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.

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
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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:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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A Fresh Start After Losing A Tooth

Gibsonton Permanent Tooth Replacement Are you one of the many Gibsonton men and women who has had a tooth extracted?

If the tooth had been bothering you, it may have been a relief. Unless, of course, the tooth was in the front of your mouth and now the gaping hole shows every time you smile. Ignoring it is almost impossible because your tongue can’t leave the gap alone.

I’m Missing a Tooth. Now What?

Once the tooth has been removed, you have many critical decisions to make.

  • Do I want a dental bridge?
  • Is a dental bridge a permanent solution?
  • Do I want to damage two healthy teeth to anchor the bridge?
  • Should I select a partial denture?
  • What about bone loss?

A Better Restoration

What if you could have a fresh start? What if you could have a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement that would restore your smile and retain the healthy bone and gum tissue around the tooth root? If you decide on a dental implant, you can.

A dental implant is a permanent replacement for all parts of the tooth. It is comprised of three parts: the titanium post, the abutment, and the restoration.

The Titanium Post
—Inserted directly into the jaw bone
—Extremely strong
—Titanium is unique in that it bonds with living bone tissue (also used in knee and hip replacement surgery)

The Abutment
—Can be made of gold, porcelain or titanium
—Permanently attached to the post (it will not slip and slide like dentures)

The Restoration (Crown)
—Usually made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM)
—Is made to match the color of surrounding teeth
—Will look as good or better than the tooth it replaced

Dental implant surgery is not an experimental treatment. The revolutionary materials and techniques have been tested and refined for several decades.

Additionally, it has been performed by Gibsonton dentists and prosthodontists for over thirty years.

We make patients feel comfortable.


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What to Know About Going to Urgent Care Dental During COVID-19

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COVID-19 has resulted in a lot of changes in society and new rules especially when it comes to urgent care settings. Out of caution, anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 or exhibits symptoms is asked to stay out of urgent care if the problem can be treated through telemedicine.

If you or someone you know has a tooth-related emergency and needs to go to an emergency care dental practice, it is okay to do so, just be sure to exercise caution.

What you need to know:

  • Most, if not all, states require individuals to wear a mask in public settings such as at an urgent care dental office.
  • Some urgent care facilities may also require individuals to wear gloves or at least wash their hands upon arrival.
  • Upon arrival, people will be asked if they have been exposed to COVID-19 or have exhibited symptoms in the last 14 days.
  • If the answer to either of these questions is yes, patients will likely be turned away if their presenting issue is not urgent. If the medical problem requires urgent care, the healthcare provider will isolate the patient and ensure that those who treat the patient have Personal Protective Equipment and follow special procedures.

Urgent care is there for a reason, so use it if you experience a serious dental issue that needs attending to. Dr. Kernagis is available to treat dental emergencies at Your Time Dental Urgent Care. We have extended weekday hours and take weekend appointments. Rest assured that Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton has stringent sanitation and infection control protocols.

What constitutes a dental trauma?

  • Knocked-out teeth
  • A cracked or broken tooth
  • Severe infections
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Life-threatening emergencies

The bottom line:

Accidents happen and dental emergencies will arise that need to be treated by a dentist. Don’t worry about going to an urgent care dental office if you have a dental trauma that needs to be addressed, just remember to wear a mask and wash or sanitize your hands before and after your visit. Additionally, if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or have been exhibiting symptoms, call before you arrive and the urgent care dental office will give you instructions.


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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Urgent Care Dentists Extract Wisdom Teeth

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At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we offer general, emergency, and cosmetic dental services. One of these services is wisdom teeth removal. We have learned through the years that when it comes to wisdom teeth, there are many common myths. Let’s clear up the confusion.

What are wisdom teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars in the back of the mouth. It is frequently the case that there is not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth to develop correctly.

When is the right time to get your wisdom teeth removed?

First off, it is vital to have semiannual check-ups. This way, your dentist can establish the right time to remove them.

Common misconceptions about wisdom teeth:

1. Everyone has to get their wisdom teeth removed.

Some people’s mouths have enough space that the presence of wisdom teeth does not compromise the space necessary for the other teeth to exist and remain healthy.

2. Getting your wisdom teeth removed means your cheeks will be swollen for a long time.

There are new, advanced drugs that help keep swelling under control. Swelling in the face after getting wisdom teeth removed is normal, but should only last two to three days given the appropriate medication.

3. You should consume beverages through a straw following the procedure instead of normal foods because it will be hard to chew.

While it is recommended that you avoid solid or hard foods following getting your wisdom teeth removed, you should not consume your food through a straw. Drinking through a straw can lead to dry sockets.

4. By looking at an X-ray, your dentist can predict exactly when your wisdom teeth will come in.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to predict how quickly wisdom teeth will move or emerge.

5. All wisdom teeth will eventually erupt.

Some never poke through the gums.

6. Dry sockets after wisdom teeth removal are inevitable.

A small percentage of patients develop dry sockets.

What are dry sockets? 

A dry socket is a dental condition that can occur within a few days after having an adult tooth removed. A dry socket is when nerves or bone are exposed rather than a blood clot forming over the site of a tooth that was removed. It can result in great pain and can be treated with painkillers and by flushing out the exposed area.

To recap:

More often than not, wisdom teeth will need to be removed because there is not enough space in the mouth for them to develop normally. Most individuals go under anesthesia to get their wisdom teeth pulled, and do not see any side effects after the procedure beyond swelling and pain for two to three days. However, dry sockets may take place if proper care is not taken following the procedure. Wisdom teeth often erupt in the late teens or early twenties. Some people need their wisdom teeth taken out even if they don’t erupt. Wisdom teeth removal is a safe procedure and there are generally few complications.

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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Is Tooth Sensitivity a Dental Emergency?

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You can experience tooth sensitivity when the enamel of your teeth starts to thin. Or when nerves in your teeth become exposed. You may feel pain only when you drink hot or cold liquids. Or it could transpire any time you chew.

Is tooth sensitivity a dental emergency?

If tooth sensitivity comes on suddenly, it may be a dental emergency or at least an urgent dental issue that shouldn’t be ignored.

Either way, at Your Time Dental Urgent Care we can determine the cause and treat it if it’s dental-related. If we can’t treat the underlying condition, we can refer you to a specialist.

Tooth sensitivity can be caused by:

  • A cavity
  • Gum recession
  • A chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
  • An abscess
  • Thinning enamel due to teeth grinding, bulimia, acid reflux, an acidic diet, vaping, or a bite abnormality
  • Teeth whitening treatment

Of course, the treatment for tooth sensitivity depends on the cause.

If you experience sudden tooth sensitivity, book an appointment at Your Time Dental Urgent Care. Drs. Kernagis will determine the cause of the sensitivity. If the sensitivity is due to thinning enamel, Drs. Kernagis will recommend an over-the-counter desensitizing toothpaste. A high-fluoride toothpaste formulated for tooth sensitivity lessens tooth pain after several applications. However, some patients may need in-office procedures such as fluoride gel treatments.

If the sensitivity is caused by an abscess or a cavity, we will take care of that issue as well. We perform root canals, fillings, and inlays/onlays.

These habits can weaken or diminish your tooth enamel:

1. Chewing on hard foods

We’re looking at you Beef jerky and hard or stale bread.

2. Chewing on hard items

This includes fingernails, pencils, pen caps, and ice.

3. Grinding your teeth

If you grind your teeth, counsel with your dentist. An appliance can protect your smile. Then seek appropriate treatment for the underlying cause. Drs. Kernagis can recommend medical professionals that specialize in treating teeth grinding.

4. Eating too much sticky food

Gummy candy, dried fruit, and even protein bars can break teeth.

5. Drinking anything besides water frequently

If your teeth are bathed in soda (sugared or diet), juice, coffee, or sports drinks constantly, you are asking for dental problems.

6. Playing sports without a mouthguard

Sports pose a major risk of tooth damage. Most children are required to wear a protective mouthguard on the playing field. But fewer adults wear mouthguards for recreational activities like mountain biking and skiing. Stock types are ready-made and rarely fit well. Custom-fitted mouthguards from your dentist are more comfortable than the cheap boil-and-bite type.

7. Using a hard-bristled toothbrush

A hard-bristled toothbrush can damage teeth and cause gums to pull away. Scrub away food bits and plaque with a soft (or extra-soft) toothbrush.

8. Ignoring dry mouth

Saliva is important. Saliva rinses food fragments off of teeth and helps neutralize acids. It also helps clean the teeth of leftover food bits, helping to prevent plaque buildup. Constant dry mouth, or xerostomia, can lead to tooth decay. Talk to your dentist if you have dry mouth frequently.

9. Using teeth as tools

Locate a pair of scissors to open a package or pry the lid of a medicine bottle. Use a nutcracker if you are eating unshelled nuts. A quality dental crown can cost over eight hundred dollars.

10. Ignoring bad breath

Bad breath is often associated with bacteria build-up in the mouth. It might be a symptom of accelerating decay. Discuss it with your dentist. (Don’t be embarrassed. We treat bad breath all the time.)

11. Ignoring jaw pain

If you suffer from jaw pain or notice a clicking sound, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist immediately! These symptoms can be signs of a serious condition called temporomandibular disorder or TMD.

Is it too late? Have you already broken or chipped a tooth? We can repair it at Your Time Dental Urgent Care. There are a number of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments for chipped or cracked teeth.

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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Tooth Problem? Time is of the Essence.

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Dental emergencies span the urgency spectrum from “Get me to an urgent care dentist now!” to “This toothache can wait until the Monday if I take enough Advil” to “I will fix that chipped tooth when I get dental insurance.”

It’s vital to understand, however, that just because a tooth problem can wait until next week, it doesn’t mean you should delay it for months.

A cautionary tale of a patient who delayed treatment for a cracked tooth

We’ll call her Diane. Diane chipped a tooth while trying to crack a shelled almond with her teeth. (Not recommended, for obvious reasons.) The tooth didn’t hurt so Diane didn’t make an appointment to get it corrected. She planned to have it looked at. But because she had a good measure of apprehension about dental treatment, she kept postponing making an appointment. It didn’t show when she looked in the mirror and she eventually forgot about it.

What you don’t know about CAN hurt you

As the months went by, a cavity formed down in the crack. It slowly and steadily drilled through the enamel. One day–bam!-it made it to the root.

This is where the nerves are located so Diane was rapidly and painfully reminded of the crack. Unfortunately, at this point, a root canal was the only treatment option.

What if Diane would have taken care of the crack right after it happened?

She could have gotten an inexpensive white filling in one visit at Your Time Dental Urgent Care. Modern white fillings are strong and inconspicuous. A minimally invasive filling at Your Time Dental Urgent Care leaves you with more of nature’s prime dental material—your own enamel and dentin. We can also replace old amalgam fillings with white fillings. This makes your teeth look a lot better every time you open your mouth.

If you have a crack or chip in a tooth, let’s talk about possible restoration procedures. Don’t wait another day.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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3 Ways Mouthguards Prevent Kids’ Sports Injuries

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At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat dental emergencies caused by sports injuries. These include knocked-out teeth, broken teeth, and mouth lacerations.

Many of these injuries could have been prevented (or rendered less severe) with the proper protective gear.

All athletes who participate in contact sports are at risk of injuries to their mouths and teeth. It doesn’t matter if you are a professional athlete or a 6-year-old playing youth soccer.

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a protective mouthguard is a vital piece of athletic gear that should be used from an early age.

What age group has the most injuries?

8- to 12-year-old kids who participate in basketball, hockey, baseball, soccer, rugby, football, and lacrosse are typically most affected by lost or damaged teeth. But even those that participate in non-contact sports like skateboarding, mountain biking, or climbing can benefit from wearing a protective mouthguard.

Mouthguards are made of strong, flexible materials that are designed to protect your teeth, gum, and jaw in case of an impact. A mouthguard forms a protective layer between your teeth and the point of impact. The following are three critical ways a mouthguard can safeguard you while playing sports.

Absorb Force

Any impact to the face or jaw involves force or energy. A mouthguard absorbs some of the energy, ensuring that the potential harm caused by the impact is limited. The cushioning effect of a mouthguard can prevent your teeth from being slammed together. By absorbing force, mouthguards can also help prohibit jaw fractures and neck trauma.

Prevent Broken Teeth

Another benefit of using a mouthguard is that it disperses the energy directed at the teeth. For example, if you are hit in the mouth with a hockey stick, the mouthguard spreads out the energy that accompanies the impact. This can prevent broken teeth by minimizing the likelihood that a single tooth will take the complete brunt of the force.

Avoid Lip and Tongue Injuries

Mouthguards cover the upper teeth entirely. This creates a functional barrier between your teeth and the rest of your mouth. This decreases the chance of lip and tongue injuries by making it more difficult for your teeth to cut your lip or your tongue.

With a customized mouthguard, you will make sure you get an effective and comfortable fit. It makes playing sports safer for your smile.

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Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida


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Emergency Dental Care for Tooth Injuries in Gibsonton

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Trauma to the face and teeth can be caused by many accidents. Accidents to the teeth often transpire during sports competitions, outdoor recreation, and auto accidents. They can also happen in non-traumatic situations such as when you bite down hard on an unpopped popcorn kernel or peach pit.

It is helpful to know if emergency dental care is required after an injury to the mouth or face. This will ensure your family members’ teeth are taken care of. Knowing these guidelines could save you an expensive trip to the emergency room.

Tooth pain

Any time you have extensive tooth pain due to the injury you should call for an emergency appointment. Pain can indicate underlying damage and needs to be attended to immediately.

A misaligned or loose tooth

A tooth that is loose or misaligned must be dealt with urgently. The dentist can use a splinting method to stabilize or realign the tooth. This allows time for the tooth and surrounding tissue and bone to heal and become firmly-rooted again.

Knocked-out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires instant attention. If the tooth (and patient) is taken to the dentist very quickly it can often be reinserted and saved. This requires quick action. You should hold the tooth from the crown and avoid any roots. The tooth must be cleaned gently. Then the tooth should be reinserted and held carefully in the socket.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we treat the dental problems discussed here plus:

  • Lost filling
  • Cracked tooth
  • Broken crown
  • Abscess

We also serve you with a wide range of general and specialty dental services. These include root canals and CEREC same-day restorations.

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 a Toothache Kill You?

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You should never ignore a toothache. It is an urgent medical problem.

Can a toothache kill you?

The answer isn’t a simple yes or no. Let’s explain.

The cause of a toothache could bring about a dangerous chain of events that could eventually kill you.

For centuries, dental factors were a leading cause of death.

When the London (England) Bills of Mortality began listing the causes of death in the early 1600’s, “teeth” were continually listed as the fifth or sixth leading cause of death. National Institutes of Health

A toothache may be linked to an oral infection. An untreated infection can spread to other parts of the body. Your body may develop sepsis trying to fight the infection. Sepsis can kill you.

Sepsis is a serious medical condition. It’s caused by an overwhelming immune response to infection. The body releases immune chemicals into the blood to combat the infection. Those chemicals trigger widespread inflammation, which leads to blood clots and leaky blood vessels. As a result, blood flow is impaired, and that deprives organs of nutrients and oxygen and leads to organ damage.

A toothache is never “normal.”

Even if it goes away, you need to have it analyzed. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we can let you know if it was bumped and injured from the inside. This is kind of like a bruise on the skin that goes away.

But it could be far riskier. The pain could subside because the infection has killed the nerves. This is just a temporary cessation of pain.

The tooth decay (and infection) has made it through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it will drill through the tip. Then the infection will reach the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area will swell up and be exceptionally painful. We’re talking excruciating.

“See your urgent care dentist!”

Regardless of the cause of the toothache, it sends an urgent message: “See your urgent care dentist!”

If you wait, the cost to treat it may get more expensive as the pain gets more extreme. Affordable urgent dental care is available at Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton.

We provide quality emergency dental care and extended hours to serve you. We will take care of your pain and the dental issue that is causing the pain. The emergency department at the hospital can’t do that. They can only give you pain medication.

Don’t wait to come to Your Time Dental Urgent Care if a tooth is screaming for attention.

Even if it stops screaming for a little while.


Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
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