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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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At North Tampa Dentistry, our goal is to engage our patients to be active in their oral healthcare—starting with preventive procedures like routine dental checkups and exams so that we can identify and diagnose dental issues before they become serious.

Dr. Bellegarrigue and our entire dental team believe that patient education is critical in keeping your smile healthy. We will always take the time to answer any questions or concerns and are happy to further patient interest in oral health. Patients who are engaged in their dental health are more likely to be invested in routine care. 

Many of the questions we frequently hear are listed below, but we know patients may have further questions. If so, please don't hesitate to contact us at  (813) 968-5368 or email us using our convenient online contact form.

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There has been no research or documentation that confirms this. In fact, the majority of dental offices have been open for many months since the pandemic began and there have been no documented cases of dental offices spreading the virus. Bars and restaurants pose a substantially higher risk than seeking routine dental care. That is a fact!

Absolutely. Modern dental offices use air purification systems that clean the air in each treatment room in a matter of minutes. These purifiers have many levels of filtration including UVC lighting which kills viruses. In addition, dental offices adhere to strict infection control guidelines that existed long before COVID. If you're still uncertain, call your dental office to see what precautions they are doing. 

Dental phobia may be linked to a bad experience in a dental office—particularly during childhood. It can also be rooted in myths you’ve heard on the internet. In any case, if you suffer from dental anxiety, your dentist in north Tampa, FL offers a variety of solutions to help you get the dental care you need.

Relaxation and Sedation Dentistry in Tampa, FL

man smiling sitting in the dental chairAt North Tampa Dentistry, Dr. Roberto Bellegarrigue treats patients with a gentle touch and much compassion. While some dentists may not care how you are feeling, you can count on our team's stellar chairside manner. Our goal is to provide you with the most comfortable dental experience possible.

Another way we help with dental anxiety is to find out where the source of stress is coming from and then tailor an anxiety reduction protocol to provide dental care. It could be the use of nitrous gas, Rx medication, or even IV sedation.

Your sedation dentist in Tampa, FL discusses these options with you and helps you choose an option or a combination of options that allow for pain-free dentistry and ultimate relaxation.

For Sedation Dentistry in North Tampa, Contact a Member of Our Dental Team

We want to help you get the care you need without worry or fear. Tell us how we can help you today.

Yes it is. Dentistry, by nature, has always had to deal with respiratory infections which is why there are so many precautions that are always in place. Treatment rooms are disinfected for every patient, instruments are sterilized for each patient, staff members have always worn masks and now wear face masks as added protection. Modern offices use hi-tech air filtration systems to purify the air in each treatment room including UVC lights to kill viruses. Technically speaking the dental staff is more at risk than a patient is. But overall, dental offices are very safe.

Dental Emergencies

Accidents, toothaches, knocked-out teeth, and tooth damage can happen at any time, day or night, and they often need immediate care.

When events like these occur, we want our patients to know that we offer after-hours emergency services to help manage your pain and treat any injury.

By seeing us right away, you improve your outcome and avoid any major complications in the future. We are proud to serve our North Tampa community, as well as Brentwood and Hamlet.

Common Dental Emergencies

We are here for mild to severe emergency cases from tooth pain, swollen gums, or other relatively abnormal dental issues.  

Tooth Pain

Toothache pain can be stressful, making it difficult to speak, eat, sleep, and live daily. Tooth pain is never normal and can indicate an infection, decay, or abscess. 

Knocked-Out Tooth

This can be a time-sensitive dental emergency - we may still be able to save the tooth if we treat it within an hour. We offer sedation dentistry to help manage the pain while we treat it.

Broken or Cracked Tooth

It's critical that you see Dr. Belle right away so we can reattach the broken tooth. 

Lost or Damaged Filling or Dental Crown

Chipping or cracking a restoration may not be a dental emergency if you do not experience pain. We can still restore it as soon as possible if it is too uncomfortable.

Call Us with Your Dental Emergency

If you have a dental emergency in North Tampa, Brentwood, Hamlet, or other surrounding communities, call us right away so we can provide the treatment and relief you need.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Almost anybody can be a good candidate for dental implants as a permanent tooth restoration procedure. 

If you have one or more missing teeth in Tampa, FL, dental implants may be the perfect answer for you. Utilizing thin, biocompatible titanium posts that anchor to your jaw bone and replace your tooth root, dental implants look natural and blend into your smile. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants? dental implant in a teeth mold

Using digital x-rays, Dr. Bellegarrigue can determine the jaw bone density necessary for supporting a dental implant. If there is prevalent bone loss, Dr. Bellegarrigue may recommend bone grafting therapy to support the dental implant. We will go through all your oral options during your dental appointment to help you make an informed decision regarding your dental health and tooth function. 

Not everyone is a candidate for every dental procedure, Dr. Bellegarrigue will take into account your oral health history, your current dental needs, and your smile goals before making any recommendations. In some cases, preoperative dental work may be needed to set the stage for permanent change. 

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation!

If you are missing one or more teeth in North Tampa and Carrollwood, give us a call to arrange a dental implant consultation to determine your candidacy. Call our Tampa, FL dental office today to arrange an appointment with Dr. Bellegarrigue. 

You don't have to go through life with a missing tooth, it can impact your diet, the way you speak, how you look, and how you feel about yourself. Let us improve your quality of life.

Once a tooth starts to give you sensations like this there is nerve damage present. As long as there is enough tooth structure to work with it can be saved by undergoing two treatments. First a root canal is done to remove nerve tissue from the tooth so it no longer hurts and second is a crown procedure to restore the tooth back to full function. Tooth aches in Tampa is our business, we can help!

Sometimes Yes and sometimes No. If the broken portion of the tooth is small and there is minimal decay in it then it can usually be repaired with a simple filling. But if the broken portion is medium to large in size with deeper decay then a filling is insufficient to repair the tooth. A crown is usually needed to properly fix the tooth to restore full function. If you need a Dentist in Tampa give us a call and let us help you out.

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

Full Mouth Reconstruction

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

Teeth Whitening

Whitening Strips are not very effective. They have weak concentrations of active whitening agents and only cover the fronts of six teeth. Custom whitening trays offer significantly better coverage along with use of different whitening agents to better accomplish the whitening goals. Not to mention that strips are not cheap. Trays are more cost effective over the years with better results.

Anything purchased over the counter will be one size fits all and it is also limited in its concentration. These systems are also expensive for what they can do. Unless you are young with only minor stains, you will likely be disappointed. Zoom! is a professional teeth whitening system made to give actual results using custom made trays and several gel options to achieve those desired results. There is no better made way to whitening teeth regardless if you have minor stains or dark yellow teeth from the natural aging of teeth. It works!

There are three main teeth whitening options. The first is over the counter products. These products are always weaker because they are sold OTC and the delivery method does not whiten all your teeth. A second option is the fast or quick chairside whitening. This is usually about an hour long visit and uses a high concentration whitening gel applied to your teeth and heated with a light. This process will give you an instant whitening effect but only to a certain degree. This is the most expensive option and the results vary from person to person. The third option is the most common and most reliable. Custom made whitening trays. These custom trays are made from molds of your teeth and given to you with a whitening gel that fits your treatment goals. The ability to whiten as much or as little as needed makes this option the best. Plus these custom trays are used for many years and so the only cost becomes the gel. IT is the most cost effective way to go. 

There are two reasons why teeth darken over time. The first reason is the most obvious. Teeth darken because the things we eat and drink will cause staining on the enamel surface and build up over time making teeth appear darker. This type of darkening is easily removed with a good professional teeth cleaning and some simple teeth whitening because it is just on the surface. The second reason why teeth darken is the main reason. Teeth naturally darken over our lifetime as we age. The inner portion of a tooth, called dentin, naturally turns a dark yellow color with age and shines through the enamel and so it makes a tooth look more dark yellow.  This type of darkening can be reversed, to a certain extent, with teeth whitening but using a more concentrated and longer wear time whitening gel. The whitening gel must "soak" through the enamel and get into the dentin in order to lighten it. That is why it takes longer and needs a stronger gel. 

Whitening your teeth is something many people do because it makes them happy.  Whiter teeth can make you feel more confident about your smile. Whiter teeth are also associated with a more youthful appearance. Another reason some people whiten their teeth is that they have older crowns that now appear lighter than their natural teeth and  now there is a mismatch. So whitening can also help blend in dental work. One more reason people may not think of when considering teeth whitening is that most whitening gels are also fortified with fluoride and minerals that are good for your teeth and can help to make them stronger. These fortified whitening gels will only be sold at dental offices and are only used with custom whitening trays. So go see your dentist!!

Teeth Cleaning (Preventive Dentistry)

Keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily is essential for long-term oral health. Our Tampa patients are often surprised to hear that it's important to wait an hour after your meal to brush your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or acidic foods. The fact is that during this brief period, your enamel is temporarily weakened, and brushing your teeth can cause harm.

Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth

It's absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments. Water is excellent for your oral health, and keeping hydrated is essential for your general health. 

The only thing that your dentist at North Tampa Dentistry may not recommend is rinsing your teeth directly after a meal or brushing your teeth. 

Rinsing Your Teeth With Water

Patients might be tempted to rinse with water after they brush with teeth, which we don't recommend if you use fluoridated toothpaste— rinsing can wash away the fluoride that strengthens your enamel. It's good to let the fluoridated toothpaste set in your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with water. While rinsing doesn't harm you, it does prevent the toothpaste from working to its best ability. 

Your oral health can be complex. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, yet it can be extremely weakened in certain situations. Making sure to wait at least 30 minutes before or after eating to brush your teeth and waiting a few minutes after brushing to rinse with water can protect your enamel from being exposed to potential issues. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a dentist appointment in Tampa, contact our office.

Yes! We offer regular dental cleanings and exams!

Many of our North Tampa patients consider us a traditional general dental office that offers routine dental cleanings and examinations with x-rays and digital imaging.

In fact, regular dental check-ups and exams are a big part of what we do; Dr. Bellegarrigue is trained to care for his patients completely. If your dentist finds any oral health abnormalities during your check-up, we can provide comprehensive dental services to help treat oral issues.

Dental Services we offer

Since we provide multiple dental procedures, our patients won't have to seek out different dental specialists to fix a dental issue. We don't want to make maintaining your oral health more difficult or time-consuming than it should be; in fact, all of our services are offered in-house so patients can be fully treated in one location.

Dr. Bellegarrigue has been providing excellent dental services since 2000 and has had many glowing testimonials, just check out our patient reviews! We love treating your family and friends, so let your favorite people know about us. 

Our services are predictable and reliable, and we take pride in our work. We believe in honesty and integrity; we will never recommend a treatment if it is unnecessary or try to upsell a fad. We believe in being truthful about what will work for patients, and what won't. Since we are an authentic private practice and not a corporate chain of offices, we preserve a strong doctor-patient bond that is built on trust, honesty, and respect. 

North Tampa Dentistry is always welcoming new patients

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment! You can do so online or call our office at (813) 968-5368.

Frequent dental check-ups and examinations are vital to maintaining your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing at home in-between dental visits are just as crucial in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with proper and diligent oral care, some patients can still get gum disease—without even knowing it. Gum disease is often asymptotic, meaning that symptoms are mild or non-existent. 

Checking for gum disease

The only way North Tampa patients can truly know if they have gum disease is after Dr. Bellegarrigue has examined their teeth and gums for signs of infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. 

While gum disease may not be apparent to Carrollwood, FL patients, there are a few signs that can indicate infection, such as:

  • Longer-looking teeth due to receding gumswoman concerned sitting in a dental chair
  • Bleeding or swollen gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Constant bad breath even after brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Do you have similar symptoms? Contact North Tampa Dentistry

If you notice any of these signs, call North Tampa Dentistry immediately. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and monitored. Left untreated, gum disease will require dental intervention and even surgery.

It's easy to prevent catching gum disease with regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If it's been a while since your last dental visit, give us a call today to visit Dr. Bellegarrigue at our 33618 dental office. Together, we can get your oral health back on track and keep it there.

Dental Sealants typically last from childhood, through teenage and into early adulthood before they wear out and disappear. They are not meant to last forever, just long enough to help prevent cavities during the most prone years.

Every night after brushing and before bedtime is ideal. This will help prevent cavities and gum disease.

6 months is the average answer. Some patients need to be seen every 3 months. The reason is that most dental issues can be found and treated in a more minimal fashion as compared to longer periods where problems can grow and require more involve treatments.

Yes! In fact, brushing three times a day is highly recommended. According to the American Dental Association, you should clean your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. There are a few tips we can provide on when the best time to brush is, and for how long you should brush.

The Best Time to Brush Your Teeth

At North Tampa Dentistry, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal to remove any bacteria that might be growing. Don't brush right away, however, especially if you've had an acidic meal or anything with citrus. The acids can weaken your enamel, which can be damaged if you brush your teeth soon after eating. It's good to wait an hour after eating before you practice good oral hygiene.

Brush Your Teeth After Breakfast

When you wake up in the morning, you more than likely have dragon breath—morning breath can be pretty vicious. Your North Tampa dentist recommends brushing your teeth before you eat breakfast instead of after. 

Oral Hygiene After Lunch

If you like to have fresh breath throughout the day, or if you're worried about plaque build-up, brushing after a meal is a great idea. It's essential to make sure you're brushing your teeth for two minutes. Many people tend to do a quick brush as they're rushing out the door, but a quick swipe with your brush won't be effective in preventing tooth decay or gum disease. You must take the time to clean all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. 

Nightly Dental Routine

Over a long day, you more than likely picked up some food particles from meals and snacks that are just hanging out on your teeth. If you don't remove the bacteria, it can start to break down your enamel. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed is also essential for protecting your teeth and smile. Doing so allows you to go to bed with a clean and bacteria-free mouth, and you'll get to enjoy fresh breath. 

It's not a bad idea to brush your teeth three times a day, but make sure you wait some time after your last meal. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a Dentist appointment in North Tampa, contact our office.

Dental Sealants are thin layers of white resin filling material that is bonded over the chewing surfaces of molars. They are generally done on children to prevent cavities during the cavity prone younger years on adult teeth. They don’t last forever but that’s ok, they don’t need to.

Some bad breath comes from untreated gum disease which can be treated dentally. Other forms of bad breath come from our stomach. Diet and addressing Acid Reflux is needed for this type. Your dentist can help with this.

What’s the best toothbrush is always a good question. Electric toothbrushes will always be better than manual ones. They especially help people who have issues with arthritis or manual dexterity problems. They are great for everyone.

The type of toothpaste you buy will depend on what you are asking it to do. If you have sensitive teeth then you likely need to buy a sensitivity toothpaste such as Sensodyne. If you have bleeding gums then Parodontax may help. There is Flouride free toothpaste to train young kids who can’t properly swish and spit yet so they don’t ingest it. There is even Rx toothpaste, Prevident, with extra fluoride to help with people who are cavity prone.

Periodontal & Gum Disease

Keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily is essential for long-term oral health. Our Tampa patients are often surprised to hear that it's important to wait an hour after your meal to brush your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or acidic foods. The fact is that during this brief period, your enamel is temporarily weakened, and brushing your teeth can cause harm.

Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth

It's absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments. Water is excellent for your oral health, and keeping hydrated is essential for your general health. 

The only thing that your dentist at North Tampa Dentistry may not recommend is rinsing your teeth directly after a meal or brushing your teeth. 

Rinsing Your Teeth With Water

Patients might be tempted to rinse with water after they brush with teeth, which we don't recommend if you use fluoridated toothpaste— rinsing can wash away the fluoride that strengthens your enamel. It's good to let the fluoridated toothpaste set in your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with water. While rinsing doesn't harm you, it does prevent the toothpaste from working to its best ability. 

Your oral health can be complex. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, yet it can be extremely weakened in certain situations. Making sure to wait at least 30 minutes before or after eating to brush your teeth and waiting a few minutes after brushing to rinse with water can protect your enamel from being exposed to potential issues. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a dentist appointment in Tampa, contact our office.

Some bad breath comes from untreated gum disease which can be treated dentally. Other forms of bad breath come from our stomach. Diet and addressing Acid Reflux is needed for this type. Your dentist can help with this.

Dry mouth is a condition where not enough saliva is being produced. Your saliva contains proteins and enzymes that lubricate your mouth and keep it healthy and happy by flushing away bacteria and reducing infections and bad breath.

A mouth without sufficient lubrication becomes a host to bacteria that leads to bad breath, plaque, and other oral problems. All of these increase your risk of tooth decay, gum disease, infections, and other oral health issues.

Teeth cleanings are an effective method for identifying many oral health issues, which is why we always recommend routine dental checkups and exams every six months. Your dentist in Hamlet and Brentwood can help assess your oral health and determine if you have dry mouth. 

Dry Mouth Can Be Uncomfortable

It can be challenging to talk, eat, swallow, taste food, or wear dentures. Prolonged dry mouth can create issues you may be unaware of like:

  • Bad breath
  • Cavities
  • Mouth infections
  • Gum disease

There are many different reasons why dry mouth might occur; common ones include stress, smoking, certain medications or illnesses, breathing or snoring through your mouth, diabetes, aging, and radiation therapy.

Call Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment

At North Tampa Dentistry, we encourage patients to make an appointment with your general dentist, Dr. Belle, so that he can find work with you to find a solution.

For more information, please refer to our recent blog.

Dental Crowns and Bridges

With proper maintenance and care, you can expect to enjoy your oral health investment for up to 25 to 30 years! Many variables affect how long your dental crown will last, which include a patient's oral hygiene and lifestyle.

How Can I Make Sure I Get Full Use of My Dental Crown? image of a dental crown

Dental crowns are beautiful and natural-looking tooth restorations, and if you have one, you're likely to be invested in extending the lifespan of your new dental prosthetic. An important step in ensuring that your dental crown stays in perfect condition is to brush and floss daily. During your oral hygiene routine, pay extra attention to the area surrounding the dental crown, including your gum line. While the tooth crown itself cannot suffer from tooth decay or infection, the tooth underneath the crown is vulnerable and needs to be protected. 

Do you clench or grind your teeth? Nothing will chip or break your dental crown quicker than sustained pressure over time. If you think you clench or grind your teeth at night, Dr. Roberto Bellegarrigue can custom fabricate a night-guard to wear while sleeping that protects your dental crown and surrounding teeth. 

Avoid chewing or biting on hard substances like hard candy, fingernails, ice, pens, or other dense material. These substances can damage your dental crown along with your natural teeth. 

Always come by to see us! Maintain your regular dental check-ups so we can keep an eye out on your crown and check for any signs of distress or wear-and-tear. 

Schedule Your Dental Check-Up Today

If it's been a while since your last dental visit, give North Tampa Dentistry a call today. We are here to help you maintain perfect oral health and to keep your dental crown healthy. Click here to contact our Tampa office. 

Once a tooth starts to give you sensations like this there is nerve damage present. As long as there is enough tooth structure to work with it can be saved by undergoing two treatments. First a root canal is done to remove nerve tissue from the tooth so it no longer hurts and second is a crown procedure to restore the tooth back to full function. Tooth aches in Tampa is our business, we can help!

Sometimes Yes and sometimes No. If the broken portion of the tooth is small and there is minimal decay in it then it can usually be repaired with a simple filling. But if the broken portion is medium to large in size with deeper decay then a filling is insufficient to repair the tooth. A crown is usually needed to properly fix the tooth to restore full function. If you need a Dentist in Tampa give us a call and let us help you out.

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

At North Tampa Dentistry, we offer comprehensive dental services and restoration procedures to fit your specific oral needs.

If you have tooth decay, Dr. Bellegarrigue can remove the infection and use a tooth-colored filling to seal your tooth to prevent bacteria from entering. This procedure is appropriate for small- to medium-sized fillings that don't require much removal of your tooth structure. 

Teeth that are in the back of your mouth tend to absorb much of the pressure required for chewing and can be vulnerable to fracturing. Fractured or cracked teeth usually need more structural support than a filling cannot provide. 

If this is the case for you, Dr. Bellegarrigue may recommend a dental crown. Dental crowns are like tooth caps that cover the entire surface of your tooth; they not only seal your tooth; they also provide support to an already weakened tooth. 

Do You Want to Learn More about Dental Crowns?

Our North Tampa, FL dental staff, would be delighted to provide any information you need about any of our dental procedures. Patient education and honesty are vital to us; we want all our patients to be able to make informed and educated decisions regarding their oral health. 

We look forward to your call, schedule a dental appointment for an oral examination in 33618 today!

Dental Implants

Almost anybody can be a good candidate for dental implants as a permanent tooth restoration procedure. 

If you have one or more missing teeth in Tampa, FL, dental implants may be the perfect answer for you. Utilizing thin, biocompatible titanium posts that anchor to your jaw bone and replace your tooth root, dental implants look natural and blend into your smile. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Implants? dental implant in a teeth mold

Using digital x-rays, Dr. Bellegarrigue can determine the jaw bone density necessary for supporting a dental implant. If there is prevalent bone loss, Dr. Bellegarrigue may recommend bone grafting therapy to support the dental implant. We will go through all your oral options during your dental appointment to help you make an informed decision regarding your dental health and tooth function. 

Not everyone is a candidate for every dental procedure, Dr. Bellegarrigue will take into account your oral health history, your current dental needs, and your smile goals before making any recommendations. In some cases, preoperative dental work may be needed to set the stage for permanent change. 

Schedule Your Dental Implant Consultation!

If you are missing one or more teeth in North Tampa and Carrollwood, give us a call to arrange a dental implant consultation to determine your candidacy. Call our Tampa, FL dental office today to arrange an appointment with Dr. Bellegarrigue. 

You don't have to go through life with a missing tooth, it can impact your diet, the way you speak, how you look, and how you feel about yourself. Let us improve your quality of life.

This can vary from case to case and tooth to tooth. Typically bone grafts are done when the tooth has been missing for a long time and the existing bone has shrunk OR when a molar needs to be extracted and the hole is grafted so it can heal properly so that the implant can be placed a few months later. Dental Implants in Tampa is our business, we can help!

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

Dentures and Partials

Having a missing tooth not only changes the way you look, but it can also change the shape of your jawline. A gap in your smile can cause surrounding teeth to shift towards the empty space, leading to bone deterioration and a change in your facial appearance.  

Restoring your missing tooth prevents dental issues and allows you to enjoy your favorite foods and speak with clarity. If you currently hide your smile because of a missing tooth, we can provide the dental procedures to restore your confidence and quality of life. 

Restoring a Missing Tooth older woman smiling

At North Tampa Dentistry, our tooth replacement procedures include:

Full and partial dentures are excellent tooth replacement options for many patients in Tampa, FL. Due to improvements in dental technology and materials, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than dentures made decades ago. 

Dental implants are considered the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants replace the full tooth, including the root, which stimulates bone growth and prevents your teeth from shifting.  With proper care and maintenance, Carrollwood patients can enjoy their dental implants for a lifetime. 

Dental bridges are a perfect solution if you are missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges utilize neighboring teeth to "bridge" the dental restoration in the gap. Many patients enjoy how natural-looking and comfortable this dental prosthetic is. 

Tooth Replacement in North Tampa, FL

If you are missing teeth, you don't have to resign yourself to always having an incomplete smile. Contact North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 so that Dr. Bellegarrigue can restore your beautiful smile. 

General Dentistry

Keeping your teeth and gums clean by brushing and flossing daily is essential for long-term oral health. Our Tampa patients are often surprised to hear that it's important to wait an hour after your meal to brush your teeth, especially if you eat sugary or acidic foods. The fact is that during this brief period, your enamel is temporarily weakened, and brushing your teeth can cause harm.

Drinking Water After Brushing Your Teeth

It's absolutely fine to drink water after you brush your teeth unless you have just gargled with fluoride or medicated mouthwash, or after any special dental treatment. You may reduce and dilute the effectiveness of these treatments. Water is excellent for your oral health, and keeping hydrated is essential for your general health. 

The only thing that your dentist at North Tampa Dentistry may not recommend is rinsing your teeth directly after a meal or brushing your teeth. 

Rinsing Your Teeth With Water

Patients might be tempted to rinse with water after they brush with teeth, which we don't recommend if you use fluoridated toothpaste— rinsing can wash away the fluoride that strengthens your enamel. It's good to let the fluoridated toothpaste set in your teeth for a few minutes before rinsing with water. While rinsing doesn't harm you, it does prevent the toothpaste from working to its best ability. 

Your oral health can be complex. Enamel is the strongest substance in your body, yet it can be extremely weakened in certain situations. Making sure to wait at least 30 minutes before or after eating to brush your teeth and waiting a few minutes after brushing to rinse with water can protect your enamel from being exposed to potential issues. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a dentist appointment in Tampa, contact our office.

Yes! We offer regular dental cleanings and exams!

Many of our North Tampa patients consider us a traditional general dental office that offers routine dental cleanings and examinations with x-rays and digital imaging.

In fact, regular dental check-ups and exams are a big part of what we do; Dr. Bellegarrigue is trained to care for his patients completely. If your dentist finds any oral health abnormalities during your check-up, we can provide comprehensive dental services to help treat oral issues.

Dental Services we offer

Since we provide multiple dental procedures, our patients won't have to seek out different dental specialists to fix a dental issue. We don't want to make maintaining your oral health more difficult or time-consuming than it should be; in fact, all of our services are offered in-house so patients can be fully treated in one location.

Dr. Bellegarrigue has been providing excellent dental services since 2000 and has had many glowing testimonials, just check out our patient reviews! We love treating your family and friends, so let your favorite people know about us. 

Our services are predictable and reliable, and we take pride in our work. We believe in honesty and integrity; we will never recommend a treatment if it is unnecessary or try to upsell a fad. We believe in being truthful about what will work for patients, and what won't. Since we are an authentic private practice and not a corporate chain of offices, we preserve a strong doctor-patient bond that is built on trust, honesty, and respect. 

North Tampa Dentistry is always welcoming new patients

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment! You can do so online or call our office at (813) 968-5368.

Frequent dental check-ups and examinations are vital to maintaining your oral health. Regular brushing and flossing at home in-between dental visits are just as crucial in preventing tooth decay and gum disease. However, even with proper and diligent oral care, some patients can still get gum disease—without even knowing it. Gum disease is often asymptotic, meaning that symptoms are mild or non-existent. 

Checking for gum disease

The only way North Tampa patients can truly know if they have gum disease is after Dr. Bellegarrigue has examined their teeth and gums for signs of infection. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. 

While gum disease may not be apparent to Carrollwood, FL patients, there are a few signs that can indicate infection, such as:

  • Longer-looking teeth due to receding gumswoman concerned sitting in a dental chair
  • Bleeding or swollen gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • Constant bad breath even after brushing
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Do you have similar symptoms? Contact North Tampa Dentistry

If you notice any of these signs, call North Tampa Dentistry immediately. When caught early, gum disease is easily treatable and monitored. Left untreated, gum disease will require dental intervention and even surgery.

It's easy to prevent catching gum disease with regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If it's been a while since your last dental visit, give us a call today to visit Dr. Bellegarrigue at our 33618 dental office. Together, we can get your oral health back on track and keep it there.

Your dental health directly can affect your overall health. The most common connection is untreated Periodontal disease with cardiovascular disease. Gum disease and heart health go hand-in-hand for some people.

Dental Sealants typically last from childhood, through teenage and into early adulthood before they wear out and disappear. They are not meant to last forever, just long enough to help prevent cavities during the most prone years.

Every night after brushing and before bedtime is ideal. This will help prevent cavities and gum disease.

6 months is the average answer. Some patients need to be seen every 3 months. The reason is that most dental issues can be found and treated in a more minimal fashion as compared to longer periods where problems can grow and require more involve treatments.

Yes! In fact, brushing three times a day is highly recommended. According to the American Dental Association, you should clean your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. There are a few tips we can provide on when the best time to brush is, and for how long you should brush.

The Best Time to Brush Your Teeth

At North Tampa Dentistry, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal to remove any bacteria that might be growing. Don't brush right away, however, especially if you've had an acidic meal or anything with citrus. The acids can weaken your enamel, which can be damaged if you brush your teeth soon after eating. It's good to wait an hour after eating before you practice good oral hygiene.

Brush Your Teeth After Breakfast

When you wake up in the morning, you more than likely have dragon breath—morning breath can be pretty vicious. Your North Tampa dentist recommends brushing your teeth before you eat breakfast instead of after. 

Oral Hygiene After Lunch

If you like to have fresh breath throughout the day, or if you're worried about plaque build-up, brushing after a meal is a great idea. It's essential to make sure you're brushing your teeth for two minutes. Many people tend to do a quick brush as they're rushing out the door, but a quick swipe with your brush won't be effective in preventing tooth decay or gum disease. You must take the time to clean all the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly. 

Nightly Dental Routine

Over a long day, you more than likely picked up some food particles from meals and snacks that are just hanging out on your teeth. If you don't remove the bacteria, it can start to break down your enamel. Brushing your teeth before you go to bed is also essential for protecting your teeth and smile. Doing so allows you to go to bed with a clean and bacteria-free mouth, and you'll get to enjoy fresh breath. 

It's not a bad idea to brush your teeth three times a day, but make sure you wait some time after your last meal. 

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule a Dentist appointment in North Tampa, contact our office.

Dental Sealants are thin layers of white resin filling material that is bonded over the chewing surfaces of molars. They are generally done on children to prevent cavities during the cavity prone younger years on adult teeth. They don’t last forever but that’s ok, they don’t need to.

Some bad breath comes from untreated gum disease which can be treated dentally. Other forms of bad breath come from our stomach. Diet and addressing Acid Reflux is needed for this type. Your dentist can help with this.

What’s the best toothbrush is always a good question. Electric toothbrushes will always be better than manual ones. They especially help people who have issues with arthritis or manual dexterity problems. They are great for everyone.

Implant Dentures

A tooth cannot be fixed or saved if it is too badly damaged. Meaning neither a root canal nor crown can fix it. An extraction becomes the only option to remove the infected tooth and dental implant placement is the treatment of choice to replace the tooth. If you live in Tampa and need a Dentist call us for an implant exam.

Tooth Extractions

This can vary from case to case and tooth to tooth. Typically bone grafts are done when the tooth has been missing for a long time and the existing bone has shrunk OR when a molar needs to be extracted and the hole is grafted so it can heal properly so that the implant can be placed a few months later. Dental Implants in Tampa is our business, we can help!

A tooth cannot be fixed or saved if it is too badly damaged. Meaning neither a root canal nor crown can fix it. An extraction becomes the only option to remove the infected tooth and dental implant placement is the treatment of choice to replace the tooth. If you live in Tampa and need a Dentist call us for an implant exam.

There are many reasons that Tampa patients need a dental extraction. Dr. Bellegarrigue is highly trained in diagnosing and performing tooth extractions at North Tampa Dentistry.

Common reasons for a dental extraction

  • Accidents and trauma—Patients who have been in an accident may need emergency man holding his jaw in paindental procedures. Dr. Bellegarrigue will always try to save the tooth using a variety of dental procedures, including porcelain veneers, dental crowns, tooth-colored dental bonding, and more. If the trauma is severe, tooth extraction may be necessary. We provide emergency dental treatment, give us a call at (813) 968-5368 immediately, so we have a better chance at restoring your tooth.
  • Dental infection—When an infection isn't treated immediately, it can continue to spread through your teeth and gums. Once the infection has spread to your root, patients start to experience tooth pain. Oral pain is always a sign that you need to call your dentist immediately; the pain usually does not go away and often becomes more severe. A dental extraction may be necessary to stop an infection from spreading. 
  • Cost-effective—At North Tampa Dentistry, we want all our patients to receive dental treatment without worrying about their financial constraints. We accept most insurance plans and have financing options for our patients, yet we are sensitive to the fact that restorative dental work may be cost-prohibitive. For example, a tooth infection may require root canal therapy and dental restoration. For those who cannot afford this treatment, a dental extraction may be the best option to address the dental situation immediately.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth—Not all patients need a tooth extraction when their wisdom teeth come in if there is enough space to allow their molars to grow straight. For others, wisdom teeth can grow in crooked and can affect healthy teeth. Not only is this process painful and impactful to your smile, but food particles can also easily get trapped and lead to infection. Since impacted wisdom teeth can cause a variety of oral health issues, Dr. Bellegarrigue may recommend a dental extraction.

Have similar symptoms? Contact North Tampa Dentistry

If you think you may need a tooth extraction, please reach out to North Tampa Dentistry in 33618 today to schedule an appointment! You can book online through the link or call our North Tampa office at (813) 968-5368.

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