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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.

By Dr. Hughes
December 20, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentist in Herrin, IL can complete your smiledental implants

You may know someone with dental implants. If you do, you’re probably amazed at how beautifully natural they look. The fact is dental implants look virtually identical to natural teeth. The natural look of dental implants isn’t their only benefit. Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL wants to share why dental implants are the perfect choice to replace missing teeth.

How Do Dental Implants Work?

Dental implants restore function to allow you to eat the foods you love, improving your digestion and general health. The dental implant screws are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that is gentle to your tissue. In fact, once a dental implant screw is placed, your body will begin to fuse with the implant and lock it in place. Dental implants are:

  • Stable; they won’t move around like dental appliances can
  • Convenient; you can brush and floss the implants just like natural teeth

Dental implants also restore the beauty of your smile, boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem. You will want to smile again! Dental implants complete your smile with the most natural looking tooth replacement available today. Dental implant crowns are made of high-grade dental ceramic or porcelain which provides:

  • Dazzling beauty; the dental crown reflects light just like your natural teeth
  • Worry-free tooth replacement: dental implants will never decay and they resist stains to stay beautiful for a lifetime

People who have chosen dental implants enjoy the highest success rate of any surgical implant. In fact, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent!

Now, thanks to dental implants, you can have a beautiful, strong smile even if you have lost teeth. Visit the expert, Dr. Christopher Hughes in his state-of-the-art office, equipped with digital television and radio for your comfort and relaxation. Make an appointment by calling Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Call today and get started on your new smile with dental implants!

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!

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!

By Dr. Hughes
November 10, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

If you're missing all or most of your teeth, you've probably considered dentures as a way of replacing them. However, you may be all-on-4hesitant to make the commitment to dentures, as you might have heard about the time it takes to get used to wearing them and the inconvenience of cleaning and removing them frequently. At Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, Dr. Christopher Hughes has improved upon that concept by using the All-On-Four technique, a permanent alternative to dentures that uses dental implant technology. Here's how it works:

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is simply a way to replace the root of a tooth.  It is a metal cylinder or screw that is surgically placed beneath the gum line into the jaw bone.  Once in place the implant(s) acts as an anchor to hold in a single tooth, a group of teeth, or even a whole set of teeth.

How does All-On-Four work?

For patients who would like an entire set of teeth (denture) to be secure and not move in their mouth, Dr. Hughes can place a minimum of 4 implants into the jaw.  The implants are then connected to the denture which holds it firmly in place.  The implant supported denture then becomes a natural and comfortable part of the mouth. It allows patients to chew, smile, and regain their confidence because it is just like having their natural teeth again! 

How do I care for All-On-Four implants?

The convenience of dental implants can't be overstated. They are cared for in the same way as regular teeth - just brushing, flossing and checkups with Dr. Hughes keeps your All-On-Four implants secure and looking great. Although they are made from metal and porcelain and cannot decay, the gums around them need to healthy in order to maintain them for a lifetime.

If the All-On-Four implant system sounds like something that could change your smile and your life, we, at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, look forward to hearing from you. We'll set you up with a consultation that starts your journey to a beautiful new reason to smile!

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