Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Affordable Gibsonton Dentistry SedationAt Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat serious dental emergencies. We also offer sedation to our patients.

The purpose of today’s dentistry article is to debunk some of the most common myths about dental sedation.

Myth #1: With Sedation Dentistry, You Are Completely Unconscious

Some nervous dental patients are not only afraid of receiving treatment; they also fear the thought of not being in control. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we offer different levels of sedation, but none of the sedation options put you completely to sleep. With oral sedation you are relaxed but not totally knocked out. When we need to ask a dental sedation patient a question during the treatment, the patient is able to hear, understand, and respond.

Myth #2: Dental Sedation Should Only Be Used For Extensive Dental Treatment

Anxiety-free dentistry is completely safe. Many nervous sedation dentistry patients request sedation for routine exams and procedures.

Myth #3: Most Dental Insurance Companies Do Not Cover Sleep Dentistry

Some Florida dental insurers do cover sedation. Check with your insurer for details about your Florida dental insurance benefits.

Myth #4: Sleep Dentistry Is Still Experimental

Dentists have been safely providing sedation for many years. Your Time Dental Urgent Care meets all the requirements advised by the American Dental Association. Millions of Americans and thousands of Florida dental patients have safely received sedation for dental treatment.

For more information about anxiety-free dentistry, contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care at https://www.yourtimedentalurgentcare.com/ or 813-519-0128 today to schedule a sedation consultation.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Not Your Mother’s Jewelry: 5 Reasons Tongue Piercings Are Dangerous

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Let’s get right to it; while tongue, cheek, and lip piercings are “so in” right now, here’s five reasons to keep piercings where they belong—in your ears:

  1. Excessive drooling—YIKES!
  2. Chipped teeth
  3. Infection (some even in places you wouldn’t think can get infected)
  4. Hypersensitivity to metal
  5. Nerve damage

Drooling

Lip and tongue piercings may make you look cool and edgy. They may express your personality and creativity. But they can cause frequent drooling. That may not be the look you’re going for.

Broken Teeth

Another important reason to keep piercings away from your mouth, lips, and tongue, is because having any metal in your mouth can chip your teeth. This can happen while eating, drinking, or sleeping. Or even while playing with said piercing.

Do you already have a tooth that’s damaged? Take care of these cracks before the whole tooth is in danger.

Small chips in a tooth can be filled, or crowned. But often patients with piercings come in with more serious issues. These may require a root canal or tooth extraction.

Infection

Beware of infection. When it comes to oral piercings, you have to really watch the pierced area. Your mouth is a bacterial zoo, so to speak. Upon piercing anything in your mouth, the bacteria can enter your bloodstream. Neglecting appropriate brushing habits can lead to infection. As well as touching the piercing with dirty hands.

Hypersensitivity or Allergic Reaction to Metal

Many people love body jewelry. But too much of a good thing (like metal) can be bad. Having metal piercings can lead to hypersensitivity to any metal in your mouth, such as silverware. This is problematic for most individuals. (Stock up on plastic utensils!)

There is also the risk of an allergic reaction at the piercing site. If you know of sensitivity to certain metals, you can get your piercing in a metal you aren’t allergic to. But you are still in jeopardy of the other hazards discussed here.

Nerve Damage

Finally, there’s the risk of permanent nerve damage. If the previous dangers don’t convince you, this one should. Experiencing a numb tongue is usually temporary. But in extreme cases, like if you can’t stop playing with the piercing, it can become permanent.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Don’t Choose an Urgent Dental Clinic Based on Price Alone

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Have you ever gotten an unbelievable bargain on a used car that turned out to be a lemon? After a couple years of continual repairs, you realized that it ended up costing as much as a new vehicle would have. And after spending all that money, you still have a dud.

The same is true of substandard dental work. You have probably received glossy postcard ads that advertise amazing deals on dentistry: porcelain veneers, crowns, and dental implants.

The prices may be tempting, but make certain you do plenty of research before committing. We aren’t trying to imply that all Gibsonton dental practices that proclaim low prices in their ads deliver substandard work—we are just cautioning patients not to decide on a dentist based on price alone. Unlike an automobile, you can’t sell your smile and buy a new one.

We will use porcelain veneers as an example. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we use porcelain veneers to correct minor chips and cracks in a tooth.

What can go amiss if you receive substandard porcelain veneers?

The dentist may be inexperienced and make mistakes: improper placement, poor color matching, bite complications. The materials may be inferior: unnatural color, prone to breaking, veneers pop off. The lab techs that create the restorations may turn out poor quality work: unnatural color, poor fit.

If you are considering getting some teeth repaired, speak with us at Your Time Dental Urgent Care first.

During your consultation, you will learn about our experience, techniques, specialty training, and the number of procedures performed.  You will learn about the best materials for the restorations and receive information about the dental lab we use. We can also provide references if requested. And, of course, we will talk about how much each procedure will cost.

We are sure that you will find that our prices are competitive for the exceptional dentistry we provide to your friends and neighbors in the Gibsonton area.

Don’t compromise your smile in an attempt to save some money. You really do get what you pay for.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Urgent Dental Care Isn’t as Scary as You Think

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Many Gibsonton residents will experience at least one tooth emergency in their life. You could crack a tooth, accidentally dislodge a crown, experience sudden pain caused by an abscess or break a wire on your braces. In the case of a dental emergency, it is vital to see your Gibsonton dentist as soon as possible.

Yet many men and women with a pressing dental issue refuse to go to an urgent dental clinic because they have severe dental anxiety. A common reason for this anxiety is the dreaded dental drill. Just the sound of it is enough to make people cringe.

Many individuals in Gibsonton, Florida wonder if there will ever be an alternative to the dreaded dental drill. Guess what? Now there is. Drill-less dentistry is commonly called air abrasion or microabrasion. Air abrasion can be used for basic dental care such as removing tooth decay or preparing tooth surfaces for sealants or bonding. An air abrasion instrument works like a little sandblaster. It propels a fine stream of particles in the area that would usually be drilled. After the stream of particles strikes and removes the decay, the materials are suctioned out of the mouth.

Another technology that helps make treatment quicker and less painful is laser dentistry. Pinpoint-precise Diode lasers are used for emergency root canalscrown lengthening, root scaling, biopsies, oral lesion removal, and treatment of dental decay. Laser procedures are easier on the patient and require shorter healing times.

Still not convinced? Sedation dentistry to the rescue. If advanced technology and equipment don’t ease your mind, consider sleeping through your treatment. We offer several levels of sedation for even the most terrified patients.

Dental issues–especially urgent ones–don’t go away. They get worse. The team at Your Time Dental Urgent Care will help you through your treatment.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Tooth Grinding Can Lead To A Dental Emergency

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Plenty of men and women all over the world suffer from the habit of grinding their teeth. Some individuals grind their teeth because they are stressed, some people grind their teeth as a coping mechanism, and some people grind their teeth in their sleep without realizing it.

Grinding of the teeth, clenching of the jaw, or gnashing of the teeth is known as bruxism. Bruxism can occur consciously or unconsciously both during the day and at night. No matter when or why you grind your teeth, it can be harmful to both your oral health and overall physical health.

It can also cause a broken or cracked tooth.

Let’s talk about it.

Some reasons individuals might grind their teeth are:

  • Caffeine consumption
  • Sleep apnea
  • Acid reflux
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • Certain medications

The consequences of tooth grinding can include:

  • Tooth pain
  • Broken or cracked tooth
  • Jaw pain
  • Loss of tooth enamel or worn down teeth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Earaches
  • Broken braces or retainers due to excessive tooth grinding, often at nighttime

Sometimes it is difficult to know if you are grinding your teeth during the night. The main giveaways are if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above. One of the most common and effective ways to quit nighttime teeth grinding is to wear a mouthguard while you sleep.

While there are a variety of reasons for tooth grinding, they can all lead to the same dangerous consequences if left untreated. Most of the time, people with a tooth grinding habit are able to use some of the following methods to kick their teeth grinding habit on their own. However, it is possible that you will have to seek further care from your dentist or orthodontist. You might have a dental impairment that can cause or complicate your grinding.

Ways to kick a tooth grinding habit:

  • Use a protective mouthguard, especially for nighttime tooth grinders
  • Ask your dentist about a habit appliance (especially for children)
  • Avoid caffeine in both food and drinks
  • Learn to manage your stress, depression, anxiety, or hyperactivity
  • Seek counseling

If you are unable to kick the habit of tooth grinding, it is a good idea to consult a professional. Dr. Kernagis at Your Time Dental Urgent Care is available for consultations about tooth grinding. We also provide comprehensive urgent dental care and general dental services.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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What Do You Do If You Get Something Stuck Between Your Teeth?

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People get food stuck in and between their teeth all the time. Most of the time it is not a malfunction to get the food unstuck with floss or a toothbrush and move on with your day. However, once in a while there is a pesky piece of food that seems impossible to get out of your teeth. So, what do you do if this is the case?

Sometimes, depending on the food that is stuck between your teeth and where the food is stuck, it can be dangerous and possibly damaging to your teeth to remove it on your own. Remember that you do not need to do everything yourself, and it is okay and oftentimes safer to seek professional help.

In fact, Dr. Kernagis at Your Time Dental Urgent Care is available to help you when something is stuck between your teeth and is too challenging or dangerous to get out on your own. An urgent care dentist can carefully and safely remove the piece of food that is stuck and causing irritation or discomfort.

When to seek professional dental care to get food unstuck from between your teeth: 

It is important to seek care from a dentist if the food stuck between your teeth causes you pain. Also, if you get food stuck deep between your teeth, in your gums, or in a hard-to-reach location like the back teeth it is wise to see a dentist for help.

Trying to take action and fix the issue on your own in any of these settings can lead to consequences. For example, if a piece of food gets stuck in the gums and you accidentally push it farther in, making it harder to get out, you may cause your gums to get infected.

This happened to 41-year-old firefighter Adam Martin in January of 2020. Martin got a popcorn kernel stuck between his teeth that he continuously poked at and tried to get unstuck for months. The constant prodding with random sharp objects led to a potentially fatal blood infection that required open-heart surgery to treat. After the surgery, Martin said, “If I had gone to the dentist in the first place, then none of this would have happened.”

Possible consequences of trying to remove food from between your teeth on your own:

  1. Puncturing and/or infecting the gums
  2. Breaking or cracking the teeth
  3. Creating pain
  4. Causing existing pain to worsen

In conclusion, if you get food stuck between your teeth that does not easily come out by using floss or brushing your teeth you should take caution and seek professional dental help. It is much better to have a dentist safely remove the food than to try to do it yourself and end up in more pain or with an infection.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Multi-Procedure Dental Visits Save Time And Hassle

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In addition to treating dental emergencies and offering extended hours, Your Time Dental Urgent Care is a full-service cosmetic and general dental practice. We can address any general, restorative or general dental need including total smile makeovers. If you are considering a smile makeover, you may be wondering whether to do it all at once or one procedure at a time over an extended period. Here are some factors to think about:

Cost
In the long run, it is less costly to do it all at once. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton, we are able to complete several procedures in one visit. We know that complete smile transformations are a significant investment for most Tampa residents. We would be happy to discuss affordable dentistry financing options. Call us at 813-519-0128 to schedule a no-pressure consultation.

Time
With the latest materials and innovative dental techniques, healing is speedier than in the past. However, some procedures such as bone grafting, soft tissue grafting, root canals, and dental implants may require a healing period.

It is easier physically and psychologically to have the fewest possible visits to your Gibsonton dentist. You should also think about how your dental visits and needed healing periods will affect your employment and family life. You will have less downtime if you receive several procedures at once.

Aesthetic Results
While we routinely achieve great outcomes when doing a smile makeover in steps, multiple porcelain restorations are best fabricated in the same “batch” for the most precise color matching.

Sedation Dentistry
When you come in for a smile analysis, we can discuss oral sedation dentistry. Many dental patients benefit from this safe and effective solution for pain and anxiety management. Conscious sedation is especially useful for procedures such as multiple wisdom teeth extractions and dental implant placement.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Chipped or Discolored Tooth? Dental Bonding May Be The Best Fix

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An urgent care dentist’s toolkit is filled with handy treatments for fixing all types of tooth problems. In the past few years, porcelain veneers and dental implants have received a lot of attention.

In today’s post, we are going to talk about an effective, yet relatively uncelebrated dental treatment that has been used successfully for decades. We’re talking about dental bonding.

The dental bonding procedure uses a resin material that is sturdy and natural looking. It is applied to the teeth while soft and putty-like, and then hardened (or cured) with a special light. The material bonds with the tooth and can then be shaped and polished.

Dentists use bonding to correct tooth problems caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can guard tooth roots if the gums have shrunk.

Discolored teeth can also be lightened with bonding. Since bonding material is easily molded, teeth can be lengthened or re-shaped to blend with the other teeth. Bonding is frequently used as part of a total cosmetic dental smile makeover.

If you live in the Gibsonton area and are searching for a fix for a chipped or broken tooth, please call our office at the number below.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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Can I Get My Dental Emergency Addressed Without Insurance?

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It is safe to assume that you or someone you know will suffer a dental emergency at some point in life. Having a dental emergency treated is a lot easier if you have dental insurance. However, what if you experience a dental emergency and you do not have insurance? Can you still have your dental emergency addressed?

The answer is yes, although it is often more complex than that. Dental care without insurance can be expensive, so it is important to know what options are available. It is also important to know what is considered a dental emergency and what is not.

Options for emergency dental care without dental insurance:

  • Payment plans (most dental practices offer low-interest financing)
  • Dental schools
  • Free or government-subsidized dental care clinics

What counts as a dental emergency:

  • Excessive bleeding
  • A loose or knocked out an adult tooth
  • Unmanageable pain
  • An abscess

Preventative measures:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Wear a sports mouthguard when participating in sports
  • Don’t smoke or vape
  • Don’t use your teeth as a tool
  • Avoid acidic or sugary foods and beverages
  • Don’t delay care or a consultation if you begin to feel symptoms

If you do have dental insurance, make sure you understand what your plan covers. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, our team is experienced with working with dental insurance providers. However, it’s the patient’s responsibility to understand their benefits before seeking treatment.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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The Rising Popularity of Veneers

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In a perfect world, each of your prized teeth would stay healthy, strong, and brilliantly white throughout your life. The truth is, however, that most Florida men and women will need to restore a tooth at some point. And some people never had perfect teeth, to begin with.

Many people are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth because they are chipped, cracked, or because they have yellowed. The good news is, there are solutions to all of these problems. In today’s post, we describe one of these solutions: veneers. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we provide veneers for both urgent care procedures and long-standing tooth problems.

What are dental veneers?

Traditional veneers come in the form of tooth-colored covers that are fitted to the teeth. Each veneer is designed for one individual tooth. More recently, clip-on veneers have become available. For clip-on veneers, individuals can take a mold of their teeth and in return receive what looks like a tooth-colored retainer.

A veneer can be used when the underlying tooth is structurally sound and free of tooth decay. A beautiful veneer can cover a chip or crack or correct the alignment of a tooth that appears slightly off-kilter as compared to surrounding teeth.

Veneers are often made from dental porcelain, but sometimes they are made from composite resin. Many men and women find veneers appealing because they can improve the appearance of the teeth by making them look whiter or because they have the ability to protect the teeth from damage. They are a more conservative treatment than a complete crown because they don’t require the removal of as much tooth structure. Lastly, they are generally more budget-friendly than a complete crown.

Veneers can make the teeth and an individual’s smile more aesthetically pleasing. That is why they are becoming more popular amongst young professionals especially those who have teeth that have yellowed or have a superficial crack or small chip.

Plenty of individuals have chipped teeth or teeth that have yellowed for some reason. When it comes to a professional setting, appearances and first impressions are critical, and that often starts with a smile.

What are the benefits of veneers?

  • They do not stain easily
  • They are custom made to fit the tooth
  • A veneer can correct a misshapen tooth
  • They can significantly improve a smile
  • There are options of different mediums
  • They are less expensive than dental crowns
  • They preserve healthy tooth structure as compared to dental crowns
  • A veneer can protect the front of the tooth from a chip or crack

If you decide you want veneers or another type of cosmetic dental procedure, the team at Your Time Dental Urgent Care can help.

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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