A Missing Tooth Can Lead to Bone Loss

Apollo Beach tooth implantsToday’s post focuses on missing teeth and bone health.

Our teeth have many critical functions. We need them to chew our food, talk, and smile. But have you ever considered their role in holding up your face? When we lose teeth, the bone around the site of the extraction begins to shrink. This, in turn, causes our facial muscles to sink in and collapse.

Bone Metabolism

We sometimes think of bone as a solid mass, unlike the softer tissues in our body. In reality, below the seemingly rock-hard surface, bone tissue is full of small holes – kind of like a sponge. In the interior bone tissue, the bone is constantly regenerating itself. This important process is sometimes called “bone metabolism.” In the jaw bone, the movement of the teeth stimulates this process of rebuilding. When the tooth is gone, the bone starts to shrink as blood flow is reduced.

People with missing teeth not only have an unappealing gap in their smile, but they also begin to look older because of the bone recession and eventual facial sagging.  It is not simply an issue of attractiveness – it poses serious health dangers. It may become difficult to chew food, making it harder to get adequate nutrition. Mental health can also be affected when a patient with missing teeth loses confidence in themself or withdraws from social situations because they are self-conscious about their smile.

Dental Implants Can Prevent Bone Recession

Modern dentistry to the rescue! Dental implant technology provides a tooth restoration solution that maintains healthy bone metabolism while providing near-normal tooth function. For patients missing many (or all) of their teeth, it may not be possible to replace every single tooth with an implant. In many of these cases, dental implants can be used to provide an anchor for a partial denture.

What if your bone has shrunken so much that there is not enough to support an implant? You may be a candidate for bone augmentation or bone grafting. This procedure is routinely carried out with success.

If you are missing teeth, don’t resign yourself to dentures. Tooth implants can provide a brilliant smile! Schedule a consultation with Dr. Richard Kernagis by calling 813-519-0128.

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
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A Fast Anti-Aging Treatment Available At Your Time Dental Urgent Care

Your Time Dental Urgent Care For A Smile Impossible To Ignore

Many Gibsonton residents consider the myriad options available to stop the aging clock.

Whether it is a surgical procedure, botox, hair implants, or a chemical peel, Florida residents have countless choices to help them look more youthful.

We are excited to tell you about a simple and affordable procedure we offer at Your Time Dental Urgent Care that can create a younger-looking you.

Porcelain veneers will produce a smile that will have people asking you if you have lost weight or started going to the gym because the effect is stunning.

Haven’t you noticed that when you talk with someone who has sparkling, straight white teeth, their smile catches your eye? An engaging smile draws attention away from wrinkles or a flabby belly because a dazzling smile is the first impression others have of you – and it is impossible to ignore!

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, our porcelain veneers will improve the color of your teeth, cover chips, cracks, or misshapen teeth. Veneers can lengthen teeth that look too short, fill in gaps between teeth and cover any irregularity your teeth may have. Porcelain veneers reflect light the same way natural teeth do making them a great choice for a smile makeover.

If you are a middle-aged (or older) Gibsonton or Tampa resident pondering ways to improve your appearance, Your Time Dental Urgent Care can help you turn back the clock by creating a youthful smile. Your Time Dental Urgent Care has been serving patients in Gibsonton since 2001.

The smiles in the 33534 zip code area can rival those of Beverly Hills 90210 thanks to porcelain veneers. Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care today for a younger you!

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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The Your Time Dental Urgent Care Guide To Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Gibsonton Dental News: What To Expect After Wisdom Teeth Extraction For the 65 percent of adults who detect wisdom teeth in their late teens or early twenties, Your Time Dental Urgent Care generally recommends removal.

Wisdom teeth can damage adjacent teeth and nerves. Their awkward positioning can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Additionally, they often come in crooked, crowding the other teeth and affecting the bite.

Wisdom teeth are also difficult to clean, especially if they do not fully erupt, which is a common problem for many people. This can cause an infection, as bacteria can be trapped under the skin where brushing and flossing is difficult.

Because we are an urgent care dental practice, we are skilled at tooth extractions. This includes wisdom teeth.

What should you expect after wisdom teeth extraction?

Your Time Dental Urgent Care recommends wisdom teeth extraction patients carefully follow the instructions given.

Bleeding is inevitable and should be expected to last up to three days. Rinsing is counter-productive, but firm pressure should be applied by biting down on the gauze pads to help stop the bleeding.

Swelling following wisdom teeth extraction is a sign that the healing process is progressing normally. Swelling that recedes and then re-appears after a few weeks, however, is a sign of infection. If this happens, it is essential that you communicate with us ASAP.

We recommend an examination seven to ten days after the extraction to make sure the wounds are clean and there are no complications. An antibiotic wash can be applied if the infection is present.

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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A Brighter Smile At Your Convenience

Your Time Dental Urgent Care Can Make Your Whites Whiter

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, dental patients often ask how to get whiter teeth.

We’re happy to say that you are in luck when it comes to teeth whitening in Gibsonton, because cosmetic dentistry procedures like teeth whitening and veneers are safe, effective, and affordable.

What are your options for whiter teeth?

Some Gibsonton patients might be interested in bleaching their teeth at home. There are many affordable teeth whitening products available. Remember that even though you are doing this procedure at home, you should discuss it with your Gibsonton dentist and report any sensitivity that may occur.

There are many dentists in the Tampa area that offer in-office teeth bleaching. This can often be done in one visit. Patients appreciate the care that is given to protect the soft tissues of the mouth from the bleaching agent.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care you can whiten your teeth when it’s convenient for you. We offer extended weeknight and weekend hours.

As you can see, there are a lot of great ways to keep your teeth nice and white here in Tampa.

If you’re interested in any of these whitening methods or a complete smile makeover, call Your Time Dental Urgent Care. Our comfortable staff will schedule a teeth whitening consultation at your convenience.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Afraid Of The Dentist? Let’s Talk About Sedation.

Afraid of the Dentist? Your Gibsonton Sedation Dentist Can Help If you suffer from severe anxiety when undergoing (or even thinking about!) dental treatment, oral conscious sedation is for you.

Conscious sedation dentistry is available at Your Time Dental Urgent Care.

Whether it is called relaxation dentistry, oral conscious sedation, sleep dentistry, or anxiety-free dentistry, it is completely safe and used by many Tampa area dentists.

Though it may sound impossible, with oral conscious sedation, you can actually relax during dental visits.

In addition, healing times for oral surgery and extensive restorative services are often shorter if the patient is sedated during treatment.

Sedation dentistry is helpful for the following:

  • Teeth sensitivity
  • Fear of needles
  • A powerful gag reflex
  • Difficulty in controlling body movement
  • Lengthy multi-procedure visits
  • Difficulty becoming numb with traditional injections

If you need oral surgery such as a or wisdom tooth extraction, call Your Time Dental Urgent Care at 813-519-0128 for information about sedation dentistry.

In the unfortunate event that you experience a dental emergency—remember that we take walk-ins and have weekend hours.

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Suffering From Jaw Pain?

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At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat several causes of pain in the oral area. In today’s post, we will discuss jaw pain.

Sometimes it’s difficult to identify the cause of jaw pain.

Here are some of the possible causes:


A localized infection can trigger or aggravate jaw pain. An infection puts your tooth and jaw bone at risk, so swift intervention is essential for many reasons. If your jaw starts swelling, call us right away. This could indicate a serious, fast-moving infection.

Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder (TMD)

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge-type joint that allows you to open and close your mouth. Chronic TMD can be debilitating. Teeth clenching or grinding can cause or exacerbate TMD. It can also be caused by injury or arthritis. Some people who experience TMD notice flare-ups when they are under a lot of stress. If stress is the only cause, stress-reducing behaviors can help you prevent it or reduce the severity. But the first step is diagnosing the cause.


Sinusitis is inflammation of the tissues that line your sinuses. Inflammation commonly takes place with a cold or allergies. When these tissues are inflamed, they can generate pressure in surrounding sites. Thus, inflammation from a cold or allergies can bring about jaw pain.

Heart Attack

A heart attack can create pain in some surprising places, including the jaw. If jaw pain comes on suddenly and is accompanied by shortness of breath, chest pain, or dizziness, call an ambulance right away. Be especially concerned about pain only in the left jaw joint.

You May Need Additional Treatment From a Medical Healthcare Provider

Jaw pain can be related to a combination of issues, both dental and medical.

If the cause of your jaw pain warrants an additional medical specialist, we will refer you to a trusted professional. We work with your healthcare team to provide the best possible care.

Jaw Pain Doesn’t Have to Wait Until Monday

If you have an urgent jaw problem in the evening or on the weekend, the team at Your Time Dental Urgent Care can take care of you.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Get On Top Of Your To-Do List by Calling Your Time Dental Urgent Care

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Is it time to get your life back in order, Gibsonton?

Call it a Hard Reset.

Call it Tackling the Gotta-Do’s.

Refill that prescription, replace the furnace filter, get the oil changed or…

…make a dental appointment.

Take Care of Your Oral Health

If you’ve been pushing dental work to the back burner, it’s time to get it out of the way.

Determine your dental needs and create a straightforward plan.

Our dental team provides singular service to our valued patients in Gibsonton, Florida.

At your consultation, ask us about veneers, implants, invisible braces, white fillings, and all things dental.

We answer dental questions all day long (it’s our job!). Drs. Kernagis knows how to clearly explain the pros and cons related to various treatment plans.

We Offer Extended Hours For Our Busy Patients

With extended weeknight and weekend hours, we make it convenient to take care of your oral health needs.

Urgent Care, General, and Specialty Dental Services

Yes, we’re an urgent care practice. But we provide non-urgent general and specialty dental care as well.

Since 2001, Gibsonton patients have trusted Your Time Dental Urgent Care to provide emergency same-day dental care and sedation dentistry.

Move through your to-do list today—change your oil, check. Replace that lightbulb, check. Make a dental appointment, check. Let’s do this!

We make patients feel comfortable

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Urgent Care Expertise Serves Your Family

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It’s good to know that Your Time Dental Urgent Care is here for you. Whether it’s a dental emergency after hours. A toothache on the weekend.

No appointment is necessary. If you can, give us a call on your way over. (With a hands-free phone, of course.)

Crisis or No Crisis

But you don’t have to wait for a dental crisis.

Remember that we provide general and cosmetic dentistry in Gibsonton as well as emergency services.

Why Use Your Time Dental Urgent Care For General Dentistry?

Emergency dentists have an extensive breadth of experience. We can complete a root canal when it’s an emergency. Or a cosmetic dental smile makeover when it’s not.

Urgent Care Expertise Serves Your Family

If you need a family dentist, don’t rule us out. Our urgent care specialties are a benefit. We provide advanced cosmetic dentistry. As well as general preventative dental care.

A Schedule Emergency?

Of course, we are here when you have a serious dental need. Even if the ’emergency’ is a busy schedule. Convenience solves a schedule crisis.

General Dentistry Plus Convenience: A Winning Combination

Emergency dental know-how is a great advantage.

Keep Your Time Dental Urgent Care in mind when choosing a family or general dentist. We provide check-ups and fillings. Plus these dental services:

  • Root canals
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth extractions
  • Sedation dentistry
  • Cosmetic dentistry
  • Crowns
  • Fillings

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Can I Go To An Urgent Care Dentist For Complications of Dry Sockets?

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What are dry sockets?

Dry sockets can develop after wisdom teeth or other adult teeth are taken out. When a dry socket occurs, underlying bones and nerves are exposed in place of where a blood clot should form. Dry sockets can be exceptionally painful and delay healing.

How to avoid dry sockets:

Follow your dentist’s directions following the extraction procedure

  • Keep your mouth clean with gentle saltwater rinse every few hours (your dentist may also prescribe an antibacterial rinse)
  • Don’t use a straw until the extraction site has healed
  • Avoid hard foods
  • Brush teeth gently and avoid the extraction site
  • Drink plenty of liquids
  • Avoid strenuous activities
  • Treat swelling by holding an ice pack to your cheek
  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol

Gently flushing out your empty sockets after getting your wisdom teeth removed is a smart move for a couple of weeks after the procedure. Your dentist may recommend that you use a syringe to cautiously flush out your sockets. However, if you do develop dry sockets, it is even vital to sanitarily flush out the sockets regularly.

How to treat dry sockets:

  • Flush out the affected area
  • Stop smoking or drinking if necessary
  • Follow your dentist’s guidelines

When to go to a dentist or Gibsonton urgent care dental clinic:

Tooth pain should be manageable through the use of pain relievers, however, if pain relievers do not work then it is probably time to see a dentist. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat all patients with dental pain, regardless of the cause.

Note: Some studies show a link between dry socket and oral contraceptives. Ask your dentist if you’re at risk. Other medications may prevent a proper blood clot from forming.


Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Why You Shouldn’t Dread Going To The Dentist

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Do you have a dental issue that needs attention?

Have you been putting off a dental visit?

Good news! Dentistry in the Gibsonton area and around Florida is nothing like it was when you were a kid. (Even if you’re still a kid, we invite you to keep reading.)

There Is No Reason to Avoid Dental Visits

First off, if you need dental treatment, oral sedation dentistry allows you to sleep during the procedure. There are several levels of sedation–you can remain conscious or take a trip to la-la land.

Schedule a consultation with Drs. Richard Kernagis for more important information about sleep dentistry.

If you have a bad memory of hurting for days after a procedure, relax. Improved painkillers, lasers, and advanced techniques have reduced the pain experienced by Your Time Dental Urgent Care patients. If you need extensive treatment, we will create a pain management plan to ensure that you remain comfortable.

You Won’t Be Here All Day

We can perform procedures much quicker with today’s extremely precise dental instruments. Healing times for oral surgery are also much shorter.

You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile, sore gums, stained teeth, or a toothache. We can take care of all your dental issues. We will help restore your oral health to improve your quality of life and prevent dental issues from affecting other parts of your body.

Today’s dentistry is not your father’s dentistry. We invite you to discover why you shouldn’t avoid the dentist any longer.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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