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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!

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.

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.

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Hughes Dental Arts Centre

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