Cosmetic Dentistry vs. General Dentistry

Gibsonton Cosmetic DentistryToday’s article describes how general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry are different.

General dentists are dedicated to preventing and treating oral diseases such as cavities and gum disease. When a problem is diagnosed, let’s say, a cavity between two teeth, a general dentist will identify the best way to restore the tooth involved.

Cosmetic dentists perform elective dental procedures that make a smile more attractive. Cosmetic dentistry procedures available at Your Time Dental Urgent Care include teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, dental bonding, veneers, inlays, onlays, and dental crowns.

Some dentists, like myself, serve you with both general and cosmetic dentistry services. In some cases, there is a cosmetic component to restorative procedures. For example, if a dental patient comes in after receiving an injury that chipped a front tooth, the tooth needs to be restored to prevent decay. The tooth is also less structurally sound, so it is vulnerable to further damage. In addition, the tooth affects the overall appearance of the smile. Depending on the specifics of the damage, there are several restorative options. Dental bonding, porcelain veneers, and crowns are all used to repair a damaged tooth.

As you can see, there is not always a definitive line between general and cosmetic dentistry. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, my comfortable team provides a full spectrum of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures.

We treat area patients of all ages: from toddlers just beginning to get their baby teeth to mature patients who remember the days when many men and women were afraid of dentists and their whiny drills. (Some of our wonderful elderly patients might have crowns that are older than our hygienists.)

Experienced dental professionals who perform pediatric, general, orthodontic, and cosmetic dental procedures can meet all of your family’s dental needs.

If you are looking for a full-service dental practice in the Tampa area, I invite you visit Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton. To schedule an oral examination or cosmetic dental smile makeover consultation, call 813-519-0128.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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5 Reasons To See Dr. Kernagis

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When we are young, we feel powerful. We think we will live forever, and we know more than our parents. As we age, we soon discover that invincibility fades, forever isn’t as long as we thought, and we begin to appreciate the collective wisdom of those who have gone before us.

Since you have probably appreciated by now that your teeth are not invincible, today’s article offers some important counsel about your oral health.

Developing a relationship with an experienced, dentist is important for maintaining healthy smiles for every member of the family. Here are 5 reasons to make Dr. Richard Kernagis your partner in oral health.

Visit Your Time Dental Urgent Care For the Truth.
Visiting the dentist regularly is one of the wisest moves a parent can make for their child. A child’s oral health is a journey of guiding and correcting. Healthy habits are formed over time. Perhaps last year it was about refraining from chewing ice, this year it’s about brushing at the base of the molars and next year it will be about flossing daily. Best to get the bad habits repaired right away. The same holds true for adults. Regular visits can correct a course that may eventually lead to pain, gum disease, damaged teeth, or complete tooth loss. Potential problems are best discovered sooner than later.

Visit Your Time Dental Urgent Care For the Atmosphere.
At Your Time Dental Urgent Care the dentist makes it a point to determine your needs. Whether you have urgent concerns or just need a routine check up on the state of your oral health, Dr. Richard Kernagis would like to be your first choice. We’ve got a staff second to none. We keep the atmosphere comfortable.

Visit Your Time Dental Urgent Care For the Discussion.
Richard Kernagis DMD delivers valuable assessment and discussion regarding emergency same day dental care, emergency dental care, and urgent dental care. Dr. Kernagis provides fresh, clear details regarding your treatment. You can count on understanding care and cutting-edge oral treatment. Call 813-519-0128 today to schedule an appointment.

Visit Your Time Dental Urgent Care For the Answers.

When you enter our doors at 13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B, Gibsonton, Florida 33534, expect to get answers. What are the pros and cons of sedation dentistry or the advantages and disadvantages of braces and at what age are each appropriate? How much does it cost for tooth extractions? How much for fillings and crowns? How long does it take for root canals? Who is a candidate for dental implants?

Visit Us For Your Health!

Health is maintained through regular check-ups, maintenance, and preventative measures. Enjoy continued health and vibrancy as a result of superior dental care, vigilant dental hygiene, and healthy habits. Dr. Richard Kernagis is pleased to offer strength, time and wisdom to our Lithia and nearby Apollo Beach neighbors. We will keep your smile invincible.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B Gibsonton, FL 33534 Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B Lithia, FL 33547 Call: 813-519-0128

 

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The Five Stages of a Cavity

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You may have heard that once tooth enamel is eroded, it’s gone forever. This is partially true, but in the earliest stage of enamel erosion, a cavity can be reversed.

Reverse a cavity before it needs a filling

If you can restrict cavities in youngsters, there’s a better chance that their teeth can stay healthy through adolescence and into adulthood.

This is because the rate of tooth decay declines as youngsters grow.

Of course, cavity prevention is important throughout our life.

Let’s explore the five stages of a cavity.

Stage 1: Attack of the Little White Spots

The tooth begins to show signs of weakening. White spots appear. They are under the surface of the enamel, but you can see them from the outside.

Demineralization will lead to these spots. When they occur in children’s molars, it can be easy for moms and dads to miss them. That’s why daily dental hygiene and regular dental exams are vital.

At this stage, it’s possible to reverse a cavity before it needs a filling. Dental hygiene can stop erosion. Fluoride can remineralize the enamel.

Can Stage 1 be reversed? Yes!

Stage 2: Enamel Decay

Did you know that decay begins under the surface of the enamel?

The visible enamel is intact for the first part of Stage 2. Then the hole busts through the surface.

Can Stage 2 be reversed? No…but the tooth can probably be saved.

Stage 3: Going Deeper Into the Dentin

The decay drills into the enamel and hits the soft dentin layer that lies below. This is a severe cavity.

The good news?

The decay hasn’t yet reached the pulp. It will, however, start to cause pain.

Can Stage 3 be reversed? No…but maybe the tooth won’t need a root canal.

Stage 4: Ouch! The Decay Hits the Pulp

Hopefully, you will never experience stage 4. This is very painful. The infection has reached the pulp where the nerves are located. Unfortunately, a root canal is the only treatment option. Unless, of course, the tooth is removed.

Remember, cavities are completely preventable.

Can Stage 4 be reversed? No…and it must be treated with a root canal.

Stage 5: Abscess Distress

The cavities (and infection) have traveled through the pulp and out the end. In the final stage, it drills through the tip. Now the infection is in the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth root. The area swells up and it’s very painful.

It’s also perilous for anyone’s health. This is a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body. Abscesses originating in a tooth can be fatal.

Can Stage 5 be reversed? No…and it’s life-threatening.

Protect your teeth from decay so you can have a healthy smile for life.

If you see little white dots, schedule an exam and dental cleaning at Your Time Dental Urgent Care.

 

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

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Looking For A Red Carpet-Caliber Smile?

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When you see pics of your favorite stars, do you ever wonder how these men and women can project such perfection? Can ordinary Tampa folks ever achieve anything approaching celebrity-caliber attractiveness?

When it comes to beautiful smiles, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” There many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures available that can produce considerable results. Complete cosmetic dental smile makeovers combine various procedures to transform your smile. These are the same procedures used by cosmetic dentists that serve the Hollywood A-list.

A common and economical procedure is teeth whitening. There are a variety of ways this can be done. Many drugstores sell over-the-counter whitening strips and gels. Your cosmetic dental practice can recommend an effective one, or they may offer in-office bleaching. This is the quickest way to whiten your teeth, sometimes in less than an hour.

If you suffer from missing teeth, most Gibsonton cosmetic dentists will recommend dental implants. A dental implant is placed directly into the jaw bone. This provides strength, natural appearance and function, and comfort. It can also protect against the bone recession that is common with a missing tooth.

Veneers, which are custom-made for each patient, are designed to cover the front of the teeth. These are useful for patients who have broken or chipped teeth, stained teeth, or gaps between teeth.

Bonding, enamel shaping, gum contouring, and braces are other important procedures that can be employed by your cosmetic dentist to help your teeth look their best.

I’m Dr. Richard Kernagis of Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton. If you are looking for first-rate dental care in the Gibsonton area, I hope you’ll give us a call at 813-519-0128.

 

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we offer urgent dental care, emergency dental care, root canals, and dental implants.

Call for your appointment today!

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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Are Dental Implants Experimental?

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No. Tooth implants have been placed in millions of men and women. Some studies have revealed a success rate as high as 98%.

Dental implants have been perfected and tested

If you don’t follow the dental industry, you may not be aware that implants have been used since the 1960’s. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 3 million Americans have received implants.

The dental implant market is estimated to reach $5 billion by 2022.

The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to the advancement of implant dentistry. As part of its commitment to top quality patient care, research, education and excellence, the AAID created a program to credential professionals in implant dentistry.

When do you think the American Academy of Implant Dentistry was established?

  1. 1974
  2. 1998
  3. 1951

The answer is 1951. Surprised?

Dental implants have been studied since the 1970’s

On the National Institutes of Health (NIH) website, you can read research about dental implant procedures from the 1970’s. Complete with images of old school film X-rays.

What are dental implants?

A permanent dental implant is a titanium post that serves as a strong substitute for the root of a missing tooth. Modern dental implants are very versatile in restorative dentistry. They can anchor a replacement tooth, a set of replacement teeth (dentures), or a dental bridge.

In case you are unfamiliar with dental implants, first, let’s consider what they are.

A permanent dental implant is a permanent replacement tooth root. It is implanted into the jaw and eventually integrates with the jawbone. This provides a durable, sturdy base for a porcelain crown or denture.

What are the benefits of tooth implants?

Implants:

  • Are durable and unmovable
  • Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
  • Help you speak and eat normally
  • Prevent bone loss that can occur when a tooth is extracted
  • Prevent the problems connected to dentures

Dental implant success rates

Now let’s discuss success rates.

Have you heard that dental implants have a high failure rate? This is simply not true. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, our success rate for tooth implants is nearly 100%.

If properly cared for, a tooth implant can last the rest of your life.

 

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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Debunking Dental Myths

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Today’s Your Time Dental Urgent Care blog post focuses on three dental-related myths prevalent in the Tampa area.

All Sugar Is Equally Bad For Teeth

We all know that sugar increases our risk of tooth decay, but some types are worse than others. Sugar-based foods that sit on the teeth are more dangerous than those that are swallowed immediately. For example, sipping a soda or sucking on a mint can be worse than eating a candy bar all at once.

You Don’t Need To Worry About Baby Teeth Because They Will Fall Out Anyway

Healthy primary teeth serve several important purposes. They allow the child to eat and speak properly. They retain proper spacing of teeth. A healthy smile instills confidence and self-esteem. Healthy baby teeth eliminate the pain of decay which disrupts normal daily activity.

Pulling A Tooth Is Just As Good As A Root Canal

We will let the American Associate of Endodontists explain this one:
Saving your natural teeth, if possible, is the very best option. Nothing can completely replace your natural tooth. An artificial tooth can sometimes cause you to avoid certain foods. Keeping your own teeth is important so that you can continue to enjoy the wide variety of foods necessary to maintain the proper nutrient balance in your diet. Endodontic treatment, along with appropriate restoration, is a cost-effective way to treat teeth with damaged pulp and is usually less expensive than extraction and placement of a bridge or an implant. Endodontic treatment also has a very high success rate. Many root canal-treated teeth last a lifetime.1

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we provide accurate answers to all of your dental questions.

If you are interested in urgent dental care, dental implants or cosmetic dentistry, call us today to schedule an appointment.

http://www.aae.org/patients/treatments-and-procedures/root-canals/myths-about-root-canals-and-root-canal-pain.aspx

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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The Rate of Bone Loss After Extraction Can Be Slowed or Stopped With an Implant

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The alveolar bone

The bone surrounding the teeth is called alveolar bone. Its main job is to support the teeth and provide a durable foundation for tooth roots. Normal mouth function maintains bone health. As you chew, it stimulates bone cells to continually generate new bone.

What can cause alveolar bone loss?

Extraction

When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site is no longer needed.

It’s not just that the root is gone, the forces of chewing no longer stimulate the bone at that site. First, the bone gets narrower. Then it gets shorter.

Studies have shown that a significant amount of alveolar bone loss can transpire within six weeks after an extraction.

Periodontal disease

Gingivitis is not just a problem with the soft tissues. The infection caused by gingivitis (gum disease) can destroy alveolar bone. Advanced periodontal disease can result in the loss of teeth. The rate of bone loss caused by periodontal disease may be accelerated when the tooth roots are gone.

What if I can’t get an implant immediately after a tooth extraction?

If you plan to get a tooth implant after having a tooth extracted, it’s best to do it as soon as your implant dentist recommends. Bone recedes quickly.

Some implant dentists use socket preservation grafts. With this service, your dentist fills the extraction socket with bone grafting material. The grafting material should start integrating with the surrounding bone. This won’t halt all bone loss, but it may slow it down.

Dentures don’t preserve alveolar bone

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 25% of adults over 65 have no remaining teeth. Many people with missing teeth or no teeth at all choose dentures. This is understandable. It’s difficult to eat and speak with no teeth in the mouth. And nobody wants a toothless mouth.

It’s critical to understand, however, that dentures don’t replace the roots of the missing teeth and they don’t preserve alveolar bone. Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that helps preserve jawbone structure.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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Preventing Facial Injuries

Tampa Sports Dentistry Facial injuries occur all too often in the Tampa area. Apollo Beach Little Leaguers get hit by inside pitches, Lithia construction workers suffer falls and other accidents at the worksite, and Florida motorists sustain injuries in detrimental collisions every single day. Accidents at home can also result in serious injury to the face.

Serious facial injuries can affect the victim’s ability to eat, breathe, and speak. Because of the critical physical processes at risk, a person who has suffered a facial injury should receive medical care as soon as possible. Injuries to the mouth are treated by general dentists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we are committed to the use of protective equipment for every type of sport, whether it is a team sport or individual activity. Call us at 813-519-0128 to talk to us about mouthguard recommendations regarding your (or your child’s) specific sport.

Likewise, the Tampa workplace injury rate can be reduced with increased use of appropriate protective equipment and adherence to vital safety procedures. With respect to Gibsonton motor vehicle injuries, the following instructions bear repetition: Wear your seatbelt and don’t send or read text messages while driving!

If you have suffered a recent injury to your face, mouth, or jaw, schedule a dental consultation with Richard Kernagis of Your Time Dental Urgent Care. If you are having dental problems (functional or aesthetic) due to an untreated past injury, we can develop an effective treatment plan.

My office is located at 13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B in Gibsonton.

Dr. Kernagis

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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Get Your Teeth In Shape, Tampa!

Get Your Teeth In Shape, Tampa!

These days Tampa residents are more conscious of their health than ever. Many of us are trying to stay active, eat a balanced diet, and better manage stress. When you feel healthy, attractive, and happy, you smile more often. You want your smile to compliment and enhance your physical and mental condition. Here at Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we want to make sure that those in the Apollo Beach, Fish Hawk, and Lithia area have healthy, attractive teeth.

Eating right is a great step toward optimal oral health in the 33534 zip code area. A balanced diet that is low in sugar and high in nutrients will support dental health at every age. And, of course, water is always the beverage of choice for those who want healthy teeth.

Daily brushing and flossing are essential healthy habits for your mouth. Also, regular check-ups and cleanings with your Tampa dentist are a must.

Another way to get those teeth looking beautiful is by undergoing some routine cosmetic dentistry procedures. If you want to close spaces between the teeth, improve your gumline, or repair chips or cracks in the teeth, then dental bonding, gum recontouring, crowns, or porcelain veneers might be what you’re looking for.

I’m Dr. Richard Kernagis, a comfortable Gibsonton dentist. I have been taking excellent care of Tampa area smiles since 2001.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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Did You Know That You Can Change the Shape of Your Gums?

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Most dental patients know that cosmetic, restorative, and orthodontic dentistry procedures improve your teeth. There are treatments to reshape teeth, straighten teeth, correct damaged teeth, whiten teeth, and replace missing teeth. But what about your gums? Are you aware of how much your gums affect the look of your smile?

You Can Contour Your Gums

The shape and size of your gumline can make your teeth appear too large or too small or otherwise out of proportion. Gum contouring can repair gums that appear too low or too high in relation to the teeth and tailor them for the perfect smile.

People who are unhappy with their gums might want to consider gum contouring. Many dentists and periodontists offer gum contouring surgery.

Gingival Sculpting

This procedure is also called gingival sculpting, gingival contouring, or gum graft surgery, but don’t let the term surgery frighten you. Cosmetic gum contouring is performed using a precision laser. The procedure usually involves little pain and requires no recovery time.

Gum Contouring Can Treat Gum Recession

Gum reshaping is not always done for purely cosmetic reasons, it is also used to treat gum recession, a common condition that can lead to decay and tooth loss.

In gum graft surgery, soft tissue is often taken either from the roof of the mouth, the area surrounding the site of the grafting, or a tissue bank. Gingival grafts used to cover exposed tooth roots can protect against continued gum recession and alleviate tooth sensitivity. Of course, gum grafts often increase the attractiveness of the smile in the process.

If you are seeking more information about gum contouring or other dental procedures, call Your Time Dental Urgent Care today at 813-519-0128 to schedule a consultation.

We provide quality dentistry to patients in Gibsonton and the greater Tampa area.

 

Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care:

Locations: (Tap to open in Google Maps):

South Shore – Gibsonton

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, FL 33534

Call: 813-519-0128

FishHawk – Lithia

5486 Lithia Pinecrest Rd, Ste B
Lithia, FL 33547

Call: 813-519-0128

 

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