By Dr. Hughes
April 04, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Does the idea of going to the dentist make your heart race and your palms sweat? Do you postpone even routine dental check-ups dental anxietybecause you're just too afraid to go? Then, sedation dentistry from Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL may be for you. Fully credentialed in IV sedation, Dr. Christopher Hughes and his dedicated team deliver the care you need while completely eliminating the fear factor.

What causes dental anxiety

Many people fear dental procedures for a variety of reasons. Many adults avoid the dentist completely because they feel so anxious.

Reasons for their fear can include:

  • Past bad experiences at a dental office
  • Dislike of needles, drills or other dental instruments
  • Claustrophobia
  • Inability to sit still for extended periods of time
  • Apprehension about pain
  • Embarrassment over the condition of their teeth and gums

The way out

You can handle your dental fear. In fact, Dr. Hughes can help you eliminate it completely with his kind attitude, careful explanations  and  gentle touch. Additionally, Dr. Hughes offers local anesthetic to numb areas of the mouth, and for extensive dental procedures or for people who are very nervous, he recommends IV sedation.

IV sedation is a fully monitored way to deliver medication which allows the patient to relax or even sleep through his or her procedures. To qualify for IV sedation dentistry in Herrin, Dr. Hughes will review your medical history and current medications. He'll also ask you to bring an adult relative or friend along to drive you home after your treatments.

During your procedures

Your vital signs (breathing, heart rate and oxygen levels) will be monitored carefully. You'll relax in the dental chair, and the dentist will introduce your anti-anxiety medication into a thin needle inserted into your arm. Your level of consciousness and comfort will be watched as well, and the medication may be adjusted up or down as needed.

When your treatments are complete, you'll wake up easily. However, you likely will have little memory of your dental procedures. You'll go home to rest accompanied by your adult driver.

What procedures qualify?

Your dentist may use IV sedation for most any preventive, restorative or cosmetic treatment. Much depends on what triggers your anxiety and of course, on how complex your procedures are. Dr. Hughes fully explains IV sedation to his patients ahead of time so they fully understand what medication they will receive and how they will feel during and after their treatments.

Forget the stress

And, get the healthy smile you deserve. If sedation dentistry in Herrin, IL sounds like something you wish to explore, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre for a personal consultation: (618) 993-3100.

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
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!

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