Dentist

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Dr Gabriel Pereira
In 2004, Dr Gabriel Pereira graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand and received the Prossa Prize for Clinical Removable Prosthodontics. He then completed a year of Community service in the small town of Lichtenberg in the North West province. Shortly after completing his community service year, Dr Pereira started working at a private practice in Alberton, Gauteng and up until now has been working there for six years. As of July 2011 he became the resident dentist at the Optimum Care Wellness Centre in Faerie Glen, Pretoria.

Dr Pereira is registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the South African Dental Association (SADA).  He is also a member of both the Paedodontic and Endodontic Society of South Africa. While practicing in Alberton, Dr Pereira developed and perfected Family Orientated Dentistry.

DENTIST

Family Orientated Dentistry
Treating Patients
Dentistry is a branch of medicine involved in the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of conditions in the oral cavity. Family Orientated Dentistry puts family first and focuses on the entire family. Often one will go to the dentist when experiencing pain or a broken down tooth. This is usually when it is too late and extensive and invasive dental treatment is often the consequence. Six monthly examinations and screenings for the whole family are of utmost importance.

Children need to become accustomed to visiting the dentist regularly as fear of the dentist usually begins from a young age. Reasons children may fear the dentist are usually because of an unpleasant past experience or because either parent may have an exaggerated fear of the dentist.

At Optimum Care, Dr. Pereira enables children to overcome their fears in a calm and pleasant manner ensuring that all patients especially children are kept comfortable and relaxed throughout their dental treatment.

Dr. Pereira also has a special interest in Paedodontics (child dentistry). He has done much research on this topic and has developed his own unique way of dealing with children.
In children, it is important to place fissure sealants on all permanent premolars and molars. It is also important to give children effective oral hygiene instructions.  Adults need to be assessed for leaking fillings and general maintenance of their teeth and gums. Patients who have lost some or all of their teeth may need to have their dentures checked and adjusted. Other treatment options can also be discussed with Dr. Pereira, for example, crowns, bridges or implants.

The Optimum Care Wellness Center has a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. The atmosphere extends into the surgery and reception area and will make one feel at home.
Cleanliness is a top priority. All the dental instruments are sterilized after every patient and all electrical equipment has a sterile plastic film cover to ensure no contamination. Because modern dentistry is an ever changing profession, Dr. Pereira keeps up with all the latest technology. It is for this reason that he makes use of digital X-rays as well as a digital intra-oral camera.

Dr. Pereira's dental practice is a “Metal Free” practice. All the filling materials that are used do not contain any harmful metals such as mercury. If "old metal or amalgam fillings" need to be removed then this is done using specialized techniques to avoid the ingestion of harmful metals. Once these types of fillings have been removed, the teeth are restored with either a composite filling (White filling) or a crown depending how severe the tooth decay is.
No harmful metals are used in crowns and bridges either. Dr. Pereira uses the services provided by a technician who will fabricate a crown or a bridge using a material called Zirconia. Not only is Zirconia “metal free” but it is ten times stronger than the conventional 'Porcelain fused to metal crown'. It is also a lot easier to obtain a more natural and life-like result.
Modern dentistry has been designed to be as painless as possible. At Optimum Care Dr. Pereira ensures that any dental experience will be as pleasant and relaxed as possible.