If you are a woman, you have probably heard about the high rate of osteoporosis in the country, and the state of Florida is no exception.
Did you know that many studies have suggested a connection between osteoporosis and oral health? Osteoporosis can often progress without any outward symptoms. However, there may be clues in a person’s mouth that indicate compromised bones in the rest of the body.
The following dental and periodontal conditions may indicate the presence of osteoporosis:
Difficulty with normal mouth function such as eating or speaking
Women over 50 with a family history have the greatest risk of developing the disease, but it is not unheard of in men.
Dr. Kernagis can establish the presence of jawbone deterioration with x-rays and other diagnostic tools. If we suspect the possibility of osteoporosis, we can refer you to a local medical professional.
Some moms and dads in the Tampa area bring their child to a pediatric dentist. Others use a general or family dentist for every member of their household.
What’s the difference between a pediatric dentist and a general dentist?
Pediatric dentists have specialized training to treat infants, young children and adolescents. They use special dental tools created for smaller mouths. Some pediatric dentists have training in child psychology which can help make children feel comfortable during dental treatment.
Does your teen feel comfortable at a pediatric dental practice?
Sometimes, when a child hits their early teen years, they feel uncomfortable at a pediatric dental practice. This is especially true if the office is furnished and geared toward toddlers and pre-teens. In this case, the teen may choose the right time to transition.
Above all, it’s important that your child feels comfortable at the dentist. If your child starts feeling like they are too old to see a pediatric dentist, it’s time to switch to a general dentist.
We understand the oral health needs of your son or daughter.
Remember that the team at Your Time Dental Urgent Care is willing and able to address adolescent dental needs. We are happy to treat your teen through their adolescent years.
What dental issues should I be watching for during adolescence?
First off, pay attention to your teenager’s nutrition. As children become more independent, they start making more of their own food choices. If you visit any Gibsonton-area middle school or high school during lunch, you will notice that some teens drink soda and energy drinks. Most of those teens most likely drank milk during elementary school. Make sure you get enough calcium to keep your teeth strong. Vaping and smoking take a toll on physical and dental health. Unfortunately, they are too common among the teen group in the Tampa area.
Your dentist is an essential member of your teen’s healthcare team.
Your dentist can help you understand how their diet and lifestyle influence their oral health. If your son or daughter struggles with an eating disorder, a dentist can address any related dental issues. If your teen is undergoing orthodontic treatment, your dentist can monitor their teeth closely during a time when it’s more difficult to keep teeth clean and free of cavities
Regardless of when you transition your teen to a general dentist, make sure they see a dentist at least twice a year. Continue to monitor their oral hygiene practices and set a good example. Watch out for destructive habits. Furthermore, make sure they wear a mouthguard when participating in contact sports.
The team at Your Time Dental Urgent Care has been serving families in the Tampa area since 2001. We value the relationships we have developed with our patients and their families. If you are looking for an experienced, caring family and general dentist in the Gibsonton area, give us a call to schedule a consultation.
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.
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.
To enhance your smile, all you need to do is pick up the phone and make an appointment with Your Time Dental Urgent Care.
A Smile You Want to Show Off
A whiter smile can change your life significantly. Many of our patients feel more self-assured in personal and professional settings with their new, whiter smiles. White teeth brighten your smile and give you a reason to show them off. Who doesn’t need another reason to smile?
Tooth Whitening Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
We can help you beautify your teeth through a number of solutions that range in cost. The least expensive teeth whitening treatments are those that you can do yourself at home. The quickest and easiest are the in-office professional teeth bleaching treatments.
If you are interested in a brilliant smile, give us a call at 813-519-0128 to make a teeth whitening appointment. The hardest part will be dialing the phone, and in no time we’ll have you smiling bright.
Let’s Fix Those Chips and Cracks
Perhaps your teeth have additional issues besides dull color. We can help you with all types of problems including chipped teeth, crooked teeth, uneven gum line, and even missing teeth.
Dental Work Doesn’t Last Forever
Do you have old dental work that needs to be replaced? How about silver amalgam fillings? We offer porcelain crowns and white fillings. If you replace old siver fillings with tooth-colored restorations, when you open your mouth to laugh, your teeth will look like they did before you had even one cavity!
We Are Here to Provide All of Your Dental Needs
The comfortable team of dental professionals at Your Time Dental Urgent Care provide the full spectrum of general and cosmetic dental services including urgent dental care, emergency dental care, and sedation dentistry.
Each separate restorative and cosmetic dentistry procedure performed in Tampa can address a specific dental problem. For example, a porcelain veneer can correct the surface of a tooth that is discolored or slightly misshapen. Dental bonding can fill a small chip in an otherwise healthy tooth.
Some Gibsonton dental problems are more extensive and require a combination of procedures. Crown restoration combined with soft tissue grafts can restore a severely decayed tooth with the root exposed. A bone graft and dental implant can restore a missing tooth in an area where the jaw bone has receded. Orthodontia followed by tooth bleaching totally transforms a smile by straightening and whitening.
What is the difference between tooth bleaching and whitening? Whitening is the term for procedures which remove surface stains to restore the degree of natural lightness. Bleaching goes even further by lightening teeth beyond their natural shade. That’s right: you don’t have to resign yourself to yellow teeth even if they have been that way your whole life! The natural shade of your teeth, by the way, like your skin and hair color, is determined by genetics.
Some Gibsonton smiles have been gleaming for years by regular whitening. You can maintain the whiteness of your teeth just as you maintain your fitness level. (Of course, it is a lot easier to make a quick visit to your Gibsonton dentist once a year for whitening touch-ups than sweating in a gym several times a week!)
We live in an age where severe dental problems can be permanently corrected. You don’t have to participate in a TV makeover show in Hollywood to access these premium cosmetic dental procedures. They are available right here in Gibsonton, Apollo Beach and Fish Hawk. Richard Kernagis has the same advanced training and extensive experience as the dentists who keep the smiles of famous actors and musicians camera-ready.
Schedule a consultation at Your Time Dental Urgent Care to discover the perfect combination of procedures to achieve your ultimate smile. Our phone number is 813-519-0128.
A well-designed veneer does not make your tooth look larger – unless you want it to. A veneer can correct many cosmetic dental problems and is a minimally invasive restoration. During the placement of some porcelain veneers, an extremely thin layer of enamel is removed from the tooth.
If you have teeth with damage, discoloration, an irregular shape or minimal to moderate misalignment, you have several dental remedies to choose from. Don’t worry if you feel that veneers seem to have more cons than pros for you. You have alternative options. We can analyze your smile, your needs, and your goals to develop a perfect plan.
Your Time Dental Urgent Care offers the highest standard of dental care and the full spectrum of vital services including:
Your Time Dental Urgent Care has been improving smiles since 2001. We’ve scheduled Fish Hawk patients for sedation dentistry. We’ve served patients from Lithia with emergency same-day dental care. We’ve performed popular procedures like urgent dental care for our patients in Apollo Beach. And we can advise you on any restorative, preventative, or cosmetic procedure in which you are interested.
Ask us about invisible braces, the cost of a dental bridge, or how long it takes to whiten your teeth.
With our busy schedules, we don’t want a long wait to see the dentist. Dr. Richard Kernagis’s team schedules carefully so we can keep your consultation convenient, pleasant, informative, and thorough. Our staff is comfortable and equipped to do it right.
Today’s message is for individuals in their golden years who want to improve their smile by straightening their teeth.
There are many advantages to retirement. Waking up whenever you dang well please. Time to devote to your favorite hobbies or humanitarian causes. Traveling. Grandchildren.
Braces Aren’t Just For Teens
It’s not all a picnic, however. Many older men and women have health issues, limited mobility, and financial concerns. Though some issues can’t be avoided, others can. Crooked teeth, for instance.
Could Your Smile Benefit From Adult Braces?
Orthodontics can fix all types of tooth alignment issues. Overbite? Gap between your two front teeth? Crowded teeth?
With modern orthodontics at Your Time Dental Urgent Care, older men and women can have a phenomenal smile that looks as young as they feel.
Let’s explore some orthodontic options.
Traditional braces have brackets and an archwire. The brackets are mounted to the teeth and the archwire is attached to the brackets. With self-ligating braces, the archwire is connected to the brackets with a spring clip. This replaces the plastic color band necessary with traditional metal braces.
When it comes to dental restoration, improving your smile, instilling confidence, offering gentle care, and providing affordable cosmetic dentistry, Your Time Dental Urgent Care is going to drill this home every time- We make patients feel comfortable
One of the easiest ways to improve your smile cosmetically is through teeth whitening. Whitening teeth is a fairly simple, non-invasive method to improve your overall appearance and bring confidence to your daily interactions with people.
Before beginning the procedure of teeth whitening, Your Time Dental Urgent Care recommends each patient meet with their dentist for a consultation. A dental consultation will help you determine which whitening method is best for you. We can also discuss foods and habits, such as smoking, that you can avoid to keep your teeth whiter longer.”
While visiting with your dentist, you can also discuss other aspects of your smile you would like to improve. New, innovative technology provides methods to correct any dental problem you may have.
During your consultation, decide just how white you want your teeth to be. Depending on the whitening technique chosen, your teeth can be enhanced three to eight shades in just an hour. An in-office procedure produces a degree of lightening that cannot be achieved with a grocery store product. During your treatment, your dentist may apply a coating to protect your gums and roots while the bleaching agent is applied. A laser is then used to make the bleach work faster.
An alternative protocol is to have your dentist prescribe a take-home kit. These kits are customized for each patient. First a mold is made of your teeth. Using the mold, the lab team creates trays to hold the bleach. While this method may take longer, it is more cost-effective and more convenient for many Gibsonton patients. Teeth whitening results from either method can last from six months to two years.
It is important to know that whitening does not affect existing fillings, veneers, or crowns. It also is temporary and may require follow-up visits to keep them white.
Dr. Kernagis, of Your Time Dental Urgent Care, has been creating nice smiles since 2001. Call our Gibsonton office and schedule an appointment today at 813-519-0128.
Your Time Dental Urgent Care offers general, restorative, and cosmetic dental services including urgent dental care, emergency dental care, sedation dentistry, and dental implants. At Your Time Dental Urgent Care, quality care and a comfortable patient experience are our top priorities.
If you are researching cosmetic dental smile makeovers, you have probably heard claims that cosmetic dentistry can provide you with a ‘perfect smile’ or a ‘celebrity smile.’ Are these superlatives simply exaggerations? We invite you to judge for yourself.
Call 813-519-0128 to schedule a no-pressure smile makeover consultation with Dr. Kernagis of Your Time Dental Urgent Care. You can discuss your smile makeover goals and see before and after photographs of actual patients. Dr. Kernagis can show you what your new smile could look like.
A smile makeover involves multiple procedures which may include the following:
A dental implant is a metal (usually titanium) rod implanted into the bone to replace the missing root of a tooth that has been extracted. The crown and supporting structure are securely attached to the post.
Orthodontic alternatives include traditional metal or ceramic braces, ‘behind-the-teeth’ (lingual) braces, and clear aligners.
If you had cavities in the past, you may have old amalgam fillings. White fillings match your surrounding teeth, dramatically beautifying your smile without crowns.
There are many different kinds of crowns that serve different purposes. We carry out an intensive examination to ensure the crown you get is perfect for you and your smile.
Inlays/onlays are indirect fillings, which means that they are fabricated 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. Where possible, an inlay or an onlay can be a less-invasive substitute for a complete crown.
Veneers can repair chips, cracks, minor tooth misalignment, tooth discoloration, unattractive tooth shape, and disproportionate tooth size.
There is nothing like an extraordinary white smile to give you ultimate confidence.
Dentists use bonding to fix tooth problems caused by decay, chips, or cracks. Large spaces between healthy teeth can be filled with bonding material, and bonding can safeguard tooth roots if the gums have receded.
Just one slightly misshapen tooth can downgrade the aspects of a smile even if all the other teeth have a winning appearance.
If you have a gumline that is too low or too high and detracts from the presentation, gum contouring can reshape the gumline and beautify your smile.
‘Perfect smiles’ are possible—but don’t just take our word for it. Come see our smile gallery and judge for yourself.