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.

Teeth acquire damage for many reasons, including poor oral care habits, bruxism, cavities, an unhealthy diet, environmental factors, and sports injuries. When enamel becomes chipped, broken, or decayed, the tooth will appear unattractive, and this can have a detrimental impact on both your self-esteem and oral health. If your smile could use a little enhancement due to these effects, schedule a consultation with your cosmetic dentist, Dr. Christopher Hughes of Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Here we can discuss the benefits of tooth-colored fillings and how they can help your situation.

What is a Tooth-Colored Filling?

These types of dental fillings are a popular selection because they allow your teeth to both look natural while talking, laughing, and smiling, and operate as standard when eating. Composed of a material known as composite resin, our cosmetic dentist blends plastic, silica, and glass particles before applying these materials to the front or back teeth. The result is a straighter, whiter, smile when you need to repair gaps, stains, or other instances mentioned above.

Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings

Patients often choose these cosmetic restorations because they:

  • Reduce sensitivity
  • Preserve natural teeth
  • Are non-invasive
  • Are long-lasting and durable
  • Keep enamel healthy and strong

If you experience sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods/beverages, this is typically the first sign of a cavity. Cavities do not repair themselves and will require a filling to fix. During an initial visit to our Herrin office, your cosmetic dentist will examine the teeth and gums to determine how to proceed.

For more information about tooth-colored fillings, as well as other services provided to restore damaged teeth, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. Christopher Hughes, DMD, in our Herrin, IL, office, please call (618) 993-3100.

By Dr. Hughes
March 05, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: dental implants  

Missing teeth cause all manner of issues, from bone atrophy in the area of the gap to lowered self-esteem. However, replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can help you avoid these issues and, unlike other tooth replacement options, avoid bone atrophy by providing proper stimulation for the jawbone in your mouth. Find out more about dental implants and what they mean for you with Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL.

What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that your dentist surgically implants into the jawbone below your missing tooth. As the implant site heals, the bone bonds around the tooth to securely hold it in place and make it a natural element of your smile.

Why are dental implants important for my smile?
Untreated missing teeth cause an array of side effects. The most serious issue related to missing teeth is bone atrophy, which causes the bone to degrade due to lack of stimulation and causes problems like sagging facial skin and a sunken facial appearance. Shifting teeth due to the extra space can also cause problems. Implants fill in your gap to help you avoid these issues and, unlike other tooth replacement options, even help prevent bone atrophy since they lie within the jawbone.

Dental Implants in Herrin, IL
If you think you can benefit from a dental implant, you should contact your dentist for a consultation. Your dentist is your best source of information on this topic and can help you determine if this is the best treatment option for you and your smile.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Christopher Hughes at Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL. Call (618) 993-3100 to schedule your appointment for a dental implant consultation with Dr. Hughes today.

By Dr. Hughes
January 28, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Veneers  

Improve your smile, confidence and quality of life with the help of veneers.

It’s a brand new decade and you’ve decided that it’s time you felt better about your appearance and one of the best ways to do this is with cosmetic dentistry. Maybe you have a gap between your front teeth that makes you feel self-conscious or your teeth are a bit misshapen, which throws your smile’s symmetry out of whack. Whatever the case might be, dental veneers may be able to give you the new and improved smile you want. From the office of our Herrin, IL, dentist Dr. Christopher Hughes, here is what veneers can do for your smile.

Veneers are wafer-thin shells made from porcelain, which mimic the appearance of tooth enamel. These shells are bonded to the front surface of a single tooth and can be placed on all teeth that are visible when you smile to mask common imperfections and flaws. Veneers require minimal tooth preparation and are often placed within two visits. Of course, you may be wondering if the problems you are dealing with can be fixed with veneers.

Veneers may be a great option for you if you are dealing with,

  • Chips and cracks
  • Severe discolorations (both internal and external stains)
  • Gaps between teeth and other misalignments
  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • An asymmetrical or gummy smile

Veneers have the ability to completely change the shape, size, alignment and color of your smile. If you have slightly crooked teeth but don’t have any interest in getting braces, our Herrin, IL, cosmetic dentist may be able to help you get a straighter smile just by placing veneers.

While veneers can be a great option for patients dealing with common cosmetic flaws it is important to recognize that teeth dealing with significant damage that affects the tooth’s overall structure will often require more extensive restorative dentistry such as a dental crown. This is something that our dentist will be able to assess during your consultation.

Are you interested in learning more about dental veneers and whether you might be a good candidate for this treatment? If so, call Hughes Dental Arts Centre in Herrin, IL, today at (618) 993-3100 to schedule a consultation.

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