CerezenTM – A new treatment for jaw pain, tooth grinding, clenching and headaches

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) comprise a group of conditions involving pain and dysfunction in the jaw joint and the muscles that control its movement. It is the second most frequently experienced musculoskeletal pain condition, with only low back pain reported more often.

It has long been recommended that initial therapy for TMD be conservative, non-invasive, and reversible, and the most widely used treatment option to date has been the oral stabilisation splint (also known as a mouth guard) which often has minimal benefit in symptom relief and because of its intrusive nature is typically only worn at night.

By contrast the CerezenTM device is an inconspicuous set of custom-fit removable ear inserts worn within the ear canal. It conforms to the shape of the ear canal and is hollow on the inside to permit the passage of sound and so does not affect your hearing. The devices are so small that it is not apparent that you have anything in your ears, and no one will know you are wearing them.

Stress-related teeth grinding and clenching can be associated with (and may contribute to the dysfunction of) TMD. Many patients treated with the CerezenTM device have reported a notable reduction in teeth grinding and clenching.

Some people with TMD develop enlarged jaw muscles and this not only makes the face look squarer it can make the symptoms even more uncomfortable. It is possible to combine treatment for TMD and its associated symptoms with the judicious use of Botox injections, while the effects of the CerezenTM device gradually help you adopt a new jaw position.

Dr Christou says “TMD is very common in the UK with almost 30% of the population suffering”

Summary of treatment

Procedure length: 30 minutes

Full recovery: Immediate

Risks: None

Anaesthetic: Not required

Duration of results: Long term

Price: From £900


What does CerezenTM involve?

Following a diagnosis TMD by a dentist, impressions are taken of an individual patient’s ears (while their jaw is in an open position), from which their custom device is tailor-made to fit precisely. This is worn day and night for a minimum period of one month before the full benefit of the treatment is achieved, after which long term wear is recommended.

Does it hurt?

There is no discomfort associated with CerezenTM therapy.

How long will it take?

The initial consultation and assessment appointment is 30 minutes. During which some time is needed for an audiologist to take ear impressions. The fitting of your CerezenTM device takes place two weeks later. A follow up appointment based on the severity of your symptoms may also be suggested.

Who is this procedure suitable for?

CerezenTM is suitable for anyone who suffers from TMD. You may benefit from CerezenTM if you have any of the following problems:

  • Throbbing, aching, dullness of the jaw joint or face
  • Ear pain, fullness or ringing
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Clicking, locking, stiffness of the jaw
  • Feeling that your teeth don’t meet together comfortably
  • Enlarged facial muscles
  • Jaw clenching
  • Tooth grinding

Are there any side effects?

No unanticipated adverse device effects or serious adverse events are reported with CerezenTM. It does not affect your hearing. You cannot ‘lose’ the device in the ear and it is easily removed by pulling on a fine stalk called an ear post.

How often and for how long do I wear the CerezenTM devices?

It is recommended that the devices are worn day and night (with the wear time increased gradually over the first few days). You only need to remove the devices to swim or bathe.