John D. Luker, DDS
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Springfield, Illinois 62704
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Congratulations—you’re engaged! It’s a stupendous (and hectic) time in your life as you plan your upcoming wedding.

You want to look your best for the big day—which means you may be dieting, exercising or making changes to your hairstyle and makeup. Be sure, though, to consider another important part of your appearance—your teeth and gums. Here are a few options that could help your wedding day smile shine even more.

Cleanings and whitening. While dental cleanings are primarily about removing disease-causing plaque and tartar they can also give your teeth that clean and polished look. And if you want an extra boost in brightness, consider whitening—we may be able to lighten up your teeth’s stain-induced dullness.

Bonding. If your teeth have slight imperfections—chipping, slight gaps or staining that doesn’t respond well to whitening, consider bonding techniques to repair or cover these defects. Composite resin is a dental material that can be shaped and bonded to teeth to reform a deformed tooth—and with color matching as well. For more extensive defects you can cover the front of imperfect teeth with bonded porcelain veneers or completely cap a tooth with a custom crown.

Tooth restorations. If you have missing teeth marring your smile, you have several options. The top choice: dental implants, which replaces the root of the tooth and will be able to have a crown attached to it. An implant can thus restore both better function and appearance. For more affordable options, you can also turn to fixed bridges or removable dentures. The latter can be custom designed to replace all the teeth on a jaw arch or just a few in different locations.

Gum enhancements. Teeth aren’t the only part of your smile that might need a helpful touch—your gums’ appearance might also be a problem. There are cosmetic procedures including plastic surgery and tissue grafting that can help correct overly prominent “gummy” smiles or, at the other end of the spectrum, longer appearing teeth because of gum recession.

Orthodontics. If you have extended time before the wedding date, we may be able to correct crooked teeth or a poor bite (malocclusion) that’s adversely impacting your smile. In some cases, you may be able to choose clear aligners, removable plastic trays that are hardly noticeable to others, over more visible braces to correct your bite.

If you would like more information on cosmetic dentistry for lifetime events, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Luker Dental Care
July 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic DentistryMost people have at least one thing they wish to change or improve about their smile. Whether it is specific damage like a cracked, chipped, or missing tooth, or general cosmetic improvements like closing gaps or changing the size and shape of the teeth, a new and improved smile can be as little as a dental appointment away. Dr. John Luker, a dentist in Springfield, IL, offers several options to help you get the smile you want.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Springfield, IL

First things first: an attractive smile is a healthy smile. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a dental exam and professional cleaning every six months to help keep your teeth and gums healthy, and to catch common oral health problems like tooth decay and gum disease early enough to prevent long term damage.

Types of Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

There are several treatments available for all types of cosmetic damage. In some cases, treatments overlap and serve as both a cosmetic and restorative treatment for issues like tooth loss, which affect the cosmetic aspect of your smile as well as your oral health.

The most common cosmetic dentistry treatments include:

  • Bonding
  • Cosmetic contouring and reshaping
  • Dental veneers
  • Professional whitening and bleaching (stronger and more effective than over the counter products)
  • Dental implants
  • Crowns and bridgework

What Can Cosmetic Dentistry Do?

Treatments like bonding and veneers can change the size, shape, and color of damaged or less than perfect teeth. Dental implants and crowns and bridgework replace missing teeth, improving your smile, oral and general health, and overall quality of life in the process. If your teeth are in pretty good shape but have become stained and discolored from food and drink or the normal aging process, a professional whitening treatment can deliver dramatic results in a short amount of time.

Find a Cosmetic Dentist in Springfield, IL

To learn more about the cosmetic dentistry options available to you, contact Luker Dental Care by calling (217) 546-8330 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Luker today.


At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!

Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”

We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:

Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.

Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.

Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!

If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”

Is your smile ideal for one of these simple cosmetic treatments?cosmetic dentistry

Sometimes you have a small chip in your tooth from crunching down on something too hard or you have a tiny gap between your teeth that bugs you because food often gets trapped in it. If you are dealing with these issues they may seem rather small compared to many dental problems people have, but if the issue bothers you then it’s certainly not something to ignore. With simple procedures like bonding and contouring, our Springfield, IL, cosmetic dentist Dr. John Luker can help improve the shape, size or color of one or more teeth.

What is dental bonding?

The same tooth-colored resin that’s used to restore a tooth after a cavity can also be used for cosmetic purposes, too. By applying this moldable material over problem areas, we can immediately mask them with this simple non-invasive procedure. The bonding resin is even matched to the shade of your tooth beforehand to ensure that it will blend right in.

From there, the bonding resin is shaped and hardened into place with a dental light. The procedure takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour for one tooth. The procedure is an easy way to improve the shape, size or color of a tooth.

What is cosmetic contouring?

Contouring and bonding often go hand in hand. During cosmetic contouring our Springfield, IL, dentist will painlessly remove a minor amount of enamel from one or more teeth to improve its size or shape.

What dental problems can bonding and contouring address?

Bonding is a great option for someone who is dealing with uneven teeth, gaps between teeth or small chips, cracks and discolorations. If these imperfections are minor then this treatment may be all you need to improve the appearance of a tooth.

Cosmetic contouring is a great option if you have teeth that overlap a bit, if you have teeth that are a little jagged or uneven, or if you have teeth that are too pointy. Bonding and contouring may even be used together to enhance your smile.

If you are ready to find out how bonding and cosmetic contouring can help you, then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with our Springfield, IL, family dentist. Call Luker Dental Care today!

By Luker Dental Care
August 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   veneers  

These simple tooth-colored restorations could make all the difference for your smile.veneers

If you find yourself becoming jealous of other people’s smiles then you may wish that you had a smile that was straighter, whiter or just more attractive in general. You know that simple cosmetic options like dental bonding or teeth whitening just won’t cut it, but our Springfield, IL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. John Luker, is here to tell you just how dental veneers could possibly be the restoration you’ve been looking for.

What are dental veneers?

These high-quality porcelain shells are custom-made to cover over a tooth and are bonded to the front surface of one or more teeth to transform your smile and alter its shape, size, length or color. Veneers may be a great option for you if you are dealing with:

  • Cracked, chipped or broken teeth
  • Discolorations or severe stains
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor misalignments and crookedness
  • Malformed, misshapen or worn down teeth

There are so many different ways that getting dental veneers in Springfield can truly makeover your smile, from making your smile significantly whiter to finally getting you the straight smile you want.

What are the benefits of dental veneers?

If you are someone who wants to give your smile a cosmetic boost without having to go through invasive dentistry then veneers may be the best option. Consider dental crowns, for example. In order to get a crown, your natural tooth has to be reshaped in order to accommodate the restoration.

By getting veneers instead, most of your natural tooth structure remains intact. While our dentist will need to shave down a little bit of enamel from the front of your teeth before you can get veneers, this tooth modification is very minimal and can be a great alternative to getting crowns.

Veneers are also custom-made to fit your smile so you know that you’ll get a beautiful, natural-looking restoration. Porcelain veneers even offer the same light reflection and translucency that natural tooth enamel does, so no one will be able to tell that you have veneers. All they will notice is your beautiful smile.

It’s never too late to get the smile you want. Turn to Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, to schedule your consultation. Let us show you what porcelain veneers can do for your smile.