Jaw Joint/Tooth Grinding
Jaw pain, clenching and grinding of teeth are common problems, often related to stress, which can cause tooth damage and painful symptoms that affect overall quality of life.
Often considered under the general term Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). At one80dental we have an in depth understanding of TMD because jaw problems are often a factor in the complex cases our specialists handle.
NHS research shows that up to a quarter of adults suffer from pain associated with TMD, which means they suffer from one or more of these symptoms:
- Teeth grinding or jaw clenching
- Pain in the chewing muscles and/or jaw joint soreness
- Radiating pain in the face, jaw or neck
- Jaw muscle pain or stiffness
- Aching pain in and around ears
- Limited movement or locking jaw
- Painful jaw clicking or popping when opening or closing the mouth
- Headaches or migraines
- A change in the way the upper and lower teeth fit together
With such problems affecting so many people, we are interested in new treatments and have embraced Cerezen ear inserts, a recent UK invention that aims to reduce jaw pain and symptoms associated with teeth grinding and clenching.
The devices are discreet and almost invisible, and can be worn day or night. They’re comfortable because they are custom-made. The ear canal is the nearest access point to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and when you move your jaw, your ear canal opens and closes. As the ear canal is so close to the TMJ, it offers an opportunity to target the source of your symptoms.
When your Cerezen devices are inserted, they retain the shape of your ear canal in the open jaw position because they are made from a 3D printed rigid material.
There are no adverse effect on speech, hearing or eating, and no negative long-term effects. The conventional alternative treatment is a bite guard, which does impact on speech and appearance, and cannot be worn when eating.
We are one of the first dental practices in the UK to prescribe Cerezen. To do so we require an assessment with you where we diagnose TMD, we then arrange for impressions of your ear canals to produce the custom-made devices.