The grinding of your teeth at night, also known as bruxism, is an everyday issue that affects many individuals. Although the most visible symptom is deterioration of the enamel of the teeth, nocturnal bruxism may also lead to tooth pain, headaches, and inflammation, plus discomfort in your neck and jaw. To guard your mouth from the effects of bruxism, dentist Dr. Kareem Abraham provides customized night guards that help defend your teeth while you rest. Custom night guards are created with high-grade materials that comfortably fit in your mouth and improve the nature of your sleep by eliminating jaw clenching and teeth grinding. To learn more about custom night guards at LifeTime Smiles of OC, set up a consultation at our Santa Ana, CA facility.
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A number of indicators may suggest that you are clenching your jaw and/or grinding your teeth at night. Maybe you frequently wake up in the morning with pain in your jaw, a headache, and facial swelling. Other symptoms are loosened fillings or teeth, chipped enamel on your back teeth, a receding gumline, and tooth sensitivity. Grinding and clenching at night are usually caused by stress but can also be brought on by a sleep disorder, misaligned teeth, allergies, or temporomandibular joint disorder (called TMD). While Dr. Abraham makes your bruxism diagnosis, he will also find out the cause so that your night guard therapy can be coupled with other treatments for the best possible outcomes.
What to Expect
After Dr. Abraham makes your diagnosis, he will take oral impressions and digital oral x-rays to help create your custom night guard. Next, he will send these details to the dental laboratory where your specialized night guard will be created from the best materials. After your night guard is complete and sent back to us, we will inform you so you can come in for a fitting. Dr. Abraham could make small adjustments so that it fits correctly. You will also be given directions on how to properly care for your night guard so it will last for many years.
For maximum night guard efficiency, you will need to wear it each night. Your night guard should relieve or alleviate the discomfort and dental issues created by bruxism, but if it does not, please contact our office so Dr. Abraham can consider additional issues and try other therapies. In order to help keep your night guard and mouth in good condition, we recommend that you clean and care for both prior to and following each use. Be sure to bring your night guard to all future appointments, exams, and cleanings so Dr. Abraham can repair and adjust the guard as needed.
Once you receive a bruxism diagnosis, some of the cost of your night guard will likely be paid for by your insurance company. If you have dental insurance, our team will call your insurance carrier to obtain your coverage and benefits. During your consultation, Dr. Abraham will provide you with information about our accepted payment methods, as well as your costs, with or without insurance. For more affordable dental care, LifeTime Smiles of OC can help you to qualify for medical financing.
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Custom Night Guards
Grinding your teeth can lead to pain and discomfort in a number of ways. Night guards are a safe option to lessen the fatigue that results from the unpleasant symptoms of jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Customized night guards from LifeTime Smiles of OC may also benefit your overall oral health and deter future complications. If this sounds like a solution to your worries or you are interested in learning more, contact our team in Santa Ana, CA to schedule a consult with highly qualified dentist Dr. Abraham.