One Source Dental https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com Cosmetic, General & Implant Dentistry in South Tampa, Florida another WordPress site Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:11:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/one-source-favicon-150x150.png One Source Dental https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com 32 32 Benefits of Wearing a Night Guard https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/benefits-of-wearing-a-night-guard/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=benefits-of-wearing-a-night-guard Tue, 07 Jul 2020 20:11:11 +0000 https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1411 What is a Night Guard? A night guard or bruxism appliance, is a transparent, thin device that you wear over the biting surfaces of your teeth, when sleeping.  It prevents your top and bottom teeth from touching and allows your jaw to rest properly.  They are made of a custom mold of you your teeth […]

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What is a Night Guard?

A night guard or bruxism appliance, is a transparent, thin device that you wear over the biting surfaces of your teeth, when sleeping.  It prevents your top and bottom teeth from touching and allows your jaw to rest properly.  They are made of a custom mold of you your teeth so that they fit without feeling bulky and uncomfortable.  When wearing your night guard each night as prescribed it has many benefits and below are just a few.

Chronic headaches: Sometimes also known as tension headaches, chronic headaches can be caused by teeth clenching or grinding. If you frequently wake up with a headache, consider bruxism as a possible cause. People clench or grind their teeth at night, and the pressure on the jaw can cause headaches.

Tooth pain: If you experience tooth pain, and it’s not from cavities, there’s a good chance it’s from bruxism. Bruxism can cause tooth sensitivity, often related to enamel damage, or a fracture you can’t see.

Teeth wear: Likely you’re not going to notice that your teeth are wearing down, but your dentist can tell. When you come in for regular cleaning and maintenance, the hygienist and dentist inspect your teeth. When the protective enamel wears down, the tooth underneath is exposed and more prone to cavities, discoloration, fracturing, failing restorations and other problems.

Better Sleep: When the muscles in your mouth are tense, you are far more likely to be more tense when you sleep.

Wearing a custom fit Night Guard made by your dentist will help alleviate these issues.

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5 Advantages of Clear Aligners for Aligning Teeth https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/5-advantages-of-clear-aligners-for-aligning-teeth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-advantages-of-clear-aligners-for-aligning-teeth Fri, 20 Mar 2020 17:46:44 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1358 Clear aligners make straightening your teeth easier and more convenient than ever. Your smile can communicate a surprising range of emotions, from joy to embarrassment—even anger—so it’s not surprising that we unknowingly smile many times a day. If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, however, you might feel self-conscious of your smile, showing […]

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Clear aligners make straightening your teeth easier and more convenient than ever.

Your smile can communicate a surprising range of emotions, from joy to embarrassment—even anger—so it’s not surprising that we unknowingly smile many times a day. If you have crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, however, you might feel self-conscious of your smile, showing it a little more reluctantly. Thankfully, modern dentistry has several methods of teeth straightening you can choose from, all of which can help you gain newfound confidence and will improve your oral health by making it easier to clean your teeth.

Clear aligners like Invisalign are becoming increasingly popular—over seven million people have used Invisalign to date—because they solve or lessen many of the negative aspects of braces, making treatment easier and more convenient than ever. If you’re hoping to learn more about clear aligners and the benefits they offer, here are 5 advantages of using clear aligners to straighten your teeth.

1. Your aligners’ impact on your social life is as invisible as the aligners themselves.

Since clear aligners are nearly invisible, they don’t have any impact on your social life! No one will even realize you’re wearing the aligners unless you point them out, so you won’t have to feel self-conscious about them on a date or worry that people at work will take you less seriously. Even if you rely heavily on your image for work, such as running a YouTube channel or being in front of cameras often, the aligners are clear enough that they shouldn’t show up on video or in photographs. They’re also removable, so you can take the aligners off for special occasions if you’d prefer—but don’t do this too often because they need to be on your teeth for at least 22 hours every day. Wearing them for less time than this will increase the amount of time it’ll take to straighten your teeth.

2. You don’t have to eat with them or adjust your diet.

While braces require you to cut out a lot of deliciously crunchy or sticky foods, such as popcorn and caramel and are still infamous for getting food stuck in the metal’s various nooks and crannies, clear aligners like Invisalign don’t require you to eat with the appliance in your mouth—or even adjust your diet at all. You need to remove the aligners before you can eat; this prevents your food from staining the aligners, keeping them invisible and enabling you to eat freely. You’ll get to continue comfortably and naturally eating all of your favorite foods whenever you’d like.

3. Your oral hygiene routine is as easy as ever.

Clear aligners can simply be popped out before you begin brushing and flossing your teeth just like you always do. You need to brush your teeth after each meal before you can put the aligners back in your mouth, so you’ll end up brushing your teeth a little more often than you usually would, but this is a quick and easy addition to your daily routine. Your aligners also need to be cleaned once a day with lukewarm water and a soft-bristled toothbrush to keep them clear, germ-free, and odorless. These additions to your routine only take a few extra minutes each day, making aligners incredibly easy to care for—especially when compared with navigating around the wires and brackets of braces to clean your teeth.

4. You’ll benefit from increased comfort.

Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic and are designed specifically for you so they conform to the unique shape of your teeth and gums. As a result, they won’t scratch the inside of your mouth like braces do and won’t irritate your gums. Additionally, braces have wires that can snap, jabbing you painfully and requiring you to drop everything and go to the emergency dentist to get them repaired. Aligners don’t have any wires, so they avoid this issue entirely. They won’t be completely painless, however, because the aligners shift your teeth into alignment in much the same way braces do. As a result, it’s normal for you to experience a little bit of soreness or discomfort right after you switch to a new set of aligners. Similarly to braces, the discomfort should go away after a few days.

5. You can start treatment at any time.

Once you decide to get clear aligners, you can take steps to begin your treatment at any time. Dr. Horton will scan your teeth to create a digital 3D image of them. She’ll then send that information, along with your treatment goals, to Invisalign so they can design a treatment plan for you and create your aligners. It’ll take a few weeks for the aligners to arrive, but once they do, you’ll be able to pop them right in. Dr. Horton will make sure they fit properly, but you should be able to begin treatment right away—without spending hours in the dental chair!

When you look at how little of a negative impact clear aligners have on your daily life, it’s easy to see why they’re so popular; they’re invisible, easy to care for, comfortable, and—most importantly—effective. If you’re still unsure whether clear aligners are right for you, you can call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Horton to discuss your options.

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How Dental Passion Has Shaped My Path From Hygienist to Comprehensive Dentist https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/passion-in-dentistry/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=passion-in-dentistry Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:30:55 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1339 I can offer my patients a comprehensive, sophisticated dentistry experience few other dentists can. I’m proud to offer this dentistry to the residents of South Tampa, Florida, and beyond.

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From the moment I helped my very first patient improve their already beautiful smile, I loved being a hygienist. I enjoyed helping people, I loved working in the complex and amazing human mouth, and I loved the dental office environment. I worked for the same general dentist for nine and a half years.

After that much time around dentists, it was only natural that my path would lead me to become a dentist. In the time-honored tradition of apprenticeship, I absorbed the knowledge of the trade that can’t be bought in a university alone. All those hours hearing dentists discuss the best approaches to a complex oral health problem and hearing those same dentists speak with patients and seeing the patients’ faces light up brought a depth of passion you can’t glean from a textbook.

Embarking upon my dental journey, I knew I would thoroughly enjoy it, but I never dreamed that dentistry would have so many opportunities for advanced learning and training in a myriad of areas.

The mystery and challenge of surgery and root canal therapies became enormously fascinating to me. There is nothing more deeply rewarding than bringing healing and restoration to such a visible and emotive part of someone’s personality, not to mention the effect oral health has on overall health. And more recently, regenerative procedures have become my obsession. We are accomplishing something in the scientific world of dentistry that, until recently, was thought to be impossible. With the ever-changing miracle of new technology, dental procedures are constantly becoming better than they were yesterday.

My dental passion is driven by both my love of new thoughts and my drive for improving my skills, so I can help my patients more. Technology will continue to advance, and materials will continue to make results easier and more naturally beautiful, but technology can do nothing on its own. It needs passionate, committed, intelligent dentists to be doctors, scientists, and artists—compassionate dentists who know how to use technology can change people’s lives for the better—to affect real change.

I embarked into the invisible braces field, so I could provide a better service in my office for the patients who preferred to stay within my care. They were so used to my complete approach, they would say, “Can’t you straighten my teeth?” They trusted me and did not want to go elsewhere. They liked the one-stop shop I provided.

One of the problems I experienced early on with other orthodontists was they were not cosmetic dentists. People would often show up in the office with a reverse front smile. This meant the cuspids hung down further than the front teeth, giving them a bit of a vampire look. Functionally, it worked; it just wasn’t very attractive.

Invisible aligners helped get this right. I also felt these aligners made home care much easier than traditional braces. Patients could take them out and clean their mouth much easier, resulting in less tooth and gum breakdown.

When I practice dentistry, it is from a place of love and enjoyment for the process and addressing my patient’s needs. There is dentistry that is beautiful and dentistry that is functional. It is the marriage of these two that creates miracles and will give the longest lasting and most satisfying experience for the patient when done in a caring and safe environment. I call this “The Sophisticated Approach.”

What characterizes The Sophisticated Approach is long-term practical experience, a great team, and the hard-earned knowledge of many hours and years of dedicated continued education.

As a dentist that has stayed in practice for 30 years (with 60-100 hours of education per year), and has 13 prior years of dental hygiene experience, including two years of research at the University of Florida during dental school, I can offer my patients a comprehensive, sophisticated dentistry experience few other dentists can. I’m proud to offer this dentistry to the residents of South Tampa, Florida, and beyond.

I am always reminded of what one of my favorite 90-year-old patients, Mary, said to me years ago. “There are many ways to get to the post office,” a quip with so many applications. It is nice for my patients to be able to engage with a dentist who can offer a variety of solutions to many of the challenges they may face, either physically, financially, or both. That is also part of my Sophisticated Approach. It separates me from other dentists and makes my practice and my patients’ experiences unique.

It is truly my pleasure (and my staff’s pleasure as well) to help my patients. We want to give them a positive, long-lasting dental outcome while getting to know them on a personal level.

As a practice owner, dentist, and entrepreneur, it is also so important for me to be involved in my community. I volunteer my time and expertise at the Children’s Museum, the Dacco Opioid Nonprofit, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Gulf Coast Outreach, Academy Pre Education for the Underprivileged, Womenade of Tampa, and the 100 Women in Tampa charitable group. It’s my privilege and priority to help people with the gifts and tools I’ve been given.

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What Is a Root Canal? https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/what-are-root-canals/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-are-root-canals Thu, 13 Feb 2020 00:00:20 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1335 Modern anesthetics and techniques have ensured that root canals are safe, painless procedures that protect the health and function of your teeth by allowing you to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible.

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Root canals save damaged teeth.

Over the years, you have likely heard the term “root canal” thrown around a few times by friends or family. Even if you don’t know what a root canal procedure is, you probably know that it has a bad reputation. This reputation has its roots in historical dental treatments, but nowadays there’s nothing to fear from a root canal. While you never want to need the procedure, it’s often the only way to save the root structure of your natural tooth. Since losing a tooth can lead to expensive tooth replacement treatments and bone loss in your jaw over time, it’s always ideal to save your natural tooth if you can. If you’re hoping to learn more about how root canals save teeth and what it’s like to get one, we’ve put together an explanation below.

How does a root canal save my tooth?

In order to understand how root canals save your natural tooth, you need a basic understanding of the anatomy of your teeth. Each of your teeth is covered in a protective covering of enamel, followed by a layer of yellow dentin and a soft core called pulp. You need a root canal when decay or infection reaches the pulp of your tooth, which contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. During a root canal, Dr. Horton removes the pulp of your tooth and thoroughly cleans its interior to remove all signs of bacteria. This removes the source of your pain and stops the bacteria in its tracks, preventing you from developing worsening infections and preserving your natural tooth structure.

What happens to my tooth after the root canal?

The nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels in the pulp of your tooth serve several major functions, including nourishing the tooth and enabling it to experience sensations such as temperature, pressure, and pain. Teeth that have undergone root canals often become brittle and are at a high risk of chipping, cracking, or breaking. Your tooth will need to be fitted with a permanent dental crown to protect it from further damage and to restore its function and appearance. Once the procedure is complete, your tooth will look and feel as good as new.

How do I know if I need a root canal?

Generally, cavities don’t hurt until they reach the nerves in your tooth, so if you’re experiencing a prolonged and severe toothache, you likely need a root canal. Other signs include pain when you chew or apply pressure to the tooth, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures that lasts for an extended period of time, swollen or tender gums, or the tooth itself darkening in color. At the first sign of any of these symptoms, you should call Dr. Horton to make an appointment; even if you don’t need a root canal, you likely need treatment for a different issue—and putting it off almost guarantees that you’ll end up needing a more invasive treatment later on.

What is the procedure like?

Root canal procedures take a couple of appointments. Dr. Horton will begin your first appointment by numbing your tooth before drilling into it, removing the decayed pulp, and cleaning the inside of the tooth to remove all traces of bacteria and debris. Then she’ll seal the tooth and prepare it for a crown, shaving away portions of your natural tooth so that the crown can fit over it. She’ll take impressions of your tooth and send them to the outside lab that will make your permanent crown. This will take several weeks, so Dr. Horton will also use the impressions to make a temporary crown, which she’ll place on your tooth immediately. When your permanent crown is ready, you’ll be able to come in for your second appointment, during which Dr. Horton will numb your tooth, place your permanent crown, and check your bite to ensure it fits perfectly.

Are root canals scary or painful?

Root canals make many patients nervous because they don’t know what to expect or are concerned that the procedure will be painful, but root canals really aren’t anything to worry about. Thanks to modern anesthesia, the experience itself really isn’t that different from getting a cavity filled—and it’s certainly no more painful. While you shouldn’t experience any pain during the procedure itself, you will feel sore once the localized anesthetic wears off. This mild pain should last about three days and can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications and ice packs. You should also avoid irritating the area by eating soft foods and chewing on the opposite side of your mouth. The discomfort is minimal enough, however, that you should be able to go back to work or school the same day you have your root canal.

Can I prevent a root canal?

Yes. The best way to prevent a root canal is by taking great care of your teeth through good oral hygiene. You should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss and use mouthwash at least once a day, and visit Dr. Horton for an evaluation every six months. This will help prevent cavities from forming in the first place and will ensure that Dr. Horton can spot any cavities that do form early—before they become major enough that you’ll need a root canal. Regular dental appointments are also important because bacteria can slip in and cause decay under a filling or restoration that has cracked or failed. This can be difficult to notice at home and can give bacteria easy access to your tooth’s pulp, so it’s important to visit Dr. Horton regularly so that she can catch failing restorations early.

How much will my root canal cost?

It’s difficult to estimate the exact cost of a root canal because they can vary greatly; some teeth, such as molars, are more difficult to treat and carry a higher fee. Since root canals are medically necessary procedures, however, your dental insurance should help pay for your root canal and crown. How much your insurance covers depends upon your individual plan, but it can greatly reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. The best way for you to predict the cost of your root canal is to come in for a consultation, during which Dr. Horton can estimate the cost of your root canal and how much your insurance is likely to pay.

Modern anesthetics and techniques have ensured that root canals are safe, painless procedures that protect the health and function of your teeth by allowing you to keep as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. So while you should do your best to ensure that you don’t end up needing a root canal, it’s certainly a good thing that the procedure is an option! If you’re experiencing a toothache, extreme tooth sensitivity, or notice any other concerning symptoms, be sure to call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Horton right away.

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10 Not-So-Painful Facts About Dental Implants https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/facts-dental-implant-restoration/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=facts-dental-implant-restoration Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:00:23 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1324 If your smile’s function or appearance has been affected by tooth loss, a dental implant restoration, which is not as painful as you may think, can help you reclaim your smile’s health, comfort, and beauty.

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What You Need to Know About Dental Implants

Alongside allowing you to chew your favorite foods and speak clearly, your smile is one of the most influential, memorable, and attractive features of your face. If your smile’s function or appearance has been affected by tooth loss, a dental implant restoration, which is not as painful as you may think, can help you reclaim your smile’s health, comfort, and beauty. Here are 10 facts you need to know about how dental implants can help you create a long-lasting smile that’s strong, functional, and totally natural-looking.

1. A dental implant restoration can replace one or several teeth.

Whether you’ve lost a single tooth or an entire arch of teeth, an implant restoration can be customized to meet your dental situation and needs.

To replace one tooth, you’ll receive a single dental implant, which will be completed with a dental crown made of porcelain, metal, or a fusion of both. When replacing two to six adjacent teeth, you’ll receive one or two dental implants to support a series of interconnected dental crowns (known as a bridge).

For a full arch of teeth (known as implant dentures), you’ll receive anywhere from two to eight dental implants to support a removable overdenture. Your custom overdenture will be composed of acrylic or porcelain prosthetic teeth that are anchored in an acrylic base that resembles the color and texture of your natural gum tissue.

2. Dental implant posts are made from durable titanium.

From golf clubs to space shuttles, titanium’s lightweight durability makes it an ideal material for use in sports equipment, manufacturing, aerospace engineering, medicine, and dentistry.

As strong as steel with half the weight, titanium is also naturally resistant to corrosion and is generally well tolerated by living tissues (known as biocompatibility). Dubbed the most biocompatible metal, titanium is the preferred option for replacing worn or missing parts of the human body, including hips, knees, shoulders, and—you guessed it—teeth.

3. Like natural teeth, implants become a part of your bone structure.

When it comes to replacing missing teeth, titanium implants take their biocompatibility one step further. In the months following implant placement, a direct and sturdy bond will form between each titanium implant and your jawbone (a process known as osseointegration). Osseointegration gives dental implants their renowned stability while transferring the positive force of chewing throughout your jawbone, just like natural teeth.

4. Dental implants replace your entire tooth, including the root.

Your natural teeth go more than skin deep. Beneath your gumline, the roots of your teeth make up two-thirds of your total tooth structure in order to stabilize your teeth and distribute the positive force of chewing throughout your jawbone (more on that in #5).

Dental implants are the only tooth replacement option that replaces both the root and crown of one or more missing teeth. Titanium dental implant posts function as the roots of missing teeth, while beautifully designed crowns, bridges, or implant dentures make your smile whole and functional (learn more in #6).

5. A dental implant restoration prevents facial bone loss.

Similar to how the bones of your body depend on physical activity to maintain their strength and density, your jawbones depend on the force of chewing to stay strong, thick, and healthy. Missing one or more teeth reduces the amount of positive force your jawbones receive while placing excess pressure on any remaining teeth. The lack of positive stress and stimulation gradually causes the jawbone to essentially “melt away” and shrink (called resorption), eventually causing the mouth and cheeks to appear hollow or sunken.

Bone loss in the jaw and face is one of the most unwelcome long-term side effects of losing teeth, though it can be prevented with dental implants. Because they so closely replicate the structure and anatomy of natural teeth, dental implants help prevent bone loss by transferring the force of chewing throughout your jawbone. Alongside promoting a healthy jaw and minimizing stress on any remaining natural teeth, dental implants help preserve the natural bone structure of your face, mouth, and cheeks.

6. Dental implants look, act, and feel like real teeth.

A dental implant restoration is meticulously designed to mimic the color, contour, function, and strength of natural teeth. You’ll even keep up with the same oral health habits that are essential for healthy natural teeth, such as regular dental visits, daily brushing and flossing, and positive lifestyle choices. If you have removable implant dentures, the only difference is that you’ll place your prosthetic teeth in a cleaning solution while you sleep to promote your best oral health and keep your overdenture fresh, clean, and shiny.

Whether you have an implant-supported crown, denture, or bridge, no one will be able to distinguish your implant restoration from natural teeth. And after you’ve gotten used to the presence and feeling of your new teeth, you may even forget that you had an implant restoration in the first place.

7. An implant restoration won’t shift out of place.

Given that your teeth exert an average biting force of 171 pounds, a prosthetic tooth or denture that shifts out of place can be distracting at best and painful at worst. The discomfort caused by an ill-fitting prosthesis can make it difficult to chew comfortably and speak normally, which can make social situations feel nerve-wracking or embarrassing.

Thanks to osseointegration (see #3), your implant restoration doesn’t require any adhesives and won’t shift out of place when you talk, smile, and eat, helping to restore your sense of confidence and normalcy.

8. Dental implant placement is a straightforward procedure.

Though some patients are apprehensive about having dental implants placed, many patients find that the experience is less painful than expected. A dental implant procedure can actually be a smooth and positive experience, especially when done by an experienced implant dentist.

The process begins with an initial consultation, where your dentist will take detailed X-rays and 3D images of your mouth and face, discuss your options, and develop a custom plan for implant surgery. If your consultation reveals that there is inadequate bone to support an implant, you will likely undergo a bone regeneration procedure to add strength and density to your jawbone with bone graft material, stem cell therapy, or a combination of the two. The quality and quantity of your bone will improve in the months following your bone regeneration procedure, giving you a strong and reliable base for implant placement.

During your implant placement procedure, your dentist will first make you comfortable with local anesthesia and oral or IV sedation, so you won’t feel anything during the procedure. Your dentist will then gently open the gum tissue and strategically place your implants into the jawbone. Before placing sutures to close your gum tissue for healing, your dentist may also provide you with stem cell therapy to reduce infection risk, promote faster healing, and encourage a more comfortable post-operative experience.

Like any other oral surgery, you may experience some discomfort, swelling, and/or minor bleeding during the first few days. Most patients are able to comfortably manage their symptoms with over-the-counter medications and self-care techniques and are able to return to work in one to three days.

9. A dental implant restoration is a sensible investment.

Your smile is an asset to your physical, psychological, professional, and social well-being, which is why replacing missing teeth is such a positive investment in your overall health. In addition to providing you with a fully functional and natural-looking smile, dental implants offer the added benefits of a high success rate and remarkable longevity. For patients who stick to good oral health habits and abstain from tobacco and smoking, dental implants offer a success rate between 90 and 95% and can last for more than 25 years.

How much dental implants cost will depend on your unique dental situation, such as whether or not you require bone regeneration and how many implants you need. Your dentist will explain the best options for your individual needs and help you make plans for a successful and sustainable dental implant restoration.

10. Dental implants are near you.

If you’ve been searching for “dental implants near me,” your search can come to an end if you’ve landed on OneSource Dental’s page. A longtime member of both the American Academy of Implant Dentistry and the American Dental Implant Association, Dr. Nancy Horton has been providing South Tampa patients with the best in restorative care and implant dentistry for over two decades.

To learn how you can reclaim your smile’s health and beauty with a dental implant restoration, contact us at OneSource Dental in South Tampa, FL, to schedule your appointment today.

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How to Find the Best Dentist Near You https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/finding-the-best-local-dentist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=finding-the-best-local-dentist Fri, 10 Jan 2020 10:00:47 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1312 So as you get ready to Google “best dentist near me,” here are some practical tips on how to choose a local dentist that best fits your schedule, expectations, and the results you seek.

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Tips on Finding the Best Local Dentist for You and Your Family

Like discovering your favorite local yoga studio or gym, finding the best dentist near you can help you elevate your physical health, self-confidence, and overall well-being. A local dentist that fits your routine and needs is the link that helps you achieve the cosmetic and restorative dentistry results you seek while helping you maintain a solid foundation of healthy gums and teeth.

So as you get ready to Google “best dentist near me,” here are some practical tips on how to choose a nearby dentist that best fits your schedule, expectations, and the results you seek.

Make general preventive care easy.

Whether you’re seeking a cosmetic procedure or just want to keep your teeth clean, twice-annual dental visits are the foundation you need for a healthy, beautiful smile.

You’re most likely to stay on top of your preventive game if you choose a local dentist office that offers convenient hours near your home or job and makes scheduling easy through online appointment requests.

Look for a practice that offers the full scope of the general preventive care you need to keep your mouth pain-free and healthy, so you don’t have to bounce from one office to another to get the services you’re looking for.

Consider your schedule and dental situation as you ask yourself the following questions:

  • Appointment Times: Does this dentist offer appointment times that fit into my and my family’s schedule?
  • Location: Is this dental practice conveniently located near my home, school, or
    workplace?
  • Solutions: Does this dentist offer solutions to treat global oral health complaints, such
    as bruxism (teeth grinding or clenching), periodontal (gum) disease, TMJ dysfunction, or snoring?

Expect more than a teeth cleaning.

Though the regular exams and cleanings that define preventive care are essential for your smile’s health and beauty, you can consider them as just the beginning of your general dentist’s offerings. Though all general dentists offer the same foundational preventive services, the scope of restorative and cosmetic dental care often varies from practice to practice. As you look for the best local dentist office near you, consider the restorative and cosmetic dental care you want and need for your smile to look and feel radiant and complete.

Restorative Dentistry

Having a tooth that’s missing, damaged, or decayed can hijack your self-confidence and make it difficult for you to speak, chew your food, and normally go about your day. The good news is the right restorative dental treatment can help you simultaneously reclaim lost function, eliminate pain, and restore your smile’s fullness and beauty.

Consider your current dental situation and oral health needs as you ask yourself the following:

  • Tooth Repair: Does this dentist offer comprehensive options to repair
    cracked, broken, and decayed teeth, such as crowns, inlays and onlays, or root canal therapy?
  • Tooth Replacement: Does this dentist offer comprehensive options for replacing missing teeth, such as bridges or dental implants?

Cosmetic Dentistry

Since your teeth take center stage when you smile or speak, feeling less than confident about your smile’s appearance can trigger social anxiety, dampen your self-esteem, or interrupt your pursuit of professional, personal, or romantic opportunities.

Finding a local dentist who can skillfully correct cosmetic imperfections and enhance your smile’s beauty can go a long way in elevating your self-confidence and well-being. With their extensive medical training in craniofacial anatomy, some general dentists even offer botox treatments right in their dental office.

Consider the improvements you’d like to make to the appearance of your smile and skin and ask yourself the following:

  • Whitening: Does this dentist offer options for lightening stains and increasing radiance?
  • Smile Makeovers: Does this dentist offer options to make over your smile’s overall appearance, such as Invisalign, gum lifts, or porcelain veneers?
  • Botox: Does this dentist offer lip augmentation or wrinkle reduction with botox?

Prepare for dental emergencies.

Teeth may be relatively small when compared to the rest of your body, but the pain and stress they can cause in a dental emergency is often significant. One of the best ways to minimize the suffering that comes from a dental mishap is to have an emergency dentist who offers same-day appointments for those unexpected urgent needs. Alongside reducing the stress of tooth damage or pain, getting the emergency dental care you need as soon as possible can also help save your tooth and prevent further complications. To best prepare you and your family for an unexpected dental emergency, investigate the following:

  • Emergency Dentist: Does this dentist offer same-day appointments for dental emergencies?

Afford your care.

Knowing how your local dentist office can help you afford your dental care can help you plan for your treatment with total transparency. To eliminate financial ambiguity, always ask the following:

  • Insurance: Will this dentist work with my insurance?
  • Financing: Does this dentist offer financing options, such as CareCredit?

Seek out holistic dental care.

Your oral health affects your overall health and vice versa (known as the mouth-body connection). An oral health condition, such as periodontal (gum) disease, can have a negative impact on the health of your body. Likewise, if you have a health condition, such as heart disease or diabetes, you may have symptoms or complications in your mouth.

The right general dentist will demonstrate their investment in helping you achieve the best of both worlds through comprehensive exams and screenings, such as bone and tissue exams and oral cancer screenings. When looking for a dentist that values holistic dental care, look for the following:

  • Mouth-Body Connection: Does this dentist consider the mouth-body connection during comprehensive exams and screenings?

Like a good session at the yoga studio or gym, every visit to a local dentist that offers what you want and need can boost your physical health and mental well-being. On your quest to find the “best dentist near me,” remember to tap into your smile goals, ask questions, and know that you can always expect the best from your dental experience.

For a patient-centered and comprehensive dental experience in South Tampa, FL, contact OneSource Dental to schedule your appointment today.

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Ways Your Dentist Can Turn Back the Clock https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/ways-your-dentist/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ways-your-dentist Thu, 19 Dec 2019 09:00:03 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1301 No matter how well you take care of yourself, age and time happen to us all. The good news is that there are procedures and treatments that your dentist can employ to make you look and feel like they have turned back the clock on your smile.

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Small dental changes can make a big difference.

No matter how well you take care of yourself, age and time happen to us all. The good news is that there are procedures and treatments that your dentist can employ to make you look and feel like they have turned back the clock on your smile. There is no need to settle for feeling self-conscious about your teeth. Learn more about available treatments that will have you feeling young and confident in no time at all.

Teeth Whitening

Years of drinking coffee, tea, wine, and other foods that stain your teeth can leave them looking dull. While there are plenty of at-home teeth whitening kits available on the market, they don’t offer the same strength and results as in-office treatments. Since your dentist is trained to provide these treatments and will be supervising, they can use a more effective whitening agent and process that will provide you with brighter, whiter teeth in less time.

Visiting the dentist for teeth whitening is also the safest option, especially if you have other oral health problems. At-home bleaching solutions can cause gum sensitivity and irritate sensitive teeth. A dentist can help you avoid any discomfort.

If stained or yellow teeth have you feeling older than you are or hiding your smile, teeth whitening can take years off your look. Depending on the results you are looking to achieve, it will only take a few visits to feel better about your smile.

Veneers

Veneers are an easy way to instantly look younger and enjoy a flawless smile. This versatile treatment can be used to address a wide variety of dental problems, including discoloration, chips, gaps, long teeth, cracks, and even small misalignments. The veneer process begins with a thorough exam and cleaning. From there, the dentist may remove some enamel to make room for the veneers and do some other shaping work. Once they have achieved the right shape, they will take an impression of your mouth to create a custom mold.

In about 2-3 weeks, your porcelain veneers will be ready to be applied. The dentist will do a preliminary fitting to make sure you are happy with the results and that the thin veneers look completely natural. If you give your approval on the final look, the veneers will be bonded in place using a strong dental cement. It only takes two to three visits to transform your smile.

Bonding

For those who have just a few trouble spots and don’t necessarily want to overhaul their entire smile, bonding might be the right choice. Bonding is also a common treatment for chipped teeth. It involves shaping the tooth in order to receive the bonding and create a natural look. From there, the dentist will use a bonding material to fill in gaps, repair chips and improve your smile. Keep in mind that bonding is considered more of a temporary fix. You may have to visit the dentist every few years to have the bonding touched up. However, bonding is an easy and painless way to correct your smile and improve your confidence.

Teeth Straightening

Have your teeth shifted over time and become increasingly crooked? You are never too old to benefit from modern teeth straightening treatments. Invisalign is a more subtle alternative to traditional orthodontic procedures. Using this modern technique, dentists will take a 3-D scan of your teeth that will then be used to show you a preview model of what your new smile will look like.

Next, the dentist will use this mapping information to create custom aligners that are printed using SmartTrack material. Each aligner is carefully trimmed to match your gum line and offer maximum comfort. This technology provides durable, fully customized aligners that will gradually move your teeth into place. You don’t have to worry about brackets and wires and the clear material means that they are virtually invisible.

All you have to do is follow your program and return to the dentist at designated intervals to receive your next set of aligners. They won’t interrupt your life. Just remove them before you eat and brush your teeth before putting them back in. The length of time you will have to wear Invisalign depends on the corrections you are looking to make, but they tend to work faster than traditional braces.

Dr. Horton is a pioneer in Invisalign, being one of the first in the region to recognize the potential benefits to patients and put the clear aligners to use in her practice. You’re in the best hands with Dr. Horton.

Crowns

Crowns provide another way to cover imperfections and return your smile to its former glory. While crowns are considered a more aggressive approach than veneers and bonding, they may be the recommended course of treatment for cracked fillings, extensive tooth decay, and other, more challenging dental issues. They are designed to look, feel, and operate like your real teeth.

Having a crown placed usually takes two visits to the dentist. For this procedure, the dentist will need to remove any decay and shape the tooth for the best bond to the crown. They will then take an impression and place a temporary crown on the tooth. Once your custom crown has been manufactured, you will need to return to have it permanently fastened to the tooth.

Botox

Botox is used to treat a wide variety of medical issues while also providing cosmetic benefits, which has helped it to become an increasingly popular tool in the dentist office. Not only can it provide relief from painful joint disorders, but it can also be used to create more symmetrical lips, plump gums to fill in “black triangles” that tend to form at the top intersection between teeth and help reduce gummy smiles. If there is a part of your smile that you don’t like or you think makes you look older, Botox may be able to provide a solution.

Gummy Smile

While Botox may help some patients improve their gummy smile, crown lengthening, and lip lowering are two other cosmetic procedures that will help reduce the amount of gum that shows when you smile. This is just another way to keep you feeling younger and more confident.

One Source Dental of South Tampa offers a wide range of services, including cosmetic dentistry treatments that will have your teeth looking and feeling great. Call on us to help you turn back the clock and improve your smile today. Contact us to get started and see just how a better smile can affect your whole outlook on life.

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10 Ways to Enjoy Your Holiday in Tampa, FL https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/holiday-in-tampa-fl/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=holiday-in-tampa-fl Thu, 05 Dec 2019 22:26:42 +0000 http://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/?p=1293 Christmas is a big deal in Tampa, with dozens of events and activities that you can take part in. If you’re looking to try out new events this year, we’ve included a few of our favorite ways to enjoy Christmas or your holiday in Tampa.

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Experience Tampa’s warm weather holiday season.

Florida is famous for having beautifully warm weather all year, and Tampa is no different. You won’t find yourself having to bundle up or brave the snow to go to outside—at least, not often. It hasn’t snowed in Tampa since 1977! While the idea of warm breezes and palm trees paired with Christmas lights might seem a little strange to people from other states, our beautiful weather simply adds to our Christmas spirit. Christmas is a big deal in Tampa, with dozens of events and activities that you can take part in. If you’re looking to try out new events this year, we’ve included a few of our favorite ways to enjoy your holiday in Tampa, to be specific, the Christmas season.

1. The Hillsborough Riverwalk

The Hillsborough Riverwalk is decorated beautifully every year, including a 35-foot Christmas tree that floats in the harbor, making it the perfect place to enjoy the sights and soak up the Christmas spirit. There’s even a free Christmas boat parade on December 21, during which brightly lit boats float down the river—your little ones might even spot Santa on one of the boats as it floats by!

2. North Pole Express

If you have little ones who love trains and Santa Claus, they’ll absolutely love riding the North Pole Express. Tickets for the train cost $25 per person; once on board, you and your kids will ride through Largo Central Park to the North Pole, with enough games, crafts, and sweets to keep your kids entertained all evening. Your little ones will be able to meet Santa Claus and can even take home a bell from his sleigh!

If you don’t have kids or you’re looking for a fun, Christmas-themed date night for your holiday in Tampa, the venue is also offering an adults-only event after dark for the first time, complete with wine and chocolate.

3. Tampa Theatre’s Holiday Classics

If you’re in the mood to watch an iconic Christmas movie, you’re in luck—every year, Tampa Theatre shows several Christmas classics on the big screen. This year, they’re showing “Miracle on 34th Street,” “Elf,” “White Christmas,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and “Love Actually.” A few of the movies even include special events!

If you have kids,you might want to arrive an hour before “Miracle on 34th Street” starts so that your little ones can meet Santa! Afterwards, Santa will tell the kids a story and sing Christmas carols with them; they’ll even get a commemorative picture to take home. Isn’t this a perfect kids holiday in Tampa?

4. Snowfest

Who says Christmas in Florida can’t involve fun in the snow? Snowfest is a popular event in St. Petersburg that ensures your kids won’t miss out on playing in the snow. Real snow is brought in for the event so that your kids can enjoy toboggan rides, ice skating, and ice fishing. If your little ones get tired of the snow, they can also enjoy karaoke, inflatables, and more. There’s even an area for teenagers to hang out, stocked with video games and phone charging stations. This year’s Snowfest will start at 9am on December 7 and only costs $5 per person.

5. Beer and Carols

If you’re looking for a fun night out during your holiday in Tampa and love craft beer, you might enjoy Beer and Carols. The event is being hosted by Horizon Church at the 81Bay Brewing Company on December 19 and Bay Cannon on December 20. Come ready to drink great beer and to sing your favorite carols. Entry is free.   

6. Christmas in the Wild

Hosted by the Lowry Park Zoo, Christmas in the Wild is a great family event, especially if you have young kids. The zoo is decorated with more than a million Christmas lights and a 50-foot tall Christmas tree. Your kids will have the opportunity to see a lot of the animals at night, when several species will be a little more active, and can even interact with a few animal ambassadors—including reindeer!

Your little ones can see Santa himself in Santa’s village and there’s plenty of food and shopping to keep you entertained as well. Christmas in the Wild is being held next on December 6, 7, 13-15, and 20-23.

7. Busch Gardens’ Christmas Town

Christmas Town is a holiday mainstay in Tampa, and it’s easy to see why—it’s packed with so many activities that it’s impossible to do everything in a single visit! There’s shopping, restaurants or food carts, and Christmas shows for many age groups, from live bands and jazzy piano solos to shows like “Elmo’s Christmas Wish” or “Christmas on Ice.”

Your little ones will also have an opportunity to meet Santa as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and friends. Christmas Town is held every night from November 16 to January 6.

8. Holiday Stroll

This yearly event in Largo Central Park provides a good opportunity for you to get outside and walk around when your spending the holiday in Tampa. The park is lit up with Christmas lights and is full of local vendors selling food, drinks, and merchandise, so there’s plenty for you to see. Additionally, you’ll be able to watch the tree-lighting ceremony if you make it to the park by 6pm.

This year, the Holiday Stroll will be held on December 7 from 5pm to 10pm; the event itself is free, but parking will cost between $5 and $10.

9. SantaFest

This popular Christmas event is a great afternoon activity for you and your little ones. There’s live entertainment and plenty of activities for your kids, including crafts and the chance to meet Santa—complete with a free picture! SantaFest will be held on December 7 from noon to 4pm, but there’s a Christmas parade right before SantaFest if you’d also like to attend that; the parade kicks off at 11am from Morgan Street and ends at Ashley Drive and Cass Street.

10. Holiday ROMP with Shelter Dogs

This event involves spending an afternoon playing with shelter dogs who are up for adoption, making it a heartwarming and incredibly fun way to spend an afternoon during your holiday in Tampa. You can play fetch with the dogs, give them treats, or simply watch them play and have fun.

You’ll have a blast whether or not you’re looking for a furry friend, but if you are looking to adopt, this is the perfect chance to get to know each dog and to see how they behave when they’re simply having fun! The event is being held on December 14 from 1pm to 5pm and is completely free; spaces are limited, though, so you should reserve your tickets in advance.

We might not get a white Christmas in Florida, but that doesn’t have to dampen our enthusiasm for the holidays—or even keep us from enjoying some snow! Tampa has plenty of great activities that will help you get in the Christmas spirit and find new ways to celebrate the season. If you try and love an event you discovered on this list, feel free to let us know at your next dental appointment.

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Caring for Your Child’s Smile https://www.onesourcedentalsouthtampa.com/caring-for-your-childs-smile/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=caring-for-your-childs-smile Wed, 04 Sep 2019 15:35:17 +0000 http://onesourcedentaltampa.flywheelsites.com/?p=1211 As a parent, you only want the best for your child. Just like you take your child to the pediatrician to ensure that his or her physical health is in order, you should also visit the dentist. While baby teeth are not the permanent teeth a child will have for the rest of his or […]

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As a parent, you only want the best for your child. Just like you take your child to the pediatrician to ensure that his or her physical health is in order, you should also visit the dentist. While baby teeth are not the permanent teeth a child will have for the rest of his or her life, caring for your child’s smile starts at birth. A healthy smile increases confidence, improves overall health and avoids the pain associated with tooth decay.

When Should You Start Brushing Your Child’s Teeth?

The moment that the first tooth breaks through the gums, you should start brushing your child’s teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for kids. If your child is under three, use a small dab of toothpaste with fluoride about the size of a grain of rice. If your child is between 3-6 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. We suggest brushing your child’s teeth twice a day. When cleaning, lift your child’s upper and lower lip to brush the gum line in addition to the teeth. Check for any white staining on teeth, especially near the gum line, which can be an early sign of a cavity.

What About Permanent Teeth?

Caring for your child’s smile becomes even more critical when permanent teeth appear when your child is 6-7 years of age. The permanent teeth will continue to emerge over the course of his or her teenage years. Every day, your child should brush his or her teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time with toothpaste that contains fluoride. Your child should floss once a day.

When Should Your Child Visit the Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that all children visit the dentist before the age of 1 or within six months of a tooth erupting. While there might not be teeth to clean yet or cavities, starting visits to the dentist early in life help to increase comfort and ensure there are no dental problems. Baby teeth are critical to speech development, proper nutrition and a healthy permanent smile.

OneSource Dental Helps in Caring for Your Child’s Smile

OneSource Dental of South Tampa offers compassionate dental care to patients of all ages, including children. We care about helping you and your family achieve optimal oral health. To schedule your exam or learn more about caring for your child’s smile, give us a call today at (813) 879-9299. We look forward to keeping your smile bright and healthy!

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