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
"Dr. Abraham and his staff are incredible! They are very kind and made me feel comfortable during my visit. I love that they were very communicative and explained what they were doing. Misty and Anna were gentle during xrays and my cleaning. I can’t recommend them enough!"- A.C. / Yelp / Jul 30, 2021
"Dr Abraham is amazing! I’m terrified of the dentist and avoid it at all cost. But I finally realized I needed to just get it over with. He was very informative on what steps were going to take place. A dear friend referred me and honestly it was the best experience ever. I’m looking forward to fixing my issues and continuing regular care with Dr Abraham and his team. Thanks to the lovely ladies who made my experience not so frightening."- C.P. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I have been a patient of Life Time Smiles of OC for many many years. Everyone in the office is very nice and friendly. The office is clean and welcoming. I don’t have any problems with my teeth. So I only see them twice a year. Thankyou life time smiles for keeping me smiling"- J.R. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
"I always have an amazing experience @ lifetime smiles of OC. DR A is phenomenal. The whole staff goes above and beyond to make me feel comfortable. Misty took a great care of me and my teeth never felt cleaner and my gum never felt healthier not to mention her amazing wonderful chairside manners. Ana M the super Assisstant that wears so many hats and gets the job done while smiling all the way through. Thank you guys"- C.N. / Yelp / Jul 29, 2021
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.
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