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Night Guards/Occlusal Disease

Night Guards

Santa Cruz Night GuardDr Matiasevich has extensive training in Occlusal Disease, Bruxism and TMJ Dysfunction. If you are in need of a bite or nite guard we can provide you with a solution. Night guards are custom made from the patient’s teeth and made of a dense hard acrylic with a soft internal lining that goes against the teeth. They act to protect your teeth, jawbones and muscles in order to reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding, clenching and/or jaw pain.

Whether it is the popular NTI or a more traditional full coverage night guard, Dr Matiasevich will discuss your options and help you make the best choice for your needs.

Occlusal Disease

Occlusal disease is a very serious condition that causes unnatural wear and damage to your teeth, often requiring expensive repairs. However, the damage is not limited to your teeth. Occlusal disease can also affect the tissues that support your teeth, and lead to facial pain, headaches and TMD.

Common signs and symptoms of occlusal disease:

  1. Teeth that are sensitive to heat or cold
  2. Grinding or clenching of the teeth (bruxism)
  3. Notches on your teeth especially near the gums:
    Occlusal Disease
  4. Front teeth that look thin, worn-out or chipped
  5. Waking up with tired facial muscles
  6. Teeth or dental work that fractures or breaks
  7. Jaw pain
  8. Unexplained headaches

Although occlusal disease has many causes the two main problems are having an unbalanced bite and premature tooth wear from involuntary teeth grinding (bruxism).

Dr. Matiasevich has advanced training in occlusion, TMJ, and bite disorders and can help you avoid costly consequences.

Even for people who grind their teeth uncontrollably, having a balanced bite is beneficial. Less damage is caused when you have an even bite that disperses forces more uniformly. Just like tires on your car, if properly balanced, will have a longer tread life, so having your bite balanced will mean a healthier future for you and your teeth. In addition, wearing a mouth guard is the most basic way to protect the teeth from damage.