Paul E. Scruggs, DDS, Pa
Dr. Paul Scruggs received both his undergraduate degree and Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He began his dental career by serving three years active duty as a general dentist at Fort Bragg in the US Army. This experience enlightened him to the fact that he desired further education particular in the specialty of Prosthodontics. Even though he has retired, Dr. Paul Scruggs will always be the heart of NC Prosthodontic Specialists-Dentures, Implants & Crowns.
After military service Dr. Scruggs attended the Prosthodontic Residency at the University of North Carolina, (UNC), Chapel Hill and after two years attained his Prosthodontic Certificate. He continued his military service in the Army Reserve and ultimately the North Carolina National Guard. His military career spanned twenty-four years attaining the rank of Colonel (O-6).
Dr. Scruggs was always interested in the delivery of direct patient care and in particular, private practice. In June of 1987 the original office was opened one block north of the present location. It was humble with two treatment rooms, a lab and one employee.
Dr. Scruggs’ passion for dentistry has always inspired him to go above and beyond both in education and in training. In an effort to better serve his patients many of whom were in hopeless situations, he got interested in the emerging field of dental implants in the late 80’s. He has been and continues to be an innovator in the field of dental implants. He was the first in the area to use CAD-CAM technology to make crowns and custom abutments for implants. He was one of the first in the country trained in computer guided implant surgery (over ten years ago) and has used the technology very extensively in treating some of the most difficult situations. He was also among the first to do immediate tooth replacement using dental implants both in single teeth and full arches at a time when it was considered risky. Now it is often the desired treatment as it reduces patient’s time in treatment. He also was using 3-D CT scanning for advance diagnostics years before others and that is now becoming the standard of care. All of these modern advances have allowed the practice to routinely treat patients with advanced and complicated restorative issues in the safest and most efficient manner.
He has also served as Associate Professor part-time at UNC for almost thirty years, teaching part-time in both the under graduate and later in the Graduate Prosthodontic Program. He has given numerous lectures in the field of restorative dentistry and implants on the local, regional and national level.
Dr. Scruggs is a member of the national prosthodontic organization, The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) and has served two consecutive terms on the Board of Directors having been elected by his peers. He is also the past president of the Southeastern Academy of Prosthodontics. He is an active member and a past president of the Raleigh/Wake County Dental Society. He currently serves on the Wake County Human Services Board appointed by the County Commissioners. This board oversees all health and social services in Wake County with over 1600 employees and the 2nd largest budget in the county.