John D. Luker, DDS
997 Clocktower Drive
Springfield, Illinois 62704
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By Luker Dental Care
March 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Cosmetic dentistry is the concentration of aesthetic dental procedures that aim to repair defects with the ultimate goal of restoring a beautiful smile. Here at Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, your dentist, Dr. John Luker, treats a variety of issues like a malformed bite, crooked teeth, and discolored teeth, with these different aesthetic treatments—read on to learn more.

What Does Cosmetic Dentistry Fix?

Your cosmetic dentist corrects a variety of dental problems such as:

  • misshaped or crooked teeth
  • discolored or stained teeth
  • chipped, fractured, cracked, or missing teeth
  • teeth that are too long or short
  • dental gaps

Some of the More Common Procedures Include:

  • Bonding: This cosmetic procedure applies tooth-colored composite resin material on your teeth to improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, have gaps, or need their color changed.

  • Contouring and Reshaping: Dental contouring is a treatment that reshapes problematic teeth. During this procedure, your dentist removes small amounts of tooth enamel to manipulate the shape, length, or surface of teeth that need improvement.

  • Veneers: During this treatment, your Springfield dentist cements wafer-thin porcelain material on to the front of your smile. These strong translucent veneers blend in naturally with your smile, resistant staining, and correct unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped, or discolored teeth.

  • Whitening and Bleaching: Dr. Luker offers take-home whitening kits that can easily fit into your busy schedule. In just a few weeks of these treatments, your teeth will be a number of shades whiter than they were before.

Do You Need to Consult a Dentist?

There are many cosmetic procedures to choose from, it's just a matter of deciding which is right for you. For more information about what you need and what cosmetic dentistry can do for you, call Dr. John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, today by dialing (217) 546-8330.


Although we begin our New Year's resolutions with high hopes, many of them fall by the wayside by the end of January. It simply takes tremendous willpower to lose weight or exercise more. So to improve your resolution success rate, why not throw in some with a little more zing, like trying every item on the menu at your favorite restaurant or learning a new magic trick every month? Or how about this one: Resolve to do four things this year to change your smile.

Okay, it doesn't have to be exactly four. But we just happen to have four suggestions—one for each quarter of the new year—that can make your smile the best it can be in 2020.

Brighten up your smile. A professional whitening procedure can improve a stained, dingy smile. Our advanced bleaching techniques give your teeth that brighter look that could last for years with proper care and regular touchups. We can also control the level of whiteness to give your teeth a softer natural look or one that's dazzling bright.

Fix a chipped tooth with bonding. You may have a great smile, except for that one tooth that's missing a little piece. We can repair minor chips and other defects with composite resin material bonded directly to the tooth. Composite resin can be color-matched and shaped to fit the tooth being repaired so that it looks completely natural. Best of all, we can transform your tooth's appearance in just one visit.

Gain a new look with veneers. If you have one or more teeth with mild to moderate chipping, staining or misalignment, dental veneers could change their appearance altogether. These thin wafers of dental porcelain are bonded to the front of teeth to permanently mask imperfections. They're so lifelike, others will have a hard time telling the difference between your teeth with veneers and those without.

Straighten your smile. It's never too late to have a crooked smile straightened. And you might not even have to wear braces: Clear aligners are computer-generated plastic trays worn in sequence to straighten teeth. They're removable, so you can take them out to eat or clean your teeth. Best of all, they're hardly noticeable—and they can give you a more attractive smile.

These and other cosmetic treatments are relatively easy ways to make a big impact on your appearance. Be resolved, then, that with a little help from us this can be the year you'll gain a more attractive smile through the art of dentistry.

If you would like more information about smile enhancements, please contact us or schedule an appointment. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Cosmetic Dentistry: A Time for Change” and “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”

By Luker Dental Care
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersDo you feel comfortable with how your smile looks? If the answer is no, you could join the millions of Americans who have improved their personal appearance and self-confidence with lifelike porcelain veneers. Also called dental laminates, these translucent shells of high-grade ceramic completely camouflage laws in tooth enamel so you look and feel great. At Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL your dentist, Dr. John Luker, can give you all the details on this outstanding cosmetic dentistry treatment.

Porcelain veneers freshen up smiles

Tooth-shaped and naturally colored, porcelain veneers disguise defects which detract from your smile appearance. Because your Springfield dentist bonds them permanently in place, veneers add a good measure of resiliency as well.

Common dental flaws addressed by laminates include:

  • Deep stains from fluorosis (excessive fluoride exposure), tobacco or some prescription drugs
  • Discoloration from oral trauma or root canal therapy
  • Cracks
  • Chips
  • Craze lines
  • Pitting
  • Small gaps and mild crowding
  • Odd shape and size

In general, veneers transform healthy but flawed, teeth. Dr. Luker customizes veneers so they compliment a patients facial features, smile width and more.
Can you receive porcelain veneers?
You and Dr. Luker will decide what cosmetic services would benefit your smile. Both your teeth and your gums must be healthy to receive veneers.
In addition, you must be willing to undergo some minor enamel resurfacing which allows for proper placement and fit of your veneers. This simple process needs only local anesthetic.
Finally, if you conscientiously take care of your teeth--brushing twice a day and flossing daily as the American Dental Association recommends--you'll do well with veneers. Of course, six-month cleanings and examinations at Luker Dental Care extends veneer life, too. Most quality porcelain veneers stay in place and look true to life for 10 to 20 years, says the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.
Change your smile for the better
Come to Luker Dental Care for your personalized cosmetic dentistry consultation. Learn your options for a renewed smile, and be sure to ask about stunning porcelain veneers. Phone the office at (217) 546-8330.


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.