology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry.

You deserve a great looking smile and now you can have it with dental implants! You also deserve the services of an expert like Dr. Hughes. For more information about dental implants and other dental services call Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, Illinois. Get started on a smile you can be proud of by calling today!

Veneers are used by your Herrin, Illinois cosmetic dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes from Hughes Dental Art Centre to improve the veneersappearance of a patient’s smile. When someone doesn’t like the color of their teeth, their shape or even their alignment, veneers can help remedy these things. For those with worn down, cracked or chipped teeth, veneers are also a great treatment option. Dr. Hughes can examine your teeth and decide whether or not you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers.

More about Veneers

Because of their material (porcelain), they can withstand normal wear and tear well. They also can last a long period of time. These porcelain veneers are bonded directly to the surface of a patient’s teeth by your Herrin, Illinois cosmetic dentist. Before a patient gets veneers, an impression of their teeth is taken. This impression is used in order to custom design the veneers. This dental technology allows Dr. Hughes to create dental restorations that provide the proper form, function and fit needed for each dental patient.

In order to apply your porcelain veneers, a part of one’s existing tooth enamel is removed in a thin layer to allow for the thickness of the new veneers. The new veneers are bonded with a cement material that is hardened with a curing light. Ultimately, porcelain veneers can improve someone’s smile in a simple way.

With the help of your Herrin, Illinois cosmetic dentist Dr. Hughes from Hughes Dental Art Centre, you too can change your smile. After a comprehensive exam from him, he can successfully determine whether or not you would benefit from porcelain veneers or another other dental restoration procedure. To schedule this important appointment call his office today at 618-993-3100.

How your cosmetic dentist in Herrin can enhance your smile

If you are unhappy with your smile, you can improve what nature and genetics gave you, thanks to cosmetic dentistry. Today’s cosmetic dental procedures can provide you with a dazzling, beautiful smile that is also strong to allow you to enjoy the foods you love. You can have a smile that does it all. Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, wants to share how cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile.

Dr. Hughes provides a complete range of cosmetic dental services to correct most common dental issues. Consider:

Porcelain veneers, which are thin sheaths of beautiful, translucent porcelain, cemented over the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can cosmetically correct teeth that are:

  • Unevenly or severely worn down due to aging
  • Cracked, chipped or broken due to trauma
  • Slightly overlapped, spaced apart, or rotated

Cosmetic bonding, using a tooth-colored resin material that can blend perfectly with your teeth, creating a virtually invisible addition to your smile; bonding can fix small chips, defects or cracks in your teeth.

Tooth-colored fillings, using composite which is color-matched perfectly to your existing teeth, creating a harmonious, seamless smile; no more unsightly metal!

Porcelain crowns and bridges, using high-tech dental ceramic which is translucent and reflects light just like your natural teeth; these crowns and bridges are virtually indistinguishable from your natural teeth.

Teeth whitening treatments, if you want to whiten your teeth up to 8 shades whiter; you can choose from a quick in-office treatment or a convenient take-home whitening kit.

Invisalign, if you want to straighten your teeth discreetly, quickly and comfortably; Invisalign uses clear plastic trays called aligners which are smooth and comfortable. You change aligners every two weeks as your teeth gradually shift into position. Treatment is complete at nine to fifteen months.

Dental implants, if you want to replace missing teeth with the most revolutionary, natural-looking treatment available; dental implants can replace a single missing tooth and are capped with a crown. If you have multiple missing teeth, the implants are capped with a denture, called an overdenture.

For more information on cosmetic services available at Hughes Dental Arts Centre please visit the cosmetic services page on the website at Don’t wait for your perfect smile; call Dr. Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, today!

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