Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Dr. Hughes
September 10, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Discover the top reasons you might need bone grafting.

If you are dealing with damaged or missing teeth then you may also be dealing with jaw damage. This is actually quite common. If this is the case, our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes may recommend repairing the bone damage through a procedure known as grafting, which helps to rebuild the jawbone. Learn more about bone grafting and why it’s needed.

You Want a Dental Implant

If you are missing one or more permanent teeth then you may already be talking with our dental team about implants. Of course, you first need a healthy jawbone to support the implant. Therefore, our Herrin, IL, family dentist may recommend bone grafting before getting your implant. This procedure will help to rebuild areas of lost bone to ensure that there is enough healthy jawbone to support the success and longevity of your implant. This is one of the most common reasons people undergo bone grafting.

You Have Advanced Gum Disease

Many Americans are living with some degree of gum disease but don’t even know it. Unfortunately, many people don’t visit their dentist regularly so that the problem can be detected early on. Therefore, most people don’t even realize there is an issue with their gums until the gums are inflamed and painful, or teeth become loose or fall out. Advanced periodontitis also can damage the jawbone. Fortunately, by performing bone grafting, we can help to restore the jawbone and reverse the damage.

You Waited to Seek Treatment

Bone loss occurs rather quickly after losing a missing tooth. Around 25 percent of the jawbone is reabsorbed by the body within the first year of tooth loss. Therefore, if you’ve waited a few years to turn to our dental team to replace a missing tooth you may require bone grafting first. If you’re reading this and you just had a tooth extracted, it’s best to talk with our dental team right away about the next steps for replacing your missing tooth so that you can prevent the need for bone grafting altogether.

If you are interested in getting dental implants you may benefit from bone grafting. To schedule a consultation with our Herrin, IL, family dentist Dr. Hughes and the team at Hughes Dental Arts Centre, call us at (618) 205-9739.

If you are considering replacing your damaged or missing teeth or want more security with your dentures, you can rely on Dr. Christopher Hughes for expert care at Hughes Dental Arts Centre. We offer dental implants in Herrin, IL, to complete your smile.

What Are Implant-Supported Dentures?

Due to advancements in dentistry, we can now use replacements for regular teeth that combine the permanence of implants with the affordability of dentures.  Instead of focusing on one tooth at a time, your dentist can use a few dental implants to support a full or partial denture. Say goodbye to dentures that you have to constantly remove at night.

How Does the Procedure Work?

After using cutting-edge digital X-ray technology to quickly analyze the health of your jaw bone, we will check to see if you are a good candidate for implant surgery. If the X-rays reveal significant bone loss, your dentist may need to perform bone grafting to ensure that your implants will have a strong foundation. Your implants are placed in Herrin, IL, at strategic spots along the jawbone. Five or six implants are typically needed. Once the implants are set in place, we can snap your custom dentures over the implant. Your new dentures will be permanently fixed in place so they don't shift when you eat or speak the way traditional dentures do.

Why Should I Get Implant-Supported Dentures?

  • Implant-Supported dentures look and feel like natural teeth.
  • After successful implant surgery, you will be able to expand your diet again. With a stronger bite, you can once again enjoy more types of food such as crunchy fruits and vegetables. As a result, you can improve your nutrition and overall health.
  • Since you won't have to keep inserting or removing dentures, you should also experience decreased gum irritation.

How Should I Care For My Implant-Supported Dentures?

Your new implant-supported dentures are easy to clean. All you have to do is use a soft-bristle toothbrush to brush twice a day and floss at least once a day. Don't skip your regular dental visits just because you have replacement teeth. You still need to practice good oral hygiene and visit our office for regular examinations and professional teeth cleaning.

If you want to learn more about implanted dentures in Herrin, IL, contact Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre at (618) 205-9739 for your initial consultation today.

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.

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Hughes Dental Arts Centre

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