Jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder (TMD) can be caused by several factors. Booking an assessment with your dentist is a good place to start, particularly if it is a longstanding issue. For some people the pain is temporary and using over the counter pain relief can easily alleviate the problem. For others, the dentist may decide that a mouth guard or bite splint is required, especially if you are grinding your teeth at night. A hot or cold press, again on the advice of a physiotherapist or your dentist may be an option. There are links to stress and tension in the jaw and subsequently, it may also be necessary to perform gentle mouth and jaw exercises. Click here for some gentle jaw exercises.
However, there is an alternative to mouth guards called Cerezen. Cerezen devices fit neatly inside the ears and can be worn throughout the day. Unlike mouth guards you can keep them in whilst eating and talking.
So how exactly can an audiologist help?
While your dentist will assess your suitability for Cerezen, an audiologist will need to take ear impressions. The audiologist will first ask you a few questions regarding the health of your ears, any allergies and determine whether you are suitable for ear impressions. On examination, if you have ear wax this will need to be removed before impressions can be taken. The audiologist at PinnaClear can perform ear wax removal by microsuction.
Providing the ears are healthy, impressions are taken using putty material similar to that used by dentists. Once the impression sets, they are sent to the Cerezen mould lab to be processed. Your dental practice will then arrange an appointment to show you how to insert them.
How can I book for Cerezen ear impressions?
First your dentist needs to assess your suitability for the device and make a referral for ear impressions. Once your suitability is confirmed, you can either come to a PinnaClear location or you can be seen at your dental practice for impressions. If your dentist doesn’t offer the Cerezen device it may be possible to be seen by a dentist that does. We work with the following dentists and take impressions for them.
I was reviewed by Hafiza from Pinnaclear in a thorough, excellent and professional manner. The procedure I needed was microsuctioning which wax explained to me in a detailed and reassuring way and the action itself felt gentle and tolerable. Not used to being in the 'patient role' the experience overall was positive and I would be happy to return and recommend Pinnaclear to others-thank you Hafiza!
My consultation and resulting micro suction procedure in both ears was both a revelation and a huge relief! I had a camera in each ear which meant I was able to see (via laptop) the inside of my ears and where the wax build up was, so by the time the procedure began I knew exactly what was about to happen. In my case it wasn’t just a question of wax in my ears but the shape of my ear canals and the discrepancy between thickness of my ear drums! Most enlightening and professional.. I will certainly be keeping on top of my ear health now! Thank you Hafiza!
Y. EllisMusic producer and audio engineer
An elderly friend of mine - a 95 year old lady - had ongoing problems
with inflammation of the ear canal (otitis externa) and blocked ears. As
she was quite frail, and due to the covid19 pandemic the 'normal' ENT
services were unavailable. So we asked Hafiza to come on a home visit
and see my friend. Hafiza made time to come at very short notice on a
Saturday. I thought that Hafiza was really excellent, explaining very
well in advance what she was going to do, and being very gentle. She was
very good at explaining what was going on and what further treatment
would be needed. I thought that her charges were very reasonable,
especially considering she came out on a home visit on a Saturday. I
have full confidence in Hafiza and would recommend her with no hesitation.
Hans CMedical doctor, Manchester
I am a dental therapist and I am constantly being subjected to the high pitched noise of the drill and the scaling tip. I felt I needed my ears to be checked. Hafiza was very professional, she explained what was happening to my hearing and what I need to do to prevent hearing loss. I am currently having some moulds to wear whilst treating patients. I am very happy with the service. Thank you for looking after me.
Ms Dee SinghDental therapist
Hafiza's recommendations resulted in my tinnitus being diagnosed as acoustica neuroma. Something I probably would have just considered as being the result of not looking after my hearing at gigs!
Great information and great service. Would not hesitate to recommend!