By Dr. Hughes
May 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants from your dentist in Herrin, IL, can save your smile.

Dental implants are a unique solution to replacing lost teeth, and they offer benefits that other tooth replacement options can’t provide. The truth is, dental implants are the closest thing to having your natural teeth. Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, offers comprehensive dental care, including dental implants to save your smile.

When you have lost teeth, it’s easy to believe you have lost your smile. Your self-esteem can suffer, right along with your smile. Dental implants can restore your chewing ability and the beauty of your smile. When you need tooth replacement, dental implants offer these unique benefits:

  • A natural-looking appearance, because dental implant crowns are made of light-reflective materials that look just like natural tooth enamel
  • Total stability, because dental implants are encased in bone, so they are firmly anchored in place and will never move
  • Ease of maintenance, because you can clean your dental implants just like your natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing

Dental implants are also versatile because you can:

  • Replace one missing tooth with a single dental implant
  • Replace several missing teeth with an implant-supported bridge
  • Replace an entire arch of teeth or an entire smile with implant-supported dentures

You will enjoy the amazing success of dental implants too because they are the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

Dental implant screws are made of titanium, a biocompatible material that your body won't reject. Dental implants are designed to become a permanent addition to your smile that will never decay, and they even resist staining!

You don’t have to live without your smile! To find out more about how dental implants can save your smile, call Dr. Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, at (618) 993-3100 today and start rebuilding your smile with dental implants!

By Dr. Hughes
December 31, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cracked Teeth  

Teeth become cracked for several reasons. You may have been involved in a dental emergency or have an underlying condition called cracked tooth syndrome, which can be a painful and complex problem. If one or several of your teeth look flawed for this reason, our cosmetic dentist has the solution to fix it. At Hughes Dental Arts Centre, we may recommend fillings, bonding, or veneers to repair enamel, revive your bite, and help you gain a mood boost. To determine what services are available for your specific needs, schedule a consultation in our Herrin, IL office.

How To Treat Cracked Teeth
Minor chips or cracks are often treatable with dental bonding or fillings. These procedures use a combination of adhesive materials that resemble natural teeth to reshape them. When teeth are reshaped, you'll instantly notice a more durable bite. You may even be flashing your smile a bit more frequently. For more severe cases of chips and cracks, Dr. Hughes may suggest veneers. Often made of porcelain, these wafer-thin shells cover the surface of the enamel to enhance a tooth's appearance. These are a more permanent option, so you must be comfortable with your decision.

Cracked Teeth & Cosmetic Dentistry
Cracked teeth can hurt your confidence and self-esteem. Because smiles intricately link to the human conscience, our cosmetic dentist promises to deliver on the one you're aiming to achieve. Dr. Christopher Hughes understands what benefits cosmetic dentistry brings to his patients and will precisely perform an oral examination in our Herrin, IL, office to address personal goals, as well as questions or concerns. When committing to a cosmetic service, it can transform your appearance, as well as your general outlook on life.

If you're struggling with the side effects of cracked teeth, consider scheduling a consultation with our cosmetic dentist to discuss what options are available. Dr. Christopher Hughes can accommodate children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. For more information about cosmetic dentistry and other services provided at Hugh Dental Arts Centre, visit our website. Please call (618) 993-3100 for appointment scheduling in our Herrin, IL office.

By Dr. Hughes
December 02, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

When you think of restorative dentistry, do fillings and crowns come to mind? Of course, you're right, but did you know that bone grafting is part of the tooth replacement process? At Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, bone grafting is a simple and very effective treatment. Dr. Christopher Hughes is the dentist who has all the details.

What is bone grafting?

Dental bone grafts are small pieces of human or animal bone inserted into an empty tooth socket or other damaged areas of the jaw bone. These allografts, as dentists call them, quickly begin to adhere to the jaw, forming a scaffold for tooth replacement with dental implants.

Why would someone need bone grafting?

At Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, Dr. Hughes recommends dental implants for his Herrin area patients who have lost teeth through accident, gum disease, abscess, or dental decay. Usually, the bone surrounding the empty socket starts deteriorating quickly after extraction.

Also, gum disease damages the jaw bone as do other medical problems such as post-menopausal osteoporosis, osteomyelitis, a serious bone infection, and Paget's disease in which bone loses its ability to build new cells. Some individuals are born with malformations of the jaw which dental bone grafts may improve.

Further, some prescription medications lead to bone loss in the jaw and other areas of the body. Crooked teeth, jaw joint dysfunction (TMJ), and even wearing conventional dentures for years place undue stresses on the jaw, wearing the bone out. In these situations, bone grafts add a large measure of durability, width, and height to the alveolar ridge.

Graft as soon as possible

While your dentist may be able to place a bone graft successfully (and have it take) long after dental extraction, placement immediately after extraction proves best, says Dental Economics. Called socket preservation, this grafting surgery is simple, comfortable, and accomplishes three things:

  • Preservation of the size, shape, and strength of the empty socket
  • Improvement of the quality of the blood clot, thus promoting good healing
  • Improvement of the circulation and bone-forming capabilities of surrounding bone cells.

Call Hughes Dental Arts Centre

Dr. Christopher Hughes performs bone grafting procedures right in our Herrin, IL, office. To learn more about this easy and effective treatment, call us for a consultation: (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
August 20, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sedation dentistry  

What You Need to Know About Sedation Dentistry

If you are one of the many Americans who suffer from dental anxiety, this can make you avoid going to the dentist, which eventually can lead to cavities or gum disease. With sedation dentistry, the dentist uses different types of sedatives to help you overcome your anxiety and proceed with your dental treatment. Dr. Christopher Hughes is a dentist in Herrin, IL. He can perform your dental treatments while you are sedated.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

Herrin dental patients can talk to Dr, Hughes about the use of the following types of sedation:

  • IV moderate sedation: You will receive the sedative through a needle in your arm. The level of sedation can be adjusted.

During your first visit with Dr, Hughes, you can discuss these options and decide if it's appropriate for you. Remember to tell him about any medications you are taking so that he can make sure there are no contraindications.

What Happens After Sedation?

After you have received your sedation medication, Dr. Hughes will give you a local anesthetic and will complete your dental procedures. When your treatment is complete, you will need someone to drive for you. Many dental patients have little memory of their experience in the dental chair, which helps to reduce their anxiety for their next visit.

If you live in or around Herrin, IL and you are looking for a dentist who can provide you with sedation dentistry, call Dr. Hughes at (618) 993-3100 to schedule an appointment.

By Dr. Hughes
April 14, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dentistry  

How cosmetic dentistry from your dentist in Herrin, IL, can give you the outstanding smile you deserve.


If your smile has lost a little pizazz, have you thought about renewing your smile with cosmetic dentistry? The truth is, cosmetic dentistry offers a world of options to give you the outstanding smile you deserve.

Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, offers comprehensive dental care services, including cosmetic dentistry options, to make your smile stand out.

These are just a few cosmetic dentistry options to renew your smile:

Professional teeth whitening; is the perfect choice to give your smile a boost, and it is quick, easy, and effective. In fact, you can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, with outstanding results that can last up to 5 years too. Unlike some over-the-counter whitening products, you can count on professional whitening to be safe. That’s because all products and methods are approved by the American Dental Association.

Cosmetic dental bonding; is an excellent choice to repair small cracks, chips, tooth wear, and other damage, making your smile appear restored and balanced. Bonding is completely metal-free because the procedure uses composite, a liquid resin. Composite is matched to the color of your teeth and sculpted to match your natural tooth contours. Then, the material is hardened with an ultraviolet light, giving you a strong, beautiful smile.

Porcelain veneers; this treatment can turn an ordinary smile into an extraordinary smile. Veneers are thin overlays of exquisite, sparkling porcelain which are cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth. They hide both major and minor flaws including fracture lines, cracks, chips, areas of broken tooth structure, and other aesthetic issues. In some cases, they can even make gaps between your teeth seem to disappear, and make slightly crowded teeth appear straighter.

These are just a few of the ways cosmetic dentistry can renew your smile. To find out more about cosmetic dentistry services and how to achieve an outstanding smile, call Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, at (618) 993-3100. Call today.

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