About Dental Sealants
If patients are especially susceptible to cavities or are seeking an added level of protection from plaque, bacteria, and tartar that forms on their back row of teeth, then dental sealants can be an effective option. Our Beachwood Dental team is able to seal the molars and premolars with a thin, plastic substance that acts as a barrier for the chewing layer of teeth, preventing food and plaque to get stuck on the hard-to-reach places of the back teeth. As a result, since bacteria is less-likely to form, patients greatly reduce their risk of cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay. Sealants are smooth and undetectable, allowing our Los Alamitos, CA patients to have effortless protection to ensure their teeth are healthy and secure.
"Anyone who is hesitant about these five stars review, HAVE NO FEAR. I would 10/10 recommend this clinic to ANYONE who asks (or doesn't). I was in town for my wedding and I visited my dentist in the area to get my final Invisalign check/retainers. I also wanted to straighten out my front tooth because it had chipped in the Invisalign process since I used to bite my nails. It made me super self conscious especially since I was going to be taking a ton of photos for my wedding this weekend and it had been bothering me since I got my attachments taken off. I had asked my dental clinic if they could even it out, but the dentist was not in so they weren't able to do anything for me... I was definitely 110% freaking out and so so sad. My dental office referred me to Beachwood Dental and Dr. Todd answered the phone. He so willingly accepted me last minute and really tried to work around my hectic schedule. I was late since I was running last minute errands and didn't expect them to take me so quickly (I called Thursday early afternoon, they told me to come in later that afternoon!). They were still able to fit me in with such warm attitudes and smiles. Dr. Todd, Stacy, and everyone in the office were so lovely, really (& I definitely don't say that lightly). They were able to fix me up (I couldn't even tell the difference!!!) and sent me on my way. I am forever thankful to this awesome team and appreciate you all (even if Dr. Todd is a USC fan...GO BRUINS). Thank you, Beachwood Dental!!!!"- H.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
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What to Expect
Getting sealants is a fast, easy process that can usually be done without any anesthesia or sedation. Before the sealants are applied, the patient's teeth will be cleaned and polished to prevent plaque, tartar, and bacteria from being sealed into the tooth. Next, the tooth will be gently etched where the sealant will be placed, then rinsed and dried. Once the tooth is prepped, clean, and dry, our dentist will brush on the dental sealant and use a special light for about 30 seconds to set the sealant. After all the sealant has been applied and cured, our dentist will check the sealant to ensure the patient has full coverage and the sealant is hardened.
With proper care, including good home oral care and regular check ups at with our dentist, sealants can last up to 10 years. Our dentist will check the integrity and wear of the sealants at every dental exam and let the patient know when it is time for the sealants to be re-applied. Patients should continue to brush their teeth at least twice a day, as well as protect the sealants by avoiding stress on the teeth (grinding the teeth, using the teeth to open packages, etc). While sealants are best for young children and teenagers, some adults may continue to get sealants if they are prone to cavities.
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Children, teenagers, and adults can all benefit from the protection of dental sealants on their back teeth with a fast, easy procedure. To avoid cavities and tooth decay, dental sealants can be a great option for patients who want better dental exams. Although they can't be seen or felt, dental sealants combined with home oral care can give you a better, healthier smile. We invite you to schedule a consult at our Los Alamitos, CA office today to learn more about how you can improve your dental health.