Based in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci is a dental surgeon with years of experience treating patients. In addition to a DDS from Georgetown University’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Jeffrey Tocci obtained certification from the Harvard Dental School for Implantology and received certification in TMD therapies from Tufts University of Dental Medicine.
TMD (temporomandibular disorder) refers to a condition in which a person has difficulty using his or her temporomanidbular joint, which connects the jaw to the skull. TMD can be very painful and disruptive to a normal daily routine. While a dentist may make the initial diagnosis (using X-rays or more advanced technology such as MRIs and CT scans), he or she typically refers the patient to an oral surgeon for additional treatment.
Individuals suffering from TMD can change their behaviors in order to alleviate symptoms. At-home remedies include taking over-the-counter medication, using hot or cold packs, and eating soft foods. For more extreme pain, a dental surgeon may recommend stronger medicine or a splint or night guard. In some instances, the surgeon may suggest dental work or special therapies, including TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation).
If you’re experiencing intense jaw pain, please contact your dentist for more information.