Most individuals grind their teeth on occasion, but habitual teeth grinding can cause a great deal of damage to the teeth and a wide range of oral health issues as well. Medically known as bruxism, chronic teeth grinding can wear down, loosen, or result in fracturing of the teeth. It can also cause or increase TMD/TMJ discomfort, consequently affecting the functionality of the jaw. Bruxism can be caused by an array of physical or physiological issues but is believed to be most commonly caused by stress, anxiety, or an abnormal bite. Typically, most individuals grind their teeth during their sleep, which means they might not even be aware they are grinding their teeth. However, a constant mild headache or jaw pain is often a sign of bruxism. Thanks to the expertise of our dentists at Emigh Dental Care, we can provide a thorough dental exam and treatment options for bruxism. Call our Long Beach, CA office today to schedule an appointment.
"Off the corner of Atherton and Bellflower. There is plenty of parking and site seeing! Super clean with the proper amenities for before and after you're visit. Friendly greeting staff and handsome Dentist. Beautiful and friendly hygienist. I give this place a 100%. I can't to check out their Los Alamitos location! ^_^ Seasons greetings Emigh family!"- M.E. / Yelp / Dec 07, 2016
"I didn't think I could love this office more, but I was wrong. My toddler's teeth had become suddenly and severely stained from a course of antibiotics. I brought him in for his first appointment to see if the staining could be polished away. He's not particularly cooperative with brushing at home (or with anything, for that matter!), so we had realistic expectations of how this cleaning would go. My son saw Dr Todd for this special appointment. Dr Todd was fantastic with my son. He explained everything that was going on and made it fun and silly. He connected with my son and tuned out everything else. It was amazing seeing my wriggly uncooperative toddler smile a huge smile and sit HAPPILY for his cleaning!We've been coming here for years and absolutely adore these people- Elaine and Crystal at the front desk, Drs Pat and Todd, and especially our beloved hygienist Tammy. This is a class act. You won't regret coming here. And, although this isn't a true pediatric dentistry office, Drs Pat and Todd and hygienist Tammy have proven themselves to be top notch with little kids. My older child absolutely adores Tammy."- Z.Q. / Yelp / Aug 15, 2017
"I can't recommend Emigh Dentist office enough. This is a family run office and the staff is always warm and friendly. I hate going to the dentist and hadn't been to see one in several years due my own phobia. I immediately felt at ease and now I'm a regular patient. They also do a GREAT job with kids. I took my 3 yr old in for her first check-up and we were helped by Bailey, she was awesome with my little girl. Bailey had a lot of patience and explained everything to my child so she was comfortable. Doesn't hesitate to see the Emigh family, you won't be disappointed."- M.C. / Facebook / Aug 12, 2017
"This review is a bit late, but when taking into consideration my experience, it's NEVER too late to visit the dentist!I found Emigh Dental by googling sedation dentistry. My fear of the dentist knew no bounds. It had been 8-9 years since I last visited a dental office and my mouth literally reached a breaking point. Hence my google search for sedation dentistry. I contacted them via email and their office responded promptly. They verified that they do take my insurance and squeezed me in for a 12/30/16 appointment to take advantage of my insurance that would be entering a new policy phase on Jan 1.After panicking for a week, I attended the dentist office alone. The reception was nice, but as I was in a panicked daze, I didn't really take note. Karen took me to the back and took my x-rays. She was incredibly nice and reassuring. She listened to my story about my fears and put me at ease.Dr. Pat then came in for the examination. He was warned that I was a fearful patient. He sat down and just spoke to me. He listened to my story, my childhood trauma of the dentist, what was bothering me currently. This exchange made the best possible first impression with me. He explained everything he would be doing in the examination and repeated several times he would not hurt me.Exam done, and the verdict was not unexpected but daunting to say the least. To put it mildly, I must have seen Dr. Pat at least six times afterwards to complete my treatment. Dr. Pat explained my options, and his recommendations. I had two cavities, two root canals, two crown preps, and a wisdom tooth pulled. Dr. Pat did not do my root canals, fyi, as they were fairly complicated but referred me to an endodontist.After 5 months or so, I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Pat for several things. He never shamed me for not seeking treatment earlier. His fillings are the first fillings I ever had done that did not hurt for weeks afterwards. He addressed my fears, promised to stop if I ever did feel any pain, and is a pleasant person overall. Best of all, I can eat food again. I can finally say I found my dentist.A few more details: the reception is great! Thank you to Elaine and team for being efficient and nice to boot. My cleaning was painless. They offer nitrous oxide for an extra fee for certain treatments. Nitrous oxide calmed my nerves down and made it possible for me to have certain treatments done. The office never tried to upsell me any service. And their dental chairs have built in massagers!"- A.G. / Yelp / Aug 08, 2017
"This was my first visit to this office. I had lost a crown last week while on vacation. Karen greeted me as an assistant to Dr. Amy. She was warm, friendly and explained every step that she was taking with me. Then Dr. Amy came in. He is warm and made me feel like a missing crown can happen to anyone. He examined my tooth and glued it back in. No problem. The office said that they would bill my insurance first and let me know if there was more to pay. I do believe that i have found a new dentist in Long Beach! Yeah!!!!"- G.K. / Yelp / Aug 07, 2017
What To Expect
During the appointment, our dentists will examine the teeth, gums, and jaw for signs of bruxism. Symptoms often include worn teeth, chipping, gum tenderness, and jaw pain. Once the teeth have been thoroughly examined, a treatment plan will be created. Each treatment plan is dependent on the condition of the teeth and the intensity of the bruxism. The most common form of treatment is wearing a night guard to prevent any further damage from occurring. However, our team may need to repair the damage that was done to the teeth to better their overall dental health. This will also help to prevent more severe dental issues from occurring. Therefore, dental work such as bridges, crowns, implants, or complete dentures may be needed.
Unfortunately, there is no exact treatment that can stop bruxism from occurring. However, a custom mouth guard will be made for patients to wear at night to prevent the upper teeth and lower teeth from contact. Although a mouth guard will not stop bruxism, it will prevent future grinding or wearing of the teeth. Since bruxism is commonly linked to stress, our dentists will also recommend lifestyle changes or activities that may lower the stress and possibly decrease bruxism. Our dentists will provide hygienic instructions on how to keep the mouth guard clean and when to return to our office for a new mouth guard.
Plan Your Procedure
Stop grinding your teeth
Teeth grinding can cause significant cosmetic alterations to your teeth, which can lead to functionality issues and dental concerns like teeth sensitivity. If you think you are in need of treatment for bruxism, call our family practice today. Our dentists can help you get back on track and obtain healthier teeth for a healthier you.