Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
October 30, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental ImplantsDental implants from your dentist in Radcliff, Kentucky, can make you smile again

If you are missing teeth, you may be wondering if dental implants are right for you. The truth is, implants are an excellent tooth replacement solution as they can restore both your natural smile and chewing function. Dr. Ernest O. Skaggs in Radcliff, Kentucky, provides patients with dental implants; read below to decide if they are the right choice for you!

Are you a good candidate?

Dental implants are right for you if you want to replace either a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth and desire a more natural choice than dental bridges, partials, or dentures. Additional reasons include that implants:

  • Are completely stable and won’t move around because they are firmly embedded in bone
  • Look virtually identical to natural teeth because, like tooth enamel, the implant crown reflects light
  • Are the most successful surgical implant, with a success rate of over 95 percent
  • Are easy to maintain because you brush and floss them along with your natural teeth

There are a few issues which might impact the health of your dental implants, so be sure and let Dr. Skaggs know if you smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. Diabetes and a history of radiation to your jaws can also influence your healing time after dental implant treatment. Additionally, if you have a history of gum or periodontal disease, be sure to let your dentist know.

Interested? Call today!

Dental implants have revolutionized dentistry and allowed people to smile again with natural-looking, beautiful tooth replacements. Find out if dental implants are right for you by calling Dr. Ernest O. Skaggs in Radcliff, Kentucky, at (270) 351-3265. We can make you smile again!

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
July 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental fillings are used to restore and strengthen teeth affected by decay. In the past, silver colored Amalgam fillings were the primary fillingsoption for filling cavities. While durable and effective, the silver color of Amalgam fillings is readily noticeable. Tooth colored fillings are a contemporary alternative that blends in with the teeth so no one will notice your fillings when you smile. Dr. Ernest Skaggs is your Radcliff family dentist for tooth colored fillings.

What are Tooth Colored Fillings?

Tooth colored fillings are a durable dental filling made from a resin material that can be light cured to match the color of your teeth. The ability to color match resin tooth colored fillings to your natural teeth means the fillings blend in, which is an advantage tooth colored fillings have over other types of dental fillings. Once your tooth colored fillings are in place, no one will be able to tell you even have dental fillings.

Tooth colored fillings are applied in the same manner as other types of dental fillings. Your Radcliff family dentist removes all signs of infection and decay from the affected tooth. The tooth’s interior is thoroughly cleaned and the tooth is then filled and sealed with the resin filling material. A special light is used to dry and cure the resin material until the color matches that of your teeth. Once filled in, the affected tooth is strengthened and restored and can resume normal biting and chewing functions.

Benefits of Tooth Colored Fillings

There are several benefits to selecting tooth colored fillings to fill and seal cavities. They offer the cosmetic benefit of being unnoticeable, as well as the functional benefit of restoring normal biting and chewing functions. Tooth colored fillings offer the following benefits:

  • Discreetly blend in with the natural teeth
  • Strengthen teeth affected by infection or decay
  • Restore normal biting and chewing functions
  • No concern over possible mercury exposure since they are made from resin

Tooth colored dental fillings offer several benefits, such as matching the color of your teeth. For tooth colored fillings in the Radcliff area, schedule an appointment with family dentist Dr. Skaggs, in Radcliff, KY by calling the dental office at (270) 351-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
March 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Learn more about dental crowns and how they could benefit your smile.dental crowns

Has Radcliff, KY family dentist, Dr. Ernest Skaggs, recently told you that you need a dental crown? If so, then chances are good that at some point you might have questions about this restoration and whether it’s the right treatment option for you. We are here to answer some of your most frequent questions about crowns to help you make a more informed decision about your oral health.

What is a dental crown?

This popular dental restoration is a great way to restore a tooth that is weak or damaged or has severe cosmetic flaws that need to be covered. A crown is the perfect way to alter the shape, size, strength, and overall look of one or more teeth.

This hollow tooth-shaped restoration completely covers the crown of a natural tooth where it is then cemented in place above the gums. The crown is often made from a durable tooth-colored material like porcelain or composite resin, which can be matched to the color of your tooth before it is made. The goal of Dr. Skaggs is to ensure that you get a crown that looks as close to a natural tooth as possible.

Why do I need a dental crown?

A dental crown is a pretty versatile restoration, meaning that there are many instances in which a crown can improve your smile. Here are just some scenarios in which you might need a dental crown:

  • You have a weak tooth due to a traumatic injury or severe decay
  • You have a tooth that is broken or fractured or extremely worn down
  • You have a tooth that is severely misshapen, discolored or has other cosmetic imperfections
  • You have to undergo root canal therapy (a crown is often placed over a tooth after this endodontic procedure)
  • You need to support a dental bridge (to replace missing teeth)
  • You need to cover a dental implant (to replace missing teeth)

Do you still have questions about dental crowns? Do you want to find out if this is the best approach for improving the health of a tooth? Then call our dental office in Radcliff, KY today and schedule a consultation with Dr. Skaggs.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
August 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Teeth tilting and drifting. What in the world causes that? Actually, the cause is something that affects millions of Americans. It's tooth loss, adental implants truly devastating condition that mars oral function, bone structure, gum tissue and yes, where your teeth reside in your jaw bone. An expert in dental implants and in bioesthetic dentistry, Dr. Ernest Skaggs uses dental implants in his Radcliff, KY, practice to ensure your teeth stay in place, and bite and chew are comfortable and efficient. Learn here about dental implants and the role these inventive tooth replacements play in stabilizing your teeth, gums, jaw and more.

The remedies for missing teeth

For generations, dentists have replaced missing teeth with conventional prosthetics such as fixed bridgework and full and partial dentures. Unfortunately, these appliances provide little support for neighboring teeth and no exercise for gum tissue and jaw bone.

Fortunately, your dentist in Radcliff supplies dental implants for individuals who have sufficient bone density and good overall and oral health. These amazing devices provide the natural-looking facial appearance and optimal oral function patients need to look and feel their best. Plus, dental implants support bridgework and dentures and halt the movement of teeth near a smile gap.

Placement of dental implants

This restorative treatment involves several steps:

  1. Complete oral examination and X-rays to determine oral health and necessary bone structure
  2. Installation of the implant device (or in the case of bridges or dentures, multiple devices)
  3. Healing, or osseointegration, in which the titanium implant and jaw bone fuse
  4. Placement of an extension post and custom-fabricated dental crown

While the dental implant process takes many weeks to complete, the wait is well-worth it as, afterward, patients experience a very natural facial appearance, biting, chewing and speaking. In fact, dental implants help the entire dentition (arrangement of teeth, gums, joints, muscles and bone) to equalize, a major objective of bioesthetic dentistry.

Additional benefits

Dental implants require no enamel reduction the way conventional tooth replacements do. For instance, to anchor a partial denture or fixed bridge, your dentist must remove portions of tooth enamel from the surrounding teeth. This reshaping allows the clasps or crowns to adhere firmly to their natural neighbors. Dental implants, on the other hand, are stand alone prosthetics. They get their support from the jaw bone.

Also, dental implants stay in place for decades. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry maintains that implants last indefinitely as long as the patient brushes, flosses and gets professional cleanings. So in the long run, dental implants are the more cost-effective replacements.

Support your smile

Dr. Ernest Skaggs and his staff will help you do it with dental implants. Contact their Radcliff, KY, office today for your one-on-one consultation. Call (270) 351-3265.

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
January 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Could your smile benefit from all that crowns and bridges can offer you?

You cracked or lost a tooth. Now what? If serious damage has occurred to your smile, then it’s time you turned to our Radcliff, KY dentist dental crownsDr. Ernest Skaggs for help. Find out how crowns and bridges can improve your oral health for the long term.

A crown is designed to cover and protect a damaged tooth while bridges are meant to replace one or more teeth in a row. Both restorations can be supported by either your teeth or an implant, depending on your needs, health and budget.

When might I need a crown?

Our Radcliff general dentist may recommend getting a crown if:

  • You’ve just recently had a root canal
  • You have a tooth that is damaged, weakened or fractured
  • You have a tooth that is severely misshapen, malformed or discolored
  • You need to cover an implant to replace a single missing tooth
  • You need to support a dental bridge

When might I need a dental bridge?

Getting a dental bridge is a great option if you are missing one or more teeth in a row but you have healthy surrounding teeth that can support this restoration. Sometimes, if a tooth is so badly damaged or decaying, we can’t save the tooth and we will need to extract it. Once the tooth has been removed, we can discuss whether getting a dental bridge is the best way to replace your missing tooth.

What are the benefits to getting these restorations?

As you can probably imagine, a damaged or missing tooth can cause some serious issues for your oral health. But getting a crown or bridge can improve your appearance, make it easier to chew or speak, protect your teeth and prevent teeth from shifting out of alignment all while boosting your self-esteem.

If you think your smile could benefit from either of these restorations, then it’s time you picked up the phone and called our Radcliff, KY, dental practice today to schedule your consultation.



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