John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
(217) 546-8330



Posts for: June, 2017


There are a lot of ways to improve the appearance of your teeth. Some methods can be quite involved like crowns or bridgework, which require extensive alteration of teeth to accommodate them.

Other methods, though, can achieve stunning results with less tooth reduction or alteration to your teeth. Porcelain veneers are one such alternative that literally puts a new face on your teeth. A dental veneer is a thin layer of restorative material (usually porcelain) that is bonded to the outside of a tooth to cover blemishes. They’re an excellent choice for dealing with otherwise healthy teeth with mild to moderate chipping, wearing, staining or slight misalignment.

Veneers can be fashioned to match the shape and texture of the prepared tooth, as well as coloring that blends with neighboring teeth. They’re created by skilled dental lab technicians who use porcelain powder mixed with water to create layers of pliable porcelain laminated together to achieve the appropriate thickness and shape. The veneer is then oven-fired to produce a strong, durable product.

Their use in various dental situations does require some tooth preparation, though normally not as much as other restorative measures — usually no more than 0.5 mm of surface enamel. Removing this small amount will ensure the veneer doesn’t look too thick and bulky once bonded to the tooth.

There are some situations, though, where veneers aren’t the best choice: because they’re mainly a cosmetic solution, they can’t remedy problems like poor tooth position and bite or large discrepancies in root position. And teeth that are heavily decayed may require more extensive dental work to repair and preserve them.

In the right situation, though, veneers can make a huge difference to your smile and last for years, as long as you practice effective oral hygiene and don’t subject them to abnormal biting force (no cracking hard shell nuts with them — they can shatter). In skilled hands, veneers can transform your teeth from embarrassing to dazzling.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Smile Design Enhanced with Porcelain Veneers.”

It’s time that you felt proud of your smile, and we can help make that possible.teeth whitening

Do you wish that you could smile without feeling self-conscious about your appearance? Do you want to feel assured that when you smile, the only thing people will notice is a radiant, dazzling smile? If so, our Springfield, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Luker, is here to provide you with the answer you’ve been looking for to getting the smile of your dreams.

You want to get rid of dental stains

Have years of coffee drinking or smoking left you with some pretty nasty discolorations? If so, this is easily something our Springfield dentist can handle. Most people can benefit from professional teeth whitening. You’ll see a major difference in how vibrant your smile is.

Of course, if you have internal stains (often caused by trauma to the tooth) then teeth whitening might not be able to lighten these discolorations. Don’t despair! Dental bonding or dental veneers could easily cover these discolorations.

Chips and cracks embarrass you

Little imperfections like this may actually seem like a pretty big deal to you. If it’s keeping you from smiling in public, then cosmetic dentistry is something you should strongly consider. The procedure we choose will really depend on the extent of the chips or cracks. In more minor cases, we can buff away the chip and then cover and reshape the tooth with dental bonding. In more serious cases, we can cover the tooth with dental veneers, thin custom-made porcelain shells.

You hate those gaps left over by missing teeth

You never expected tooth loss to happen to you but you desperately want to get a full smile back. This isn’t out of the realm of possibility. In fact, dental implants provide you with a restoration that is as close as you can possibly get to a real tooth. Since surgery is necessary to place the implant, we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough to undergo this extensive procedure.

Are you ready to turn your smile around for the better? If so, the next step is to call Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, to schedule your cosmetic consultation. Let us help you get the smile you’ve always wanted.


As a member of the best-selling pop group Spice Girls, Mel C (AKA Sporty Spice) enjoyed her share of musical superstardom. At the band’s peak in the Nineties, the young singer’s signature look featured baggy sweatpants, an assortment of tattoos, a nose stud and a gold-capped incisor, front and center in her mouth. Today, Melanie Chisholm is still singing — but now she’s a mom, an amateur triathlete… and that gold tooth is just a memory. Not only that, her smile looks more evenly spaced and whiter than it did when she was referred to as the “tomboy” of the group.

What happened? In our view, it all boils down to changing tastes — plus a little bit of help from dental professionals. As the “wannabe” singer proves, there’s no single standard when it comes to making your teeth look their best. Your own look is unique to you — and your smile can reflect that individuality.

For example, crowns (caps) are substantial coverings that may be placed on teeth when they are being restored. They are available in three types: gold, all-porcelain, or porcelain-fused-to-metal. The latter two are tooth-colored, while the gold is — well, shiny like gold bling. Which one is right for you? In many cases, it’s your choice.

Likewise, dental veneers — wafer-thin shells that can correct cosmetic issues by covering the surface of your teeth — can be made in a variety of shades. Their hues may range from natural ivory to Hollywood white, and everything in between. What’s the best color for you? Only you can say.

Some people opt for a “smile makeover” that uses small irregularities in the spacing and color of teeth to create a more “natural” look. Other folks want a perfectly even, brilliant white smile that dazzles the eye. Still others are looking to match or restore the smile they once had — perhaps even re-creating a signature gap between the teeth. As long as there are no other dental issues involved, the choice is yours.

So if you’re unhappy with your smile — or if you feel it doesn’t reflect the person you “wannabe” — why not talk to us about a smile makeover? Just call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”