By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
July 21, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Losing a tooth weakens and eventually degrades your jawbone. Here at the dental office of Dr. Ernest Skraggs in Radcliff, KY, we use dental implants to help stop the alarming condition of your oral health brought on by tooth loss. But why consider dental implants over other procedures?

Why Say Yes To Dental Implants

Among all restorative dental procedures, it is only with dental implants that the original tooth root is replaced. This translates to having a permanent and stronger replacement tooth that’s almost the same quality as your natural teeth. Besides this, however, implants also offer these vital benefits:

Stop Teeth from Shifting

Because the gap left by the lost tooth will be adequately filled, the remaining natural teeth will not shift from their original place. This means that you can avoid some dental complications and allow you to clean and care for your teeth easier.

Save Your Jawbone

The health of your jawbone depends on the stimulation it receives from the tooth root. If there is no tooth root to stimulate it, its strength will deteriorate. The implant is embedded into the jawbone where it will eventually fuse to mimic the tooth root of your natural teeth.

Prevent Unnecessary Complications

Dental implants are the closest thing you can have to grow a natural tooth again. The great thing with dental implants is that aside from being a strong and permanent solution, it could likewise support as much as a full arch of prosthetic teeth with just four implants.

Maintain Your Appearance

Since there wouldn’t be many changes that will happen in your mouth, its structure would virtually remain untouched. This means that the rest of your natural teeth retain their health and the bones supporting your face are intact. Dental implants will help you avoid that sunken face appearance that is common among people who lose teeth. Thus, you will not look older but quite possibly even look better because of your natural-looking tooth replacement.

If you aren’t quite convinced with these reasons and still not sure if you want to consider dental implants, talk to your dentist in Radcliff Dr. Skraggs, to learn more.

Find Out How You Too Can Benefit from Dental Implants. Call Us

Reach out to us by calling (270) 351-3265 and arrange a visit with Dr. Ernest Skraggs in our Radcliff, KY, dental office.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
June 05, 2020
Category: Dental/Oral Care

Established early in life, good oral hygiene habits keep kids smiling. As a parent, model and teach daily tooth and gum care, using tipschildren's oral hygiene from your family dentist in Radcliff, KY, Dr. Ernest Skaggs. You'll be so happy you did.

Tooth decay is the problem

It's the number one chronic health issue among American children, says the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), surpassing even asthma and allergies. However, dental and gingival improve with diet, tooth brushing, and flossing, avoiding long-term damage.

Teaching your child

Here's how to do it:

  • Starting when that first baby tooth erupts, wipe little teeth, and gums with a clean 4x4 daily. Advance to a small, soft brush and a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste by age three or when your child is able to rinse and spit.
  • Time twice-daily brushing. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends two minutes two times a day. Sing a song for really young kids as they brush, or time them on your phone.
  • Flossing removes interdental plaque. When teeth begin to be tightly spaced, floss your child's teeth using strand floss, y-flossers, or interdental brushes. As your child grows, have him or her be independent on flossing and brushing, but supervise until age 10.
  • Offer a low-sugar, low-carb diet high in fiber and low-fat dairy and proteins. Several servings of fruits and vegetables are must-haves, as is good hydration.
  • Be sure your young athlete wears a mouth guard for sports.
  • Visit your family dentist in his Radcliff, KY, office, as soon as the first baby tooth arrives and every six months after that.

At the dental office

Routine in-office care with Dr. Skaggs and his team is a good habit, too. Your child will learn that dental check-ups are easy and fun. The hygienist does a gentle scaling and polishing and takes x-rays according to a set schedule. Dr. Skaggs checks for tooth decay, gum problems, dental eruption, and jaw development. Most importantly, your family dentist treats his young patients with kindness and care which builds a lasting relationship.

Contact us

Let your family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, and his dedicated staff partner with you in keeping your child's smile beautiful and strong. We look forward to serving your own oral health needs, too. Call us at our Radcliff, KY, office: (270) 531-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
April 28, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental crowns  

Dental crowns are often known for their relation to implants, as attachments that are screwed onto a metal post as a substitute tooth, dental crownsbut they also have a variety of other applications. For instance, if you have a tooth damaged or decayed beyond repair with a filling, family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff, KY, may be able to fix a crown onto it, restoring the tooth’s strength and look.

More About Crowns

Crowns are porcelain caps that envelope the visible end of the tooth. Basically, everything above the gumline. They are made to replicate the stability and aesthetic nature of your original tooth, and are typically installed after a procedure, like a root canal. They can be attached to bridges, to replace a section of teeth, or fixed onto implants, but crowns can also be used to cover up damaged teeth. Depending on the type of damage, your family dentist will consider if a crown is the best course of treatment at his Radcliff office.

What are crowns used for?

  • Dental Crowns can be placed on a cracked tooth as a protective shell that splints the tooth, while functioning as an ordinary tooth on the outside.
  • They can cover a decayed or broken tooth, effectively replacing the tooth, without the need for extraction as the base is secure.
  • They may also serve as a cover for discolored or misshapen teeth and implants.

The Procedure

Teeth in need of a restoration are shaved down or reduced, an impression of the tooth is taken and a crown is custom made in a lab to fit over the original tooth. The crown is then cemented and, viola, you're done.

Want to learn more crowns?

Dental crowns are versatile attachments that can repair teeth. Dr. Skaggs, your Radcliff, KY, family dentist, has the experience needed to accommodate you. Learn more about available treatments, call (270) 351-3265 to book an appointment today. We understand patients may have concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We have procedures in place in the office to provide the best service possible to our patients while reducing any risk of infection and to make sure we have a safe dental practice. Your health and safety are our main priorities. We are willing, able and ready to continue taking care of your dental needs in a safe and effective manner and in a SAFE environment.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
March 24, 2020
Category: Dental/Oral Care
Tags: Dental Care  

The Basics on Pediatric Dental Care

Just as your child needs regular checkups and examinations with their doctor, kids from toddler to teen also require consistent trips to the dentist. Oral health plays a role in whole body health, and getting an early start on dental hygiene is crucial for keeping your child on track for a lifetime of strong, clean teeth.

Family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff offers complete pediatric dental care for your child, starting at the time their first teeth come in all the way through adulthood. Here is what your family dentist at our office can do for your child:

Infant oral health exams: When your child starts developing teeth, generally around six months of age, your family dentist will check the overall health of the teeth and provide you instruction on how to brush your infant's teeth properly. As more of your child's teeth come in, your family dentist can talk to you about how a pacifier or thumb sucking can negatively affect your child's teeth, and provide tips for weaning them off those habits.

Toddler oral health exams: Once your child has all their teeth, your family dentist at our Radcliff office will perform more thorough cleanings during your visit, likely including a flouride application. Your family dentist will also help your child learn good brushing habits.

Preventative dental care for all ages: At our Radcliff office, we are equipped to perform cleanings on patients of all ages, and recommend your child comes in every six months for an examination and polishing. During these visits we will also check for any decay, cavities, dental defects, or issues with tooth spacing or alignment.

Restorative dental care for all ages: Your family dentist can fill cavities and fix chips or cracks in your child's teeth. At our office, we also offer braces, retainers, and other implements if your child's permanent teeth are overcrowded, poorly spaced or crooked.

Good dental hygiene starts with the first tooth. Schedule an appointment for your child with a family dentist at our Radcliff, KY, office today by calling (270) 351-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
January 09, 2020
Category: Family Dentistry
Tags: Family Dentistry  

A family dentist addresses oral health issues for the whole family, from adults to babies. Dr. Ernest Skaggs of Radcliff, KY, provides many services, like regular dental checkups and professional dental cleanings.

Here are a few services a family dentist provides:

  • Dental Implants: These are tooth-like oral appliances that replace missing tooth roots. Missing tooth roots is a result of severe tooth decay that leads to gum disease and tooth loss or because of some sort of accident, which results in your tooth being knocked out. This procedure can last a lifetime and only takes proper oral hygiene to maintain the health of your teeth.
  • Crowns: These oral appliances are caps placed over broken, chipped, fractured, or stained teeth. They reinforce already existing teeth and hide aesthetically unpleasant teeth. The porcelain caps also restore bite and chewing function and even improve speech.
  • TMJ Treatment: Teeth grinding is a serious jaw problem that may affect teeth, gums and bone structure. Temporomandibular joint disorder, which causes a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing the mouth, is a disorder your dentist treats.

What are the advantages of having a family dentist?

  • It creates good habits because it builds a positive relationship between the dentist, their office and your family.
  • It consolidates appointments for people of all ages to visit a single office, instead of going to multiple specialists.
  • It keeps records in one place and knowing the family history makes treatment, especially during emergencies, easier.
  • It is considered preventative care because Dr. Skaggs provides regular dental exams and professional dental cleanings to protect teeth from serious tooth decay that may lead to tooth loss and gum disease.

For more information about family dentistry and what a family dentist can do for you, be sure to contact Dr. Ernest Skaggs in Radcliff, KY, at (270) 351-3265 today.

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Dr. Ernest Skaggs
555 W Lincoln Trail Blvd, Suite 25
Radcliff, KY 40160
(270) 351-3265
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