A Renowned Implantologist

Offering Life-Changing Dental Implants

A Renowned Implantologist
Offering Life-Changing Dental Care

Dr. E. Richard Hughes

A Highly Trained Implantologist and Comprehensive Dentist

Dr. E. Richard Hughes has been practicing dentistry for over three decades. Since founding his practice in 1987, Dr. Hughes’s extensive training and dedication to individualized care have earned him an excellent reputation as the preferred dentist for dental implants in Sterling, Reston, Ashburn, and other communities throughout Loudoun County, VA.

Dr. Hughes has a number of impressive credentials and memberships. He is one of only 500 dentists to receive the distinction of Diplomate with the American Board of Oral Implantology. Additionally, he is:

  • Board Examiner, American Board of Oral Implantology
  • Fellow, American Academy of Implant Dentistry  
  • Fellow, American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics 

Dr. Hughes has appeared as a guest, lecturer, and consultant on implant dentistry for various national and international media outlets. He has also testified before the Food and Drug Administration for the reclassification of Blade Implants, a type of dental implants.

Dr. Hughes

Notable Affiliations


We Put Patients First

Discover What Our Practice Is All About…

Listen as Dr. Hughes describes his approach to dentistry, dental implants and patient-focused dental care…

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Prepare for Your Visit

To help the dentist and staff get to know you before your appointment, we encourage you to download, print, and fill out our patient forms.    
Patient Information | Medical History
Implant Questionnaire | Sleep Apnea Questionnaire

“The Best Dentist I’ve Ever Had…”

5-Star Reviews

Chris M.

Dr Hughes has been my dentist for 15+ years. I wouldn’t go anywhere else. I have had implants, crowns, cavities, general cleanings and xrays done at his facility. Top of the line care. His staff is understanding and professional. Dr Hughes is extremely knowledgeable, answering every question I have, addressing concerns and giving me piece of mind with the care of my teeth. I would highly recommend his office.

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Holden Blackmer

I’ve had anxiety over dentists since I was a kid and Dr. Hughes is hands down the best dentist I’ve ever had. He never makes you feel like you’re just another patient, but instead makes you feel comfortable and at ease to play PlayFortuna Casino. He explains procedures beforehand and takes the time to educate you on what is going on in your mouth. The office staff are equally amazing and are warm and welcoming from the second you walk in. I wish I had stumbled upon this practice years ago and would highly recommend him to anyone.

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From routine dental exams to advanced restorative dentistry, your entire family can benefit from our high-quality care and life-changing results.

For Dr. Hughes, dentistry is more than a profession. Dr. Hughes knew dentistry was his calling at a young age after watching his grandfather help others as a dentist. He finds the profession highly rewarding and strives to treat everyone with the same level of personalized care. Dr. Hughes’s patients appreciate his thorough, compassionate approach and continually return to our practice for their dental needs.

Are you ready to experience a higher quality of care for your dental implants? You can schedule an appointment at our Sterling, VA, office today by contacting us online or calling:

(703) 444-1152

Advanced Procedures Offered by Dr. Hughes

Dr. Hughes is a renowned implant dentist who offers state-of-the-art dental care for patients in Sterling, Reston, Ashburn, and other communities throughout Loudoun County, Virginia. Some of our most popular services include…

Dental Implants

Dental Crowns

Dental Bridges

Cosmetic Dentistry


Root Canals

Our Mission

To Provide A Superior Dental Experience

Dr. Hughes is committed to respectful, personalized dental care. Along with his entire staff, our dentist provides treatment in a comfortable, welcoming environment.
– E. Richard Hughes, DDS

Committed to Your Comfort

Dr. Hughes understands that dental anxiety is a very real obstacle for some people. To help you overcome your fears and achieve optimal health, he offers:

Sedation Options

We offer effective oral sedation and nitrous oxide to help you achieve maximum comfort throughout the duration of your dental appointment.

Comforting Environment

Our cozy office is complete with headphones, magazines, and other amenities to keep you entertained during your visit.

Precise Approach

Due to our years of experience and our gentle approach, most patients experience very little or no discomfort at all during dental procedures.

Fotona LightWalker Laser

Precision, Comfort, & Faster Healing

Our newly acquired dental laser has versatile applications and can be used for periodontal care, restorative treatments, cosmetic dentistry, and facial cosmetic procedures. With the Fotona LightWalker® laser, we can offer:

  • Increased comfort 
  • Shorter recovery time 
  • Expedited procedure time 
  • No incisions 

You can learn more about the benefits of laser dentistry during your consultation at E. Richard Hughes, DDS in Sterling, VA.

Dr. Hughes Is a Top Implantologist

He Can Restore Your Smile with Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth, consider restoring your smile with state-of-the-art dental implants. Implants are threaded titanium posts designed to replace tooth roots and prevent bone recession after tooth loss. Depending on how many teeth you are missing, they can support dental crowns, dental bridges, and dentures.

Wondering if dental implants can work for you? Contact Dr. Hughes. He has been placing implants for over 20 years and is an authority in the field of implant dentistry. He uses the latest materials and advanced technology to help Sterling, VA, patients experience the many benefits of implants. These include…

Natural Look and Feel

Our dentist custom designs implant-supported restorations to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth. Implant-supported restorations are permanently attached to your implants, so they will look and feel like a natural part of your smile.

Maximum Stability and Longevity

Implants secure crowns, bridges, and dentures to the jawbone, so your restoration will stay put while you speak and chew. While your implant-supported restoration will need to be replaced every ten years or so, the titanium posts themselves can last a lifetime.

Better Oral Health

Dental implants are the only dental treatment designed to stop bone loss. Just like tooth roots, these titanium posts stimulate the jawbone, prevent bone recession, and keep your jawline intact.

Five Stars!

“My experience with Dr. Hughes has been amazing. He is a straight-forward dentist. Thank you Dr. Hughes for all that you do.”
– Pamela Frye

Implants Can Make a Dramatic Difference View One of Our before & after Cases

View One of Our before & after Cases

This patient came to our Sterling, VA, practice with widespread tooth loss. Our dentist treated this individual with custom-designed implant-supported dentures.

Before — Losing most of your teeth can undermine oral health.

After — Dental implants can completely restore your smile.

Flexible Payment Options

We Work with Your Budget

Credit Cards

We accept most major credit card including Visa, MasterCard, Discover,and American Express.

Patient Financing

We work with your financial situation and can arrange an in-house payment plan that suits your needs and budget.


We accept financing through CareCredit®, a third-party lender that offers low-interest financing options.

Certified in Dental CT

How We Use Computed Tomography

Dr. Hughes is the only dentist in the state of Virginia certified to perform dental computed tomography (CT). Compared to traditional 2-D x-rays, 3-D CT scans produce detailed images of your teeth, jawbone, and facial structures in a single scan without exposing you to harmful radiation. These images are extremely helpful in diagnosing oral conditions in their earliest stages in PlayFortuna. CT technology can also improve the success of oral surgery, allowing the dentist to take highly detailed digital images of the mouth to better plan and execute complicated procedures.

Our Sterling, VA, dentist utilizes the advanced VATECH PaX-i imaging system to capture high-quality panoramic views of the teeth and their surrounding structures. ​​Our innovative technology makes dental work safer and more efficient, keeping our patients happy and healthy.

Authored by Dr. Hughes

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