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
"This dentist office is the best available. I have been a patient here since 1996. The staff is knowledgeable, reliable & personable. I won't go anywhere else for dental care. Top Notch!"- A.M. / Yelp / Oct 07, 2019
"Such a kind and diligent dental team! The entire staff makes you feel welcomed and important. With Dr. Abraham's skills you know your smile is in the right hands"- M.A. / Yelp / Sep 26, 2019
"I have always hated going to the dentist! Since I was a kid I remember getting so much anxiety when it was time to go and that carried away over as an adult. It had been a really long time since I have been. At least 3 years because my last visit was terrible. After talking with my friend who recommended this office I got up the courage to make an appointment and go. The staff here is so friendly and immediately put me at ease. The new patient process was so simple and I was brought back within 15 mins of being there. Dr Abraham even came out and introduced himself which was another thing that made me so comfortable. My hygienist was Quinn and she was amazing. She took her time and explained everything she was going to do. She was gentle and took into consideration my past experiences. After my cleaning Dr. Abraham came in and chatted about what I wanted to change or get right moving forward with dental care. The entire staff is amazing. Ana, Naomi, Raquel, Quinn and Dr Abraham have really made feel so much better about staying consistent with my preventative care. Not only to have a nice smile but to keep up with overall help. Much thanks to the team"- M.B. / Yelp / Sep 19, 2019
"I had a great experience at the dentist today with Dr Abraham. I did’t even feel the shot for today’s tooth extraction! Naomi was caring and helpful. Very good doctor!"- I... / Google / Aug 14, 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.