Cleaning & Routine Checkups
Maintaining good oral hygiene is important because it keeps your teeth and mouth healthy.
However, it is recommended that you have professional dental cleanings and checkups twice a
year, to keep on top of your dental health. Routine checkups are also helpful in detecting dental
issues at an early stage, which helps treat them faster and avoid serious dental problems. While
professional cleanings are removed all buildup of plaque or tartar that your daily brushing and
flossing cannot get to.
What is A Professional Cleaning?
1. It is done by a dental hygienist
2. Removal of tartar and plaque buildup
3. Rinsing the mouth to remove residues
4. Polishing the teeth with special toothbrush and paste
5. Applying desensitizers if needed
Don’t let more than six months pass between professional cleanings or routine checkups, it can
make a difference in your dental and overall health. It prevents the emergence of serious dental
Fluoride treatments help protect your teeth from cavities and decay. Fluoride is present in water
and some foods and can also be applied in the form of a gel to keep your teeth protected, fluoride
supplements can be prescribed if needed. Fluoride is an integral part of your oral health as it
makes tooth enamel harder and decreases tooth sensitivity as well as prevents cavities and makes
your teeth more resistant to acid and other damaging factors.
The application of fluoride is highly encouraged for children and adolescents, but adults can also
benefit from fluoride treatments. This treatment can be applied during your routine checkup or
professional cleaning in GloriaDent twice a year.
Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are restorative treatments aimed at restoring moderate dental damage
such as decay, fractures, and cracks, that dental fillings cannot fix, but not severe enough that it
might require greater treatment such as a dental crown. An inlay is similar to a dental filling as it
goes inside the tooth cavity, while an onlay is placed both inside the cavity of the tooth and on
the surface of it.
Inlays and onlays can be made of different materials such as gold, porcelain, ceramic and
composite resin. Getting fitted with an inlay or onlay usually takes two visits, the first visit is to
prepare your tooth for the procedure and the second visit is to apply the inlay or onlay.
In GloriaDent we recommend good oral hygiene to maintain your teeth in good conditions and
avoid further decay or damaging the inlays or onlays. Inlays and onlays can last for decades if
you take good care of them.
A dental filling is a restorative procedure that helps repair cracks, fractures or decay on your
teeth. Fillings are also used to change the size and shape of your teeth and protect them from
The main advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that esthetically, it blends better with the color of
your natural teeth. Other types of fillings such as gold or silver fillings can draw unwanted
attention to your mouth and keep you from having a beautiful smile. Another advantage of tooth-
colored fillings is that the composite resin used for such fillings bonds better with your natural
tooth, creating a stronger and tighter fit than other fillings can achieve.
You might experience a slight discomfort after the procedure but will subside after a couple of
days. Good oral hygiene is strongly recommended to keep your teeth healthy and make your
filling last longer.
Teeth whitening has become a very popular cosmetic procedure and a very effective way to
restore the beauty of your smile. This type of procedure can help lighten or eliminate tooth stains
and discolorations and give you a natural bright smile. Dental discoloration or staining is very
common, and it is usually caused by certain foods or drinks we consume regularly or by some
medication or injury that affects the enamel in your teeth. Having a shining smile will not only
enhance your appearance, but it will also increase your confidence.
Nowadays, there are many different teeth whitening treatments available for you depending on
your needs and situation. Our doctors help you to choose the best for you.
Types of Teeth Whitening:
In-office whitening treatments – this type of treatment is applied by your dentist using a
special whitening solution on your teeth. You can see faster results with this type of
Take-home whitening kits – your dentist can provide you with customized whitening
trays that come with a special whitening solution or gel that should be worn for a few
hours at night.
Porcelain veneers are a very popular cosmetic treatment that helps restore the beauty to your
smile. Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells and closely match the natural color of your teeth, so
they are undetectable, they are highly resistant, and the properties of the porcelain mimic the
shine of natural teeth. Veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth to cover minor
imperfections such as stains, cracks or chips. Porcelain veneers are very effective because not
only will they enhance your appearance and the beauty of your smile, but they are also made of
very strong materials so you can have full functionality too.
It may take two to three visits for the cosmetic treatment to be completed.
Good oral hygiene is strongly recommended to maintain your porcelain veneers and avoid any
staining or chipping. Refrain from foods and drinks that might stain or chip your veneers such as
tobacco, wine, coffee and very hard foods.
Dental Crowns, Bridges
When we lose one or more teeth, we leave a gap in our mouth, which makes speaking and
chewing harder and also allow the nearby teeth to shift to the open spaces and create a
misalignment. Restorative devices such as crowns, bridges, implants or dentures can help replace
your missing teeth and restore the functionality and appearance of your mouth. A dental bridge is
a device that helps replace missing teeth by installing replacement teeth using a bridge that is
anchored by crowns to your nearby natural teeth.
How Are Dental Crown, Bridges, Installed?
1. One your first visit, the abutment teeth need to be re-contoured so the crowns holding the
bridge can fit on them
2. Molds of your teeth are taken and sent to the lab so the crowns, bridge and replacement
teeth can be created according to your measurements
3. A temporary dental bridge will be placed at this point
4. On your second visit, the temporary dental bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge
is fitted and adjusted
Full & Partial Dentures
Dentures are prosthetic devices used to restore functionality and beauty to your mouth when
most or all of your teeth are missing. When your natural teeth, and their roots have been
damaged or lost beyond repair, dentures can help you regain the ability to speak, eat, and smile
There are two types of dentures: full and partial dentures. Patients who still have some of their
natural teeth can use partial dentures to replace the teeth they are missing. Full dentures are used
for patients who have lost all of their natural teeth.
What is the Process for Getting Dentures?
1. Your doctor will examine your gums, teeth and jaws and discuss with you which type of
denture is best for you
2. A mold of your teeth and gums will be made and sent to the lab to create your dentures
3. A second appointment will be scheduled when your dentures are ready, at this time your
new dentures will be placed, then dentist will make sure they fit you properly
It may take time to adjust and get used to wearing your new dentures. Good oral hygiene is
important as well as taking care of your dentures.
Dental Implants & Dental Implant Restoration
When we lose teeth, not only our appearance is affected, but it can also affect the bone, tissues
and nearby teeth, which is why dental implants are one of the best restorative solutions to
missing teeth. Dental implants are small abutments made out of titanium and act as the
foundation or root for a replacement tooth. Implants can be used to replace a single tooth,
multiple teeth or provide full mouth restorations. A few implants can hold bridges or dentures in
place and provide greater stability and functionality to your mouth as well as help improve your
How Are Implants Fitted?
1. Your doctor will examine your teeth and X-rays to determine if you are a candidate for
dental implants (bone grafts or other dental procedures might be needed before to make
sure your implants will be successful)
2. Once approved, the implants are surgically screwed into your jawbone under the gum
line and allowed to bond with the bone for three to six months
3. Once the bonding occurs, the abutments are uncovered and replacement teeth attached to
Your replacement teeth will feel and look just like your natural teeth, with good oral hygiene and
good care, implants can last you for decades. However, if a tooth gets chipped, fractured, broken
or suffers another type of damage you should visit your dentist for an implant restoration, to
restore the look and functionality of your implant.
Gum & Bone Grafting
A gum graft is a type of gum surgery that allows your dentist to treat periodontal disease and
also repair gum recession by taking tissue from the roof of your mouth or adjacent teeth, and
using that tissue to cover the spaces where the gums have begun to recede. This procedure is
effective in stopping more severe dental problems from developing.
Advantages of Gum Grafts:
Protects the roots of your teeth from decay
Decrease tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks
Stops and treats gum recession fixes your gum line for a more even appearance
Prevents tooth and bone loss
In the case that the patient does not have enough of their own tissue available for the procedure,
donated tissue is used for the grafting procedure.
Brushing and flossing daily can help maintain your teeth and gums clean and free of bacteria.
Mouthwash containing antimicrobial solutions can provide you with even more protection.
A tooth might need extraction if it has become decayed if it has been broken beyond repair or as
part of an orthodontic treatment to fix the alignment of your teeth. Sometimes, not even a root
canal can save a tooth from decay or infection, so it needs to be extracted to stop it from
affecting nearby teeth. An injury or accident can leave a tooth broken beyond any restorative
treatments, and the tooth or pieces need to be extracted to let your mouth heal. Other times, there
is not enough space in your mouth for all your teeth, as teeth erupt they can push other teeth out
of alignment. This is when some teeth might need to be extracted, to provide space for your
permanent teeth to erupt in the correct position or to fix the alignment of teeth that already
1. Your doctor will examine your teeth and X-rays to determine if extraction is the best
2. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area being treated and block any pain
3. The tooth being extracted is rocked out of its socket until it is extracted completely
4. Sometimes a tooth may need to be sectioned or broken into smaller pieces to be extracted
5. A gauze is then applied to stop any bleeding and the healing process can start
After a tooth extraction, you might experience some swelling and some pain once the anesthesia
wears off. Apply an icepack to reduce swelling and pain medications as prescribed by your
Gum Disease Treatment
When you think about dental health you immediately think about your teeth, however, your
gums are also very important because this tissue holds your teeth in place. Brushing and flossing
daily can prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar on your teeth; however, you need to take care
of your gums too, in order to avoid a gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontitis are some of the
most common gum diseases and they occur when bacteria grows and infects the gums due to
poor oral hygiene.
What are the Symptoms of Gum Disease?
Red or swollen gums
Tooth sensitivity, especially with hot and cold foods and drinks
Receding gum lines
How is Gum Disease Treated?
Various procedures may be done, depending on the severity of the condition and other factors. For
example, in one procedure a dentist may clean a pocket next to a tooth where infection is present.
Following this, a dentist may smooth out the surface of the tooth next to the gum. This helps the gum to
close back on to the tooth, and for any pocket to disappear.
Flap Surgery. Surgery might be necessary if inflammation and deep pockets remain following treatment
with deep cleaning and medications. A dentist or periodontist may perform flap surgery to remove
tartar deposits in deep pockets or to reduce the periodontal pocket and make it easier for the patient,
dentist, and hygienist to keep the area clean. This common surgery involves lifting back the gums and
removing the tartar. The gums are then sutured back in place so that the tissue fits snugly around the
tooth again. After surgery the gums will heal and fit more tightly around the tooth. This sometimes
results in the teeth appearing longer.
The main focus will be to control and remove the infection as soon as possible to stop the
infection from spreading and damaging your teeth or in the worst case lead to bone loss.
Good oral hygiene is strongly recommended to avoid infections as well as to maintain good
dental health. Daily brushing and flossing as well as professional cleanings and checkups twice a
half a year should help maintain your teeth and gums healthy and clean.
It is important for young kids to have a good first experience at the dentist because that will
shape their relationship with dentists and their oral hygiene habits. A child’s first visit to a dentist
should be once their first teeth begin to erupt. As part of their first visit, we try to create a good
relationship with your children and make them feel comfortable and at ease in the office and the
dentist’s chair. Most dentists have child-friendly offices, with games, cartoons, and other things
to make the atmosphere more welcoming for the children and relaxing during dental procedures.
What Happens On Their First Visit?
The dentist will then quickly examine your child’s mouth and teeth and may order X-rays to
check how the permanent teeth are positioned under the gum lines. The most important thing
during these first visits is to educate you and your child on the appropriate cleaning techniques
and other good oral hygiene and nutrition habits.
Orthodontics: Braces, Retainers
Orthodontics specializes in the shape and development of your teeth and jaws, focusing on the
proper alignment of your teeth as well as your bite. The most common orthodontic treatments
involve devices that help straighten your teeth or fix your bite, such as braces and retainers.
Braces are used to straighten your teeth using metal or ceramic brackets cemented to your teeth,
that are tightened through wires during the course of the treatment. Both adults and kids can be
treated with braces. Metal braces are the least expensive type but can be uncomfortable and
noticeable. Ceramic braces are a bit more expensive as the tooth-colored brackets help blend in
with your natural teeth. However, there can still be some discomfort and some types of foods
that you can’t consume while wearing these types of braces.
Retainers are usually worn after the completion of your braces treatment, to prevent your teeth
from shifting back to a misaligned position. Retainers consist of a plastic and metal device that
helps “retain” your teeth in their proper position. Retainers can be worn for both lower and upper
teeth and can be removable or fixed depending on each individual’s case. It is strongly
recommended to keep wearing your retainers for the length of your treatment to prevent your
teeth from getting misaligned.