The way your teeth meet when your top and bottom jaws close down on top of each other is known as your 'bite'. If your teeth don't fit together properly, you could have malocclusion or 'bad bite', which can cause problems with your teeth, gums, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) and the muscles in your face.
This misalignment, often referred to as TMJ disorder, can also cause some people to clench the jaw and grind their teeth at night. This can lead to facial pain, headaches, discomfort and clicking when biting or chewing, migraines as well as neck and shoulder pain, even back pain.
If you recognise any of these symptoms or suffer with these on a daily basis, you will need to see a dentist to treat your problems or refer you to a specialist if necessary.
In some cases, the treatment includes wearing a hard plastic appliance at night. This is made to measure and fitted onto your bite accurately, so that when you bite on it, your teeth are in a position where your muscles are relaxed. This also stops your teeth from becoming worn down by grinding and protects them. Depending on the origin and severity of your problem, you may need orthodontic treatment or maxillofacial surgery. Other solutions may include replacing missing teeth or adjusting any ill-fitting bridgework that you may have.
The important thing to do is see your dentist as soon as possible so your problem does not become worse over time and require more drastic measures to correct.Cerezen
Cerezen is a revolutionary medical device that effectively treats jaw pain and symptoms associated with teeth grinding and clenching. These conditions are often collectively known as Temporomandibular Disorders or TMD. The two custom-made, 3D printed hollow inserts sit in each ear canal; the nearest access point to the temporomandibular joint. While the pain relief Cerezen provides is profound, the inserts themselves are almost invisible. With small tabs for easy insertion and removal, they're comfortable to wear because they're made only for you.
The traditional treatment for TMD and associated symptoms is a bite splint. But most dentists believe this is ineffective at relieving symptoms and patients do not like wearing them because they are cumbersome and can really only be worn at night. Bite splints are more of a temporary solution and only mask the real problems caused by TMD. As a new innovation, Cerezen's main advantage is that it permanently prevents the problems through it's unique in-ear placement. It is non-invasive, comfortable and discreet enabling it to be worn day and night with no impact on lifestyle. So why put up with traditional methods that don't solve the problem when you can have new technology that will?
When you move your jaw, your ear canal also opens and closes. As the ear canal is so close to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), it makes the perfect place to target the source of your symptoms. When your customised Cerezen devices are inserted into the ear canal, they retain the shape of your ear canal in the open jaw position because they are made from a 3D printed rigid material. They effectively encourage the jaw to return to an 'open bite' position. The result is a reduction in grinding and clenching and the amount of pain you experience.« Back to Treatments