Dental Sealants in Walnut Creek, CA
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What Are Dental Sealants?
Grooves on the premolars and molars usually harbor more germs and tartar, often making them more vulnerable to cavities. Dental sealants, a primary part of preventive dentistry, can safeguard the molars from cavities caused by decay. These thin protective sealants are composed of a transparent or white liquid that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars. When they're bonded, dental sealants help protect these teeth and create a more even surface that is easier to maintain. Dental sealants placed at Life Dental & Orthodontics not only stop cavities, but they could also decrease your family's needs for tooth-colored fillings or other restorative services in the future. Don't hesitate to discuss the benefits of dental sealants with us at your routine dental cleanings at our Walnut Creek, CA facility.
What Is the Sealant Process?
Prior to treatment, we will need to assess the teeth to decide if dental sealants are an ideal treatment for you or your family. To get your mouth ready for dental sealants, a professional on our team will clean the teeth to eliminate any buildup, food debris, and bacteria from the crevices. The enamel is then dried, and a fine coat of sealant material will be placed uniformly into the rifts with a small brush. A curing light will be set over the tooth; this will strengthen the sealant coating in roughly 10 – 20 seconds. Once each sealant is in position, our professionals will assess your bite for alignment and provide you with tips about how to effectively care for your dental sealants.
Life Dental & Orthodontics Reviews
Life Dental has an excellent Dental staff! Everyone is friendly & accommodating. Please consider Life Dental & Orthodontist for your next visit.
Absolutely love this place! Friendly and accommodating staff and I really appreciate Dr Hockel’s knowledge of what’s going on with not only my teeth, but how it all works together with my airway and everything else too!
I came to Doctor Hockel due to problems with sleep apnea. He diagnosed a narrow palate and some other issues that ultimately are obstructing my airway and recommended a course of palate expansion (upper and lower) before going for more extensive surgery to correct problems with my jaw. It's been really great working with him and his staff! They're all extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They've answered every question I had and taken the time to explain what's being done each time (in what's going to be a couple-year-long process.) They're definitely using the latest tools and techniques and I feel completely comfortable with whatever they recommend. All in all, a *really* great dentist! [Edit from 2+ years in the future - 10/18/2023] I had my jaw surgery (total TMJ replacement and MMA (Maxillomandibular advancement, to move the upper teeth forward) in St Louis in May (via the only surgeon Dr Hockel trusts to do the surgery, who really is great) and returned to Dr Hockel's care in late June. Sleep apnea is cured, my bite was lined up and everything went well. Today was a great day - I got my braces off! We're now in the process of stabilizing the teeth with a retainer, but they look great and feel even better, with everything in my bite closing in the right places and all the teeth nice and straight and even. Dr Hockel's staff were awesome as usual - I showed up 20 minutes early and they said "come right in!" and we got to work. If you ever need to deal with airway issues (or indeed with orthodontia and other dental procedures), definitely give Life Dental and Orthodontics a call. They're the best!
A bit challenging to say "loved it" for a visit to the dentist, but we have been clients of Dr. Brian Hockel and his father before him for close to thirty years. We have been very pleased with the dental service, the staff and the facilities. Dr. Brian is very skilled and goes out of his way to provide holistic, thorough and caring treatment. He's a fine dentist (and a good musician and magician, as well). His staff is excellent. They are very well trained , friendly and empathetic.
Very friendly and knowledgeable.
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Effective Protection from Tooth Decay
Protect against cavities and help your loved ones maintain glowing, hygienic smiles for years to come. Sealants are a reliable, efficient, uncomplicated service at Life Dental & Orthodontics that can also decrease the need for future dental restorations and pave the way for improved oral health. Decide if sealants are right for you or your kids by scheduling an appointment with us at our Walnut Creek, CA practice today.