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
"The best dentist in Orange County. I have been visiting this office for years now. The staff are courteous and professional, they know who you are and are happy to see you. They provide excellent care and attention with the newest equipment and techniques. MOST IMPORTANTLY you will not feel a thing when they are working on your teeth. They are incredibly gentle while they work. I recently had a filling and the procedure was over before I even knew it. When I say that I didn’t feel a thing I mean that I did not feel even the slightest pinch, pressure, or discomfort. I was incredibly impressed and can not speak well enough about this office."- A.S. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"We are so thankful we met Dr.Abraham!Our first appointment was our family of four.Luckily they had kids center filled with legos( mind you before this whole COVID craziness happened) where they were able to enjoy legos and watch a movie while my husband and I got our cleaning. I couldn’t believe how sweet and loving all the girls were! I can’t remember all the names but Ms.Anna entertained the girls while Chelsea literally heated up an organic cheese pizza for my girls to eat while we finished! Not only was customer service on point but the actual dental work that needed to be done was finished professionally! Luckily my husband just needed cleaning. But I had some work done including a root canal where I was taken to Dr.Bijan for my root canal In which he did a n awesome job! Didn’t feel a thing with the gentle wave tech! So thank Dr.Abraham for sending me to Dr.Bijan and back to get my perfectly shaped crown that was assisted with Mariah. Did I mention you can get the rhinestones here that have been going In style! Ask Mariah for details! Again, don’t waste your time looking around just check it out! Sorry for novel!"- J.R. / Yelp / Jun 22, 2020
"I have a friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in a while and was absolutely amazed at how great his teeth looked. I asked him who his dentist was and I switched immediately to LifeTime Smiles. I am so glad I did. What a great office atmosphere ontop of Dr. Abraham being a great dentist. I believe he takes great care in the wellbeing of my husband and I and our dental needs. I would HIGHLY recommend LifeTime Smiles of OC."- L.B. / Yelp / Jun 10, 2020
"During the COVID-19 pandemic I had a capped tooth that was previously chipped years ago. The cap on the tooth came off leaving me with half a front tooth and no dentist being open to fix it. Luckily through a family member I was able to find Dr. Abraham and see him in less than 24 hours after I chipped my tooth!! Dr. Abraham went above and beyond to see me and fix my tooth, he even apologized for not being able to see me the same day it happened. His office is also extremely helpful and friendly. Anna at the front desk was very welcoming and accommodating. Also, his assistant Mariah was extremely friendly, personable, and helpful. I now will be going Dr. Abraham for all my dental work and will be referring all my family and friends to him."- A.C. / Google / Jun 10, 2020
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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