John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
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Posts for category: Cosmetic Dentistry

How Crowns and Bridges Can Help Your Smile.

Does your smile look less than its best? Missing or damaged teeth can not only lead to oral health problems, but leave you hesitant to flash a smile.

If your smile is imperfect or incomplete, crowns and bridges from dentist John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL can restore your teeth, leaving you comfortable and confident.

What are bridges?

Dental bridges, sometimes called partial dentures, are comprised of artificial teeth that are supported by and bonded to the natural teeth on either side. By filling the void from a missing tooth, bridges protect your gums, reduce the spread of decay to the surrounding teeth and offer aesthetic improvement. You may also find it easier to bite, chew and brush your teeth.

If your teeth are missing or require removal due to age, decay or injury, your dentist can fit you with dental bridges that match your natural teeth in size, shape and tint so they are undetectable.

What are crowns?

Dental crowns are essentially caps for your teeth, which conceal damage so your tooth looks healthy and attractive. Made from resin, metal or ceramic, your dentist at our Springfield, IL, office will create a custom crown that fits snugly over your tooth to hide chips, cracks, protruding fillings, cavity voids, or severe discoloration.

To accommodate a dental crown, the surface of your tooth is lightly shaved so the crown can fit over it discreetly and comfortably. The crown will be cemented in place, making it secure and strong. As with bridges, you will likely find chewing, biting and brushing to be improved.

Both bridges and crowns are durable, long-lasting or permanent solutions for improving your smile, and can be easily cared for. You can brush and floss as normal without the worry of disrupting your dental implements.

For a healthy, beautiful smile, consider dental bridges or crowns from dentist John Luker of Luker Dental. Call our Springfield, IL office today at (217) 546-8330.

By Luker Dental Care
August 19, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

A great smile gives you confidence, so when you have chipped, uneven or stained teeth, it can make you hesitant to show off your grin.

If your teeth are making you self-conscious, it's time to consider veneers from Luker Dental Care in Springfield IL. Dental veneers cover any imperfections in your smile, giving you beautiful and fully functional teeth. Make your appointment today with Dr. John Luker.

What are veneers?
Veneers are strong but thin coverings for your natural teeth, custom-sized to fit your mouth perfectly. To craft your veneers, your dentist at our Springfield IL office will use a mold of your teeth to create the best size and shape for a natural look, comfortable fit, and full functionality. Veneers are cemented in place using a strong adhesive, so you won't need to worry about them shifting or becoming detached.

What can veneers fix about my smile?

Veneers cover any gaps, cracks, or damage on your teeth, giving you a straight and flawless smile. Dental issues such as unevenness, chips, severe staining, or visible decay will be concealed.

Veneers have the added benefit of repelling stains from food and beverages like coffee and red wine, meaning your smile will look whiter and brighter.

With veneers from our Springfield IL office, you might also find it easier to eat and brush your teeth, with the cumbersome spaces or damaged surfaces affecting your smile remedied.

How do I care for dental veneers?

Dental veneers are cared for just as you would your natural teeth. You will need to brush thoroughly, floss, and visit our Springfield IL office for regular deep cleanings and exams. While veneers are strong, they can be damaged, so you should avoid biting hard objects or eating especially sticky foods.

Get ready to flash your smile again with the help of veneers. Call Dr. John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield IL today at 217-546-8330.

January 23, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: veneers  

Get the smile you’ve always wanted in just two trips to the dentist’s office.

With the start of a New Year, many people start thinking of ways to revamp their appearances and improve their confidence. If you are dealing with discolored, misshapen or slightly crooked teeth then you may be wondering how our Springfield, IL dentist Dr. John Luker can help. Luker Dental Care offers a wide range of cosmetic options, and one of the most popular options is dental veneers.

What are dental veneers?

A veneer is a custom-fitted shell often made from porcelain that covers the front of your teeth and creates a new outer surface for the tooth that improves its appearance while also hiding the tooth’s flaws. Veneers are bonded directly to the front of the tooth to cover imperfections and also to alter the overall length, shape, color and alignment of your teeth.

What are some of the ways that veneers can improve smiles?

Just by bonding these thin porcelain shells to your teeth our Springfield dentist can enhance your look permanently so that you finally have the smile you’ve always wanted. Here are just some of the ways veneers can fix your smile,

Close up gaps

If you find that there are small gaps between teeth, particularly front teeth, then you may feel a little self-conscious about smiling. While you might assume that the only option is braces, you’ll be happy to hear that veneers can cover up gaps to make your smile appear more aligned without ever needing orthodontic treatment.

Get a more radiant smile

Internal stains may be caused by certain medications such as antibiotics or exposure to too much fluoride. Whatever the case may be, veneers can provide you with the whiter smile you want.

Hide cracks, chips and other imperfections

While teeth are very durable even injury or eating very hard foods can lead to chips and cracks. If the crack or chip is superficial enough that it isn’t actually impacting the health and functionality of the tooth then a veneer can be used to hide these imperfections while also providing an added layer of support for the tooth. Veneers even have the ability to alter the shape and size of misshapen or worn teeth.

Are you ready to reap the benefits of a beautiful smile? If you want to learn more about veneers and whether they are right for you then call Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, at (217) 546-8330 to schedule a consultation.