General Dentistry

Did you know that the one health care provider you should see multiple times a year is your general dentist?

That’s because general dentistry can prevent multiple diseases; in fact, most dental procedures are diagnostic or preventive. Tampa patients who listen to their dentist and practice good oral health and hygiene can often prevent oral and general disease. Left untreated, these oral disorders can cause tooth and jaw pain, cost money and time from work, and can possibly result in tooth loss.

General dentists can provide comprehensive dental care to family members of any age. During your regular dental visit to Dr. Bellegarrigue, you will receive a complete examination of your mouth and surrounding areas. If your dentist or dental hygienist observes signs of tooth infection or decay, they will be able to treat the issue that day immediately.

What Can Your General Dentist Do?

General dentists provide a wide range of dental services geared towards preventing oral health issues, improving the appearance of your smile, and restoring missing or damaged teeth. Some of the services you can expect at North Tampa Dentistry include:

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive dentistry maintains your oral health by eradicating disease and decay before it gets worse and requires surgery. Regular exams, which can consist of diagnostic tools like digital and panoramic x-rays-and professional dental cleanings, are the keystone to preventive dental care. Dr. Bellegarrigue is happy to provide accurate and precise directions on proper at-home oral care and may recommend healing treatments like sealants or dental bonding as necessary.

Do you play sports? Your Tampa dentist may fit you with a custom-fabricated sports-guard or mouthguard to protect your teeth. Do you grind your teeth at night? This can lead to enamel erosion and tooth fractures; Dr. Bellegarrigue can recommend a nightguard to protect your oral assets.  

Restorative Dentistry

If preventive dentistry doesn’t catch an oral issue, or if it’s been a while since you’ve seen your dentist, you may need restorative treatment. One of the most common forms includes removing tooth decay and sealing the tooth with a filling. If you’ve had an accident and have a chipped, broken, loose, or knocked-out tooth, your general dentist at North Tampa Dentistry can restore your smile to its previous glory.

Dental emergencies can be treated the same day, depending on the urgency of oral trauma. Your Tampa general dentist can restore missing teeth with dental implants, full and partial dentures, dental crowns, and dental bridges. Patients who have gum disease can see their general dentist to treat their infection and maintain regular dental check-ups to keep an eye on your oral health. Dr. Bellegarrigue can perform root canal treatment to save an infected tooth, or orthodontics to straighten overcrowded or crooked teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

You maintain perfect dental attendance at the regular intervals suggested by Dr. Bellegarrigue, but you still aren’t satisfied with how your smile looks. Your Tampa general dentist can offer a comprehensive range of beautifying services like professional teeth whitening with Zoom, dental bonding, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, and more to give you the dazzling Hollywood smile you’ve always wanted.

Give North Tampa Dentistry a Call Today

In many ways, your oral health is a reflection of your general health. For example, untreated dental infections can affect diabetes, lead to an increase in heart disease, and create complications during pregnancy. Your general dentist is trained to spot these and other health issues, as well as screen for oral cancer. If you have a hard time sleeping, experience jaw pain, or have any concerns or health issues, Dr. Bellegarrigue can offer appropriate treatment or referral, nutritional advice, help with quitting smoking, and provide oral wellness information.

Even if it’s been a while since you’ve scheduled a dental visit, it’s not our job to scold you. We are here to serve you and your family, provide the best in oral health care, and administer honest dental advice and options.