Underlying Causes of Bruxism


Bruxism is the habitual clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, when the jaw muscles are not being actively controlled by the brain. Our dentist in Agoura Hills is the person to go to if you notice you are suffering from this issue.

No expert in bruxism is quite sure why this problem develops in patients. However, we do know that it can occur due to high levels of stress, anxiety, and/or depression. It has also been associated with poor posture, bad sleeping habits, acid reflux, and misaligned teeth. Bruxism tends to have many of the same underlying issues as TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Bruxism should be treated as soon as possible, as it can lead to serious dental issues. The pressure and friction caused by clenching and grinding the teeth together can quickly lead to enamel wear, chips and cracks, and damaged restorations. You should be able to identify this issue through the pain and discomfort it causes in the teeth and jaw. Some patients even wake up and find they are clenching their teeth.

Our dentist will likely prescribe a night guard to keep the teeth from meeting and becoming damaged.

How To Detect Cavities

Happy young family looking at camera togetherCleaning your teeth at home, no matter how well, is not enough to prevent cavities. Every patients needs to see their dentist at least twice a year, if not more often if recommended. Only a professional can clean away plaque and tartar from the teeth, as well as detect decay. Here is a look at how our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist detects cavities and areas of concern.

Our team offers a revolutionary preventative treatment called CariFree. It is used to highlight dental decay and help identify its root cause. Prior to treatment, we utilize an advanced screening device to determine any risk of cavities developing, allowing our professional to prescribe the best preventive treatment for you.

CariFree has proved to reduce the risk of dental caries up to eighty-five percent. CariFree is a system of products that disrupts the bacteria that negatively impacts dental and oral health. If used properly and with appropriate dental care, it can prevent bad bacteria in the mouth from ever developing into cavities. Our dentist will work with you and demonstrate how each of these products are used. Patients use CariFree at home once at night, or as often as our dentist recommends for them and their case.

Benefits of Same Day Dental Procedures

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Same day dentistry has revolutionized the field of dentistry. In the past, many dental procedures could require two or even three dental visits to complete. This meant that you would need to take time out of your busy life to return to our office, and wear temporary restorations until you could have your dental work completed. Our dentist offers several same day procedures, which provide our patients with many benefits.

1. Same day restorations save time
You can have your tooth prepared, your crown or other restoration designed, and the procedure completed all in a single appointment. There is no need to return to our office, and no need to schedule multiple appointments.

2. Same day restorations minimize the need for anesthesia
Because your tooth is prepared and restored in a single visit, you will only need one anesthetic shot.

3. Same day restorations look and feel like natural teeth.
We use the same high-quality porcelain materials as in other restorations, so you can be confident that your crown will look just like a natural tooth. Since your crown will be finished before you leave, you can wear it out of our office with no need for a cosmetically unappealing temporary.

Call our office today to learn more about same day dental options or to schedule an appointment with our dentist.

What is the History of Invisalign?

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Not too long ago, if you wanted straighter teeth your only option was traditional metal braces. Conspicuous, clunky, and not desired by many, braces were at least effective in straightening the teeth, correcting special issues, and realigning. Fortunately, our cosmetic dentists in Agoura Hills now have an option very unlike braces in both look and function, that can achieve much the same results.

Invisalign was created in 1997 by Stanford student Zia Chishti, who had just finished his own orthodontic treatment. After the removal of his brackets, he was given a retainer that would prevent his teeth from moving back to their old positions, and he wondered why something like this couldn’t be used in the place of metal braces. Back at school, Chishti partnered up with a friend, and together they worked with developers to turn this idea into a reality.

Using 3D printing technology and other resourced from the school, the team worked in a garage to create a product and a system that correlated with the various stages of the orthodontic process. From this came Align Technology and what we now know today as Invisalign.

To find out if this treatment is a good fit for you and your orthodontic needs, schedule a visit with our Invisalign doctor in Agoura Hills.

How Do Dentures Replace the Teeth?

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Currently, 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 35 million are missing all of their teeth. Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth, and a common option for many patients. Many are unaware that partial dentures are available for those who are missing more than one tooth in a row. If your smile features some blank spaces, and your dentist in Agoura Hills has recommended dentures, you may be wondering how they work.

Dentures have a natural looking acrylic base that use suction to stick to the gums. Dentures for the top row of teeth cover the palate, or the roof of your mouth, while the ones on the bottom are shaped to fit around the tongue. Our dentist in Agoura Hills will take x-rays and impressions that will be used to create dentures that fit perfectly, so you experienced the least amount of discomfort possible. Dentures can be removed if needed, such as at night or when cleaning them.

Dentures can last years, so it is important to take care of them and keep them clean. Our expert in dentures in Agoura Hills can offer the best information and advice to those replacing their smile with full or partial dentures.

How Often Do You Need a Dental Exam and Cleaning?

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Dental exams and cleanings are one of the best things you can do for your dental health. Most people need to visit their dentists about every six months. This is because dental diseases tend to develop over time, and identifying them early can lead to more effective conservative treatments. Our dentist can help you decide on the best schedule for a dental exam and X-rays to suit your needs.

During an exam, our dentist will check your gums for any symptoms that indicate gum diseases, such as redness, inflammation or bleeding. He will look at your teeth for signs of decay or old, worn restorations. Dental X-rays are taken to see cavities, bone loss and infection more clearly. We clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar so that your teeth are completely clean.

Regular checkups reduce the risk of dental disease and help you keep your teeth cleaner and healthier between visits. If you smoke, are prone to decay or tartar buildup, have numerous restorations or have active gum disease, we may recommend more frequent cleanings. Call us today to find out more or to schedule an appointment with our Agoura Hills dentist.

Effectiveness of Whitening Treatments

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Discoloration may be the most common cause of unsightliness in smiles. While store-bought teeth-whitening products are available, they pale in comparison to the professional options offered by our Agoura Hills cosmetic dentist. Here is a look at how effective these procedures are.

Powerful Bleaching Compounds

Professional teeth whitening uses bleaching gels with concentrations of hydrogen peroxide higher than those found in store-bought products. Furthermore, some, such as the Zoom whitening gel, include additional ingredients that boost their effectiveness.

Fast Activation

Whereas store-bought whitening products can take weeks or months to fully brighten a smile, professional treatments take just an hour in most cases. Why is this so? In part, the reason for faster results in our office is the use of an activation light. The light causes the peroxides to work more quickly at removing pigments from the enamel.

Longer-Lasting Results

Over-the-counter teeth whiteners often require regular use to maintain results, and some, such as abrasive toothpastes, should only be used occasionally to avoid damage. The results of professional whitening can remain for months or more depending on the lifestyles of recipients.

Professional Supervision

Office whitening includes professional supervision by our dentist. With extensive training and experience in whitening procedures, our dentist can maximize the results patients get from the treatment. Furthermore, our dentist can offer advice on how often individuals can repeat bleaching treatments to keep their new look.

During professional teeth whitening, our dentist protects the soft tissues from the gel with a rubber barrier. With Zoom whitening, patients receive the bleaching process up to three times per session to boost their improvements. Fluoride can be used after whitening treatments to minimize or prevent tooth sensitivity. At a consultation with our expert in teeth whitening in Agoura Hills, patients can learn more about this treatment and why it is so effective.