Dr. Kera Young

13131 Kings Lake Drive, Suite 104 • Gibsonton, FL 33524
Phone: 813.829.9075 • Fax: 813.236.9007
Email: info@youngsmilesdental.net
Office Hours: Mon.,Tues.,Thurs 8:00 a.m. to 5:00p.m.
                         Wed 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m.
                         Closed on Fri., Sat., Sun.

Family Dentist



Our Office offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.

  • Periodontal Disease
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Crowns/Bridges
  • Cosmetic and mercury free restorations
  • Developmental of functional and interceptive Orthodontics


Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal assessment, orthodontic assessment, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take digital x-rays, which may include the panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.

We will asses what kind of treatment is appropriate for your child. Orthodontic treatment can enhance your child’s dental and overall health. Benefits of treating early orthodontic care includes correcting thumb or finger sucking habits, tongue thrusting habits, which can improve self esteem, improve speech, improve positive jaw growth, and improve disorder breathing and improve better sleeping and behavior habits. We also offer space maintainers, retainers and another variety of appliances.

Teeth Whitening
Tooth Whitening has also been referred to as bleaching, although this is somewhat of a misnomer. The whitening gel is made of a peroxide compound rather than a chlorine bleach. At the first visit an impression is taken of each arch to be whitened. These impressions are then turned into small, clear, soft, plastic trays into which the whitening gel is dispensed by the patient. A small amount of the gel is placed into the built-in reservoirs in the tray and then the tray is worn for at least 4 hours, usually at night while the patient is sleeping.

Crowns and Veneers
You can have a new smile with all-porcelain crowns on the anterior teeth. For the posterior, we use porcelain fused to metal.

Cosmetic Dentistry
Tooth-colored filings that will match your teeth. We also offer restoring broken malformed crooked or discolored teeth.

We perform pulpotomies with medication and with laser to improve a sterile canal.

Temporomandibular and craniomandibular disorders
We treat these disorders according to the symptoms. The way children develop is our greatest concerns. We have had a great deal of success treating these cases.

Mouth Guards
Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will help reduce symptoms of TMJ. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.

Not every child needs a splint to avoid grinding. Grinding occurs for several reasons that can be discussed with Dr. Young.

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Nitrous Oxide
Some children are given nitrous oxide/oxygen, or what you may know as laughing gas, to relax them for their dental treatment. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is a blend of two gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide/oxygen is given through a small breathing mask which is placed over the child’s nose, allowing them to relax, but without putting them to sleep. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recognizes this technique as a very safe, effective technique to use for treating children’s dental needs. The gas is mild, easily taken, then with normal breathing, it is quickly eliminated from the body. It is non-addictive. While inhaling nitrous oxide/oxygen, your child remains fully conscious and keeps all natural reflexes.

Conscious Sedation
Conscious Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs. It is used to calm your child and to reduce the anxiety or discomfort associated with dental treatments. Your child may be quite drowsy, and may even fall asleep, but they will not become unconscious.

There are a variety of different medications, which can be used for conscious sedation. The doctor will prescribe the medication best suited for your child’s overall health and dental treatment recommendations. We will be happy to answer any questions you might have concerning the specific drugs we plan to give to your child.

I.V. Sedation
I.V. Sedation is recommended for apprehensive children, very young children, and children with special needs that would not work well under conscious sedation. The dentist performs the dental treatment in our office with the child anesthetized under I.V. sedation, which is administered and monitored by an anesthesiologist.

Prior to your appointment:

  • Please notify us of any change in your child’s health and/or medical condition. Do not bring your child for treatment with a fever, ear infection or cold. Should your child become ill, contact us to see if it is necessary to postpone the appointment.
  • You must tell the doctor of any drugs that your child is currently taking and any drug reactions and/or change in medical history.
  • Please dress your child in loose fitting, comfortable clothing.
  • Please make sure that your child goes to the bathroom immediately prior to arriving at the office.
  • Your child should not have milk or solid food after midnight prior to the scheduled procedure and clear liquids ONLY (water, apple juice, Gatorade) for up to 6 hours prior to the appointment.
  • The child’s parent or legal guardian must remain at the office during the complete procedure.

After the sedation appointment:

  • Your child will be drowsy and will need to be monitored very closely. Keep your child away from areas of potential harm.
  • If your child wants to sleep, place them on their side with their chin up. Wake your child every hour and encourage them to have something to drink in order to prevent dehydration. At first it is best to give your child sips of clear liquids to prevent nausea. The first meal should be light and easily digestible.
  • If your child vomits, help them bend over and turn their head to the side to insure that they do not inhale the vomit.
  • Please call our office for any questions or concerns that you might have.

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Treating decay A gentler way...
Our office recently added the Microprep air abrasion cavity preparation system, an exciting new advance in dentistry. We hope the following information will help you better understand this instrument and its use.

What is the Microprep?
It's a new instrument that can be used as an alternative to the drill in some procedures. Minute particles almost too small to be seen with the naked eye are carried to the tooth by a stream of air, gently and precisely spraying away decay.

What are the benefits of the Microprep?
Thanks to its precision and gentleness, the Microprep allows us to treat decay at an earlier stage without as much removal of healthy tooth structure. Teeth treated this way may be less likely to require large fillings or crowns in the future. Smaller fillings are less susceptible to wear and may last longer, and are more comfortable immediately after the procedure.

The Microprep system creates a cavity surface that is ideal for tooth-colored (composite resin) fillings, and it helps us place those fillings faster than before. In many cases, the Microprep actually allows us to complete treatment in fewer visits.

Will it hurt?
One benefit of the Microprep that many patients like is its comfort. The Microprep system reduces heat and vibration, two major sources of discomfort traditionally associated with fillings. That's why the Microprep can often be used without anesthetics such as xylocaine. This enhances our ability to treat children without the two things they fear the most - the needle and the drill. Most patients report the Microprep treatment feels similar to air being blown across the tooth.

Is it safe?
Absolutely. The tiny particles we use are alpha alumina, a pure biocompatible substance long used in medicine and food. In fact, it is a prime ingredient in several whitening toothpastes. Only a small amount is actually used in each procedure and most of it is immediately removed by our evacuation system. Laboratory tests show that patients would have to undergo about 28 typical 20-30 second Microprep procedures in order to inhale enough alpha alumina to equal the weight of one grain of table salt! This amount is below federal safety limits.

What can the Microprep be used for?
Besides the composite resin fillings, the Microprep is very useful in a number of esthetic veneers or fracture repairs. It also allows us to apply preventive sealants in a matter of seconds, well within the attention span of most youngsters.

What does the Microprep sound like?
The most noticeable sound a patient will hear is the evacuation unit which removes particles from the mouth. The Microprep itself makes a blowing sound similar to the air syringe we use to dry teeth. Most people find it preferable to the whine of the dental drill.

Are all patients treated with the Microprep?
Not necessarily. Though the Microprep is a wonderful instrument, it is not appropriate for every part of every procedure. For example, we will continue to use the drill to remove silver (amalgam) fillings and for crown preparations. Please ask us about the role the Microprep might play in your child's treatment.

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Dental Health Education

What is a Dental Health Educator? If most people were asked this question they probably would reply, "That's a person who teaches you how to brush and floss your teeth." True, but this is only a small part of the whole picture! In reality, a Dental Health Educator is an individual who: Is an extension of the dentist's care and knowledge to patients, parents and other staff members in the office, and to the outside community.

  • Teaches individualized programs on Preventive Dental Education to pre-kindergarten through high school.
  • Produces educational materials for use in preventive dentistry.
  • Counsels parents on nutrition , proper brushing and flossing techniques, and preventive education.
  • Provides prenatal counseling for expectant parents.
  • Advises individuals involved in the care of pediatric and handicap patients on proper dental health.
  • Offers programs for community and service groups.

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