Also known as teeth grinding (most often occurring at nighttime), bruxism can cause severe wear and tear on the teeth, as well as extreme discomfort. There are several factors that can lead to bruxism, such as anxiety, stress, genetics, and certain medications, and over time, teeth grinding can affect your overall oral health and the appearance of your smile. At LifeTime Smiles of OC in Santa Ana, CA, skilled dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham offers a variety of treatments for bruxism that can restore your teeth and help you receive a better night's sleep. To learn more about your options for eradicating the effects of teeth grinding, contact our facility to schedule your consultation with Dr. Abraham.
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are great! Not only have they seen me, but our three kids (ages 8,8 & 9, yes twins) and our grandma. We've all seen dentists that are highly recommended, from Corona Del Mar to San Jose as we use to live in Silicon Valley, but I can honestly say that Sr.Abraham and his staff (from dental hygienists, front office staff to the Doc himself) are the best I've seen. They are obviously a for profit business, but they go out of their way to make sure you get more value than what you would ever expect. Dr.Kareem is above all, concerned with the overall health of our entire family. He does things like screen his patients for different issues, as a precaution and doesn't charge extra, just to make sure he has a good overall picture of your health and that you're well informed. I think the biggest thing though is everyone in our family likes going to the dentist because it's always a good experience. The doc is wonderful with our kids and they really like him. They've never complained of anything and that's great! I just recently found out that Dr.Kareem was listed as OC's top 10 doctors in Orange Coast magazine and he didn't pay them a dime, it was a total surprise to him."- S.B. / Yelp / Mar 20, 2019
"Great service! Good professional work! A++"- R.L. / Yelp / Jun 20, 2019
"Lifetime Smiles of OC is the best! If you’re looking for a friendly, professional, knowledgeable, kind, and gentle dentist, look no further! Dr. Abraham is second to none, he keeps up with current procedures, products, education, and anything that makes going to the dentist easy for his patients. As a matter of fact, when you go there, you feel like family, not just a nameless person. Dr. Abraham is the BEST at giving shots, totally painless and he constantly checks to make sure you’re comfortable. I have a problem staying numb, he stops at the slightest raise of my hand and gives me more Novocain. He explains everything in great detail and makes sure I understand what he’s doing and why. He takes the fear out of going to the dentist, I actually look forward to seeing him and we talk about a common interest, food. Ana, Raquel, and Haley run the front office. As soon as you walk in, they greet you and ask how you’re doing. They’re so friendly, efficient and professional, they answer questions about insurance, appointments, services, and send out reminders for upcoming appointments. My husband usually has Saturday appointments, but if an opening for a late afternoon appointment is available they’ll call and see if he’d like to go in. Now that’s great service! Jon is an amazing hygienist, he’s so thorough and knowledgeable. I get my teeth cleaned every three months, he keeps me accountable and consistent with my dental health. About a year ago he noticed I had small cracks on some of my teeth, my bite was off and it was damaging my teeth. He recommended Invisalign, thank you Jon! I love my smile and my teeth are straight. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants straight teeth with getting braces, no one ever noticed I was wearing the Invisalign trays. Naomi and Ana are awesome dental assistants. They’re both very gentle, caring, nice, professional, and friendly. They work so well with Dr. Abraham and take great pride in doing a wonderful job. When they’ve make temporary crowns for me they’re so comfortable, it’s a shame they have to be removed. The office has been remodeled and is beautiful! They have a Keurig, a refrigerator with filled water bottles, and a play area for children. The dental area is super clean and well equipped. If it’s been awhile since you’ve been to the dentist, have no fear, you won’t be judged and you will be welcomed. They all genuinely care about your dental health, how to help you achieve and maintain healthy teeth."- N.A. / Google / Jun 18, 2019
"I love going to this wonderful place , they’re so friendly and kind and full of joy and smiles !!!! Great for families!!!"- D.T. / Google / Jun 12, 2019
"Update: 6/2019 Oscar no longer works at Lifetime Smiles, but Naomi and Ana are amazing. They work well with Dr. Abraham, making sure your comfortable, and not in any pain. They're both friendly and very knowledgeable."- L.C. / Yelp / Jun 04, 2019
What to Expect
If you are suffering from bruxism and other treatments seem to be ineffective, then Dr. Abraham may recommend night guards to help remedy the issue of teeth grinding. You will have an impression of your teeth taken and custom translucent trays will be made, which can take about 1 – 2 weeks. Once the night guards are successfully fitted and are comfortable, you can take them home and wear them at night while you sleep to prevent your teeth from grinding together. Other possible solutions for bruxism can be discussed with Dr. Abraham during your consultation.
If you receive night guards as a solution for bruxism, then regular cleanings of the trays should become part of your oral health routine. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste can help remove any bacteria or food that may be stuck in the night guards. When the trays are not in use, they should be stored in their proper case to prevent bacteria or dirt from building up. You should bring your night guards with you to follow-up appointments to ensure that the quality and fit are still optimal. If you are experiencing an uncomfortable fit, then you should contact our Santa Ana, CA office to have them adjusted.
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If you're suffering from the effects of bruxism and are seeking an effective solution, then we encourage you to contact our Santa Ana, CA office. Experienced dentist Dr. Abraham can discuss your needs and treatment options with you to protect your teeth. Call our office today to schedule your consultation and get one step closer to a healthier, more comfortable smile.