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 staff and Dr Abraham very professional I recommend if u are looking for a dentist stop looking lifetime Smiles is the place to go for your family"- J.V. / Yelp / Apr 17, 2019
"Been going here for years and always receive the best service from before my appointment from reminders to when I walk out the door with my next appointment scheduled. Highly recommend to check them out if you want the best service for you smile."- G.A. / Google / Apr 07, 2019
"I have been going here my whole life. I trust the staff with their knowledge and expertise. Very friendly and will always accommodate my schedule. I highly recommend if you are looking for a great dentist with an awesome staff!"- B.P. / Yelp / Oct 23, 2018
"I started dating my boyfriend, Dagan, around Christmas time last year. I remember he told me he was dropping off chocolates for the office because he enjoyed going there so much. I thought he was uniquely kind for bringing them a gift and that the office must be special to have made that kind of an impact on him. Dagan always raved about how nice everyone was and told me I should check them out. I was looking to get my teeth whitened and Dagan kept suggesting I go to them. They had the method of Zoom teeth whitening which looked promising. So I made an appointment and discovered why my boyfriend loved it so much. Everyone is the office was delightful, kind, and made you feel welcomed and like part of a family. Upon arrival, I had to fill out some paperwork and they took be back within minutes of finishing it. They took excellent care of me while getting my teeth whitened. Checking in on me to make sure I was comfortable, played music for me, and kept changing my gauze because I was being extra. They were so kind they even called a couple days later to check on the sensitivity of my teeth after the whitening. I now understand why Dagan loves it there so much and would recommend this office to anyone looking for a new dentist. Thanks Dr. Kareem Abraham and staff for taking such good care of me!! :)"- L.B. / Yelp / Feb 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.