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Now you can experience Kernagis Dental Excellence with our dentists in Apollo Beach and Riverview, FL! Our team is excited to work with you to help you keep your smile healthy and bright. Our practice has four convenient locations in Tampa, FishHawk, and Apollo Beach. We provide our Florida patients with personalized family dentistry services in a warm and welcoming environment. With Kernagis Dental Excellence, you can feel secure knowing that you are getting top quality dentistry treatment and professional care. Our Riverview, FL dentists, Dr. Richard and Dr. Jennifer Kernagis are alumni of the Pankey Institute and fellows at the International Congress for Oral Implantologists (ICOI). They love their patients and are excited to serve them with a lifetime of great patient-oriented dental care and treatments.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Get the smile of your dreams with the help of cosmetic dentistry at South Shore Dental Excellence.

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Implant Dentistry

A dental implant is an inserted metal alloy post that functions like a tooth root.

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Sedation Dentistry

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Invisalign

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Rick Kernagis, Dmd

Your Doctor Matters RICK KERNAGIS, DMD

Dr. Kernagis initially began his undergraduate studies in engineering at the University of Florida as he loves working with his hands and being creative. After spending time with a family mentor who was a dentist, he discovered that he could also fulfill his passion for helping people through dentistry. While attending college, he met his future wife, Dr. Jennifer Wynn Kernagis, from the Tampa Bay area. Upon graduation, they settled in Tampa and began their careers and family.

Jennifer Wynn Kernagis, Dmd

Your Doctor Matters JENNIFER WYNN KERNAGIS, DMD

Dr. Wynn prides herself as a native Floridian. Born in Tampa, and raised in Plant City and Lithia, she has witnessed firsthand the growth of the FishHawk community. After graduating from Plant City High School, she got her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa. A high school job at a local orthodontist's office shed light on a future in dentistry. She worked as an orthodontic assistant while obtaining her degree from USF. Dr. Wynn spent 4 years in Gainesville, where she found it truly is "great to be a Florida Gator." Not only did she receive her DMD degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry, but she also met her husband, Dr. Richard Kernagis.

Konstantine Lagos, Dmd

Your Doctor Matters KONSTANTINE LAGOS, DMD

Dr. Konstantine Lagos, DMD, has deep roots in the Tampa Bay area. He was born and raised in Dunedin, FL, in a Big Fat Greek Family. He is proud of and loves celebrating and sharing his strong Greek heritage. He is a recipient of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma from Palm Harbor University High School and a graduate of Nova Southeastern University's Dual Admission Accelerated 7 -year Dental Program. Dr. Lagos continued his studies by completing an intensive General Practice Residency at NYU Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, where he honed his surgical skills in a hospital setting.

Vladimir Avril, Dds, Fidia

Your Doctor Matters VLADIMIR AVRIL, DDS, FIDIA

After receiving his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree at NYU College of Dentistry, Dr. Avril has continuously pursued the latest knowledge and techniques to provide his patients with the best care. From placing implants to oral sedation, Dr. Avril is ready to provide you with personalized and anxiety-free care!

Jyoti Kansal, Dds

Your Doctor Matters JYOTI KANSAL, DDS

Dr. Jyoti Kansal is originally from India. After graduating valedictorian in high school, she earned her Bachelor's degree in dentistry from Manipal University, India, where she graduated cum laude. She then pursued a Preceptorship Certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) from New York University College of Dentistry. While in dental school, she was inducted into Omicron Kappa Upsilon, a national dental honor society.

Mark Farag, Dmd

Your Doctor Matters MARK FARAG, DMD

Dr. Farag was born and raised in Lakeland, Florida. Growing up, he spent much of his time helping at his Father's dental practice, where he enjoyed being exposed to and learning about the dental profession. From this experience, he decided to pursue a career as a dentist.

Elodie Epane, Dds

Your Doctor Matters ELODIE EPANE, DDS

Dr. Elodie Epane was born and raised in Douala, Cameroon. At eighteen, she moved to the United States and attended the University of Houston, where she graduated with a BS in Chemistry and a minor in Biology. Following her undergraduate education, she went on to earn her Doctorate in Dental Surgery at Meharry Medical College. After dental school, Dr. Epane moved to sunny Florida to complete her residency training at NYU Lutheran at LECOM.

Dr Yashri Sanghani

Your Doctor Matters YASHRI SANGHANI, DMD

Dr. Sanghani is a native Floridian, born and raised in Tampa. She earned her Bachelor Science degree from the University of South Florida and her Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry from Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia, PA.

Mark Behm, DMD

Your Doctor Matters MARK BEHM, DMD

Dr. Mark Behm grew up watching his father practice dentistry in the Tampa Bay area for over 25 years, while his mother still continues practicing dental hygiene. Dr. Mark is committed to providing gentle, compassionate, and personalized dental care for his patients.

Dr. Anurag Gudeti

Your Doctor Matters ANURAG GUDETI, DDS

Dr. Gudeti attended the Michigan State University Human Biology program and finished his major at New York University College of Dentistry. After completing school, Dr. Gudeti relocated to Florida with his fiance and family.

Dr. Nadine Jean-Baptiste

Your Doctor Matters NADINE JEAN-BAPTISTE, DMD

Dr. Nadine Jean-Baptiste was born in New York but raised under the South Florida sun. Having benefited from dental treatments in various specialties throughout her adolescent and teenage years, Dr. Jean-Baptiste desired to provide those same benefits to others by pursuing a career in dentistry. Her journey towards becoming a dentist commenced with the attainment of her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of South Florida, where she developed a deep appreciation for the Tampa Bay area. From there, Dr. Jean-Baptiste pursued her DMD degree at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Dental Medicine.

Dr. Bustos

Your Doctor Matters VICTOR BUSTOS, DMD

Dr. Bustos was born in Colombia and moved to Florida at the age of four. He fell in love with dentistry at an early age thanks mostly in part to his childhood dentist. Dr. Bustos graduated from Florida Internation University with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Biology and then continued on to obtain his DMD from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He strives to always stay current on the newest techniques and continuously attends dental continuing education courses and workshops to further his knowledge and hone his skills. Dr Bustos’ greatest satisfaction comes from helping patients achieve their dental goals. “Helping people get out of pain, or giving them the smile that they’ve always wanted is truly my passion.”

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Destiny M.

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Hands down the best dental experience I’ve ever had. Dr. Binh Ho paid constant attention to ensuring I was in no pain during the endodontic treatment, all the while restoring my confidence and ability to eat! Dr. Lagos explained the treatment plan very thoroughly and I am excited to see what is in store! Amazing dental assistants! Amazing staff! 10 out of 10, highly recommend!!

Alexandria M.

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Such an amazing office! The staff is extremely Dr. Epane was the best dentist I’ve ever had. She made things quick, painless, and easy! She truly cares about her patients!

Brandin M.

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My dentist always makes sure my comfort and satisfaction is her top priority. The quality and craftsmanship that goes into her work is like watching an artist perform at a high level. Thank you for all you do!

Nikki S.

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The Saturday Dentist, Woman of color, does an amazing job she was fast and efficient, my dental hygienist was amazing with my gum therapy and the front desk staff is super nice

LaRhonda L.

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I love Southshore Dental, not only are they convenient, the days and hours they are opened, they are very friendly. I love my Dr. Mark he is AMAZING and very compassionate

Viridiana S.

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This is our primary family dentistry Clinic. Me and my three daughters have been them since for more than a decade. My girls are now 15, 19 and 23 yrs old and we are very happy with their services and treatments. Dentists and staff are very kind and friendly. 100% recommended.

Kenneth R.

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This is the best dental office in town. Starting from the front staff very friendly. My favorite hygienist Janet she is amazing. Great doctors and the convenience of the weekend hours. Highly recommend.

Alex Y.

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I called in before closing time like 20 minutes I was in a lot of pain but I'm grateful for the entire staff and my doctor they took the time to help me I totally recommend them for your dental needs they are great thank you for helping me today

Michael J.

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Dr. Mark is awesome! Great staff, service, and atmosphere! Highly recommend this place to anyone needing quality dental work in the area!

Cindy C.

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Everyone in this office is very nice and very professional. I’ve been there 3 times now and would recommend them to a friend. I see Diane and Dr. Avril. Apologies if I’ve misspelled names.

Shalonda N.

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Dr. Epane and team on Friday July 29 were amazing with my son, the dentist is not his favorite place. However Dr. Epane and her team made him smile. Which is not an easy task with there excellent bedside mannerisms, easy going deamnor, and professionalism she gently and effortlessly explained to my 15 year old all she was going to do the expectation of extracting his teeth making way for his next treatment. Pain free. Braces. Excellent so happy with the results. I am told angel hands however I believe t h e favor of God is on her life. Thank you Dr. Epane. Also saw Dr. Ben and Rodi today excellent team every was explain very nice atmosphere.

Jessica M.

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They made me feel comfortable thru my whole procedure They explained step by step of what they were doing. Just a positive experience and I would recommend to anyone on this dental practice

Maria W.

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Best dentist office in the Tampa area,
I’ve been a patient for many years, been to a few of their offices and even after moving out of state kept them as my dentist, this office is just not a Dental Office, this is a place where they care for me, they’re honest, caring and most importantly they treat their patients like family.

Doireann

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My emergency visit was fantastic from start to finish (despite it being at the start of Hurricane/TS Eta!).

I immediately felt safe in the office as masks are required, temperatures are taken, and patients are placed at a distance from each other. Staff was friendly and welcoming.

The billing person was sympathetic and so helpful when I explained my financial situation. She assisted me in finding a way to help with the payment. I am very grateful for this as, like many others, I'm having a tough time financially right now.

My hygienist/assistant was just a peach and made me feel safe and comfortable.

My highest praise, however, is for Dr. Lagos. I have severe dental phobia/anxiety due to a traumatizing experience as a young child and have been laughed at and dismissed by several dentists throughout my lifetime. Dr. Lagos was understanding, sympathetic and he really listened to me. I truly felt comforted by his presence. He worked quickly and thoroughly, and with the exception of a few moments of panic on my part it was the most pleasant dental experience I've had in literally decades.

Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the staff at Kernagis South Shore Dental Excellence for taking the time and care to make my visit as easy and painless as possible!

Bruce F.

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A clean, professional and welcoming place who is reasonably priced. Appreciated how they were able to schedule me same day on a Saturday for an emergency visit because a severe toothache can happen anytime.

Martina M.

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would absolutely recommend Dr. Kernagis for everyone no matter the age or need! Dr. Kernagis is a superb dentist and always takes the time to describe all the procedures. He explained all the pros and cons of the treatment plans so that I could make an independent decision. It was the first time a conversation with a dentist about my teeth ever ended with me having an option other than an extreme procedure. I loved the fact that he was eager to help me with achieving the results and confidence that I desperately longed for. I am 100% grateful they decide to work with me on a payment plan that is reasonable and affordable.

Tanya the receptionist is just a breath of fresh air. I was extremely impressed with her welcoming, super bubbly and full of energy personality. Her zest for life is amazing, contagious and with that kind of spirit it definitely gravitates people towards her. Everything Tanya said would happen~ did (she is AMAZING). The entire office staff were all so kind, helpful and understanding of my situation and I just would like to thank everyone there. I was a bit emotional and they made me feel like they genuinely cared. I can't wait to come back and start my dental treatment plan and gain the confidence that I have been lacking. I have found something special here and highly recommend them to others! Thanks Guys! XOXOXOXO.... .. .

Christi H.

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By far the best Dentist in the area! I have had several issues with my teeth for the past 10 years and have been dissuaded away from going to the dentist after work completed hadn't held up and I had been charged for services not received. After dealing with pain and sensitivities, changing the way I eat food to avoid pain and giving up cold food and beverages I decided to try one last Dentist. Walking into the office I was nervous, that changed during the walk through of the office and being introduced to the staff and Dr. Kernagis. During the initial exam /x rays the dental hygienist was friendly, professional, and very informative. The Doctor was very easy going, explained everything in detail, answered every question, and was not in a hurry to get to the next patient as other dentist often are. These people appear to love this industry and their services show it. I had two crowns replaced, an onlay, and some other restorative services completed with this office. All the work was completed in just a few hours and they made the crowns right in the office so there was no need for me to make a second appointment to complete the work. The staff called to ensure I was handling recovery well and scheduled a follow-up the following week to ensure everything was proper. This office really does work with you on payments and insurance without any hassle, it is quality care at an affordable rate. Not only would I recommend this office to friends but I sent my husband there already, and will be relocating our children away from their pediatric dentist. I can't thank Dr. Kernagis enough for allowing me to drink a beverage with Ice in it and keep a smile on my face.

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We accept all major insurances. We will work with your dental insurance to get the most out of your benefits and help you understand your coverage. If you would like to know if we accept your insurance, please give us a call.

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