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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
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
May 28, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Root canal therapy is one of modern dentistry's most beneficial restorative treatments. By removing the inflamed and diseased interior pulp of an infected tooth, this treatment is able to preserve the dental structure for many more years of service! At the Radcliff office of family dentist Dr. Ernest Skaggs, you or your loved one can experience relief from nagging tooth pain with the help of root canal therapy!

Details on tooth anatomy

Each of your teeth contains soft pulp deep in their interiors, including in their necks and root canals (i.e. the thin chambers that course down each tooth root). According to the American Dental Association, tiny blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue comprise the pulp, and unfortunately, when exposed to bacteria through injury or decay, it can become inflamed and infected.


What is root canal therapy?

To heal a tooth abscess or fractured tooth, your Radcliff family dentist often advises root canal therapy. Also called endodontic therapy, the typical in-office root canal procedure extracts damaged pulp, seals the tooth, and crowns it to reinforce the hard structure. The procedure takes two visits to Dr. Skagg's office and is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling.

The American Association of Endodontists states that teeth restored with endodontic therapy typically last for many years and function very well without the pulp. Additionally, all dentists, including Dr. Skaggs, maintain that keeping as many of your natural teeth as possible is good for your remaining teeth, bone structure, gum tissue, oral function, digestion, and of course, your smile aesthetics. This makes root canal therapy a great option.


Do you or a loved one need root canal therapy?

Here are several symptoms which may indicate that you or someone in your family need root canal treatment:

  1. Throbbing toothache
  2. Drainage from the tooth
  3. Reddened, sore gums
  4. Swollen jaw
  5. Dark tooth enamel
  6. A large chip or deep crack
  7. Multiple or damaged dental fillings
  8. Dental sensitivity when you contact hot or cold foods (especially if the pain remains for a while)

Dr. Skaggs asks you to call the office if you experience these symptoms so he can inspect the tooth, X-ray it, and determine what dental treatment would serve you best. Also, be sure to see him every six months for an exam and cleaning. Some troublesome teeth show no symptoms at all yet still need restorative treatment to be healthy. Dr. Skaggs will alert you to any potential problems he sees on routine examination.


Additionally, remember that Dr. Skaggs is a family dentist, meaning that he is qualified to treat patients of all ages. So, if you suspect that your child or aging parent may have a problematic tooth, bring them on by!


Find out more

If you or a family member are experiencing a dental problem, please call Dr. Ernest Skaggs and his team for prompt, effective treatment. The office opens at 8 am Monday through Thursday for your convenience. Phone (270) 351-3265 today!

By Dr. Ernest Skaggs
March 11, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

A lot of patients settle for removable dentures as their only tooth restoration option after losing teeth to decay, gum disease, or a sportsdental implants injury. But if you find yourself in this situation, it’s always best to explore all of the possible solutions for tooth loss. If your goal is to fully rebuild your smile so that it has the same general look and function as before, allow your family dentist in Radcliff, KY Dr. Ernest Skaggs, to place dental implants.

What Are Dental Implants?
Implant devices are used throughout the medical field in different applications. In dentistry, implantation technology is used to replace missing teeth. Rather than simply adding a superficial false tooth, a three-part dental device including the implant is provided. The implant, which is made of titanium material and shaped like a small screw with tightly placed ridges, provides the same function as a tooth root. Then, an abutment and crown is added to complete the part of the new tooth that is visible above the gumline.

Implants Rebuild Your Smile
Though dentures fill in small gaps caused by tooth loss, dental implants will help completely rebuild your smile. Healthy bone tissue has a chance to renew itself and stay strong when there is an implant using it to stay rooted. The crown is designed to comfortably fill the open space to provide your other teeth with the support they need. You can feel comfortable showing off all of your teeth when you smile or laugh knowing that all of the gaps are filled.

Additional Dental Implant Benefits to Consider
If you want the best chance of a beautiful, long lasting smile after tooth loss or extraction, a dental implant or implant-supported device placed by your Radcliff, KY family dentist is the best choice. It will become a permanent part of your smile for decades and no one will know it’s a rebuilt tooth instead of a tooth that you were born with. Brush and floss around your crowned implant regularly to keep it free from tartar build-up.

A Second Chance for Your Smile
Don’t give up on your smile after tooth loss. Dr. Ernest Skaggs is a skilled family dentist specializing in restorative dentistry who serves patients in Radcliff, KY. He can rebuild your smile with dental implants and crown restorations. Call the office at 270-351-3265 today for an appointment.

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!

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