Can I Get a Metal-Free Tooth Implant?

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Many Gibsonton dental patients are turning to metal-free dentistry. Instead of amalgam fillings, they choose composite and porcelain restorations. Non-metal fillings and crowns can be matched perfectly to your natural tooth color. Some people are sensitive to the metals used in standard fillings. Non-metal materials can prevent potential tooth sensitivity.

Controversy Over Whether Dental Amalgam is Toxic

Another one of the issues with dental amalgam is that it contains a small amount of mercury. Some dental patients are worried that mercury is toxic or dangerous to one’s health.

Both the American Dental Association and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have reviewed volumes of research and concluded that dental amalgam does not pose a health risk.

“FDA has reviewed the best available scientific evidence to determine whether the low levels of mercury vapor associated with dental amalgam fillings are a cause for concern. Based on this evidence, FDA considers dental amalgam fillings safe for adults and children ages 6 and above. The weight of credible scientific evidence reviewed by FDA does not establish an association between dental amalgam use and adverse health effects in the general population.” (FDA)

Is There a Metal-Free Dental Implant?

That said, many patients do not want any metal in their mouth, regardless of what the FDA and ADA says. This leads to the question “Is there a metal-free alternative to titanium for dental implants?”

Some implant dentists offer Zirconia implants.

What Are Zirconia Implants?

Zirconia tooth implants are routinely touted as a non-metal alternative to titanium posts.

Is Zirconia Actually Metal-Free?

As it turns out, the answer to this question is complex. And you will get different answers depending on whether you consult a manufacturer of Zirconia tooth implants, an implant dentist who prefers titanium, or a scientist who has no ties to the dental industry.

Consider the following:

“Zirconia crowns are made from zirconium dioxide, a very durable type of metal that’s related to titanium, although it’s categorized as a type of ceramic crown.” (Healthline.com)

“Is it misleading when we call zirconium restorations “metal-free”? We all are agreed that titanium is a metal. Zirconium is chemically a metal and has been used in alloys. Its atomic number is 40. To say that Titanium is metal and that Zirconium is not is showing a poor knowledge of chemistry. Zirconium dioxide, an oxidized form of Zirconium that is used for restorations, is a metal. We would not call rust — iron oxide — anything but metal. Now we have a new generation of zirconium dioxide implant fixtures and they are advertised as “metal-free” and calling them ceramic.” (Osseonews.com)

“Zirconium is a silver-gray transition metal, a type of element that is malleable and ductile and easily forms stable compounds.” (LiveScience.com)

How are Zirconia and Titanium Implants Similar?

Both materials are FDA approved, biocompatible and safe to use for dental implants.

Why Don’t all Dental Implant Dentists offer Zirconia Implants?

There are many reasons.

  • Some dental implant dentists don’t believe they are as durable as titanium dental implants.
  • Some dental implant dentists don’t offer them because they can’t be used in a variety of configurations. For example, they are not suited for complete mouth restorations and implant-anchored dentures.
  • Some dental implant dentists don’t perform them because they believe they have a slight risk of fracture–especially narrow diameter Zirconia dental implants.
  • Some dental implant dentists believe they haven’t proven to provide long-term success.

“A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, concluded, “Survival rates and marginal bone loss of zirconia implants are promising, but more evidence on long-term outcomes is needed.” (JADA)

So what do you do if you are interested in getting a dental implant but you don’t want titanium in your mouth? Talk to Dr. Kernagis.

Don’t count on marketing hype to make important decisions about dental implant procedures. Consult a doctor who has been placing tooth implants successfully since 2001 and has a legacy of satisfied patients.

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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How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

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Tampa endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many Gibsonton dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer urgent dental care, dental implants, and emergency dental care

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Restorative dentistry has advanced significantly over the years and there are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. In today’s post, we are going to focus on two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive alternative to a complete crown and either one is usually more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,” meaning that they are produced in a lab and placed whole on the tooth. A traditional “direct filling” is applied to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shaped by the dentist.

An inlay is used to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, often to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin is used for inlays; these materials are tough and look very natural because the color can be matched exactly to the surrounding teeth. An inlay is precisely fitted to your tooth and looks, feels, and functions as the previous tooth.

An onlay covers a larger part of the tooth. Because they cover such a large area of the tooth, they are often referred to as partial crowns. Onlays are usually applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, they are specifically fitted to the damaged part of the tooth. Composite resin and porcelain are also the main materials used to create an onlay. As mentioned before, inlays and onlays serve an important role in restorative and cosmetic dentistry.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we provide first rate dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call 813-519-0128 to make an appointment today.

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813-519-0128

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
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33534

 

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Is It Growing In Your Mouth?

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Believe it or not plaque can rear its ugly head in any Gibsonton mouth – even yours – no matter how meticulous you try to be. If you have deep grooves, watch out. If you have a receding gum line, watch out. If you are a candy-loving Gibsonton resident with the proverbial sweet tooth, watch out.

The plaque process goes something like this:
Bacteria naturally occurs in the mouth, always will. Bacteria will try to colonize on the smooth surfaces of your teeth. At first, it will be soft enough to be removed with a fingernail. After 48 hours, it will start to harden. Give it 10 days and it will be that substance most difficult to remove, tartar. (See picture.) This bacteria will feed on sugars and produce acid that will eat away the tissues of the tooth and lead to cavities. Cavities will originate on the surface and spread on and through the tooth. The best way to deal with plaque is to have a consistent removal process, i.e. regular daily brushing and flossing after eating and even sleeping.

A fabulous smile with fabulous teeth isn’t always the reality for Tampa, Apollo Beach, Fish Hawk, and Lithia folks. We encourage anyone in the Tampa area who is unhappy with their smile to consider the benefits of a smile makeover.

Cosmetic dentistry can be a significant investment but the truth of just how much it will cost for veneers, braces, dental implants and even teeth whitening may surprise you. At our Gibsonton cosmetic dentistry office you can expect to learn about urgent dental care, emergency dental care, sedation dentistry, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and any number of other dental services.

Richard Kernagis has been serving the Gibsonton area since 2001. Call 813-519-0128 to schedule a consultation.

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813-519-0128

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Your Time Dental Urgent Care In Gibsonton Wants You To Be Healthy And Happy

Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton Cares For Teeth Dentists in Gibsonton are dedicated to your oral health and care about the condition of your teeth. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we recognize that your teeth help you both eat and speak. You use your teeth to tear, scrape, and chew food, as well as to form words with your tongue.

Healthy teeth and gums are an essential component of complete physical and mental health. An unhealthy smile can erode confidence, cause embarrassment, and make eating and speaking difficult. The team of dental professionals at Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton, Florida, wants to help keep your mouth and teeth healthy so that they don’t adversely affect your well-being in any way.

We humans have two sets of teeth in our lifetime. The first set is your ‘primary teeth’, which many people around Gibsonton often call ‘baby teeth. Baby teeth typically start to come in at about 6 months old. An average healthy mouth for a Gibsonton resident has a total of 20 primary teeth by about age 5.

Your primary teeth will eventually fall out and new teeth are known as ‘permanent teeth’ will grow in. Permanent teeth typically begin to come in around age 6 for most Gibsonton residents, but every person is unique and it could be a little earlier or later. By about age 13 an average healthy mouth should have 28 of the total 32 permanent teeth. The last four permanent teeth may or may not come, but typically come in between the ages of 17 and 21 if they do. Because of the late age that these last teeth come in, they are commonly called ‘wisdom teeth‘.

Many adults in the city of Gibsonton have their wisdom teeth pulled out because these teeth can be problematic to your oral health, such as crowding a mouth. Other adults in the Gibsonton keep these teeth because they are not causing problems. If you are concerned about the state of your wisdom teeth you can visit our local Gibsonton office and we can help you make this vital decision.

Caring for all of your teeth – whether you are young and have 20 primary teeth or are an adult and have 28 to 32 permanent teeth – is necessary for total stamina. Let your Gibsonton dentist help keep you healthy and happy.

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813-519-0128

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Sedation Dentistry In Gibsonton For Kids And Parents

Sedation Dentistry In Gibsonton For Kids And Parents

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care we know that many Gibsonton children are afraid of going to the dentist. I am Richard Kernagis and my staff and I at Your Time Dental Urgent Care want to make your child’s first visit to my Gibsonton practice a positive experience. Regular dental check-ups from toddler age are an essential part of oral hygiene.

Florida parents can follow these guidelines to help prepare their child for a dental visit.

1. Talk about the exam with your child. Answer any questions with uncomplicated answers.
2. Don’t share your bad dental experiences with your child.
3. Don’t imply that the exam will be painful.
4. Help your child understand that this is an important part of staying healthy.
5. Don’t offer a reward for visiting the dentist.

It is important for parents to make sure they aren’t anxious about Gibsonton dental visits because children can sense their stress.

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we have been treating children and adults since 2001. Our professional, friendly staff can calm the nerves of a fearful child and help them have a gentle dental experience.

If you or your Gibsonton child has had a bad dental experience or is unable to stay calm while visiting the dentist, ask us about sedation dentistry. We want all of our patients to feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible while receiving excellent dental care.

For simple dental procedures, topical anesthetics are applied to the gums and other tissues reducing oral sensation. If you require more sedation, nitrous oxide and general anesthesia are safe solutions.

Your Time Dental Urgent Care also offers complete smile makeovers which may include dental implants, teeth whitening, dental veneers, or any other cosmetic dental procedures required. All of these can be done with some type of sedation.

Don’t let your fears or your child’s fears keep your child from having a beautiful, healthy smile. Contact Your Time Dental Urgent Care at
813-519-0128 today!

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 Let Stress Hurt Your Smile

Don't Take Stress Out On Your Teeth Gibsonton Hello, I’m Dr. Richard Kernagis. At my Gibsonton practice, I have noticed more and more of my patients with stress-related dental issues. Gibsonton men and women may not think about it, but stress can do a number on your oral health.

Mouth sores, clenching and grinding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene can all be exacerbated by stress.

Gibsonton people who have difficulty managing stress need to realize that it can increase the risk of getting mouth sores such as cankers and cold sores. Most canker sores only last 7-10 days, but for relief from the irritation, we recommend our patients pick up an over-the-counter topical anesthetic at any Apollo Beach, Fish Hawk, or Lithia drug store.

Clenching and grinding the teeth is common for stressed-out Tampa residents, and often it’s done unconsciously. Here at Your Time Dental Urgent Care, our comfortable staff can determine if a nightguard or other dental appliance is appropriate to reduce grinding.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is exacerbated by stress because stress can result in an increase in dental plaque.

And Gibsonton dental patients may find that when they are under stress it is more common to neglect their oral hygiene habits. Many people in the Apollo Beach, Fish Hawk, and Lithia areas find that they eat more sugary snacks when they’re under stress.

If you’re concerned about the effect stress can have on your teeth, schedule an appointment at Your Time Dental Urgent Care today. We offer urgent dental care, emergency dental care, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. We hope to hear from you soon!

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 Your Time Dental Urgent Care Guide To Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth And Your Gibsonton Dentist

At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we do wisdom teeth extractions.

Let’s review these unpredictable (and somewhat mysterious) teeth.

Wisdom teeth are the last of the molars to erupt from the gum. They usually erupt in the late teens and early twenties. Not all men and women develop these teeth. Those that do can have one, two, three, or four.

Some Gibsonton dental patients never experience any troubles with these extra molars. But sometimes wisdom teeth can lead to dental complications.

If the wisdom teeth do not have the room to develop and come in normally, they are referred to as impacted wisdom teeth.

An impacted tooth may never emerge from the bone and gum, emerge only partially, or come in sideways.

Impacted teeth can damage the adjacent molar, cause infection, or trigger gum disease. Sometimes these conditions cause no noticeable symptoms for a period of time. To prevent these complications, Drs. Kernagis may recommend extraction.

Wisdom teeth symptoms include pain when opening the mouth, gum swelling, bad breath, and pain when chewing. These indicators can be continual or intermittent.

To learn more about wisdom teeth extraction, call us to schedule an exam. We can accommodate your schedule.

Your Time Dental Urgent Care has been providing comprehensive dental care for Tampa area families since 2001.

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813-519-0128

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13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
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Restoring Teeth At Your Time Dental Urgent Care

Tooth Restoration in Gibsonton At Your Time Dental Urgent Care in Gibsonton, we use a variety of processes to restore damaged teeth. Most dental patients are familiar with fillings. Traditional fillings are also called ‘direct restorations‘ because they are applied to the tooth and then shaped and polished in one visit.

Another type of filling is called an ‘indirect restoration’ and is produced in a dental lab. There are two types: inlays and onlays.

When a tooth needs a more extensive dental restoration, a crown is often used. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, we create strong, natural-looking crowns from a variety of materials.

What if the tooth is damaged beyond repair? There are a number of satisfactory replacements for missing teeth. Dentures are not the only option. We have been improving smiles for our patients since 2001.

Whether the damage is caused by decay, injury, bite problems or natural wear; Richard Kernagis DDS DMD will choose the best dental treatment plan for your tooth restoration needs. Your Time Dental Urgent Care provides quality dental care for Gibsonton area families.

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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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:

Infection

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

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:

813-519-0128

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

13145 Kings Lake Drive Ste 105B
Gibsonton, Florida
33534

 

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