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



Posts for tag: restorative dentistry

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.

By Luker Dental Care
March 09, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

How dental implants from your dentist in Springfield, Illinois can complete your smiledental implants

Are you hiding your smile because of missing teeth? Are you embarrassed by the gaps in your smile? If your self-esteem and self-confidence are suffering because you’ve lost a few teeth, it’s time to close the gaps and get your smile back with dental implants! Dr. John Luker at Luker Dental Care in Springfield, Illinois wants to share how dental implants can help you and your smile.

Dental implants are the high-tech solution to achieving a beautiful, complete smile. They can replace a single or multiple missing teeth, filling in the gaps from lost teeth. If you’ve worn dentures for a long time, you’ve probably experienced a loose denture, a few reline procedures, and discomfort. The good news is you can replace a worn out denture with implant supported dentures.

People love dental implants because they are:

  • Stable because they are firmly surrounded by bone and won’t move around the way dental appliances sometimes can
  • Beautifully natural-looking because the dental implant crown is made of high-tech ceramic that reflects light, just like your natural teeth
  • Convenient because you brush and floss the implants just like natural teeth

Dental implants are the most successful surgical implant, with success rates over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Another great benefit of dental implants is they help to conserve jawbone strength.

Dental implants are made of titanium, a unique, biocompatible material that fuses with bone. The dental implant is inserted during a simple in-office procedure. Over a healing period, bone fills in and locks the implant in place permanently. After the implant area has healed, your implant is capped with a beautiful implant crown.

You deserve a complete smile, a smile without embarrassing gaps between your teeth. Now, you can restore your smile beautifully with dental implants. For more information about dental implants and other restorative and cosmetic dental services call Dr. John Luker at Luker Dental Care in Springfield, Illinois today!

By Luker Dental Care
April 27, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Are you unhappy with the way your smile changed after you lost a tooth? Whether you lost the tooth due to decay, gum disease or an dental implantsinjury, the effect on your smile is the same. Fortunately, dental implants can make your smile whole again. Dr. John Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, explains a few reasons that you'll want to consider dental implants when you're evaluating your tooth replacement options.

Dental implants offer superior comfort

Dentures can slip and slide in your mouth if they don't fit well. When this happens, you may experience irritation that makes it difficult to eat comfortably. Because dental implants are firmly rooted in your jawbone, they don't move when you bite and chew.

Implants prevent bone loss

Since so many parts of your body are dependent on each other, it's no surprise that your jawbone benefits from the pressure exerted by your tooth roots. Without that constant pressure, the bone begins to recede and weaken. Eventually, the bone may be unable to support your remaining teeth, and they might begin to loosen. A strong jawbone also plays an important role in your appearance. When the bone begins to recede, your facial muscles may sag and your chin might protrude, making you look significantly older.

Dental implants are a good choice for most people

Dental implants can replace any number of missing teeth. They're an excellent choice if you've lost a single tooth. If several teeth are missing, two or more implants can anchor a bridge or implant-supported denture. Dr. Luker will evaluate the condition of your jaw and mouth when you visit his Springfield office. Generally, people who are free of gum disease or other oral health conditions are good candidates. Smoking and diseases that slow healing may prevent you from getting implants.

The depth of your jawbone is one of the most important factors in the success of dental implants. The implant, a screw-like post bonds to your jawbone and supports an artificial tooth called a crown. When the jawbone is too shallow, it will be unable to adequately support the implant. Luckily, deepening your jawbone is often possible with bone grafts.

Are you ready to restore your smile with dental implants? Call Dr. Luker of Luker Dental Care in Springfield, IL, at (217) 546-8330 to schedule your appointment.

They may be one of the oldest dental treatments on record, but crowns and bridges remain a dentist's go-to restoration for a reason. dental crowns, dental bridgesFrom cosmetic to general dentistry issues like stained, cracked or severely decayed teeth, crowns are the great dental multitaskers - they help to keep teeth strong and beautiful with one solution. Dr. John Luker, a dentist in Springfield, IL, recommends crown restorations for common dental problems like:

  • To save a tooth from potential extraction when most of the tooth is lost to cavities and severe tooth decay
  • To restore a broken or fractured tooth
  • To seal a tooth after a root canal treatment
  • To cover stains and discolorations that can't be removed with professional teeth whitening treatments
  • To replace a missing tooth as part of a dental bridge
  • To complete a dental implant

Dental Restorations in Springfield, IL

The teeth are subjected to consistent pressure and wear and tear on a daily basis, even with the best oral hygiene habits. This can take a toll on the both the cosmetic and functional aspects of a smile. Crowns can help make a faded, damaged and weak set of teeth look like new, without an investment in major dental work. When it comes to cosmetic smile enhancements, dentists focus on a few key factors: color, size, shape, spacing and alignment. A crown, which fits over a damaged tooth like a cap, or as part of a bridge to replace a missing tooth, is like getting a new set of teeth, without drastically altering or changing the look and feel of the natural tooth. Crowns are also used to strengthen damaged teeth weakened by trauma or infections.

Find a Dentist in Springfield, IL

Breaking, chipping, or losing a tooth or two may not always be preventable, but living with a damaged smile is optional. A simple crown restoration can help to improve your smile and manage the negative effects of living with tooth loss. For more information, contact Luker Dental Care by calling (217) 546-8330 to request an appointment with Dr. Luker today.