Dr. Patrick Johnson, a well-regarded periodontist who has practiced in north Tampa for 15 years, recently introduced Dr. Todd Britten as his new associate at North Tampa Periodontics and Implant Dentistry.
“I wanted to bring on a partner whose philosophy meshed with mine — someone with the same values,” said Dr. Johnson. “It’s hard to teach ethics and Todd was someone I could trust.”
Dr. Johnson embraces a philosophy of caring, compassionate patient care combined with quality, comprehensive dental services specializing in periodontal care, implants and oral plastic surgery.
Dr. Britten was born and raised in the north Tampa community of Lutz. He graduated from Jesuit High School and later the University of Florida. “I am a Lutz Chief first, then a Tiger and a Gator through and through,” said Dr. Britten.
After Todd received his doctorate, he stayed in Gainesville another three years to complete his post-graduate residency in periodontics. There he served as Chief Resident and trained in the latest techniques in periodontics and implant dentistry. When he graduated in 2012, Dr. Johnson invited Todd to join his practice.
Many of Dr. Johnson’s patients are referrals from Todd’s father, Dr. Leonard Britten, who has served the Lutz and Land O’Lakes communities for more than 25 years with his general dentistry practice in downtown Lutz. Todd’s identical twin brother, Nick, joined his father in family practice in 2009 after graduating from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. “People often get us confused,” said Todd. “I may run into someone in public that says “Hey Dr. Nick!” and I just have to laugh and to explain to them the situation.”
“I knew Leonard was an exceptional dentist and taught his sons the core values of compassionate patient care,” said Dr. Johnson. Dr. Johnson and Dr. Leonard Britten have both served for years on the executive board of the Hillsborough County Dental Association, where Dr. Johnson is currently president-elect of the 300-member professional group.
“Todd is a great fit for my office because of his excellent educational
foundation in the latest techniques and procedures,” said Dr. Johnson. “Equally important are his ethics and his commitment. I want to give my patients the continuity of care they deserve and want patients to decide to come here not because we have the latest gadgets, but because we offer outstanding, compassionate dental care with doctors they know will be here when they return.”
About a third of the practice’s work is treating and managing periodontal disease. Another third is oral plastic surgery and the final third includes treatment involving dental implants.
“Dental implants are the fastest growing area of our practice,” said Dr. Johnson. “They can replace single or multiple missing teeth or in fact add stability to a loose denture, which many people aren’t aware of.” Implants have become more mainstream and more affordable in the past 10 years and are a good solution for people who don’t want traditional dentures.
Why did Dr. Britten decide to pursue his advanced degree in periodontics?
“I had observed several periodontists before dental school and always found it fascinating and still do,” said Dr. Britten. “I like the variety of work and the critical thinking it requires to help each patient achieve a healthy mouth.”
According to Dr. Johnson, research shows that quality of life is closely tied to good dental health. “Periodontal disease can take years off your life if it goes untreated,” said Dr. Johnson. “We’re here to help the general dentist achieve comprehensive oral health for his patients by preventative care that allows patients to keep their teeth or replace them as needed.”
Dr. Britten adds, “When you do get to the age of retirement, you want to enjoy the simple pleasures of life, especially eating. Dentures are a good replacement for no teeth, but are never a good replacement for your own teeth. That is our goal — to help people keep their teeth with good, preventative periodontal care so they can enjoy their life to the fullest.”
Drs. Johnson and Britten are currently accepting new patients, and while a referral from a general dentist is common, it is not required. They welcome self-referrals or referrals from other patients. Please call the office to set a time convenient for you.
The office is located at 5111 Ehrlick Road, Suite 150, in Tampa. The phone number is (813) 264-1258, or you can email them at . Visit them online at www.SmileFramers.com.
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